Eastern Age Groups
2014-2015 Equipment Rules (Final 8 September version)
Competitors born in 1997 and earlier are eligible to participate in USSA and FIS scored races. Development at the state and regional level is integral for the advancement of athletes at this age. Through qualifying races, USSA and FIS, athletes can advance to varied levels of upper level racing.
U-16 competition (YOB 1998 and 1999) is seen as the transitional step between children’s racing and seeded competition. U-16 athletes who wish to earn points in the USSA points system – or advance to state championships or eastern region events - must be Competitor Members with USSA.
U-14 competition (YOB 2000 and 2001) is organized at close to home areas for most of the season. Competitors must hold a valid USSA youth membership for all programs and race in non-scored races. The U-14 program begins with state racing circuits scheduled by each state association. State schedules culminate in a U-14 State Championship later in the season. There will be a U-14 Eastern Championship event in March. Top-performing second year U14s will be invited to the U16 project in Park City. In April, the USSA Eastern Region and Alpine Quebec and Alpine Ontario will compete at the U-14 Am Can Races.
Skills Quest - the cornerstone program of the USSA Alpine Training System
U12, U10 and Younger
These youth athletes are YOB 2002 and later and participate in non-scored USSA events.The structure of youth program racing varies from state to state and from program to program within states. Many of the programs involve a dual-racing format, team racing concepts, Skills Quest, or other fun oriented events. For detailed information about the programs available in your area, contact your state racing organization.
At age 18, competitors may begin racing in USSA’s masters program. (You must be 21 years old to be able to compete in the Master's regional, or National Championships) Individuals who purchase a masters membership and compete in masters competitions will not score USSA points
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