Grand Traverse Ski Club

USSA Weekend Race/Training Coaching Only

USSA Weekend Race/Training Coaching is meant for athletes who wish to race in weekend USSA Region 3 races and need coaching representation.  This program fee also includes GTSC USSA weekend training days – these will be offered when there is not a USSA Region 3 race.

Cost:   $200

NOTE:  IF YOUR ATHLETE IS SIGNED UP FOR GTSC USSA Race Team ($800) DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS – all included in USSA Race Team fees

Includes:  

  • Race Day Coaching at all Region 3 USSA Races
  • GTSC weekend USSA training (when no Region 3 races – will be announced)

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Racer has previous race experience and meets all USSA member/safesport criteria.
  • Racer must register and pay separately for all USSA national dues.  Learn more HERE.
  • Racer must register and pay separately for all USSA Region 3 dues and must have all equipment necessary to meet USSA race regulations . Learn more HERE.
  • Complete necessary programming forms (see bottom of this page for more info)

Coaches – Austin Johnson, Libby Shutler, Evan Culp, Eric Shutler

Program Details – This does not include any weekday training – weekends as detailed below

  • USSA Region 3 Race weekend coaching – https://www.region3cussa.org/
    • Coaching at Region 3 USSA race weekends included
    • USSA Race Schedule – https://www.region3cussa.org/page/show/1963408-region-3-calendar
    • All USSA race sign up is done separately by families for each race – through myUSSA account – NOT INCLUDED
    • Race fees are extra and paid per race for racer (~$25/race)
    • Races typically Saturday and Sunday – can sign up to do one or both
    • Passes at race mountains not included
    • Parent transportation
    • To be eligible for any USSA events/racing – NEED TO REGISTER with USSA and REGION 3 to participate – make account per racer/online (see above)
    • USSA & Region 3 registration Costs ~$135/racer EACH (so $270) – not included
    • MUST COMPLETED ONLINE BY October 15th or assessed late fee!!

Program Does NOT Include – Below are available at an additional fee – NOT included in $200 programming fee.

  • USSA Region 3 Race fees – https://www.region3cussa.org/
    • See above sign up and race fee information
  • USSA Qualifying race weekends – Shelly Glover & Hosking Junior Championship Qualifiers – races held at Marquette Mountain in Marquette, MI
    • These races are optional for all USSA racers – but if your racer wants to try qualifying for the Junior Championships in CO, have to participate and qualify at Hosking race
    • Coaching not included – fee based on how many participants through GTSC; ~$125-160/racer
    • Parent transportation necessary
    • Lodging not included – family responsible for arrangements
    • Race sign up is done individually by families for each race – myUSSA account
    • Race fee dependent on how many days/race – approx. $50/day
    • Schedule is out – https://www.region3cussa.org/page/show/1963408-region-3-calendar
    • Races ~Fri-Sunday, usually additional training available on Thursday.
  • USSA Junior Championships – have to qualify at above races, held in Colorado in March, all additional and TBD.
  • GTSC USSA Race Team – additional sign up and fee through GTSC
  • GTSC Sunday Races – additional sign up and fee through GTSC

Passes – Required and NOT included in signup fee

  • For weekend Region 3 USSA races – all passes will need to be purchased separately for each race by families the day of race – NOT included.
  • For weekend USSA training at Hickory – pass will be needed at Hickory Hills – NOT included.

USSA Gear – Quality race gear needed – required for safety – recreational gear is not appropriate

Optional GTSC Add-Ons, Fees Not Included:

  • Winter Break Race Camp
    • New opportunity this year, held over Christmas Break at Hickory Hills; $200
    • Weather dependent

 

The athletes will work closely with the GTSC coaches who will coach the athletes at weekend USSA races and/or weekend USSA training (TBD). Our head USSA coach is Austin Johnson (ski@eurocustom.net), a Traverse City native and former member of the USSA Development Program who competed on the Nor-Am circuit and in Europe. Austin’s unique racing experience has shown him the ski skills that are necessary to build a foundation for successful racing at the highest levels of the sport.

Please contact Tonya Lewandowski (tlewandowski@ectinc.com), the GTSC Middle School Program Coordinator with any questions about the program timing, and transportation. Registration questions can be directed to Heather VanStratt, info@gtskiclub.org.

Each athlete will need to complete the following forms and return to Tonya Lewandowski no later than December 1, 2018.  Please email

We look forward to a great season of fun ski racing!

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