USSA Programs

Key Concepts

The USSA Training Systems for each sport provide recommendations for athletes, parents, coaches and clubs in six primary areas:

  • Sport participation - how many days or skiing/riding, number and time period of competitions, and training to competition ratios
  • Conditioning - volume and content for physical training outside of skiing or riding
  • Technique and tactics - specific skills for the sport
  • Equipment selection and preparation - the essential equipment needs for proper development
  • Performance psychology - mental strength activities
  • Competition - appropriate type and level of competition

There are recommendations in each of these areas based on the athlete's developmental phase