Phase 3 | Ages: Girls 10-13 | Boys 11-14

 Participation: 4-8 years in the sport. Ski 3-4 days a week. 70 days a year. At least 60% free skiing. Competition period: (Jan-April). Number of race starts: 10-15 with a 1:6 ratio of racing: training. Also plays complementary sports.

Conditioning Emphasis: 1-2 conditioning sessions per week in season, with further development of previous components. Emphasis on aerobic conditioning. Incorporates own body weight training and body awareness training.

Technical and Tactical Emphasis: Technical stage-develops the skills to carve. Instill sound fundamental technical skills. Execute linked, carved turns with all the technical components in a variety o terrain. Acquires specific technical and tactical skills including gate blocking, speed elements, course inspection, anticipation of terrain line and turn shape. Free skis all terrain with competence, with an emphasis on balance and carving.

Equipment Selection and Preparation: Adhere to USSA rules for all equipment selection.

Skis: Slalom, GS and super G skis. Develop tuning skills

Boots: Proper boot fit and flex are critical for performance. Boot  flexes and responds as it interacts with the ski and plate

Protection: Head, arm, hand , shoulder, back teeth and shin protection recommended based on event

Poles: GS-standard length. SL- pole guard for blocking and protection, pole may be slightly shorter.

Performance Psychology Emphasis: Sampling Years: Positive self talk, work ethic and perseverance with a focus on the process not results. Encourage the use of imagery and visualizing good technique. Demonstrate teamwork and sportsmanship. Positive parental support and club involvement.

Competition Emphasis: Local racing leads to state and divisional championships which may lead to regional events.

Alpine Training System Phase 3

4-8 years in the sport.


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