By now I hope you have read about some of the changes in the works at the USSMA from our blog post. We have had a flurry of responses to our call for volunteers to help, something we cannot thank you enough for. The USSMA is still a young organization, and we would not be here without your support, so THANK YOU!
We are excited to announce that this season we will be implementing a racer licensing system, something that we have been working on for quite a while. This new system will consist of two tiers: an international license, and a national license. The international license will provide the racer with both a national USSMA license as well as an ISMF license. If you plan to race in Europe this winter, this is the option for you. If you plan to only race in the US, the national license is your choice. All racers who participate in the race category will be required to have a USSMA license, and the license is required to accumulate points in the national series as well as for the national rankings determined by USSMA sanctioned races.
For the 2014/2015 season, the USSMA license is FREE. For the international (ISMF license), the cost of the license is $90, which goes to the ISMF. For the 2015/2016 season, we will be charging $30 for the USSMA license, but for this year, we have made the decision to make the license without charge. We feel that taking a year to implement the system without payment is the most reasonable thing to do, to test the updated points system (a blog post on this will be coming soon!) and begin creating a racer registry that we will use in the coming seasons. So, please see the form at the bottom of this page. Just fill it out and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a license out to you as soon as we can. Again, if you plan to take part in the race category in any of the USSMA races, please fill out the license application so we can get a license to you.
The why we are implementing the license system is simple - to make the national points and ranking list more accurate and easier to maintain. Once you register for a license, you will be issued a license number that you will include on your registration for all USSMA events. When results are submitted, we will calculate points and rankings using your license number, greatly simplifying the process of calculating points. In the past, errors such as a misspelling of your name would make tracking your results through the year very difficult. With this new system we will be able to more easily calculate points and avoid mistakes.
We at the USSMA are also working hard to evolve and grow the sport in the US. Skimo has seen explosive growth in this country, and in the coming years we see the sport continuing to grow. We are working very hard to bring a World Cup event back to America in 2015/2016 as part of a two stop North American series in partnership with our Canadian counterparts. We also will once again hold three ISMF calendar races this year, Irwin Guides/Griggs Orthopedics Ski Mountaineering Race, Wasatch Powder Keg, and GORE-TEX US National Ski Mountaineering Race. I am sure you are all aware that this year is a World Championship year, and we will be sending our fastest men and women to Verbier, Switzerland.
I hope your training is coming along well, and lets hope for a big winter!!
See you all at the races.