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  • Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog | USSA - Foundation
    links we provide in this blog may be used as bookmarks or key resources to pass along to others The Clubhouse Each post we will feature a resource from the USSA Club pages Our first featured resource is the USSA Club Excellence Workshop program Each month the Sport Education department hosts an online webinar rotating through a variety of topics Be sure to tune in to the Athlete and Child Protection webinar on October 20 at 11 a m MST Coaches Corner This Fall the USSA welcomed Jon Casson as Coach Development Manager Jon will be adding valuable coaching resources and information to each post in this section He s kicking off the blog with a brief introduction about himself and his goals for his new role Parent Perspective For parent perspective it is most important to establish a good working relationship between all the points of what we call the athlete triangle which consists of the parents the coaches and the club all working together for the good of the athlete Here are some key resources for establishing roles and responsibilities with parents clubs and coaches Clinic and Education Update The most updated education and clinic information in each sport can be found here Alpine Snowboard Freeski Freestyle Cross Country Nordic The Fall Alpine Coaches Symposium is coming up November 5 8 at Copper Mountain Register now to get the early bird pricing before October 19 2015 Other USSA Update From racing the World Cup in Kitzbuehel to shredding NASTAR courses U S Ski Team athletes are true champions But we want to know what makes YOU a champion for a chance to win a trip to Copper Mountain and race in the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials with Ted Ligety Share your story with Ted Ligety the U

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/sport-education/2015/10/12/welcome-ussa-sport-education-blog (2016-04-30)
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  • Athletics | USSA - Foundation
    know the answer to And although we clearly know that dropout from USSA programming is at its most pronounced at around age 12 we haven t validated the rate of dropout or studied whether or not those athletes continue in ski racing through other avenues take up different sports or leave sport completely Read more New Olympic Sports Sunday Sep 8 2013 Today s vote on the addition of sports to the Olympic program highlighted the skill with which the FIS has been able to update refresh and expand its own Olympic program by working both within the confines of the space FIS already occupies within the IOC and by deftly taking advantage of the IOC view that the Winter Olympics still has room to grow FIS has had a near constant eye on innovation for over a decade Annually its sports are reviewed and adapted to ensure they re interesting for viewers and particularly teens and young adults Read more Lessons from a Champion Saturday Aug 24 2013 Periodically the 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 Alpine Training Volumes at Youth and Junior Level Monday Aug 5 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 Olympic Selection Procedures Freestyle Freeskiing Wednesday Jul 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 Club Based Organization Progress Report Tuesday Jul 30 2013 Last winter 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

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics (2016-04-30)
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  • Vision Screening for Developing Athletes | USSA - Foundation
    necessity in many high level sports Performing at a world class level in skiing and snowboarding with visual deficiencies is certainly challenging if not impossible And therefore it s no surprise that through our team s vision screening we observe that the vast majority of our elite team athletes have excellent to superior vision The small handful that have deficiencies are referred for correction in an effort to reduce any potential barrier to performance And so based on the fact that nearly all of our elite team athletes possess excellent visual acuity eye examination results have generally not been notable Recently however we ve placed a greater emphasis on higher and more sophisticated levels of visual performance amongst our elite athletes This has led us to deepen our consultation with experts in the field of sports vision When we shared our vision screening data with these experts the analysis was clear of course our elite athletes all possess excellent vision because without excellent vision you don t make it to this level of performance There is also discussion that participation in high level sports can improve vision through perceptual learning This suggests that perhaps there is a reason to place greater emphasis on vision screening of athletes at the club development level so that young athletes with uncorrected visual deficiencies are not selected out of the pipeline due to insufficient visual acuity which could be corrected if detected Our medical department has made recommendations for clubs regarding pre participation examinations and periodic health evaluations at the club level and clubs are encouraged to incorporate these recommendations into their programs Luke Bodensteiner EVP Athletics 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

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  • Athlete Data to Strengthen the Future | USSA - Foundation
    now be scheduled monitored and shared live and ongoing athlete wellness and athlete coach feedback can be tracked Daily updates are sent automatically to every member of an athlete s performance team The availability of AMP has been broadened by expanding to the USSA s clubs and even more broadly through the use of AMP as a feedback tool in USSA talent development camps and through the incorporation of features supporting the SkillsQuest program As more and more clubs use AMP to manage their programs and their athletes the potential of AMP to strengthen the future performance of our elite teams becomes even greater With ever greater adoption AMP is quickly becoming a standard platform for athlete data management A future where athlete data training and performance histories wellness logs and testing measurements is portable with an athlete when they transfer from club to club or club to national team is very powerful The ability for a new club or the national team to have access to athlete data histories from day 1 can provide a much more complete picture of athlete capabilities and preparedness for the new coaches and performance service providers enhancing their abilities to design training programs set and track goals and benchmarks screen for deficiencies or critical areas and better collaborate with the handing off coaches Clubs are encouraged to consider AMP to enhance the performance and management of their clubs now encourage increased engagement with their athletes and strengthen the potential performance of our elite teams in the future Luke Bodensteiner EVP Athletics 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

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2014/09/07/athlete-data-strengthen-future (2016-04-30)
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  • The Potential of SSC Vail's Latest Move | USSA - Foundation
    alpine racing Perhaps it s no coincidence that Vail s Skicross program targets athletes at roughly the same age as USSA and club athletes start their attrition from the sport Participant growth and retention are two things that everyone benefits from the USSA clubs resorts and the industry Since the addition of Skicross to the Olympics in 2010 the typical avenue of entry into the sport has been for experienced and highly accomplished Alpine racers to try their hand often entering directly into the World Cup or X Games level A tilt toward long term athlete development specific to Skicross has the potential to change the athlete development pipeline for good an evolution that the USSA has been hopeful to see ever since 2010 and which it has focused on fostering through development initiatives like Project Gold and the Hole Shot Tour A move like this in one of the USSA s major clubs may very well provide a catalyst increased participation creating more demand for competitions and training courses Increased interest and access to competitions motivating more clubs to follow suit with Skicross programs of their own Coaches gaining valuable experience related to athlete development for Skicross at younger ages and the terrain and type of training that drives performance in the sport Might this development also prove beneficial for Alpine racing in the long term Will we find that developing the skills necessary for performance in Skicross at a young age transfer to Alpine speed events as athletes develop in age Erik Steinberg seemed to indicate that he thinks it may in his comments surrounding the announcement of the program In 2010 the USSA s strategic plan led to the decision to move away from running traditional national team s across all of its dozen sports Guided by

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2014/08/25/potential-ssc-vails-latest-move (2016-04-30)
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  • The Role of RallyMe in Best in the World | USSA - Foundation
    our national team at the highest levels Doing this provides maximum value to sponsors and event hosts widely promotes ski and snowboard competition and introduces and inspires the maximum number of participants and enthusiasts This resource allocation also means that a great number of our nearly 200 national team athletes across 13 unique sports are required to continue to pay for their personal travel costs as they train for and compete in qualification competitions This can create specific challenges for our national team athletes when it comes to raising the funds needed to cover these costs A year ago the USSA launched a strategic alliance with the online athlete crowdfunding platform RallyMe to work in partnership with its athletes in their personal fundraising The results of the first year of that partnership are substantial 49 national team athletes ran Rallies personal fundraising campaigns through RallyMe raising a total of 396 964 On average each athlete raised 8 101 2 849 Boosters donors received through RallyMe contributed to these rallies with a average Boost or contribution of 139 This average boost far outpaces the rest of the crowdfunding industry which averages 74 per boost Beyond our national team athletes 41 club level USSA athletes ran rallies raising 89 025 through 928 boosters yielding an average boost of 96 USSA club athletes exceeded the industry average showing outstanding engagement with our athletes and participants In total the USSA and its members raised 485 989 with 3 777 boosters through RallyMe crowdfunding Crowdfunding has become a valuable new asset and demonstrates a strong partnership between the USSA and its athletes It is anticipated that this area will continue its rapid growth by engaging more athletes and clubs who are reaching a new and broad set of supporters who have been inspired to share

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2014/06/26/role-rallyme-best-world (2016-04-30)
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  • A Culture of Excellence | USSA - Foundation
    USSA culture and brand establishing that culture through standards and accountabilities capabilities communication a clear and unified sense of purpose ethical performance thinking quality and character of relationships and providing a means to establish a meaningful spirit of contribution The USSA s athletes are the ambassadors of the USSA culture and brand in the way they carry themselves through their activities communicate with fans and communities define team spirit and embody core values builds culture not only within the teams but also throughout our sport our community and our organization While internally our culture is very strong defined by a clear Vision Mission Goals and Values and it is executed against daily through clear standards quality relationships and ethical decision making externally our organization continues to show some opportunities for improvement Ultimately a strong performance culture should extend through our alumni athletes the media officials former coaches and the leadership at our local levels as these individuals are oftentimes the curators of our organizational history and the nostalgia associated with our sport and brand and who apply that experience to creating a meaningful emotional connection with our next generation A strong performance culture should also extend through our organization s connection with the general public who today are the best marketers of our sport and brand Developing stronger cultural capital throughout our organization further encompassing the USSA s members and clubs means not only doing the right thing on the way to winning It also means strengthening the clarity and unity of our purpose across our organization by better relating what Best in the World intends at all levels of the organization It requires further expanding the spirit of contribution toward the success of our organization by recognizing and incorporating the excellent work of all stakeholders who contribute to our

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2014/05/05/culture-excellence (2016-04-30)
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  • Cross Country Olympic Selection | USSA - Foundation
    Cup rankings a challenging but attainable level Seven women and three men stepped up and met that mark the most ever to achieve the top criteria We supplemented those ten qualifiers with four other talented athletes who achieved the highest rankings on the FIS points list With those 14 athletes we will have the ability to fill all Olympic start positions Based on the principles of our selection criteria we have confirmed a team size of 14 with FIS that we and USOC believe gives the USA the best opportunity to achieve medals in Sochi The USSA selected a strong and focused team starting from the principle that it is our obligation first and foremost to support those athletes with a high potential for winning medals We are also cognizant of the role that athletes play as ambassadors for their sports Together with the USOC we believe that achieving medals in the Olympics will have even greater longstanding positive impact Our success as a nation on the World Cup and at World Championships has come from providing very talented athletes with a high level of personal support Every one of our 14 Olympians earned their spot on the starting line As an organization we will provide that same support to each one I know that every cross country skier in America will be tuning in to NBC to watch as these 14 Olympians seek not only their own personal goals but to bring greater awareness to the sport we all have grown up to love Luke Bodensteiner EVP Athletics 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

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/blog/athletics/2014/01/24/cross-country-olympic-selection (2016-04-30)
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