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.
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). email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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!