SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

U10 PROGRAM

 

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SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

Category: …………………….U10
Ages:…………………………….U10 (7, 8 and 9 years old as of 1/1/18)
Head Coach………………….Sally Utter
Start-End Dates: ………….December 2nd, 2016-March 24th, 2018
Training Hours:…………….9:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday & Sunday

 Philosophy
The U10 group is our entry level program to skill building, goal setting, and competition.  With the main focus being on fun, participants are exposed to a variety of learning situations designed to give them success and the desire for more! Free-skiing, gate drills, gate training are part of any practice.

 Technical Goals
U10’s have a three level structure:
Level 1 – Athletes will develop a good balanced parallel stance, proper pole plants, and the beginning elements of a carved   ski.
Level 2 – Athletes who are beginning to carve will develop those skills to the point of proficiency.
Level 3 – Athletes will apply their carving skills to the race course where they can fine tune them.

 Competition Goals
The U10 athlete is being introduced to racing and competition. Learning to memorize the course and preparing for more difficult gates, striving to improve times on each run, supporting teammates who get faster or slower times, and receiving feedback from the coaches on the race run are some of the more common features of competition in the U10 groups.

 Competition Events for U10 (7 – 9 year olds)
There are five races run usually on Sundays starting in January and ending in mid-March. These events can be hosted by any of the 7 mountains that make up the Northern Vermont Racing council; Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Cochrans, Stowe, Burke, Jay Peak and Smugglers Notch. The competitions have over 100 boy and girl racers and prizes are awarded at each race. No qualification is necessary for any of the races. Throughout the year we will host a few fun cookie races as well.

Methodology
The following provides overview highlights of the Program’s curriculum. Should the more detailed curriculum be desired, please contact the Head Coach.

U10

Free Skiing 40%
Free Skiing Drills 40%
Gate Drills
Gate Training 20%

2018 Race Schedule

Sunday, January 14th-    GS @ GMVS

Sunday, January 21st-    GS @ Smugglers Notch (team race)

Sunday, February 11th-  GS @ Cochran’s

Tuesday, Match 6th-       GS @ Cochran’s (Town Meeting Day Race)

Sunday, March 18th-       Dual Slalom @ Stowe

Saturday, March 24th-   GMVS Club Championships @ GMVS

 

Equipment Requirements ~ U10

A pair of “race” skis- A slalom ski or combo ski will work best.

A pair of “rock skis”/or “Trainer skis” (used when condition/terrain are thin).

Boots– very important for proper fit and athlete is able to flex “ankle flexion”
Poles
Helmet (NO SOFT EAR HELMETS)
Goggles
Back protector (strongly recommended)

GMVS   Ski SWAP

For used equipment check out – www.gmvsskiclub.org and click on GMVS Ski Swap. Great way to buy or sell used equipment.

 

Communications/Questions
The Sugarbush/GMVS Ski club will communicate with families in 2 different ways.  First off, there will be weekly updates found on our web site www.gmvsskiclub.orgGroup emails are also a common pathway for club communication.  Please be sure that the following emails are accepted in your inbox:
AJulius@GMVS.org:                 Club Director/Head U14/U16 Coach
sutter@madriver.com               Club Asst. Director/Head U10/U12 coach