USSMA Race Info & Sanctioning

 

What is the USSMA role in races?

What is a USSMA sanctioned race?

What is the National Points Series?

What is the National Cup Series?

What is the National Championships?

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What is the USSMA role in races?  

Provide Race Director / LOC’s guidance, resources, and tools to put on a high-quality race which will attract participants.  Participants will, in turn, get a high-quality race experience which follows consistent ISMF/USSMA modeled race formats and rules.

The USSMA provides race directors and Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) the opportunity to:

  • Apply for a race to be sanctioned by the USSMA

  • Be included in the National Points Series

  • Be a National Championship Race

  • Be a Continental Championship Race

  • Be a Worlds Team Qualifier Race

 

What is a USSMA sanctioned race?

A race that meets the standards and rules set forth by the ISMF/USSMA.  By meeting these standards and rules, race participants will recognize the race at a higher level of standard.  And, hopefully attract more participants.

  • Race director/LOC must fill out application and pay a fee to be sanctioned and may also request to be a National Cup Series Race or National Championships.  ($25 sanctioned, $100 Cup, $250 Champs)

  • Race director/LOC agrees to follow USSMA Race Director Guidelines.

  • Race director/LOC requires all participants (except Recreation category) to have a USSMA license/membership.

  • Race director/LOC agrees to follow Race Division Categories of Male / Female Cadet (17 and under), Junior (18,19,20), Espoir (21,22,23), Senior/Open (21+), Masters (45+), Recreation.

  • Race director/LOC provides race results to USSMA in the required format, defined by the rankings coordinator.

  • Race registration system Webscorer recommended by USSMA, but not required.

  • USSMA includes race in the National Points Series.

  • Race is promoted by USSMA (website, email, social media, print media).

 

USSMA Race Director Guidelines

Outlines the rules and regulations for Ski Mountaineering events.  It includes race types, race specification, race director / LOC expectations, and the USSMA Event Application.

 

Race Director Guidelines_V7.pdf

 

What is the National Points Series?

All USSMA sanctioned races are included in the points series, in which licensed participants can earn points based on their finishing position.  Ongoing points are accumulated and presented in a national points series ranking publication (updated monthly during the race season).

 

2018_USSMA_Points_Rules.pdf

 

What is the National Cup Series?

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.

 

The series may consist of 4-6 races.  To become a race in the series, a RD/LOC must apply to the USSMA and meet a majority of the requirements set forth in the application.  If the USSMA grants the designation, a cost of $100 is to be paid to the USSMA.

 

Race will meet the Sanctioned race requirements as well as most of the following:

  • Existing race / good race director track record

  • Multi-race weekend if possible

  • Resort / town support

  • Includes a clinic

  • Includes a vendor area

  • Prize money to top 3 Individual Open Division finishers (minimum of $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd).

  • Must be HC or Cat 1 designated

  • Must have a Recreational short course.

 

What is the National Championships?

A National Championship race is meant to identify the top racer in a specific race format.  The concept is to attract as many participants as possible to compete for the national title in each race format.

 

To become designated by the USSMA as a National Championship race, a race director must apply to the USSMA and meet a majority of the requirements set forth in the application.  If the USSMA grants the designation, a cost of $250 is to be paid to the USSMA.

 

Application Requirements include:

  • Existing race / good race director track record

  • Multi-race weekend

  • Resort / town support

  • Includes a clinic

  • Includes a vendor area

  • Prize money to top 3 Individual Open Division finishers (minimum of $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd).

  • Must be HC or Cat 1 designated

  • Must have a Recreational short course

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