Training Squad and Need For Speed moving into U8/U10
- Christmas Camp – December 27th to 31st
- 2 full days each weekend @ 4 ½ hours each day
- Each participant is on a team of 10 – 12 kids with two coaches made up of kids their age
- Home race series including Club Championships, plus U10 take part in 2 interclub races with Mansfield , Caledon and Milton Heights
- 2 Friday skills camps for U10 – optional
- Hard shell helmet (no soft ears) and one pair of skis and poles
- Parent volunteering is integral to hosting races. Parents will be called upon to help with one of the many roles involved in holding a race. Support is supplied by the Race Dept.
- U10’s may register with Alpine Ontario and thereby take part in optional AOA hosted camps/races
U10 moving to U12
- Travel to other local clubs in Southern Ontario for races
- All U12’s must register with Alpine Ontario at which time fees are paid directly to AOA
- Alpine Ontario fees are membership in Alpine Ontario/Alpine Canada and for 4 interclub races – generally one at home and three away – often Collingwood
- Opportunity to participate in Alpine Ontario organized skill camps and invitational races on an individual and optional basis.
- 2nd year U12’s may need pole and shin guards – coaches will advise when necessary
U12 moving to U14
- Southern Ontario Division and Ontario Cup Racing is introduced
- Race disciplines include Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G (optional)
- 2 pairs of skis and poles are required (Slalom & Giant Slalom)
- SOD is a weekend program of interclub racing – 5 events + optional SOD Championships.
- O’Cup is a 3+ days a week program in the performance stream of 10 races and 4 more at Provincial Championships. O’Cup is open to all athletes who are interested in pursuing the goal of qualifying for the Provincial and National Championships in their age group. This is a higher level of competition with an increased commitment to time on snow.
U14 moving to U16
- Continuation of the SOD and O’Cup programs begun at U14
- All SOD Series races are “Nationally” sanctioned events leading to individual athlete point profiles/National Rankings
U16 moving to U19
- All U19 racers will automatically receive their provincial FIS licence and be eligible to compete in any U19 SOD or regional FIS races.
- All SOD Series races are on weekends – three Slaloms and three Giant Slalom
- FIS races are “Internationally” sanctioned events leading to individual athlete point profiles/International Rankings
MSC Website Resources
- Balancing school and performance sport – summary of interview with Simcoe County Board of Education Superintendent
- Equipment requirements and regulations for each age group
- Children & Youth Stages of Development
- Athlete Development – When to train what
- Role of Performance Sport in Child & Youth Development