STS Overview

The Snowboard Training System provides an optimal developmental blueprint for snowboarders. It has been designed to ensure that all athlete, coach, and parent members of the USSA have the best possible opportunity to fulfill their athletic dreams and talent. It is based on a long-term athlete development model (LTAD) for riders that emphasizes age-appropriate training and competition. The USSA Snowboard Training System is a vital tool to help parents, coaches, and athletes focus on the right things at the right time to maximize their improvement, long-term potential and enjoyment in snowboarding.

So, what is LTAD? At its most basic level, LTAD is about doing the right things to prepare athletes for long-term success and enjoyment. In many cases, traditional training and competition programs are designed around short-term success to the detriment of long-term potential. While the United States has developed many international stars in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard cross, there is great opportunity to increase the competitive density. At the same time, while riding is an inherently enjoyable and thrilling sport, too many riders drop out at young ages. The USSA Snowboard Training System helps address both of these concerns.

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Long-term success and enjoyment

The Snowboard Training System is about doing the things that are most likely to give a skier the greatest chance at success and enjoyment in their pursuit of sport.

Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence in Park City, UT, is a national training and education center providing world-class facilities and educational resources for the USSA's athletes, coaches, clubs and others.

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Child Protection

Help raise awareness about misconduct in sport and promote open dialogue. Together we can build a game plan to make sport safeā€”for everyone.