INTRODUCTION TO SWATeam
As a ski racing team, we are devoted to managing a program to allow all skiers in the program the opportunity FIRST to SKI BETTER, and to train them to compete to the best of their ability. The coach's commitment is to make learning an exciting experience for the race students. They will encourage the athlete to learn from every opportunity and find the positive aspect in their skiing and racing skills. Their focus will be on developing well-rounded skills for levels of skiers beyond the beginner stage, prepare them for the technical and physical demands of ski racing to the best of their ability in a safe and enjoyable recreational ski team setting and encourage a love for skiing.
The SWATeam Inc., [Southeastern Wisconsin Alpine Team Racing, Inc.] program is founded on the philosophy that sound ski racing techniques develop from a strong skiing foundation and that the learning process should be a positive and fulfilling experience for the student racer. EARLY emphasizes is placed on LEARNING SKILLS AND FUNDAMENTALS and later emphasis is placed on practicing and testing these.
Ski Racing, like other sports, requires time and patience in learning fundamentals. During the learning process, it should be the goal of all involved to make the learning experience a positive and fulfilling one. The coach’s will direct the team’s focus and energy toward high quality racing experiences for the young racers.
qualified coaches, we feel confident in our ability to give the best possible
ski coaching to your athletes, and as coaches, we feel training is entirely our
responsibility. Naturally, you will be curious as to your child’s progress and we encourage
you to feel free to talk to your child’s coach before and after training should
you have any concerns. We encourage the staff
to hold regular meetings with the parents of the athletes they are responsible to
Coaching Staff is geared to teaching your athletes to race. They are
trained in the “SkillsQuest” program of the Alpine Training System [ATS] which
is a system designed to assist coaches to motivate and reward athletes in
working toward and improving abilities in the key areas of emphasis of the
ATS. It is a journey, a quest toward success in ski racing by
focusing on skills. It will include activities and competencies
for skiing skills, techniques and tactics, condition, equipment preparation, performance
psychology and racer management.
The SkillsQuest system utilizes a systematic approach with a sequence of techniques or drills that move from one step to the next by introducing them one at a time, which leads to the movements that make up the final product. The athletes practice these skills until each movement becomes a reflex.
Members and parents, or responsible guardian, must pay the fees, complete and sign all the required forms BEFORE their child can participate in any SWATeam program.
Your athlete needs to:
* Be 6 years of age by the end of the current year. Athletes born in 2013 and before are eligible.
* Have a skiing ability beyond the beginner stage AND beyond wedge turns. You need to ask yourself "How does my child turn?" Christie turns? Parallel turns?
"Is my child self-sufficient and "
Of course, our coaches spend training times with the athletes, but the coaches are not babysitters.
CLASSIFICATION OF AGE GROUPS
Your athletes age by the end of the 2019 year [12-31-2019].
6 to 7 years of age? U8
Under 10 years of age? U10 = 8 & 9 year olds
Under 12 years of age? U12 = 10 & 11 year olds
Under 14 years of age? U14 = 12 & 13 year olds
Under 16 years of age? U16 = 14 & 15 year olds
Under 18 years of age? U18 = 16 & 17 year olds
ON THE HILL TRAINING SESSIONS
SWATeam's ON-THE-HILL Training sessions are held at Alpine Valley Resort, East Troy, WI. ON-THE-HILL practices sessions for the 2019-2020 season are scheduled for:
NEW members are
required to attend training sessions during the month of December.
Starting date usually begins the 1ST weekend in December
depending on snow conditions at the ski hill.
Once the race events begin
in January of 2019 the Saturday AM training session will cease.
If our scheduled practice sessions meets your athletes needs, please complete the contact form with the appropriate information and a SWATeam board member will contact you.
PLEASE READ THE FACTS, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS page!
First of all SWATeam would like to "Thank You" for your interest in enrolling your child[ren] to ski, race and compete with SWATeam Racing, Inc. We hope that everyone finds a mutually satisfying experience. We truly value your respect and trust we can continue to earn it in the years to come. Each year, as SWATeam Racing undergoes improvements the quality of skiing gets better and better and we believe our program improves steadily as well. It is our goal to assure that your child[ren] look forward to skiing and racing, not only with SWATeam, but for life!
VOLUNTEER participation is vital to the success of the SWATeam Program and the WJR Program. Your effort does make a difference!
For a successful race for all the WJR athletes PLEASE VOLUNTEER on race days.