Foundation, Bozeman, MT
to Order: 7:50 p.m.
Welcome/Identification of Members present: Aaron Ruddick, Paul Bussi, Bruce Krueger,
Rick Jacobs, Jenn
Stielow, Gina Gassman (for Jarod R.), Sherri Hale, Susan Krueger, Rick Duncan, Bob Petitt, Tony Nunnikhoven, Roy Loman, Craig Krueger, Jeremy Ueland.
of Minutes from Fall Meeting Minutes approved
of President General
divisional trend towards large numbers of younger athletes, fewer older
athletes. Total 327 skiers in ND. 65 coaches listed, 138 officials
registered. More clubs, 12, on board. Continuing concern with retention. Sherri
and Bob remind everyone that if anyone works a non-scored race, it is not documented by USSA.
is locked into lodging ahead of time and cannot make late changes. It is
her job to schedule for all athletes. Parents need to notify her ahead of
time if an athlete is not lodging with the team.
- Program Status – clubs report on their current overall program status (staffing, funding, etc...)
- BSSEF -- 16 coaches
Alpine & Nordic & Freeride combined. High numbers 15-20 @ J4, 60 @
- GDST -- A-J3 down, age
down, 17-18 athletes, 150 in the ‘All Mountain’ program.
- WMRT -- A-J3 numbers
down, 8. Good growth in younger groups, offering parent education. Changing from mountain to Foundation administration, good support from WM
- YCA (Moonlight Basin) -- New Club. Aaron Ruddick reports that mountain
management issues have hindered enrollment, 20 waiting in the wings for
Moonlight Basin to move beyond some bankruptcy issues.
- BSF -- Thanksgiving
camp (thanks to Jeremy and the Big Sky program) brought in 25 athletes,
approx. 15 more than if they had traveled out-of-state. Good powder skiing
as well as drill work-outs. Good coach/athlete orientation. FIS program
has 6-7 racers. Multiple training lanes now provided at Bridger Bowl, including midweek Master’s program. J3 program steady, large contingent on
the way next season. 75-80 YSLT goal reached 100 athletes. Lighting for night training, snow making, and sound system will be installed available. Motion analysis program called SKICLUBZ.com has worked well, individual
training videos are available for view after training, similar to
- DISC -- Drawing
from Butte, Missoula and Bozeman. 12-13 YSLs traveling. Growth steady, now
have 11 coaches. Enthusiastic board and parents. Mountain management very
- MSSEF -- Griz team
(all mountain) full capacity, 62.
- SDST -- Grew to 17
athletes. Awards for their upcoming race will cover all athletes. Trophies
and medals. They need an RA to run the race, and they need all of the
- Athletic Competition Committee overview – Jeremy Ueland
- Policy and rules updates since our Fall Meeting: Effective 2012-13 season, the “J” categories
will be dropped. Similar to
the “U” system for soccer, the new age groups will be: U10= 9 and under, U12=
10 & 11, U14= 12 & 13, U16= 14 & 15, U18=16 & 17 (16 will be the new
age minimum for FIS competition), U21= 18-20. USSA will not recognize age
categories less than 9 years, although individual clubs may choose to do so.
- 16 years will be the minimum age for FIS racing. E-mail concerns and comments about
this transition to Jenn Stielow: firstname.lastname@example.org
- USSA Club membership was up by over 1000 nationwide, as early as October. Electronic sanctioning agreements seem to be much easier with USSA. Some
resort/mountain managers still need to have a paper sanctioning agreement
with signatures on the insurance certificate. Course setting plans need to use gate shaft components from one manufacturer. Speed TD reimbursements have increased. Reminder all coaches need to have current
- Divisional Wax — Jeremy has put together 2 kits. Swix base, some Dominator, notify Jeremy
what is needed, then OK to buy replacements if you retain the receipts.
- Calendaring for next season — Reminder that per Divisional policy, all Clubs that
wish to host a race must be present at the Spring Meeting, with
permission from their host mountain.
- Equipment-BNetting — Clubs are reminded to plan for Divisional B-netting well in advance so there is time for coaches and parents to transport it to the
mountain. Follow USSA homologation guidelines for the # of recommended rolls of
- Coaches Education — Big Sky camp only has 1 coach being trained. Alternative is a club clinic if 2 clubs get together. Big Sky has hill space available until
April 24th. Jeremy and Bob Petitt need to know if/when clinics can be scheduled. Level
300/400 coaches clinic will be in Mammoth.
- Western Region Update— Jenn Stielow:
- WEST Team and camp reports at regional and NDS levels: WEST team will be
going to Slovenia. May prep period camp Mammoth/Bachelor, DH/SG training. Then
concurrently a J-3 5-day camp for Topolino athletes, terrain features, 5 days. Top 15 J3 JO athletes will have Flight School at Big Sky in prep for the J2
level. WEST team camp at Mt. Hood in July, then Chile, fall camp back at
Hood. Loveland camp should expand within each day. Aug/Sep to Chile, training,
then race. NorAm athletes in Europe. Then slalom camp. TERP: train/race
- WR athlete tracking program — Physical Assessments: Spring Conditioning
camp in July at the USSA Training center in Park City, this is available for Regional Team and J2 select athletes. ND clubs can benefit by holding
joint testing. Jenn needs to have the ND testing data sent to her.
- Coaches Education — Level 3 Clinic during WR Big Sky Speed 2/5-6. Any coach
wishing to attend a regional project will be required to have coach’s
certification. In the future USSA will require continuing education. Go
here to register: http://educationshop.ussa.org/Coaches-Clinics_c_12.html
- J2 Nationals/Squaw Valley — Costs are estimated to be $2200-2300 without transportation. Includes a marginal breakfast/dinner plan. Parent symposium after
completion of the SG’s (March 18)
- Head Injury/Impact/B-net safety and Promotional packets. Approx $25/athlete for Head
Injury baseline testing. Enters the athlete into a national database available
to all physicians.
- Officials’ Chair Report – Bob Petitt
- Coaches & Officials Clinics-this season and next
- This year ND has 153 officials trained/updated.
- Season Activity Recording (Non-Scored especially). USSA does not have record of anyone
officiating at a non-scored event. Keep track of your efforts, see the form on
the ND website.
- Homologations — All clubs are up to date!
- B-netting: 9-pole SPM B-net light: Tony suggests that for tech events, the lighter poles
and nets are adequate and easier to handle, and less expensive.
- TD Schedule Review — TD Education/Training (Tony Nunnikhoven) Tony volunteers to
become the Northern Division Technical Delegate Commissioner. He will be in
charge of TD training and protocols. Haller moves to name Tony as TD
Commissioner. Rick 2nds. Motion passes.
- Medical Service Plans. Sherri Hale has a template that has to be completed by the Race Organizers and reviewed at every morning coaches meeting.
- Northern Division Manager – Sherri Hale - Financial Overview & Travel Issues
we stand currently
- Seasonreport to date — (invoicing & reconciliation) YSL numbers are up.
attendance confirmation/WR cancellation refund policy. All trips are
reconciled to present. Head coaches, PLEASE review with incoming FIS
families the ND transportation and cancellation policy! Current problems
with parents realizing that each club is responsible for transporting
their own athletes. All lodging is secured by Sherri, and is prepaid, with no refunds. Parents must notify her at the same time that the
athlete commits to attending the race if the athlete is not staying with
the ND team.
- ND Forms update. Parents are paying on time, but some ND releases/forms have
not been turned in.
- Head Tax Development Portion — YSL and A-J3 $700 available for rabbits.
- Jeremy proposes a discussion of disbursement of the ND FIS $7 head tax, the $2 for the
ND scholarships, $1 could be channeled back to the general athlete pool.
- ND Board
- Sponsorship/Fundraising for Qualifiers
- By-Laws/Forming Committee update
- Academic Awards criteria will change from GPA 3.65 to 3.5 to parallel other sports.
for Program with Biographies/Profiles for YSL Champs
- Committee for By Laws: Craig, Sherri and Rick
- Elite Pass/MSAA – Update from Aaron Ruddick
- Liability issues for Montana-wide Elite pass. PNSA has been doing this for 30+
would be generated by the hill, funneled through the clubs. MSAA/management is
concerned with the path of the funds. Assessment of financial need determined
by the FAFSA form. 6 men passes, 4 women passes total 11 passes plus one for
auction/raffle. The proceeds would be split by 20/20/20 MSAA, ski
hill, ND scholarship fund. Eligibility determined by Gold Cup points.
- ND Manager/Paul Bussi
- Proposal for YSL Championship “Photo Program” with Biographies. ND
expressed support for Paul Bussi’s proposal for an athlete picture/bio program
to be sold for a minimal amount at the YSL championships. Photographer Paul
Bussi presents a sample program/picture/bio booklet for the YSL championships. Releases need to be signed, and bios submitted by each athlete that wants to be
in the program. Each club has this form available. Advertising will cover most
costs, already 2 full-page ads committed; final cost will be less than $10. Unanimous support. Parents can send pictures in to Paul, and Paul has many
in his database that parents can use free of charge for the program. email@example.com
- May 18-20th USSA Congress
Spring Meeting/Calendaring proposed for Saturday June 18th, in Helena. 10am
ACC, 2 PM general meeting.
submitted by Susan Krueger