SRRC wanted to designed an area for new members, as well as potential members to easily find important resources associated with our organization. We have created it mainly with the parents in mind. We often hear how mind-boggling it is for those new to ski racing and snowboarding. Our hope is that our website is just an extension to familiarize you to the Club and the sport of ski racing, and become a resource when you have questions. Look at it as our SRRC “work in progress” and of course we are always open to suggestions to improve your resource experience.
- SRRC Registration Fees and Programs – SRRC is introducing Team SNAP this year and a new tab is added to this website for registration. Fees can be paid by debit/credit card, e-check, and personal check mailed in by USMail. If needed, the 2017-18 SRRC Registration Worksheet can help estimate costs prior to logging into the app. Additional information about programs can be found under our SKIING and SNOWBOARD tabs.
- SRRC Grant Program -Skiing and snowboarding, and especially racing, can be expensive. We get that. That’s why SRRC started a Grant program! SRRC is awarding grants for the 2017/18 season. Last year, three grants valued at $500 each were awarded. Applications must be received by December 1, 2018. Applicants must be 10 years old on or after January 1, 2018. Applicants can be new or returning Ski or Snowboard members who seek membership in any program, except Groms because of age. Applicants are limited to 3 years of awards. Awards are issued within 3 weeks of RMR opening date. A general overiew of the program is here. The application for the program is found here….2017-18 Grant Announcement & Form. SRRC appreciates and values those who contribute to the grant program.
- SkillsQuest – SkillsQuest is a USSA training and evaluation program that develops fundamental competencies in young skiers. It evolved in the last decade to provide exercises and drills that are specific to a precise movement pattern or dynamic skill which enhances racer techniques and tactics. SkillsQuest was developed because an important correlation was found by USSA when comparing the youth records of racers to their records as elite competitive adults. A correlation was found for skiers who scored high in fundamental skills also achieved greater success than those who had low scores. Fundamental skill scores were a more decisive indicator of future success than youth racing performances (i.e. podium finishes or points).Hence the USSA Alpine Training System has incorporated SkillsQuest into programs across all age groups and it contributes to overall scoring for state championships and regional competitions. SRRC coaches were delighted to receive the news that SRRC Member, Brady Mason (U14) achieved the 2nd highest score for the Skillsquest component at the USSA Eastern Regional Championships in 2016. SRRC is committed to providing SkillsQuest drills and supports its value in developing the talent and potential for all of our athletes. More info can be found at the USSA site on SkillsQuest.
- 2018 Calendars – SRRC is busy! We start in October (yes, October!) and wrap it up in April. Here are two calendars to help keep it all tracked. A general calendar spanning the entire season and another for PARA-Central for the travel team.
- Admin Ski Racing – This site, AdminSkiRacing.com, is the central location for all USSA/PARA travel races. It also is the registration site for racing beyond Pennsylvania. For the purpose of PARA races, all races appear under the PARA/Eastern filter. Each race have a separate registration fee and process determined by the host club. Clubs communicate the information through its registration page of its race. Races typically have a Wednesday or Thursday deadline, at any time of day, which is displayed in the date/time in the “Event Late Date”. Registrations after the deadline will incur a late fee, usually $25 to $40. A racer’s data is automatically screened for eligibility and matching against USSA data; It is important to match the name exactly as it is listed on a USSA card to be accepted by Admin Ski Racing. Note: first time users will need to create an account and add the participant(s) to the file to register for races. Please allow a few extra minutes for this step and have your USSA# and credit cards ready.We encourage you to watch and support our SRRC racers during race activities and please remember that all coaching and teaching has been accomplished prior to your athlete entering the race. Races are for showing off their new and improved skills. Encouragement and positive reinforcement are what we pride ourselves on in SRRC.
Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association (PARA) – The Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association (PARA) is the governing body of sanctioned racing in Pennsylvania. PARA is 1,000 members strong who are passionate about alpine ski racing. PARA members are located throughout most Pennsylvania ski areas. PARA is one division of the Eastern Region of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Check the PARA 2018 Calendar for more info.
- Volunteering – SRRC success depends on an active, involved and informed crew of parent volunteers. Parents can participate at many levels, indoors or out, on skiing or non-skiing. A variety of tasks and roles are available for parents to actively engage in throughout the season. SRRC uses an online signup page called Time to Sign Up to alert families when, where, and how help is needed.
- Gatekeeping – Competitive racing can only be successful by the work of gatekeepers who ensure races are run fairly. Gatekeeping is the first layer of officiating and evaluates if a racers has successfully navigated a course. SRRC will provide training to parents who will volunteer for this role during race days for either our club Sat AM race or our sanction races. Check out a great 10 minute video from USSA that helps clarify what gatekeeping is. Caution: This video requires a device with alot of horsepower. Training is provided at the Comp Center’s 2nd floor during XMAS camp to get ready for the season ahead. Stay tuned for the day and time. Shadow opportunities are always available for those who are curious. Lower course assignments also available for those who want to walk up in snow boots.
- Alpine Official –SRRC is hosting an Alpine Officials clinic on Saturday, November 11, 2017 9am to 1pm, with exams for pre-registered candidates beginning at 1;30pm. Clinic cost is $25 for those who pre-registered and $35 for those who show up on day of the event. Exam candidates should notify Rob Lipton, RBL4@psu.edu prior to the event and cost $5. Registration is through http://AdminSkiRacing.com. Clinic leaders are Rob Lipton and Sam Ganow.Parents who gain experience and knowledge of racing through either gatekeeping or other race committee work, can elect to enter sanctioned, licensed roles. Work can be done either inside with timing and calculations or on snow through referee positions. USSA training and licensing is required. Mentoring and support is provided by fellow, seasoned parents.
- Camps/Off Season Training – SRRC periodically conducts or attends training, camps, and clinics offered at a variety of times during winter and into the off season, such as Thanksgiving and Summer. Announcements and details are issued by email as they occur.
- Equipment – When it comes to gearing up, there is a lot to consider. Here’s the SRRC 2017-18 Equipment – Parent Resources guide to help parents understand what’s needed.
- HELMETS – When skiing GS at any of the PARA/USSA races, hard ear helmets are required, and U14 and older need a FIS compliant helmet with a FIS sticker on the back.
- SKIS – U14 and younger racers who are new to the Comp and Comp+ programs should begin training with a general, all mountain ski before acquiring specialized GS and SL skis.