U10/12/14 Info

2014/2015

CHILDREN’S COMPETITION – U10/12/14 (2001 and Younger)
CHILDREN’S COMMITTEE

The Children’s Committee is made up of representative coaches from ski clubs and ski areas which sponsor children’s racing programs. The committee oversees USSA Children’s ski races in Maine and works to promote positive development through the USSA pipeline. The MARA Children’s Committee administers the criteria which are established to select U14/12 to represent Maine in regional events. All recommendations of the Children’s Committee are voted on by the full MARA Board of Directors.

The Chair of the Committee is Andrew Willihan. A note from the Chairman: The rules governing MARA children’s racing can be confusing! Please don’t hesitate to contact a coach or program head if you have questions. Furthermore, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or for clarification. Tel: 603-667-1669, e-mail: awillihan@gocva.com

RACE ENTRY PROCEDURES
USSA Alpine Entry Timing Cards or the equivalent registration on-line should be used for registration for all MARA races. This registration, along with full payment, should be received by the race organizers 3 days before the event. Late entries for MARA are defined as any entry received less than 48 hours before the scheduled start time of that event. Phone entries, faxed and e-mailed entries may be accepted with a Credit Card. Those received without full payment prior to race day will be considered late unless noted by the event organizer and may be changed a $10 late fee.
Entry cards must be complete with the following information: name as it appears on USSA license, USSA number, address, sex, club, YOB, class, phone number, and name and date of race. It is best to include a separate check with each mailed entry and for each day of racing. Please check MARA web site under Enter a Race as to how each mountain would like to receive their entries.

 


U10 born 2005 & 2006 or younger

MARA encourages U10 athletes to focus on skill development and all terrain skiing. U 10 athletes are eligible to race in all MARA USSA Children’s races,  that are listed on the U10 schedule. MARA does not recognize U8 athletes as a separate age class, but rather welcomes appropriately skilled younger athletes to participate in the U10 category.

This year, several Maine resorts   will be hosting  Non USSA events for U8-14 Athletes.  These race will be held on Jan 11th at Lost Valley, Jan. 25 at Camden Snow Bowl, Feb 22 at Titcomb and Sunday River will be hosting a 2 day festival open to all U12 and younger athletes, March 7-8.   The Sunday River event will be comprised Mountain Challenge and stubby Slalom on Saturday and a GS on Sunday.  These events will be a fun events specifically geared toward young developing athletes.

 

U 12 athletes born in 2003 and 2004

 

U12 athletes are eligible to compete in all MARA USSA Children’s races, unless otherwise noted on the race schedule.  The State Qualifying Series for the U12 age group consists of four races ( 2 Slalom and 2 GS races), each consisting of two (2) runs. The Slalom qualifiers will be held Jan.19 at Saddleback & March 1 at  Shawnee  Peak.  The GS qualifiers will be held Feb. 15 at Sugarloaf & Feb. 28 at Sunday River. At U12 Qualifiers the start order for the first run will by random draw.  Any racers entering after the start list has been printed will start at the end of their class.  The start order for the second run will be the complete reverse order of the first run, within each class, regardless of first run results.  Awards at the end of the day will be based on the combined times of the 2 runs.

MARA will select a team of 6 girls and 6 boys from the U12 Qualifier series to compete at the Francis Piche Memorial on March 13-15 at Gunstock, NH. Selections   for the  Francis Piche will be based on the best 4 RUN finishes of a possible 12 results (8 runs and 4 combined finishes). Ties will be broken by the next best run finish. In the event that 2 athletes are tied based on all of their runs, the first run of the qualifying season will be placed head to head.  The athlete with the lower place will win the tie. In a shortened season, the number of State Qualifier Series results counted toward qualifying will equal thirty-three percent (33%) of the total results hosted at the end of the qualifying season, rounded to the nearest whole number.

This year there  will be a U12 SG Camp and 2 Super G races, held in conjunction with the U14 SG Camp at Sunday River on Jan 29-30. The goal of this U14 & U12 camp is to integrate SG elements of ski racing at a younger age for capable athletes. Please   see your program director for feedback about whether your ability level meets the requirements for these camps. This year, several Maine resorts   will be hosting  Non USSA events for U8-14 Athletes.  These   race will be held on Jan 11th at Lost Valley, Jan. 25 at Camden Snow Bowl, Feb 22 at Titcomb and Sunday River will be hosting a 2 day festival open to all U12 and younger athletes, March 14-15.   The Sunday River event will be comprised Mountain Challenge and stubby Slalom on Saturday and a GS on Sunday.  These events will be a fun events specifically geared toward young developing athletes

 

U14 athletes born in 2001 and 2002

U14 athletes are eligible to compete in all MARA USSA Children’s races, unless otherwise noted on the race schedule.  The State Qualifier Series for theU14 age group consists of races ( 2 Slalom and 2 GS races), each consisting of two (2) runs and a Super G race. The Slalom qualifiers will be held Jan.19 at Saddleback & March1 at Shawnee Peak.  The GS qualifiers will be held Feb. 15 at Sugarloaf & Feb. 28 at Sunday River. The Super G race will be held at Sunday River Jan.30 At the U14 Qualifiers the start order will be  by random draw. Any racer entering the race after the start list has been printed will start at the end of the appropriate class. The start order for the second run will be the complete reverse order of the first run, within each class, regardless of first run results.  Awards at the end of the day will be based on the combined times of the 2 runs for the GS & SL.

 

 

The post-season events for this age group are the U14 Eastern Championships and the Francis Piche Memorial.  Selections for the U14 Eastern Championships and the Francis Piche will be based on the best four (5) results of a possible twelve (13) in the State Qualifier Series.  Each GS & SL race will offer an opportunity for 3 results; 1st run, 2nd run and combined time results. Super G will offer an opportunity for 1 result. Ties will be broken by the next best result.  In the event that 2 athletes are tied based on all of their runs, the first run of the qualifying season will be placed head to head.  The athlete with the lower place will win the tie. Any combination of results may be used, using either or both disciplines. In a shortened season, the number of State Qualifier Series results counted toward qualifying will equal thirty-three percent (33%) of the total results hosted at the end of the qualifying season, rounded to the nearest whole number.
U14 Eastern Championships March 12-15 Stowe

MARA quota of 17 will be selected from the Maine State Qualifier Series. Gender allocation for the MARA quota to the U14 Eastern Championships will be equal to the percentage of U14 boy and girl MARA members as of January 1, 2015.  The quota allocations will be confirmed by the Children’s Committee and published on the MARA website prior to the first qualifier of the state race series.

 

U14 & U12 Francis Piche Memorial Gunstock, NH
MARA quota of 6 girls and 6 boys   will be selected from the Maine State Qualifier Series following the selection of the U14 Eastern Championships quota.

 

U14 Can- Am’s Tremblant   March   27-29  2015

 

Eastern Region U14 selections to the U16 National Project (April – Park City) are based on overall results (combined times)

from the GS and SL races contested at the U14 Eastern Championships (March 13-16 – Stowe).

 

The top 5, 2001 birth year athletes per gender are selected.

 

The winner of a discipline/gender receives 100 points; second place receives 80 points, etc. (New World Cup Points)

Ranking is based on each athlete’s best single overall result, with ties decided by the next best overall SL or GS result,

and then best single run(s) if necessary.

 

2002 birth years are not eligible for selection to the U16 National Project, but are not purged from the race result rankings.

 

Selected athletes may choose not to attend the U16 National Project. The Eastern Region will not fill any unused quota slots.

 

The next 30 U14 athletes per gender are invited to represent the Eastern Region at the U14 Can-Am Races (March 27-29 – Mt Tremblant).

Selections are made using the following criteria:

Winners of individual disciplines contested at the U14 Eastern Championships (SG, GS, SL),

followed by rankings based on each athlete’s best 2 single run and/or overall results from the series.

 

First place(s) will receive 1 point; second place(s) will receive 2 points, etc.

Ties will be decided by the next best place (third result/place).

 

The top 2 (from each gender) first year (2002′s) with the best scores from the U14 Eastern Championships Skills Assessment

will be automatic selections to the designated  Eastern U14 Camps for the following season.

The top 2 second year (2001′s) will be named as automatics to the Eastern U16 Camp(s).”

 

 

 
Definition of internal tie-breaker: Ties broken internally are when you look at the BEST result of the scores that are being counted vs an “external” tie break where you go to the NEXT best result. Internal tie breaks are generally used when there are not very many results being contested.
For example in a best 2 out of 6 results (U14 Championships) with internal tie breaker:
Athlete 1 has a 2,4,3,4,2 for a best 2 (2 and 2) equaling 4
Athlete 2 has a 1,3,6,4 for a best 2 (1 and 3) equaling 4
Athlete 2 would be ranked higher because of the 1st place
If using external tie breaker in the same scenario Athlete 1 would be ranked higher because the next best 3rd is better than the next best 4th of athlete 2.