U10/12/14 Info

2013/2014

CHILDREN’S COMPETITION – U10/12/14 (2000 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 Allan Lobozzo. 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: 207-841-4282, e-mail: lobozzo@megalink.net

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 2004 & 2005 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.

New this year, MARA will be hosting 4 Non USSA events for U10-12 Athletes.  These races will be held on Jan 12th at Lost Valley, Feb 23rd at Titcomb and Sunday River will be hosting a 2 day festival open to all U12 and younger athletes, March 15-16.   The Sunday River event will be comprised of a Kombi on Saturday and a Mountain Challenge on Sunday.  These events will be a fun events specifically geared toward young developing athletes.

 

U 12 athletes born in 2002 and 2003

 

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; Slaloms Jan 19 & 20 at Sugarloaf, Giant slalom March 1 & 2 at Sunday River (also a U14 Qualifiers). 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 10 girls and 10 boys from the U12 Qualifier series to compete at the Francis Piche Memorial on March 14-15 at Gunstock, NH. Selections  for the Francis Piche will be based on the best 4  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.

New this year will be a U12 SG Camp and Super G race training, held in conjunction with the U14 SG Camp at Sunday River on Jan 30-31. The goal of this U14 & U12 camp is to integrate SG elements of ski racing at a younger age for capable athletes. There will be timed SG runs on the second day. Please see your program director for feedback about whether your ability level meets the requirements for these camps. There is a limit of 50 U14/12 racers to attend this camp, so get your entry in early.

New this year, MARA will be hosting 4 Non USSA events for U10-12 Athletes.  These races will be held on Jan 12thh at Lost Valley, Feb 23 at Titcomb and Sunday River will be hosting a 2 day festival open to all U12 and younger athletes, March 15-16.   The Sunday River event will be comprised of Stubby Slalom and Vertcle Challange on Saturday and a Giant Slalom  on Sunday.  These events will be a fun events specifically geared toward young developing athletes.

 

U14 athletes born in 2000 and 2001

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 the U14 age group consists of two (2) Slaloms and two (2) Giant Slaloms, each consisting of two (2) runs: Jan. 19 & 20 at Sugarloaf and March 1 & 2 at Sunday River. At U14 Qualifiers the start order of the first run 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.

This year U12 will be integrated in with the U14 SG Camp at Sunday River on Jan. 30 & 31. The goal of this U14 & U12 camp is to integrate SG elements of ski racing at a younger age for capable athletes. . There will be timed SG runs on the second day.  Please see your program director for feedback about whether your ability level meets the requirements for these camps. There is a limit of 50 U14/12 racers to attend this camp, so get your entry in early.

 

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 (4) results of a possible twelve (12) in the State Qualifier Series.  Each race will offer an opportunity for 3 results; 1st run, 2nd run and combined time results. 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 14-16 Stowe

MARA quota of 18 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, 2014. 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.  A flex pole standard of 25-27 mm diameter and a minimum height of 54 inches from snow surface to the top of the gate will be used at this event.

U14 & U12 Francis Piche Memorial Gunstock, NH
MARA quota of 10 girls and 10 boys  for the U12′s and 8 boys and 8 girls for the U14′s will be selected from the Maine State Qualifier Series following the selection of the U14 Eastern Championships quota.
3/13 Optional training day
3/14Piche’s Training day
3/15 Piche’s GS

3/16 Piche’s SL (optional, does not count toward State team results)

 

U14 Can- Am’s Sugarloaf March 28 – 30, 2014

Eastern quota of 30 boys and 30 girls will be selected from the U14 Eastern Championships. Selections will be based on the best two (2) of six (6) possible RUN and RESULT (1st run, 2nd run and combined time) finishes from the U14 Championships Slalom and GS races. Ties will be broken internally, if a tie still exists then the next best result will be used.
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.

Eastern Region U14 Fundamentals Camp Eastern

USSA has scheduled a U14 Fundamentals Camp, which is to be held Dec 15-17 at Sunday River, Maine. There is a quota of 2 from Maine, one boy and one girl selected from last year’s qualifier results. Additional slots Maine receives will be filled by going further down the 2012 qualifier results list; selecting first one from the gender with the greater U14 membership as of Jan 1, 2012 next the other gender.

Eastern Region U14 Elite Speed Camp
This camp is to be held February 7-8 at Sunday River. Selections will be made by the USSA Eastern Office.   Athletes who would like to be considered for discretionary slot should contact the eastern Office by January 21.