Athlete Pipeline Philosophy And Implementation
U.S. Ski Team
The U.S. Ski Team is the sport's national team, consisting of A, B and C teams nominated annually. The objective of the U.S. Ski Team is to field teams that are capable of national and international success. This success is measured by winning at the Olympic, World Championship, World Cup, World Junior Championship, Europa Cup and NorAm Cup events. Click here for more information.
U.S. Development Team
The Development Team operates under the guidance of the U.S. Ski Team, representing the pinnacle of the junior development pipeline. Like the A, B and C teams, the D team is also nominated annually. The purpose of the Development Team is to field a team that is best in the world at the junior level. Click here for more information.
National Training Group
The National Training Groups (NTG) support the development of top regional junior athletes by bringing them together from across the country to train and compete as a team. There is a U16 NTG and Women’s and Men’s FIS NTGs. All U16s are high school age, and the FIS group can have both high school aged athletes and high school graduates. Each NTG is a self-contained group, led by a head coach with the support of an assistant coach and physical trainer. Based out of the Center of Excellence in Park City, the NTG athletes have full use of the athletic and rehabilitative facilities available to National Team athletes. The groups work collaboratively with each other, as well as clubs, academies and regional and national teams as deemed athletically appropriate.
Selection to the NTGs is made according to criteria published annually, and posted to the USSA website in October, as are the NTG athletes ultimately named to the teams.
The transition to participation in an NTG represents a partnership between the USSA and the athlete’s local club. It is handled with high levels of communication and transparency, keeping the best interests of the athlete paramount.
Full-time participation is preferable to part-time, because it minimizes travel/transfer, is more consistent, and provides a better athletic environment because of peer group consistency. This is especially true of the FIS group.
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