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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    USSA s elite athletes training at the Center of Excellence schedule time to speak with their support staffs to tell them their story and to share with them their programs and goals for the coming year These athlete socials are always a great way to connect the athletes with their support staffs and vice versa And they re a great way to remind the staff many of whom never go into the field with the teams what their work is all about Read more Recent Blogs Having a Successful and Event ful Season 12 22 2015 Special Offers for USSA Members 12 03 2015 How Ski Clubs can be Community Oriented 11 16 2015 Developing Funds and Resources for Your Club 11 02 2015 Marketing Doesn t Have to be Scary 10 19 2015 Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog 10 12 2015 Vision Screening for Developing Athletes 10 14 2014 Athlete Data to Strengthen the Future 09 07 2014 The Potential of SSC Vail s Latest Move 08 25 2014 The Role of RallyMe in Best in the World 06 26 2014 A Culture of Excellence 05 05 2014 Cross Country Olympic Selection 01 24 2014 The Role

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/08/24 (2016-04-30)
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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    2013 Last winter the USSA surveyed its clubs and coaches to determine actual on snow training levels of our alpine athletes at the youth and junior levels compared to the recommendations set forth by our National Training Systems This survey indicated the following On average U10s ski close to the number of target days of skiing per year 40 60 days But a significant number ski 31 40 days or in some cases less And a minority ski more 60 100 days Read more Recent Blogs Having a Successful and Event ful Season 12 22 2015 Special Offers for USSA Members 12 03 2015 How Ski Clubs can be Community Oriented 11 16 2015 Developing Funds and Resources for Your Club 11 02 2015 Marketing Doesn t Have to be Scary 10 19 2015 Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog 10 12 2015 Vision Screening for Developing Athletes 10 14 2014 Athlete Data to Strengthen the Future 09 07 2014 The Potential of SSC Vail s Latest Move 08 25 2014 The Role of RallyMe in Best in the World 06 26 2014 A Culture of Excellence 05 05 2014 Cross Country Olympic Selection 01 24 2014 The Role

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/08/05 (2016-04-30)
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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    has been to make the United States of America the best in the World in Olympic skiing and snowboarding That Vision has driven every decision the association has made and every direction it has established since then It has been a game changer in focusing the association on organizational performance and on excellence Prior to that Vision the association lacked direction and inspiration and had little to measure itself against to determine progress and success Read more Sport by Sport Funding How it Works Tuesday Jul 23 2013 The USSA invests over 20 million annually in its elite teams and over 4 million annually in local youth coach club and development and competition programs These resources are used to support the USSA s Vision of being Best in the World in Olympic skiing and snowboarding and its Mission of providing strong leadership that establishes and supports athletic excellence Winning more medals than any other nation at the Olympic Games is the ultimate manifestation of a Best in the World system and is the benchmark that drives the allocation of USSA s resources in support of its athletic Read more Club News U S Women s Ski Jumping Team Friday Jul 19 2013 It was a real honor to attend the Annual Benefit for Women s Ski Jumping USA WSJ USA last night Excellent food good company from around the globe and an ice sculpture of a ski jump that poured drinks all contributed to a great festive atmosphere The program featured WSJ USA Board President and former mayor of Salt Lake City Deedee Corradini thanking all of the supporters of WSJ USA s long journey Read more Funding for Athlete Performance Monday Jul 15 2013 USSA invests over 20 million per year to support the performance of the athletes in

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/07 (2016-04-30)
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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    31 2013 Every four years the USSA has the honor of selecting its Olympic Team Given the strength of the USSA s athletes and teams this selection process can be demanding on the athletes and the stresses associated with Olympic selection are considered in the design of the selection procedures Ultimately the procedures are designed to build and select the most competitive Olympic Team possible and to support the USSA s Vision of being Best in the World Read more Recent Blogs Having a Successful and Event ful Season 12 22 2015 Special Offers for USSA Members 12 03 2015 How Ski Clubs can be Community Oriented 11 16 2015 Developing Funds and Resources for Your Club 11 02 2015 Marketing Doesn t Have to be Scary 10 19 2015 Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog 10 12 2015 Vision Screening for Developing Athletes 10 14 2014 Athlete Data to Strengthen the Future 09 07 2014 The Potential of SSC Vail s Latest Move 08 25 2014 The Role of RallyMe in Best in the World 06 26 2014 A Culture of Excellence 05 05 2014 Cross Country Olympic Selection 01 24 2014 The Role of Education in Athletics

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/07/31 (2016-04-30)
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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    the USSA undertook a self study to determine how to partner more effectively with the USSA s 400 clubs to deliver an optimal athlete development program and ensure Best in the World performance well beyond 2014 This study which is initially focused on the alpine domestic system involved the direct feedback of over 100 individuals comprised of Club and divisional leadership athletes and parents analogous organizations USSA Board members FIS and USOC leaders and affiliated industry experts In addition nearly 800 USS Read more Recent Blogs Having a Successful and Event ful Season 12 22 2015 Special Offers for USSA Members 12 03 2015 How Ski Clubs can be Community Oriented 11 16 2015 Developing Funds and Resources for Your Club 11 02 2015 Marketing Doesn t Have to be Scary 10 19 2015 Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog 10 12 2015 Vision Screening for Developing Athletes 10 14 2014 Athlete Data to Strengthen the Future 09 07 2014 The Potential of SSC Vail s Latest Move 08 25 2014 The Role of RallyMe in Best in the World 06 26 2014 A Culture of Excellence 05 05 2014 Cross Country Olympic Selection 01 24 2014 The Role

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/07/30 (2016-04-30)
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  • Why This Team Works | USSA - Foundation
    more meaningful than being sore and I actually got onto the idea because of the French National Ski Team Because of the success that our team had last season all while making ridiculous music videos and having fun living on the road some of the other ski teams started paying more attention to us Especially the French coaches they wanted to know what the big secret was behind our breakout season So they sent a coach with a camera to our camp here in Bend and our coaches welcomed him with open arms we don t have anything to hide as we don t do weird crazy training We just train HARD While some may scratch their heads and wonder why we would train with other countries and let other national team coaches watch us train it s because we don t have secrets Besides one very important one team chemistry Read more in SkiTrax com Recent Blogs Having a Successful and Event ful Season 12 22 2015 Special Offers for USSA Members 12 03 2015 How Ski Clubs can be Community Oriented 11 16 2015 Developing Funds and Resources for Your Club 11 02 2015 Marketing Doesn t Have

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/06/03/why-team-works (2016-04-30)
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  • USSA TEAM Academy | USSA - Foundation
    athletes to enroll them in college we discovered an unacceptable number of college aged athletes who did not have a high school diploma did not have complete transcripts and who had not studied in many years We also recognized that most successful sports both in the U S and internationally recognize that nothing kills development like talent dispersion Talents need to train with talents to maximize their development Most of our elite athletes say they want to train with athletes that are better than they are Training together with other top talents increases motivation and intensity It increases learning and skill development It enhances the support that athletes gain through their team And from an organizational perspective it enhances the efficiency with which an organization can deliver support to its elite athletes Each year when our new elite teams are announced we run a Rookie Camp for all of the athletes joining the elite teams for the first time During the Rookie Camp we also organize a parent orientation to familiarize them with our programs and the resources available to their athletes Invariably the parents are overwhelmed by the level of support offered to their sons and daughters But we also heard a common refrain from the parents of the high school aged athletes we re amazed by the opportunity available to our child and we want them to take full advantage of it but she s still in high school so what can we do The graduation of TEAM Academy s first class is a time to take stock in the program TEAM Academy was managed to be self sustaining in its first year through a mix of tuition donations and corporate partnership through DeVry and Sprint Through fulltime interaction with USSA s elite athlete system the school was less distraction and more a means to facilitate better more effective and more efficient participation in USSA s high performance programs The students were not only successful athletically they also achieved academically The graduating class achieved a combined GPA of 4 15 thanks to offerings of AP courses the great work of the TEAM Academy staff the flexibility and effectiveness that the school s leading edge blended model offered and of course the dedication of the student athletes The athletes were all incredible ambassadors for the USSA and leaders within their teams and they embodied the USSA Values And their local host families provided wonderful support and guidance to the athletes Although the TEAM Academy is primarily offered only to athletes that qualify for one of USSA s elite teams a limited number of openings were made to non team students These students attended classes with the elite team athletes but were not provided with access to the USSA s training facilities or elite athlete programming so as not to provide an avenue to pay their way into the elite teams these athletes trained with their local clubs But they did bring a diverse and positive element to the classroom

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/06/02/ussa-team-academy (2016-04-30)
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  • Big Strides in Coach Development | USSA - Foundation
    in a 40 growth in Level 100 course participation The USSA also trained its Level 300 club coaches to deliver Level 100 courses within their clubs encouraging senior coaches in USSA clubs to use the USSA coach development process and curriculum to train and improve their own staffs Through this localized program nearly 200 club coaches received their Level 100 certification effectively de centralizing the USSA s coach development program out to the clubs in the field and providing benefit to the clubs in the form of efficient staff development The USSA also expanded the number of courses certifications and continuing education courses many served online to capitalize on the momentum in the program resulting in an over 50 jump in Level 200 clinic participation And USSA s National Coaches Academy continued on its renewed path giving the USSA s top club coaches an opportunity to learn side by side with the USSA s elite team staff Many USSA coaches who had not participated for the past several years in USSA s certification program or continuing education opportunities found their certifications to be expired But through the USSA continuing education program with expanded online courses many of them renewed their certifications by being active in continuing education The USSA also launched its SkillsQuest program to completment its longstanding National Training Systems Initially launched in alpine the USSA used alumni U S Ski Team athletes and PSIA demonstration team instructors trained in the SkillsQuest system to visit USSA clubs teaching the local coaches in fundamental skill development and training local USSA athletes primarily U14 in fundamental skill drills and assessments Through this program over 1 000 young athletes and their club coaches were trained in fundamental skills This progam will be expanded into additional USSA sports after the 2014 Olympic Games And USSA Center of Excellence TV continued to expand with over 700 videos and 500 000 views Center of Excellence TV offers USSA coaches and athletes vignettes produced by the elite team staff with commentary and text instruction often accompanying the instructional videos With this focus on coach development the USSA achieved an important milestone this year The USSA s coaching system is now able to provide one certified coach for every ten athletes in the association That is a great ratio Nevertheless there is still much work to be done Only roughly half of all USSA coaches are certified with snowboarding leading the way 80 certified followed by alpine and freestyle 50 and trailed by cross country with only about one third of its coaches having attained certification The certification program for Freeskiing is in the development process but still no certification program exists for ski jumping and nordic combined Clearly there is an appetite for coach development programs and while we have achieved a lot in terms of providing quality coaching to the USSA s athletes and clubs continued expansion will remain a focus New for this year is an emphasis on Club development The USSA is in

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2013/05/24/big-strides-coach-development (2016-04-30)
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