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Training times and places

 

The Junior Racing Programs are seasonal programs only, which offers two levels of Clinics.

The Future Star Team (Recreational Program)
Age: Six years to ten years
Cost: $ 450
Morning Session 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Afternoon session 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Ski Racing Team (Competition Program)
Age: eight years & older
Cost: $ 450
Morning session 8:45 am - 11:00 am

All SARA ski races will count as a session

The Future Star and Ski Team Schedule:
See Ski School or email skischool@bryceresort.com

Future Star Program is mainly for children six to ten years with the emphasis on
developing a sound skiing and NASTAR racing technique. The morning and afternoon
clinics will be fun oriented and expose a good camaraderie among the kids. The different
skill level classes will work on all aspects of skiing, mountain cruising and recreational
racing.

Ski Team Program is tailored for the skilled and aggressive juniors, starting at age of
nine and older, who desire more extensive gate training, technical skiing drills and
traveling to different ski resorts to compete in SARA slalom and giant slalom races.
SARA ski races will count for a ski team racer as a session. With other words, if a racer
will not participate in a SARA race; there is no ski session available at Bryce Resort at
that time.

For more information, please email skischool@bryceresort.com

The standard schedule is 8:45am - 11:00am Saturdays and Sundays.  We also train most school vacation periods, including Christmas and February vacations.  We meet in front of the Ski Lodge on the snow.  This is skis on, ready to go, all dressed up on-time. We always return to the Lodge at each session’s end.  PLEASE MAKE THE EFFORT TO HAVE YOUR ATHLETE HERE AND READY ON TIME.  It shows your encouragement and helps foster responsibility.  Also, be sure your athlete is well rested, well nourished and well dressed for the winter elements.  We train in just about all weather so be prepared.  In extreme conditions we take warm up breaks as needed, but not every run!

Training deviation?

 

Yes, this happens. We will notify you in advance of this through email.

 

Communications

 

The bulletin board is located inside the Members Locker Room. Check it every morning.

Bryce Ski Team website - www.bryceskiteam.org

 

Constant Contact - FOBST e-mail group

 

OneCallNow - FOBST phoneblast

 

Twitter - follow BryceSkiTeam

 

Facebook - follow BryceSkiTeam

 

skisara.org

 

Coaches are generally available before training.

 

FOR SAFETY PURPOSES:  If your athlete needs to leave training early let us know in person or provide a note with the details.  Also, a parent or responsible party must be available during training periods in case of emergency.

 

The coaches are on radios during training should you have an urgent need to contact an athlete.  This is not a message service please don't misuse.

Clothing/Gear

 

The staff is well qualified to assess equipment needs.  We may initiate this or you are welcome to ask.  Please, learn about keeping skis tuned and waxed, either yourself or a shop.  It really helps the athletes in training for skis to be tuned weekly.  Wax often, particularly after a stone grind.  Your child is at a disadvantage in practice as well as in races if their skis are not properly sharpened.  This will allow them to develop the confidence that their skis will hold.

 

Additionally, proper boot fitting is essential for success.  The appropriate flex for an athlete’s size, strength and skill is crucial for allowing the athlete to carve the ski.  Please make sure that boots are buckled appropriately as well, loose buckles may be more comfortable but they hinder performance.

 

Additional tips:

 

Item

Tip/Hints

Helmet

All kids need them all the time and they should be hard shelled helmets (no soft ear flaps).  There are USSA certification requirements for helmets at all USSA races. 

 

Refer to page 136 from Chapter 8 of the USSA Alpine Competition Guide for additional details at: http://www.ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/sports/alpine/rules/compguide.html. 

Core Clothing Layers

On an “average” day, every child should have:

 

- Base layer (long john top and bottom)

- Turtle neck

- Fleece top

- Fleece bottom or jogging pants

 

On a really cold day, add a second base layer and or a fleece vest.

Socks

Socks should be made for skiing, a medium to heavy knit.  No street socks, there feet will freeze.  “Extra-thick” socks can be a problem unless the ski boot is to big. 

 

Don’t have them wear two pairs of socks on a cold day, it is too bulky and cuts down circulation. 

Warm-Ups

Kids should have a good pair of “zip” warm-ups.  Make sure the zippers work.  If the zipper pull breaks, use a paper click wrapped in duck tape or a zip tie. 

Jacket

Most kids have jackets that do the job just fine.  A nice warm coat that isn’t so stiff your child turns into a mummy will be perfect.

Boot Heaters

Totally optional and fairly uncommon for a JV.  If you get them, make sure you are comfortable your child is responsible enough to use them correctly and not loose them.

Gloves

Good gloves make a difference.  They seem to cost way too much, but your kids hands get cold fast and they make a difference.  Mittens are great on a cold day.

 

Glove padding is nice, but not a must have unless they are cross blocking (more later on cross blocking).

GS Suite

Totally optional, but they generally make kids feel faster and more confident.  For me, it should be the athlete’s choice.  If they want one and you can afford it, great.  If not, they will be fine. 

 

If you get one that does not look “to baggy” it will stretch for years.  My kids had the same GS suite for all J5 years and first year as a J4.

Armor

In general, last year 5’s are the group of athletes most likely to need armor, but only if they are skiing very aggressively. Any athlete cross blocking needs shin guards and pole guards. 

 

The pole guards come as ½, ¾ or full-coverage.  For J5’s, ¾ of full coverage is best.  A ¾ coverage pole guard covers the knuckles, but does not go up over the top of the pole.  A full pole guard goes up over the knuckles and screws into the top of the pole. Pole guards are often to “big” to fit the shaft of a J5 pole.  Use duct tape or any other space that allows you to get a good tight fit to the pole shaft. 

 

Shin guards should be JR shin guards that cover the knee, but don’t ride up into the thigh.  A shin guard that rides up the leg is too big.

 

Chin guards that mount to the helmet are optional.  If used, they can only be used in SL and have to be removed before training or racing GS. 

Poles

To see if the pole is the right length, using the following test:

 

1)      Flip the pole upside down

2)      Stand straight

3)      Grab the pole under the basket

4)      Tuck the elbow to your side with the forearm at a 90 degree angle

 

If the forearm is not at 90 degrees, but slopes up slightly that is fine.  If it slopes down, the pole is too short.  If it slopes up more than a few degrees, it is too long.

 

J5’s can you use one pair of poles, but some kids prefer separate pools for GS and SL.  Once you are cross blocking, you need two pairs because you shouldn’t use pole guards when running GS. 

 

The GS poles are bent so they naturally wrap around the body when in a tuck. 

Skis

Most manufactures make a good race ski 130 CM and longer.  Shorter than that, talk to a coach. 

 

You don’t need SL and GS skis as a J5.  Get a “mid length” SL and you will be fine.  However, your athlete will perform better with two pairs.  General guidance is to have 2 pairs for last year J5’s who have high expectations or when it’s something you can afford and want to do. 

 

In general ski length can be tested as follows:

 

- For an SL ski, the ski should go to the nose

- For a GS ski, the ski should go to the top of the head

Tuning Gear

We can’t over emphasize how important well tuned ski’s are.  Refer to How-To Tune Skis for details.

$$$$$$$$’s

No way around it, skiing is an expensive sport.  If you need something for your athlete and want help, there is a good chance someone else in the club has what you need and would let you borrow or buy cheap.   The best way to find out is to post an inquiry at the Ski School or send an e-mail.  If you would prefer one of the coaching staff can inquire on your behalf. 

 

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