U8 Year of Birth 2005-2006
This youngest group of athletes focuses primarily on developing skiing fundamentals for a good racing foundation, having fun, and introducing the kids to the sport of ski racing.
The team will get together once during the early season for a day of skiing and a parent meeting. This program officially begins with Christmas Camp and ends late in March. Our "Mini Mite" program includes skiing on Wednesday, Thursday from 4:30-6:30 and Friday Night from 6:30-8:30 at the Little Ski Hill and on Saturday, Sunday from 9:30 -12:30 at Brundage Mountain.
As part of the introduction to racing, we encourage all our Mini Mites to participate in our 2 home races. All of our kids need to have a USSA license. See "Licensing" section below. There are two away races mentioned on the calendar, but these are purely optional. We do not expect these athletes to travel, but mention them for those looking for more opportunities. Fun and fundamentals are key and we focus on these all year long
Boydstun-Hovdey Ski Heritage Scholarship available.
Note: The scholarship can cover coaching fees, season passes, and equipment.
WTG=weekend training group
ATG=afternoon training group
Head Coaches: Nancy Giles, Bob Giles and Nataliya Kennedy.
Brundage Mountain Jan 12-13, 2013
Entry Fee $40
Coaching Fee $12
Total Race Fee $52
McCall Cup – Year long series awarding world cup points per run. This will act as a race series within a race. Each athlete will be awarded world cup points per individual run at the 3Way and the Brundage Winter Games. The athletes two best SL and GS runs will be used to score points (their 2 worst SL runs and 2 worst GS runs) will be thrown out. Awards will be given to the top male and female from the U8, U10, and U12 age groups.
MSRT Time Trials – New this year…..MSRT will offer 3 time trial opportunities. They will be held on Sunday afternoons ( 1:30-3:30…exact dates TBA). MSRT staff will set either a SL or GS with timing. MSRT athletes of any age will be allowed as many runs as they wish to take in the 2 hour window. No awards will be given and this will not take the place of our treasured “skittles cup.” The intention is to allow MSRT athletes another opportunity to at race simulated training environment. Times will be recorded, emailed, and posted on the website. The emphasis will be on racing…….fast!!!!!!
| Training Schedule 2012-2013 |
Wednesday-Thursday @ Little Ski Hill 4:30-6:30 (ATG)
Friday @ Little Ski Hill 6:30-8:30. (ATG and WTG)
Saturday-Sunday @ Brundage 9:30-12:30. (ATG and WTG)
U8 Parent Meeting at the ARC
December 1st at 2:00-3:00 in the Alpine Racing Center.
For when we hit the slopes, we want to mention a few important equipment reminders:
- Dress for the conditions.
- Make sure the kids have warmups, neck warmers,
mittens/gloves, and as many layers as they need to be warm. We can always take layers off.
- We highly recommend that every child invest in hot packs (hand warmer packs) for their gloves or mittens. Stick a couple in their jacket every training day.....it may be warm, but if they take a good roll in the snow any wet hand will get cold. All U8 coaches will carry a supply, but on a tough day we can go through plenty.
- Make sure the kids have warm and dry socks at the beginning of the day.
- Every child is expected to wear a helmet to practice with full ear protection and to have ski poles.
- If pulling skis out from last season, check to make sure they have some wax on them.
- Once we get into the season, there will be times we stop for a hot coco. It would be appreciated if the kids have $2 in their pocket if you are okay with them having some. (Likewise, if there are any health concerns at all, please let Bob or Nancy know.)
These few keys will help to make the even more fun for the kids. Looking forward to seeing you on the hill.
Think snow --- Coach Nancy
U8 Ski Sizing Information
60-70lbs 130cm (please discuss with coach)
In general, it is uncommon for a U8 racer to ski on a length of 130cm. The intent is that these guidelines would give an athlete a ski that would stand next to him between his nose and his eyebrows. He would use 1 pair of skis for both Slalom and Giant Slalom. If you have any questions, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Series, eligible to race North Series.
January 12-13 North Series Slalom @ Brundage. Optional
January 26-27 3Way @ LSH. McCall Cup. McCall Cup
March 9-10 Brundage Winter Games @ Brundage. McCall Cup
March 30 Anthony Lakes Super-G
April 6 Brundage Mountain Marathon @ Brundage.
Skittles Cup January 5th and February 2nd.
MSRT Time Trials January 20th, February 17th, March 3rd.
Youth License – Required.
IMD License – IMD Youth License – Required if racing in IMD North Series.