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Last Weekend

On behalf of the U16 coaching staff, I wanted to thank everyone for your generosity and support. As we reflect on this year’s season, we try to make improvements and adjustments for next year. The dedication and devotion to the athletes by this staff has been nothing less than inspiring. As dedicated as our coaches have been, the kids and parents have been nothing less. Throughout the whole season our athletes have demonstrated their determination to build on their own individual successes. It’s been a great year of growth and lots of fun along the way.

For our last weekend:
Saturday, Mar 23 – SWSC Club Championships GS - GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Sunday, Feb 24 – SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles or Dual GS - GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

We will always continue to strive to make things better and your input is an important part of the improvement lifecycle. We appreciate any feedback.

Happy Spring….Thanks to everyone
U16 Coaching Staff
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Banquet Time

It’s crazy the season is almost over! We set a goal to provide a U16 program that develops a young athlete’s skiing technique, tactical skills and to build on their passion for the sport of ski racing. We are proud of how well our athletes grew this season, come celebrate their successes on Saturday night. In a previous post we had detailed how well our athletes did against their peers. Here is another statistic in just how competitive racing in Vermont is; at the U16 Eastern Championships (12 states) VARA athletes claimed 77 out of 100 awards.  Stratton (SMS / SWSC) athletes did great!

The Banquet is at the Black Bear Lodge in the Green Mountain Room. Please RSVP

The Banquet schedule is:

4-5pm  Cocktails

5-6pm  Dinner

6-7pm  Awards

We have a great weekend plan

Saturday: Panel Slalom training.  SL skis and arm guards

Sunday: Nate Carreira Memorial Race – its not too late to sign up https://adminskiracing.com/node/185009

Upcoming Races:

March 23-  SWSC Club Championships GS

March 24- The Annual Heinz Paul Memorial Race!  Entry: TBA

March 6-7-The annual Sugar SL at Stowe.

See you all Saturday

U16 Coaches

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Easterns Weekend

This weekend SWSC is the host club for the U14 State Championships and it’s an honor to be entrusted with running such a big event. With all of the events happening – Eastern High School Championships, USSA Eastern Championships and U14 State Championships our staff is very thin. We are making the best of what we have and are offering training at Stratton both days, with an optional race.
Saturday, March 9 – SL - helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles.
Or Pico SL race GTS Finals - https://adminskiracing.com/node/181327 - Coach Kevin K (U19) will be attending
Sunday, March 3 – Panel Slalom training. Slalom skis and arm guards
If you want to volunteer to help at the U14 State Championships please see Andrew – he may also be looking for forerunners.

Pictures from the U16 States at Stratton can be seen at https://pscr.smugmug.com/U16U19-2018-Ski-Racing

Good luck to everyone racing!

Best to all,
U16 Coaching staff

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Team Dinner Friday Night Sugarbush

Tish has volunteered to organize a team dinner Friday night for the female athletes going to Sugarbush. If you are interested in attending, please contact her (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for details / RSVP.
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Vermont State Championship

This weekend marks a swing into the championship season for our athletes. Congratulations to everyone, you’ve worked hard to prepare for it, go and enjoy the opportunity to compete. No pressure, it’s just like any other race – one turn at time - giving it your best. Good luck!
For anyone not racing this weekend, this is a great time to help some of the younger groups by being a mentor– see Katie (U12) or Nicole (U8). Training space will be limited, but check the U19 Blog for the possibility of other training options.

Thursday 2/28
Training at Stratton GS and SL – Check Blog for any updates on time and location.
No Training available at Sugarbush for the Women

Friday, March 1 - U16 Vermont State Championship – GS
Saturday, March 2 - U16 Vermont State Championship – SL
Stratton - Men (Same Schedule Both Days)
7:30 AM Registration – WEST END of MAIN LODGE
8:30 AM Meet Coaches mid-mountain – Leaving promptly 8:35AM
8:45 AM Course inspection
9:40 AM First Run
Sugarbush – Women (Same Schedule Both Days)
7:15 AM Registration – Upstairs GMVS Clubhouse
8:00 AM Meet Coaches Between GMVS Clubhouse and Main Lodge by lift – Leaving promptly 8:10AM
8:30 AM Course inspection
9:30 AM First Run

Sunday, March 3 –GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector / SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles.

Best to all,
U16 Coaching staff
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Performance

 

Share our excitement in how awesome our athletes are developing and our pride in their accomplishments. It would seem clear that performance could be easily measured by did they lower their points or by winning the race. At this level it’s not a metric we use to measure the development of our athletes over the season. Instead a more important benchmarking to competitiveness is seeing how our athletes are starting in a race and then finishing against their peers. Let me share some impressive stats from the last race. Out of all the SWSC athletes that finished the race below is how many spots they moved up from where they were seeded / started the race. 

Matt Jacobs 43

Evan Coltman 40

Cameron Shipman 35

Rosemary Collins 33

Adam Frommer 32

Mark Mazzatta 31

Justin Wienberger 31

Doug Phillips 23

Nick Morin 19

Kat Gargiulo 11

Lucy Dale 8

Aggie Ryan 2

Now add to that almost 50% of the athletes in the field are skiing / training full time. Don’t get me wrong, ski racing is a sport where results matter but as we tell the kids in training we celebrate the victories along the way. The coaching staff is proud of the effort our athletes are putting in and excelling against their peers. Awesome job….keep working hard!!

We were all disappointed that this weekend didn’t work out.  I’m not a big fan of Saturday races. We can’t afford to trade 2 runs in race for 10-12 training runs on Saturday, with questionable weather coming in for Sunday. Let’s make this weekend great a Stratton. See the previous post for details on training for this weekend.

 

 

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Burke Training / Race Weekend is Cancelled

Unfortunately, mother nature has thrown us another curve ball with the weather forecast for Sundays race. To get the race in BMA has moved the race to Saturday, this does not work well for us. We are canceling our training / race plans at Burke for this weekend. Please withdraw from the Burke race.

The new plan is to train at Stratton:

Saturday, Feb 23 –GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector 

Sunday, Feb 24 – SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles

 

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U16 State Championships

Please be sure to get registered for the U16 State Championships on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. The girls are at Sugarbush and the boys are at Stratton. Please be sure to register via Admin Ski ASAP! Registration closes Thursday Feb, 28.
Men:

GS - https://adminskiracing.com/node/219194

SL - https://adminskiracing.com/node/219195


Women:

GS - https://adminskiracing.com/node/180090

SL - https://adminskiracing.com/node/180091

Weekend plan at Stratton will be to train with the U19’s please see their Blog for training.

Video from the Pico race will be up later tonight: https://sprongo.com/playlist/158036

Pictures from the race can be found at: https://pscr.smugmug.com/U16U19-2018-Ski-Racing

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Burke GS race is on

The Burke GS race is on for Feb 24 and we are in the process of securing training for Saturday, Feb 23. I need to know (preferably by Sunday, 2/17) who will be attending for this fun filled weekend. I have emailed parents the Google sign up form to RSVP. Please let us know if you will be attending, and if they need transportation, lodging and will be at the pizza party. Parents are very welcome to join us. If you are planning on coming and need lodging use the code provided in the email when you book lodging to receive a discount, and if you want to ski - discount tickets will be available. ($45 per day). If they didn't get the email, please let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Evolving Plans

All video has been posted on Sprongo – take a look, I also posted a video of Ivica Kostelic skiing a drill course similar to ours on Sunday.
This weekend is going to be another great training weekend.
The plan is:
Saturday, Feb 16 –GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector / SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles
Sunday, Feb 17 – SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles
Monday, Feb 18 – Pico SL Race
Pico Race Plan
7:30 AM Registration at the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge but change/meet over in the Pico Base Lodge
8:10 AM Meet coaches in front (hill side) of Pico Base Lodge – Leaving promptly 8:15AM
8:30 AM Course inspection
9:30 AM First Run

We have been busy planning for the follow weekend (2/23-24), that includes training and a GS race at Burke. The plan is to be able to provide transportation on Saturday morning from Stratton to Burke, GS training (lift ticket and training lane), Dinner - Pizza party, and lodging at Burke (approximately $125/person) for Saturday night and transportation back to Stratton on Sunday after race. Coaches will be going to chaperone, but parents are also welcome to drive their own child, join us for dinner (lodging would be on your own but we can provide a discount). Race entry fee is extra.
Just as I was confirming-booking our space, I got word that it may change to a SL. If this event does change to a SL, we won’t be participating.

We will know by early next week and I will update the blog ASAP. Please give some thought around what you will want to do if it stays a GS race.
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WOW!

As a coaching staff we are very proud of how our athletes are maturing and taking ownership in actively participating in their development. Skill development requires commitment, repetition and checks to ensure progress towards individual goals are being made. Our athletes are processing the feedback from coaches, analyzing their own skiing, watching video and discussing their successes, and sometimes failures. In turn our coaching staff is taking the information back from the athletes and sometimes adjusting the plan to provide a different focus, drill or a progression that might provide better results. This process is very empowering and helps ensure better, more successful long-term development. Successes continue to grow for our athletes, and their development is progressing. Its fun and very exciting to see!
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U16-Video - What’s your plan?

Review and compare your training runs against your races runs.
Training runs on Saturday - https://sprongo.com/playlists/156906/66707/t
Race on Sunday - https://sprongo.com/playlists/156835/66707/t
How well did you adapt to changes in surface, influences of terrain, vertical and offset distances?
How well did you execute your tactical plan for practice and in the race? Any differences and ask yourself why?
• Did you feel pressure to perform?
• How was your confidence?
• Any difference between your first run and second?
Did your tactical plan align well with your ability to ski that line for the course set or did you ski too direct a line that lead to a breakdown in your technique?
Be prepared to talk about your plan execution, and mental preparedness with the coaches this weekend.

We have been going back and forth on whether to participate in the Cochran's SL or stay at home to train. What we have decided is to potentially offer both options for Saturday. If you are planning on going to Cochran's please email me to let me know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., otherwise I will assume you are not. If you’ve signed up and want to train you can withdraw by emailing the R.A., Wendy Gagliardi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to withdraw.

The plan for this weekend:
Saturday, Feb 9 – SG/GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Or
Saturday, Feb 9 – Cochran's SL Race
Sunday, Feb 10 – SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles

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U16 Plan- SG-Coming Soon

We had a great start to our GS block and plan to work our athletes into some speed elements on Friday 2/1 – Saturday 2/2. The video from the SL race on Saturday has been uploaded to Sprongo: https://sprongo.com/playlists/156358/66707/t
Our goals are to work on balance, terrain and aerodynamics at speed in a safe, controlled and fun environment. We will be treating this with all the same seriousness and respect as a SG race. All Athletes need to show up on time for this training session as we will have a course inspection window.
Fast skiing (SG fast) is only done in controlled environments with lots of fencing for protection, and under a coach’s supervision. After a good speed training session, what was once fast before is slow, so when returning to other trails please keep your speeds down. Please be safe

Friday, Feb 1 – SG/GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Saturday, Feb 2 – SG/GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector
Sunday, Feb 3 – GS Race Jiminy Peak

Jiminy Peak Race Plan:
7:15 AM Registration in Crane Lodge
7:55 AM Meet coaches in front (hill side) of Crane Lodge – Leaving promptly 8:00AM *
8:15 AM Course inspection
9:20 AM First Run

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Half way point of our season

We had an awesome weekend. During our training time it’s important to have our athletes learn how to maintain a high level of focus and intensity during that time. We have been making some great progress. The importance of free skiing as part of our overall training program is a very important to the success of our athlete’s long-term success. Our free skiing time is broken into two discreet elements of time; free play on skis and directed free skiing which is specific to our task / goals. Sunday was a great day of free play on skis where the kids explored all parts of the mountain. We are near the end of a very productive SL training block and are looking to bring that success to the Bromley race this weekend.

Saturday, Jan26 – Bromley SL race
Sunday, Jan 27 – GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

Bromley Race Plan:
7:15 AM Registration is upstairs in the Wild Boar Base Lodge
8:20AM Meet coaches in front (hill side) of Wild Boar Base Lodge – Leaving promptly 8:30AM *
8:45AM Course inspection - Race is on East Meadow
9:30AM First Run
As we approach the half way point of our season, which is hard to believe. We reviewed our season training plan of GS, SL and speed elements / SG to our actual training volume per discipline, and we are looking to make some minor adjustments to increase our GS and speed elements / SG.

We are going to add a Jiminy Peak GS race to our schedule:
2/3/2019 Sunday GS - https://adminskiracing.com/node/179141

Our plan is to train SG on 2/1, SG and GS on 2/2. The long-range forecast is for snow which may put our plans at risk.
Speed skis get very little use, not to mention they are expensive skis. We only recommend purchasing skis if your planning on attending the State SG or are thinking of it for next year. Hopefully we can get more training in but it’s always hard. We are working on trying to create a pool of speed skis (mix of GS and SG skis) that are suitable for use. Currently the pool is small with just a few pairs. We’re not sure how big it will become, but we are trying to have something for folks to use.
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U16-Plan B

The fencing is coming off the hill in anticipation of the potential snow forecast. So unfortunately, the SG training is getting cancelled. We hope to find another training slot soon. The plan is to get some SL training in over the four training days but be prepared to go rip some turns in the powder if we get some substantial snow. Monday is going to be very cold so be prepared – dress accordingly. 

Plan B – Significant snow 

Friday, Jan 18 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Saturday, Jan 19 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Sunday, Jan20 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Monday 1/28 - Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Enjoy Winter - Ski Fast!

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U16-SG or Powder Skiing - What will it be?

The video from the GS race on Sunday has been uploaded to Sprongo: https://sprongo.com/playlists/155214/66707/t, check it out. Some really awesome skiing.

We are coming off a great block of GS and plan to work our athletes into some speed elements on Friday 1/18 – Saturday 1/19. Our goals are to work on balance, terrain and aerodynamics at speed in a safe, controlled and fun environment. We would like to treat this with all the same seriousness and respect as if our athletes were attending a SG race. All Athletes need to show up on time for this training session as we will be taking the time for a coach instructed - course inspection.
We will be reviewing with the athletes the following:
• Respect speed
• The importance/requirement of inspection
• Yellow zone
• What to do if you fall in SG
• Reviewing tuck positions - (Low and high)
• How to move from one tuck position to another
• How to stop
• Course Inspection
Skis for training can be SG or a longer GS skis, below are some recommended guidelines:

Woman

Woman >110lbs: 190-195CM 30M GS or 190-200CM >30M SG

Men: >193CM 30M GS or 190-205CM >30M SG

Fast skiing (SG fast) is only done in controlled environments with lots of fencing for protection, and under a coach’s supervision. After a good speed training session, what was once fast before is slow, so when returning to other trails please keep your speeds down. Please be safe 

We are evaluating adding the State SG race to our race schedule, please don’t sign up for the race until we can commit to properly preparing our athletes for this race. Please talk to any of the coaches if you have questions.

Of course, with speed training scheduled for this weekend, here comes the snow. Please check the blog for any changes.

Plan A - No significant snow – dusting

Friday, Jan 18 – SG skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

Saturday, Jan 19 – SG/GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, Back Protector

Sunday, Jan20 – SL skis, shin guards, SL helmet / face bar, pole guards on SL poles 

Plan B – Significant snow

Friday, Jan 18 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Saturday, Jan 19 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles

Sunday, Jan20 – Powder/SL skis, GS/SL helmet, shin guards, pole guards on SL poles


Already getting excited for another great weekend!

Best
The U16 Coaches

 

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U16 Plan: Keeps Getting Better

All of the coaches were very proud of our athlete’s performance on Saturday. They all had some very positive elements of execution on what they have been working on and learning. We try to keep the focus on their own performance for their run and do their own self-appraisal of how well they executed that race run. As our athletes continue to improve their performances the results will happen over time. It was a really good day!

We had another awesome day of training on Sunday.  The athletes brought incredible energy, and enthusiasm as we got back to GS training. We used timing / video and challenged our athletes to use different tactical plans to see the changes in their times. It was a great session.

The video for the races and our training sessions are on Sprongo:

Friday, Jan 4 - Stratton GS - https://sprongo.com/playlists/154486 

Saturday, Jan 5 - Bromley SL - https://sprongo.com/playlists/154596

Sunday, Jan 6 - Stratton Training GS - https://sprongo.com/playlist/154741

 

We plan to continue to amp up the GS training in preparation for the Sunday race at Stratton.

Saturday, Jan 12 GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet, and Back Protector

Sunday, Jan 13 – Stratton GS Race Day Plan

7:15AM Registration opens West wing of the Base Lodge

8:35AM Meet all athletes in front of Mid Mountain lodge – Leaving promptly 8:40AM

9:00AM Course inspection

9:45AM First Run begins

We’ve had some issues getting a few athletes into races, the best way to ensure you get in is to sign up well in advance and withdrawn if required. This helps ensure your participation in the races you’d like to attend. Below is the complete U16 SWSC race schedule that everyone is eligible for and a the link to RaceAdmin for signup. Some links are not yet available  for signup.

Date

Day

Discipline

Host Mt

Link

1/13/2018

Sunday

GS

Stratton

https://adminskiracing.com/node/182505

1/26/2018

Saturday

SL

Bromley

https://adminskiracing.com/node/180629

2/9/2018

Saturday

SL

Cochrans

https://adminskiracing.com/node/195705

2/18/2018

Monday-PRES

SL

Pico

https://adminskiracing.com/node/181326

2/24/2018

Sunday

GS

Burke

 

3/1/2018

Friday

SL

Men - Stratton
Woman - Sugarbush

 

3/2/2018

Saturday

GS

Men - Stratton
Woman - Sugarbush

 

3/17/2018

Sunday

DPSL

Stratton

https://adminskiracing.com/node/185009

3/23/2018

Saturday

GS

Stratton

 

 

Best Regards,

U16 Coaching Staff

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Updated Plan for Friday 1/4

For the folks that are racing Friday 1/4, the plan is:
7:15 AM Registration is in the West End of the Main Lodge
8:35AM Meet coaches in front the Mid Stratton Lodge – Leaving promptly 8:40AM *
8:45AM Course inspection - Race is on Franks Fallline
9:45AM First Run

After the race we will be trying to get in a little SL training, so please bring SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles.

I wanted to share a part of Alex’s post this month:

Of course we all want immediate results. It's far more difficult to put in the work, follow a program and be patient in achieving our goal. Building daily habits will help and give you something consistent to focus on. Results will vary, but the process stays steady no matter what. Every day you get the satisfaction of knowing that you're getting a little better.
Alex Krebs - VARA's Youth Coordinator
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New Year - January 2019

We have had a great athlete to coach ratio and it provided an environment for each athlete to get a lot of individual focus during the holiday break. The snow conditions continued to be firm and challenging. The athletes are really working hard on acquiring the necessary skills and it’s really starting to show in their skiing. We continued our progression working on the mastery of good arc-to-arc skiing. We had multiple opportunities to shoot some video during training to aid our athletes in gaining a better technical understanding and help guide their ongoing learning. The mountain operations folks have been doing an incredible job at providing us with enough snow to have gate training sessions despite the warmer / rainy cycle we remain in. Hopefully this weather pattern changes soon in our favor of some snow or remains colder. The conditions over at Bromley will be very firm, razor sharp skis are going to be key to help ensure success.

s. Please sign up for the Bromley race at: https://adminskiracing.com/node/180627, if you have not already done so.

Saturday, Jan 5 - SL race at Bromley
Sunday, Jan 6 – Training GS - GS skis, GS poles, GS helmet. Back Protector - w/video and timing.

Bromley Race Plan:

7:15 AM   Registration is upstairs in the Wild Boar Base Lodge

8:20AM    Meet coaches in front (hill side) of Wild Boar Base Lodge – Leaving promptly 8:30AM *

8:45AM    Course inspection - Race is on East Meadow

9:30AM    First Run

Next race date and overview of training for January
Sunday, November 27 – GS Race at Stratton
This month we have planned for (2) GS and (2) SL races, (3) Speed Elements / SG, (5) GS and (4) SL focused training days
Looking forward to another great month!!

Best
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U16 Plan - Dec 31 2018

Unfortunately, with all the weather challenges, the mountain has adjusted the snow making plans on Franks making GS training unavailable for the remainder of the holiday break. With the lack of GS training leading into this Friday, we have adjusted our plan to stay with SL through Saturday (Bromley SL). We will support this race if you’ve already signed up but feel it’s better for most to stay focused on SL.

Dec. 31 – SL skis, shin guards, face bar, pole guards on SL poles

We are truly grateful for all of you who share in our passion of ski racing. Thank you for being part of the U16 program. Here's to making 2019 great.

Hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!!
U16 Coaching Staff

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