Alpine Programs

Eastern Region Projects

Eastern Region Projects - Purpose and Goals

Purpose Statement:

To produce the best alpine ski racers in the world at the developmental, sub-national team level by offering complementary cooperative training with Tri-Regional, Eastern Region, and Eastern Region club and academy training programs/plans.

Goals:

  1. To assist skill development, management, athletic training, and competition performance programs of the top Eastern Athletes - U14 through U21.
  2. To establish and conduct an athlete talent detection and development system that tracks and measures the performance and performance characteristics of top regional racers at various chronological points in their ski racing development.
  3. To contribute as productively, professionally, and fully possible in the achievement of the USSA Mission of being the best nation in ski competition in the world.
 

East Youth Projects 2017

Eastern Project Best Practices Paper

Project Reviews

 

Season 2017  U14 Projects (posted 19 May 2016)

DECEMBER 2016 – SL fundamentals- Killington VT

U14 specific

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Gate training repetition and volume with challenge in different terrain and sets.
Eligible: Top 30 results from U14 Championships plus Regional development invitees
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

JANUARY 2017 – SL training and time-trial- Burke VT

U14 specific

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Gate training repetition in different course sets then timed training or “time trial” race simulation.
Eligible: Top 30 results from U14 Championships plus Regional development invitees
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer– Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

JANUARY 2017 – SL training and time-trial- Suicide 6 VT

U14 specific

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Gate training repetition in different course sets then timed training or “time trial” race simulation.
Eligible: Top 30 results from U14 Championships plus Regional development invitees
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

FEBRUARY 2017 – SG training – Sugarloaf ME and or Ragged Mtn. NH

U14 specific

Content and goals: Project is designed to focus on terrain management, line and trajectory in speed. Both natural and artificial terrain features will be used. Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and skiing skills as they relate to a longer radius turn will be focused on.
Eligible: Top 30 results from U14 Championships plus Regional development invitees 
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

FEBRUARY 2017 – SL training and time-trial- National Snow Center NJ

U14 specific

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Increased gate training volume within various course sets. Project will finish with 2SL races against tri- state and other regional athletes.
Eligible: Top 30 results from 2016 U14 Championships plus Regional development invitees
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

FEBRUARY 2017 – GS training – Sugarbush, Stowe or Whiteface TBD

U14 specific

Content and goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to GS. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing.
Eligible: U14 age group
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

APRIL 2017 – SL training

Multi YOB + U14

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Gate training repetition and volume with challenge in different terrain and sets.
Eligible: RTG athletes, U14 top 15 results from 2017 U14 Championships + plus Regional development invitees
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending

SPECIAL PROJECT #1 2017 DATE TBD– WYNDHAM MOUNTAIN

Content and goals: Build significant terrain and train SL and SG.  The terrain and the environment will be the teacher. Emphasis placed on terrain awareness, adaption and athleticism on skis.
Leader:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff:
Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Home program coaches per athletes attending
Eligible: U14 age group

SPECIAL PROJECT #2 APRIL 2017 – QUEBEC

U14 specific

Content and goals: Collaboration with SQA. Fundamental skill development and multi event training (SL, GS, SG)
Leader:
Eric Prefontaine- Director of high performance Ski Quebec Alpin
Staff:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region development coach
Home program coaches per athletes attending
Eligible: Top (8) boys, top (8) girls from 2017 U14 Can – Ams, U16 Nationals participants, plus Regional development invitees

Season 2017 U14 Project Plan for download

 

 

Eastern RTG Projects 2017

Eastern Regional Training Plan
Season 2016 -2017 Posted 19 May 2016

MAY 2016 – Flight School – Speed Fundamentals - Mammoth, CA

U19 (May 13-20) U16 (May 21-27)

Content and goals: This camp is focused on jump technique, terrain management, and turn transitions.  Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and how they relate to managing terrain, course sets, and speed.  Natural and artificial snow features will be utilized. 
Eligible: All RTG athletes plus invitee list   
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff:
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Home program coaches x 3

JUNE 2016 – Conditioning Camp – Character Building – TBA

Content and goals:  content is a secret, goal is to build mental toughness, grit, and teamwork
Eligible: All RTG athletes plus invitee list
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

AUGUST 9-23 2016 – GS/SL fundamentals – Saas Fee, CH

Content and goals: This project is designed to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics related to GS and SL. Emphasis on fundamental movement patterns and execution of proper tactics for fast, consistent skiing. Increased volume and multi-discipline days will be a theme.
Eligible:  All RTG athletes plus invitee list
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

OCTOBER 2016 – Conditioning Camp – Physical Assessment - TBD

Content and goals:  regional physical assessment and MTB riding or hiking
Eligible:  All RTG athletes plus invitee list
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

NOVEMBER 7-15, 2016 – TRI Regional Speed prep – Copper, CO

Content and goals:  This camp is designed to focus on athletes attending the early season speed NAC’s. Full length DH and SG courses with goal of 4-5 runs per session. Aim for double session SL on SG training days.
Eligible:  All RTG athletes plus invitee list
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

NOVEMBER 2016 – Men’s U19 NPS – Colorado

Content and goals: Head to head competition, multi event training and racing, content TBD
Eligible: **new quota for 2016.17
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

NOVEMBER 28-29, 2016 – Regional tech project – Killington, VT

Content and goals: These projects are planned to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique, tactics and terrain adaption.
Eligible: RTG athletes plus invitee list
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Staff: TBD

DECEMBER 2016 – Women’s NorAm prep – Sun Valley or Jackson

Content and goals: This project is designed for female athletes attending the first Nor-Ams of the season.  It aims to provide the best pre-race training possible in an encouraging and motivating environment. 
Eligible: Female athletes confirmed to these races
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

Late DECEMBER 2016 – NorAm prep SL/GS – regional venue

Content and goals: This project is designed for athletes attending the Nor-Ams on the east coast in early January.  It aims to provide the best pre-race training possible in an encouraging and motivating environment. 
Eligible: Athletes confirmed to these races
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

JANUARY 2017 – U19 Men’s NPS – East?

Content and goals: Head to head competition, multi event training and racing, content TBD
Eligible: **new quota for 2016.17
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

JANUARY 23-24, 2017 – Regional Speed Camp -  Mittersill, NH

Content and goals: These projects are planned to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique, tactics and terrain adaption.
Eligible:  RTG athletes
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 – Regional Speed Camp -  Sugarloaf, ME 

Content and goals: These projects are planned to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique, tactics and terrain adaption.
Eligible:  RTG athletes
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

FEBRUARY 15th- 18th 2017 – SL training and time-trial- National snow center NJ

Content and goals: Project is planned to focus on the refinement of technique and tactics in SL radius turns. Emphasis placed on fundamental movement patterns and upper body control. Increased gate training volume within various course sets. Project will finish with 2SL races.
Eligible: RTG athletes
Leader: Martin Guyer – Eastern Region development director
Staff: Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Tom Ashworth – Eastern Region Youth Coordinator
Home program coaches per athletes attending

FEBRUARY 2017 – U19 NJC prep camp – TBD

Content and goals: These projects are planned to bring together the top U16/U18/U21athletes for in season training progression with a clear focus on event technique, tactics and terrain adaption.
Eligible:  RTG athletes
Leader:
Kyle Darling – Eastern Region Development Coach
Staff: TBD

APRIL 2017 – Regional tech project – TBD

Eastern Regional 2017 Project Plan  for download

 

 

Projects Calendar

 

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