SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

U12 Program is for athletes born in 2007 and 2008

The U12 Program introduces the next steps in the progression of ski racing technique and tactics while continuing to develop basic technical skills. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, taking advantage of the world class terrain at Sugarbush Resort, technical skill development, as well as gate training. Racing introduction will focus predominantly on giant slalom, while also introducing slalom technique and tactics.

 

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SUGARBUSH/GMVS SKI CLUB

INFORMATION ON U12 PROGRAM

Category: ……………………………………….U12

Ages:………………………………………………U12 (DOB 2007 & 2008)

Head Coach……………………………………Bowen Holden

Start-End Dates: …………………………….December 1st, 2018 – March 31st, 2019

Training Hours Weekend: ……………….8:30am – 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday

Philosophy

The U12 Program introduces ski racing technique and tactics while continuing to develop basic technical skills. Groups split their time between all-mountain skiing, drills, and gate training. At this level, the skier will discover and develop individual skiing and racing styles.

Technical Goals

  • Learning to learn — Racers learn how to systematically develop their skills through repetition and experimentation. Learning to constructively respond to feedback and coaching is one of the most important skills acquired during the U12 years.
  • Carved turns with smooth transitions and no skidding.
  • Introduction to slalom skiing, including quick turns, gate contact and clearing, and tactics.
  • Giant slalom and Slalom turns and tactics.

 

Competition Goals

Young racers are transformed during their U12 years. Racing becomes a bit more serious. Racers are strongly encouraged to focus on improving their technique as a foundation for future results instead of focusing on current standings. A goal of the U12 program is to help racers learn to enhance the constructive aspects of competition and to minimize the distracting parts.

 

Methodology

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

*   Dryland training

*   Drills to master basic techniques

*   Video analysis

*   Race preparation training

*  Equipment preparation training

*  Equal time distribution throughout the season of free skiing, drills, and gate training.

Approximate distribution of time on-hill:

Free Skiing 35%
Free Skiing Drills 35%
Gate Drills
Gate Training 30%

 

Equipment Requirements ~ U12
ON RACE DAY ATHLETES MUST WEAR JACKET AND FULL LENGTH SNOW PANTS!  NO GS SUITS.

U12 Equipment Recommendations:

1 Pair Giant Slalom Race Ski  

1 Pair Slalom Race Ski

1 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– 2 pairs, one GS pole and one SL pole w/ with slalom guards.

Helmet -No soft ear helmets allowed for GS..

Slalom chin guard (see coach on guards)

Slalom pole guards

Slalom shin guards

Back protector (strongly recommended)

Goggles

ON RACE DAY ATHLETES MUST WEAR JACKET AND FULL LENGTH SNOW PANTS!  NO GS SUITS.

 

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Communications/Questions

The Sugarbush/GMVS Ski club will communicate with families in 2 different ways.  There will be weekly updates found on our website http://skiclub.gmvs.org/. Group 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 U14/16 Coach

sally@GMVS.org  Club Asst. Director/ Head U10/12 Coach