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United States Ski Association Northern Division

Welcome to the USSA Northern Division Pages, where you'll find information on alpine skiing and ski racing, including event schedules and the latest racing results.

The USSA Northern Division organizes alpine competition in Montana, Yellowstone National Park, and in the northern Wyoming counties of Park, Hot Springs, Big Horn, Washakie, Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Crook Weston, Natrona, Converse and South Dakota west of the Missouri River, within the framework of USSA, FIS and Western Region Programs, procedures and rules.

The USSA Northern Division Board of Directors, through its Alpine Competition Committee, coordinates and supervises activities in the area.  For the name of the ski program in your area contact the Northern ACC Division Chairman or President at the address and telephone number listed below.  USSA Northern programs are conducted by volunteers working with USSA staff in the Western Regional office.

The Second Annual Northern Division Performance Fund Drive is coming up.  More information to follow shortly.  

 

New as of October 29, 2014:

  • The latest Master Packet of USSA forms is here.
  • Northern Division forms are due for all U14's and older by December 1st to show up on any selection board.  All U14's and older are REQUIRED to have all four of these forms ON FILE at the Northern Division office:  Team Agreement, Medical Release, Indemnity Form (Hold Harmless), and Financial Agreement.  Coaches must have a Team agreement signed and on file.  College athletes must sign a Hold Harmless agreement and Medical Release on file.  (Generally College coach submits all at once).  Preferred delivery is 1) by FAX or 2) by scanning and emailing back to me (once filled out).  Otherwise, put them in the mail.  PLEASE submit sooner, rather than later.  Sherri gets bombarded on the last day and it is quite overwhelming.  Print them out NOW ~ get them signed and off your To-DO list.  
  • Our 2nd Annual Performance Drive (see above bright yellow billboard) is kicking off!  We have already put some of last year's funding to great use and will also be bringing in a motivational speaker to one of our events later this season.  PLEASE consider donating.  Even a small amount from EVERYONE will go a long ways for ALL our athletes.  Let's instill the love of sport and character to every one of our Northern skiers!  
  • New helmet rules are coming to USSA for U14's and older starting 2015-2016 for GS/SG/DH.  FIS athletes for this year MUST have these helmets which have certified labels EN 1077 A   or ASTM 2040!  So, if you are purchasing new helmets this year, make sure you comply so you do not have to buy another one next season.  Read rules for helmets here:  http://northernussa.bloomfire.com/posts/879946-helmet-rules-for-fis-gs-sg-dh-read-to-bottom-for-2014-2015.  While you are there, check out all the GREAT info on our learning network site!  (This can be easily accessed under resources on our home page!)
  • Team Scoring has been approved by the USSA Alpine Sports Committee (National)!  Our division will be adopting this and we are hopeful that the SPLIT second (FIS) software will be updated in time for this season's events and our organizers can use this feature!  
  • A new type of Ability Class (vs. Age Class) Seeding and Trial Racing is being tested out across the nation (also approved by the USSA Alpine Sports Committee).  We here at Northern have the option of trying this out this season if we decide to on a limited basis (up to three scored events) and at some non-scored events.  This will  have to be cleared through our Northern ACC and appear on the Race Announcement should any organizer want to try this.
  • There is a change this year for U14's (but NO pressure!)  Please check with your Head Coach regarding whether you should UPGRADE your YOUTH license to A COMPETITOR's License (it costs more, but allows you to score USSA points.)  This would allow you to ski with the older athletes at a few select events that our Alpine Sports Committee has calendared for this season.  You may still compete at the BIg Sky SG's with a YOUTH license.  Upgrading is NOT a necessity, just an option for those who are ready!  You would have to contact USSA Membership and pay the difference to make this happen, Sheryl:  435-647-2013
  • CHANGE TO INTENTS PROCESS!  Northern will be utilizing the same intents page that you already use for out of region intents and FIS U's.  here is the link:  http://ussa.org/alpine-programs/regions/intents.  You have to register first and then you can go ahead and click on the West tab and go from there to intend your racers for the Western Region events that Sherri does selections for:  the Western Region FIS elites, Opens and out of Division FIS (ie; Schweitzer, Alyeska).  Make sure and intend as NORTHERN DIVISION for those events!  NOTE that the event "CLOSE" is 28 days prior to the start of the event, which means you must complete your entry BY then.  Sherri will do selections at or around 21 days prior depending on the timing of points lists.  Once she does selections, she will email you and you can go to the Google doc and you MUST confirm within a 72 hour time period.  The entire season is on the calendar, so feel free to check with your athletes and intend now.  Please call or email Sherri with any questions you might have.  Out of division USSA races can still use the intent form.  Consider this your November Intents reminder!
  • There have been equipment changes from last season.  Please note a recent clarification from USSA to those changes, due to the problem of getting the new equipment:
    • U16 and U14 athletes may use the equipment of their choice in 2014/15, EXCEPT for athletes competing at the U16 National Championship and Assessment Project, where the standards in the matrix must be adhered to.  In addition, any athletes participating in NTG projects in Europe will also be expected to use skis conforming to these standards.

  • REMINDER!  USSA Membership Renewal Deadline is October 15th!  The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) urges members to save now by renewing their membership prior to Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  USSA Member Services recommends members use the convenient online membership registration by visiting my.ussa.org.  Late fees past this deadline will occur for the following membership categories: Coaches, Masters and Athletes.  Additional Division or State late fees may also apply!  Membership questions can be answered through the online chat support button, email (membership@ussa.org) or by phone at 435-647-2666.
  • A race coach position has been posted for Discovery.
  • We now have a Sponsor page to honor those whose help is so important to us.  
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Race Administrators throughout the division have asked us to remind you of proper entry procedures:
    • Use ONLY the USSA Team Entry form.  A sample of that form, filled out, is here.  Do NOT use a copied Google form or Excel spreadsheet.
    • Fill out the form completely using the event columns
    • Use a separate form for EACH gender!  
    • Put coaches names and USSA #'s on the bottom and any additional info the RA might need.  
    • Do NOT enter, pull, add or change the entry WITHOUT using this form as an ATTACHMENT.  In the subject line of your email, put your team's name and what event they are for, i.e, MSEF Entries for Stano Cup.  
    • Once again DO NOT use emails for changes, pulls or adds.  Too many emails back and forth are too difficult to follow.  
    • IF there is a deadline and a late fee, you WILL be charged.  
    • If after you submit your entries, something changes - make the changes in RED and attach the same form with the changes and date the changes!  This clarifies things much easier for the RA.  
    • Northern Policy is that you must pull athletes by 5 pm the night prior to the event (except in cases of illness or injury) or PAY the full entry fee for all days.
  • The team list has been updated with the "official" abbreviations for clubs.  Please use these to make it easier for USSA and the Division Manager.  A printable copy has been posted as well.
  • We now have a Payment method to accept Donations (see orange button at the bottom of the page).  We also have a Intuit Payment Network page to accept your race payments.  Please note that the Intuit method presents you with two options -- the use of your credit card or the use of your bank account.  If you decide to use your credit card, you must still add on the 4% credit card processing fees.  
  • USSA is insisting that coaches be members of USSA.  Coaches without current USSA membership must not be allowed to participate in the event in any capacity.  This includes on-hill coaching for their teams.  (This does not apply to foreign coaches at FIS events.)  ROC's/RA's will not only have to verify status of membership/Officials' certifications (RF, CR, JA, etc.), they will now have to verify membership for all coaches who wish to be involved with an event.  Some suggestions are:
    1. Print a list of current coaches and verify against it.  This might be easier than having a computer available at registration and verifying coaches' memberships one at a time
    2. Require that coaches present their membership card prior to being issued event credentials/lift tickets.
    3. Require that teams submit a list of coaches accompanying their athletes 24 hours prior to the event

    (If an ROC/RA chooses to use either suggestion 2 or 3, Sherry recommends that they make note of the requirement in their Race Announcement.)
    USSA Coach Membership will not be required for Canadian coaches accompanying competitors entered in CAN-AM events; however, if any of the Coaches wish to serve as Course Setters, etc., the USSA membership requirement will apply.

  • Big Sky has set up a site for racers in Northern Division to swap/sell/buy skis and other racing equipment.  
  • Reminder:  U14's only need a YOUTH license to compete in our division.  They will be able to enter two events with our Juniors (Speed at Big Sky and tech at OHG), but will be able to do that with their YOUTH license.
  • Dave Bayliss has put together a website for Northern Division for collaborative learning for ski race officials, coaches, and parents.  Learn from and teach your peers from across the USSA about managing and officiating a successful ski race.  Ask questions; get answers.  Check it out, here.
  • A reminder of the Travel Policy, found here.  Lodging and transportation arrangements are made with a certain number of athletes in mind.  Please acquaint yourself with the Travel Policy for Northern Division when it comes to payments and refunds.  
  • USSA now has online events scheduling for sanctioned events.  Coaches or club presidents will need to register and have your Club ID # ready.  Note there is a late fee after November 15th!  Please note that events fees increased this year.
  • Teams providing "comps" to selected racers will need to send in the Division Head Tax form, located here.

2014 - 2015 USSA Deadlines and Form

It's time to get your racing license for next season!  You need to renew by October 15th to avoid paying late fees.  To compete in a USSA Sanctioned Event, an athlete must be a member of USSA.  This year you can apply for your license ONLINE.  Late fees past this deadline will occur for the following membership categories: Coaches, Masters and Athletes.  Additional Division or State late fees may also apply!

Please note completed applications will only be processed with proper payment.   USSA accepts Visa, Mastercard, personal and cashiers checks.   The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association prefers Visa.

The deadline to be included on the first alpine FIS points lists is May 31st.  To assure that your membership is processed for inclusion on any list, your membership materials must be received by USSA at least seven days prior to the closing date for that list.  Registrations are not considered received until they are complete.  It is the athlete's responsibility to ensure that his or her USSA and/or FIS membership registration is received.  You can contact USSA member services (435-647-2666) to check the status of your application.  Remember to include your Northern Division fees.

Please note:  USSA and FIS points are not continually being updated they are recalculated for each new list.   For more information on how points are calculated, see chapter 3 of your USSA Alpine Competition Guide.

FIS License Applications

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association alpine competitors registering for FIS who have not sent in their FIS registration by August 15, 2014 will have to pay $155, compared to $85.  To complete registration USSA must have a completed USSA Alpine Competitor application or renewal form, a completed FIS declaration and payment for USSA, FIS and any other applicable division or state dues.  This year, you can register online.  Or click here to go and download the Adobe registration application.

The FIS and USSA hardcopy forms require the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free here.

Northern Division Handbook 2013 - 2014

Download this useful guide to racing rules for the Northern Division.  

Payment

Payments for racing fees can be made to the following.  If you are using credit card payment, please note that we only accept American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.  

    Sherri Hale
    Northern Division USSA Manager
    P.O. Box 217
    Whitefish, MT  59937
    (Home) 406-225-2432
    (FAX) 406-545-2289
    (Cell)
    (406) 871-7429
    nodivmanager@northernussa.org

You can also use our direct payment page.  The direct payment option is done though our Quickbooks/Intuit Payment Network.  Intuit safely handles financial data and transactions for millions of customers.  Payment Network adheres to rigorous online banking industry protection standard and works hard to protect your information.  Please note that if you use this method and select a Credit Card (as opposed the Bank Account) option, you must add 4% to cover our credit card processing fees.  

Donations

Like any organization which supports youth athletics, we are always happy to get donations to help with the staging of events, prizes, etc.  Should you wish to help out, click here:  

We are a 501 (c) 3 NonProfit

    Sherri Hale
    Northern Division USSA Manager
    P.O. Box 217
    Whitefish, MT  59937
    (Home) 406-225-2432
    (FAX) 406-545-2289
    (Cell)
    (406) 871-7429
    nodivmanager@northernussa.org

Northern ACC Chairman

Jeremy Ueland
(406) 579-7005
acc-chair@northernussa.org Jeremy Ueland
(406) 579-7005
acc-chair@northernussa.org

 

Northern Division President

Rick Duncan
2248 West River Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
406-846-9631 (H)
406-846-2757, ext. 26(W)
406-560-5021 (C)
pres@northernussa.org

 

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