Hi MHA & MHRT Families,
We trust everyone has returned to school after a fun and eventful summer vacation. The summer weather was amazing, and this September heat wave is unreal! It’s been difficult to think of the pending winter season and imagine snow on the ground in Govy.
Here is some early season information and some fall dates for your calendar –
USSA Classification: After a season of nobody moving age groups, all competitors will move a year in classification this year; 1st-years become 2nd years, and 2nd years become 1st years in the next older age group. Here are the 2013-14 age classifications:
U18 – born 1996 or ’97 (juniors)
U16 – born 1998 or ’99 (juniors)
U14 – born 2000 or ’01 (juniors or mitey mites)
U12 – born 2002 or ’03 (mitey mites)
U10 – born 2004 or ’05 (mitey mites)
U8 – born 2006 or later (mitey mites)
USSA “Competitor” License:
All U16 and U18 athletes who intend to compete in USSA scored races (PNSA races) should renew or purchase a Competitor license. Go to www.ussa.org to process on line or to download the application to Fax or mail to USSA. The deadline without paying a late fee is October 15th.
U14 competitors have the opportunity to compete in some USSA scored races. 2nd year U14s (born 2000) may actually compete in several scored races. If you purchased a Competitor license last season you should have received a renewal notification and you should renew for this season. If not, you should purchase a Competitor license. U14 competitors who only plan to race the local Mitey Mite races need only renew or purchase the Youth license. Everyone will need a license, one or the other, to compete in the Buddy Werner/U14 Finals. Remember, there is a Competitor license late fee after October 15th.
USSA “Youth” License:
Everyone who had a Youth license last season should have received a renewal notice and hopefully renewed the license. Any Mitey Mite may purchase a Youth license, however, racing on Mt. Hood does not require one. U12 racers are encouraged to purchase a Youth license. There is no deadline to purchase a Youth license so families can consult with the coaches if they have any questions.
Team Dryland Training:
Our first dryland session will be Sunday, September 22nd at the Sandy High School track on Bluff Rd., just off of Highway 26. Dryland will start at 11:30 and continue for about 1.5 hours. Athletes U10 and older are welcome to attend. The first dryland will include physical assessments for the U14 and older athletes to help determine what you should be working on this fall. We know many of you are playing fall sports. That’s great! Still plan to attend dryland to learn what other conditioning you should be doing. Dryland will continue each Sunday through October 20th.
Boot Fit Night U12 athletes and older:
Currently scheduled for Thursday, September 26th at Hillcrest Ski and Sport in Gresham. This is the time to check your boots for fit and modification, and to resize if you need new boots. This is not the night to buy new boots. Anyone whose feet have grown should have their boots checked. Important: please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Coaches will be on sight from 6:30 to 8:30 to help.
Scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd at Hillcrest in Gresham from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Reps from all the major manufacturers will be on hand to discuss their equipment and to place orders at the racer price. Order your equipment early so you have it in time for the start of winter training.
Program Information and Registration
: Program information will be on-line at the team web site next week. An email notification will be sent once the information and the forms are available. Families are encouraged to complete team registration on-line and submit payment through the web site’s PayPal link. However, the registration form may be downloaded and mailed with a check to the team office. Remember: the medical information form and the ski area releases must be signed and returned to the office prior to on-snow training. Please register early so we can better plan and staff for the start of the race season.
Web Site Account Registration:
Please go to Web Site Registration
and register a member account on the web site so you will receive all team news and updates via your email. The web-site registration button is located at the bottom of the home page menu. If you are already registered on the web site, please go to your account and check or update your contact information.
The Fusion Pass just got better! Skibowl and Timberline joined with 10 other western ski resorts in the Powder Alliance. Your Fusion Pass is good for 3 free tickets at each of these other areas! Go to www.mthoodfusionpass.com to learn more about the Powder Alliance and to purchase your Fusion Pass.
Dates for your Calendar:
Oct 6th PNSA Officials Clinic in Portland (please go to www.pnsa.org for information)
Oct 20th Annual Team Meeting and Potluck (more info to follow)
Nov 15 – 17 Portland Ski Fever Show
Nov 16 – 17 MHA Ski Team first weekend of training (tentative)
Nov 22 – 27 Fall training camp, Canada, U14 athletes and older (more info to follow)
Nov 29 – Dec 1 Thanksgiving Camp, U12 athletes and older
Dec 7th First day MHRT winter training for all groups
That’s all for now. We wish everyone a great time back in school, and good success in your fall sports. Please call or email if you have any questions.