Alpine Programs

Eastern Region Projects

Eastern Region Projects - Purpose and Goals

Purpose Statement:

To produce the best alpine ski racers in the world at the developmental, sub-national team level by offering complementary cooperative training with Tri-Regional, Eastern Region, and Eastern Region club and academy training programs/plans.

Goals:

  1. To assist skill development, management, athletic training, and competition performance programs of the top Eastern Athletes - U14 through U21.
  2. To establish and conduct an athlete talent detection and development system that tracks and measures the performance and performance characteristics of top regional racers at various chronological points in their ski racing development.
  3. To contribute as productively, professionally, and fully possible in the achievement of the USSA Mission of being the best nation in ski competition in the world.
 

East RTG Projects

April 11th- April 12th, 2014.         Spring SL training project  #1.                             Killington  

Content and Goals: SL gate training in variable freeze/thaw conditions. Technical emphasis is on upper body control and pole planting. Increase training volume.
Leader(s): Tom Ashworth, Tom Sell
Support: Regional Development coach
Staff: Tom Ashworth, Tom Sell, Adam Chadbourne + home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern region selection athletes U21- U16 (M+W)

April 16th – April 18th, 2014.       Spring SL training project  #2.                             Cochran’s  

Content and Goals: SL gate training in variable freeze/thaw conditions. Placing emphasis on upper body control and pole planting. Increase training volume.
Leader: Martin Guyer
Support: Jimmy Cochran  
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern region selection athletes U21- U16 + USST senior athletes (M+W)

April 30th– May 13th, 2014.          Tri Region SG/GS project                                     Mammoth

Content and Goals: The camp's focus will primarily be on transitions, terrain management and tactics within GS & SG. Training will be an extension of the current season in that much of it will be in an environment that simulates different variables that may arise in competition of SG and GS.
Leader: Lester Keller/Martin Guyer
Support: Regional development coaches-Guyer(East), Harjo(West), Dunlop(R/C)
Staff: Home program coaches from each Region
Eligible: Eastern region selection athletes U21- U16  (M+W)

June 28th- June 29th, 2014.                       Athletic evaluation.                                    Burlington, VT.

Content and Goals: Functional movement screen, athletic performance assessment and conditioning workshop at Momentum Physical Therapy.
Leader: Martin Guyer Regional Development coach
Support: Youth Coordinator, Regional director
Staff: ATC staff, licensed PT staff
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) and invitees

July 27th- August 2nd, 2014.                  RTG SL project                                            Mt Hood

Content and Goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to SL. Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.  Increase gate- training volume on upper Palmer snowfield.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional Director
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) and invitees

August 12th - August  21st, 2014.           RTG College project                                 Mt Hood

Content and Goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to SL. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.  Increase gate- training volume on upper Palmer snowfield.
Leader(s): Stever Bartlett, Bill Reichelt
Support: Regional Development coach, Regional Director
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern USSA Collegiate ski team members for season 2014-2015

August 22nd - Sept 5th, 2014.                 RTG College project                                 Location TBD

Content and Goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to SL. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.  Increase gate- training volume on upper Palmer snowfield.
Leader(s):  Peter Dodge, Chip Knight
Support: Regional Development coach, Regional Director
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern USSA Collegiate ski team members for season 2014-2015

October 17th-22nd, 2014                       RTG GS project                                              Loveland

Content and Goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to GS. Emphasis will be on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.  Increase gate- training volume on hard snow for final preparation phase to early season competition.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional Director
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) and invitees. This is also a U16 parallel project.

October 27th-31st, 2014                                     U16/U18 speed + SL                                    Copper

Content and Goals: That’s right- Speed elements plus SL. Long radius turns, ski in terrain, jumping skills and SL in the 2nd session. This project is designed to introduce athletes to long radius turns in varying terrain (rollers, jumps), develop pressure control skills, trajectory and line related to SG/DH. Aim is to increase work effort and do (2) sessions a day. Second session will be SL gate training.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional Director
Staff: Home program coaches
Eligible: Regional invitees interested in introduction to speed elements and long radius turns.

November 1st - 6th, 2014                       RTG DH/SG/SL project                                  Copper CO.

Content and Goals:  This camp is designed to focus on athletes attending the early season speed Nor-Ams. Full length DH and SG courses with goal of 4-5 runs per session. Aim for double session SL on SG training days.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director
Staff: home program coaches TBD x 6
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W), intending NA speed competitors and invitees.

November 18th - 22nd, 2014                U16 SG/DH project                                          Copper, CO

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to focus on proper execution of event related skill in relation to transitions and terrain adaptations in SG and DH. Refinement of inspection skill and the application of tactical planning for these events will also be a focus
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Youth Coordinator, Regional director
Staff: Home program coaches TBD x 6
Eligible: U16 invitees- YOB 99, YOB 2000 (M+W)

Late November 2014 (TBD)             RTG Nor Am Tech prep                              Summit County, CO

Content and Goals: Final prep training opportunity for Regional Nor Am level athletes intending to compete in Tech Nor- Ams
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director
Staff: Home program coaches TBD
Eligible: Intending Nor – Am athletes

Dec 1st- Dec 6th, 2014                     Tri Regional speed                                             Copper, CO

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to focus on proper execution of event related skill in relation to transitions and terrain adaptations in SG and DH. Refinement of inspection skill and the application of tactical planning for these events will also be a focus. This will serve as final prep for Eastern athletes intending to compete in speed Nor –Ams @ Copper.
Leader: Lester Keller
Support: Regional coaches; Karin Harjo, Ian Dunlop, Martin Guyer
Staff: Home program coaches TBD
Eligible: Eastern athletes intending to compete @ Nor Am Speed series (M+W) and invitees

January, 2015                Tech and speed projects in Region                                    Location TBD

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique and tactics. Focus areas will be in GS/SL technique and DH/SG tactics and terrain adaption
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director, regional manager
Staff: home program coaches x 4 TBD
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) + invitees

February, 2015                Tech and speed projects in Region                                   Location TBD

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique and tactics. Focus areas will be in GS/SL technique to find new pace.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director, regional manager
Staff: home program coaches x 4+ TBD
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) + invitees

February, 2015                U18 National championships prep camp                          Copper CO.

Content and goals: Race venue acclimation and final prep block for U18 National championships. (4) Event training at race venue.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director
Staff: home program coaches x 10 TBD
Eligible: All qualified U18 eastern athletes

April, 2015                       U16-U18-U21 SL projects in Region                                   Location TBD

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Gate training repetition and volume.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director, Youth Coordinator
Staff: home program coaches x 4+ TBD;
Eligible: Eastern athletes on SL performance in season (M+W) U16-U21+invitees

May/June 2015                          SL/GS Terrain and Tactics Camp                                    Mt Hood or CO.

Content and Goals: This camp is designed to focus proper execution in relation to transitions and terrain adaptations in SL and GS. Both natural and artificial terrain features will be used. Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and skiing skills as they relate to the transition of the turn will be focused on.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Youth Coordinator, Regional director
Staff: home program coaches x 4 TBD
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) U16-U21+invitees 

August/September 2015       U18/U21 SL/GS/SG project                                    Australia, NZ or Chile

Content and Goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to GS and SL.  Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.  Increase volume of gate training and potentially compete in 4-6 tech races.
Leader: Regional development coach (Guyer)
Support: Regional director
Staff: x 4 TBD
Eligible: Eastern RTG athletes (M+W) U16-U21+invitees

 

East Youth Projects

The invitee list and content for these projects will be determined by a combination of the Eastern Children's Committee and the USSA Eastern Staff.

 

 

Projects Calendar

 

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