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PROVINCIAL RACE SERIES
Skill Level: Alpine Integration Model, Learn to Train
Where: Provincial and Inter Provincial
The U14 Series is a provincial program intended to progress young skiers from the Learn to Train to the Learn to Race stages of skill development. The program provides a competitive series for 12 and 13 year old skiers, which allows them to test their skills against their peers at a provincial level.
The U14 program also develops ski specific physical and mental skills, and continues to develop the technical skills learned in the Nancy Greene Ski League. The Snow Stars program is an excellent teaching tool, and clubs should pursue the goal of having a high percentage of U14 skiers achieve Level 7.
New for this season is the introduction of random seeding at the U14 Provincial Races. The purpose of this is to enhance the long term development of our future champions. It has been identified that many of our skiers lack the ability to perform at their best when faced with the challenge of starting in late start positions. With random seeding each athelte will need to start in a variety of race course conditions over the season resulting in a greater ability to overcome these challenges in future years.
- There will not be series points awarded in the U14 Series.
- A Championship Award will be presented to a mens and ladies overall winner based on the accumulated race points at the U14 Provincial Finals.
- All U14 aged participants in the race are eligible for awards, regardless of PSO/NSO membership.
Note: U14 Western Championships is a limited entry event; please refer to the Limited Quota Policy.
Calendar Updates: Any changes to the U14 Calendar will posted on the calendar section of the website.
- Each competitor must be a member in good standing of an Alberta Alpine club and registered with Alberta Alpine for a National Competitor Card.
- Each coach must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) or the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance. A minimum of Development (Level 2) coach certification is recommended for each club's K1 and K2 Head Coaches.
- Course Setters must be at least CSCF Level 2 certified or CSCF Development Level trained in order to set at the U16 level. Course setters will be determined by the appropriate ASCC age group representative. Mentor coaches are available for those coaches with lesser experience.
- Competitions must be sanctioned by Alberta Alpine and Alpine Canada Alpin and conform to the Kinder standards of the International Competition Rules (ICR) and the Alpine Canada Alpin policies.
- The use of crash helmets is compulsory for all events. Helmets used must be specifically designed and manufactured for Alpine Ski Racing.
- The use of crash helmets is strongly recommended for coaches and volunteers.
- The use of mouth guards and back protectors specifically designed for Alpine Ski Racing is strongly recommended for all competitors.
- Competitors' equipment must conform to Alpine Canada Alpin National Equipment Rules. ACA does not specify any restrictions regarding ski length and radius for national events. Physical development, ability and skills must be considered for equipment.
- Athletes competing in FIS events (Whistler Cup etc) must compete on equipment that complies with FIS rules.
- The age standards allow athletes to remain in U14 for an extra season when it is indicated by their athletic development. Junior age athletes who are not racing FIS on a full time basis may compete in U16 events. If there are sufficient entries the Race Organizers may also award prizes in the Junior category.
- More detail on competition rules can be accessed at www.fisski.com