USSMA FALL UPDATE

I hope this note finds you all well, you've enjoyed another great summer, and are ramping up for the upcoming winter season!
 
On August 24th, I emailed out a summer update and posted it to the USSMA website.  I hope that most of you received the email and are aware of the information I communicated (if your not already, sign up for our newsletter).  Because there are some changes with the growth of the sport and the USSMA, I'm reaching out again with some additional information.
 

RACE

In regard to races, the USSMA is focused on providing Race Director's / LOC’s guidance, resources, and tools to put on a high-quality races which will attract participants.  Participants will, in turn, get a high-quality race experience which follows consistent ISMF/USSMA modeled race formats and rules.  A new Race Director packed was created and distributed to Race Directors and they will be required to apply for USSMA sanctioning and to be included in the National Cup Series.  If you haven't already, please be sure to read all the information on the website under Race & Events.  
 
Race Directors - Please be sure to submit race sanctioning applications as soon as possible.
 
The 2018 North American Championships will be in Canada this season.  Ken Jones Classic – March 23, 24, 25 2018, Lake Louise. SPRINT, INDIVIDUAL, TEAMS.  Mark your calendars!
 
I hope to see you all out racing this season!  
 

NEW BYLAWS ADOPTED

Beyond racing, there is much the USSMA needs to do to get organized to support a sport with a path to the Olympics.  Much of my focus over the summer has been on getting the USSMA organized and ready to move forward.  This includes establishing official bylaws, getting our 501c3 status reinstated, and applying to the USOC to become the official US National Governing Body in preparation for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games and hopefully 2022 Beijing Olympics.
 
As for the bylaws, I've been working with the USOC in order to meet their important requirements for NGB's and have been fortunate enough to secure the assistance of a great attorney that previously worked for them.  USSMA bylaws have now been officially adopted, as of September 25th, 2017.  It's a long time coming and will help facilitate our growth forward.   
 
Please take a look at the About USSMA page on the website where you can find a link to the bylaws.  
 
The bylaws provide appropriate organizational structure for us as we develop into a true National Governing Body.  With this structure there are many committees and roles that will need to be filled, starting with a Nominating and Governance Committee.  It will take some time to get all committes filled and up and running, but I'm excited to have the structure established to facilitate moving us forward.
 
Please reach out to me if you have any interest in participating on any of the committees or want to assist in any capacity.
 
The USSMA board has put in a lot of effort over the summer to position ourselves to support the growth of the sport and our road to the Olympics.  I look forward to continued progress and participation from our skimo community.
 
Bring on the snow!  Ram
 

Summer Greetings from the USSMA!

Summer Greetings!!!

While many of you have kids returning to school already, don't forget summer doesn't end until September 22nd.  That means you still have plenty of time to run, bike, hike, and play before the winter skimo season begins.

That said, the USSMA board and others have been working over the summer on many items.  Updates below...

2020 Youth Olympic Games

If you haven't heard already, in July the International Olympic Committee announced ski mountaineering will be included in the 2020 Lausanne Youth Olympic Games!  This is very exciting and keeping the trajectory of hopefully becoming included in the 2022 Olympics. 

ISMF Press Release

With this the USSMA has continued discussions with the USOC and we continue to plan and work toward developing and supporting Olympic athletes in the future.  If you know of a young athlete who will be in the 17-18 age range in 2020 and are interested in the possibility of competing in the Youth Olympic Games, please contact me and Joe Howdyshell (National Team Coach). ram@ussma.org / joeh@ussma.org

Race Sanctioning and Info

Updates and new documentation have been created for USSMA Race Sanctioning and USSMA role in races.

If you are a member / racer, race director, race location, or associated in any way to racing, please review the info.  There is something for everyone to learn and understand as we continue to develop our race support around our growing sport. 

Please remember, the USSMA does NOT put on races.  The USSMA is the governing body of the sport, which provides Race Directors and local organizing committees guidance, resources, and tools to put on well orgnaized races that follow ISMF/USSMA rules and regulations.  USSMA race sanctioning provides race directors the opportunity to partner with the USSMA in which they agree to follow rules and regulations set forth by the USSMA with a goal of providing consistent high-quality race experiences for participants.

Please check out the updated Race Sanctioning information on the new web page.

Highlighted Updates for the 2017-18 Season

  • Age Divisions have been updated to be more in sync with the ISMF.  Sanctioned races will follow the new format.  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the new age divisions.
  • Only USSMA sanctioned races will be included in the Points Sereis.
  • There will be a USSMA 2018 National Cup Series.  The National Cup Series will include a small subset of USSMA sanctioned races that are meant to showcase the sport and promote its growth.  The concept is to attract as many participants as possible to compete in each of the series races in an attempt to earn the top ranking of combined race performances.  At the end of the season, the USSMA will provide award medals to the top 3 male and female athletes for Individual, Sprint, and Vertical races.  Races will need to apply for sanctioning and inclusion in the National Cup Series and will need to meet a number of requirements.
  • Starting in the 2017/18 season, a USSMA Membership license will be REQUIRED to participate in USSMA sanctioned Races. Annual USSMA license will be available for purchase online SOON.  Cost will be $40.  Once you have purchased the membership you will be provided a license number that will be required for registration of USSMA sanctioned races.  As a part of the membership you will accumulate points for the national rankings determined by USSMA sanctioned races.  We will be working on additional member benefits, so stay tuned!

The 2017-18 Race schedule is quickly filling in.  In the coming weeks, most races will be included, so please be sure to check it out and start planning!

Please direct Race related questions me and Nick Francis (Race Chair).  ram@ussma.org / nick@ussma.org

There continues to be a lot going on with the USSMA, ISMF, and the growth of the sport in general.  We are excited about the road ahead and look forward to the upcoming season.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and start training for the race season!

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