Southeastern Wisconsin Alpine Team Racing

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INTRODUCTION TO SWATeam


MISSION STATEMENT:

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.


PHILOSOPHY:

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.


GOALS:

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.


COACHING: 

As 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 train. 


The SWATeam 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. 



ALPINE PROGRAMS

SWATeam for the 2019-2020 race season will offer three [3] Alpine Ski Race Programs for all ability levels 6 years through 18 years of age.  [We DO NOT accept children age 5 and under.]  The main difference between the three group programs are the number of days practicing, the amount and level of competition the athlete desires and the fees. Detailed information provided on the 'PROGRAM' page

  • PROGRAM #1 WJR    [Wisconsin Junior Race league] 
  • PROGRAM # 2 USSA Program  [United States Ski & Snowboard Association]
  • PROGRAM # 3 HIGH SCHOOL Program 

All the training programs provide the following seven categories. 
  1. Directed Free Skiing:  Provides the optimal environment for skiers to learn technique and apply their skills to the demands of terrain and snow conditions. "Directed" refers to skiing with technical goals in mind. These goals come from the coaches and instruction.
  2. Turn Techniques: Giant Slalom and Slalom runs. Covers information that teaches how the intensity, duration and timing of movements determine the size, shape and speed of turns. They will receive an explanation of carved turns, a description of body movements and ski action and a list of turn characteristics.
  3. Skill Development:  Covers skiing exercises that are designed to enhance race performance through the development of technique.
  4. Gate Drills: Athletes will be taught gate combinations, Slalom and Giant Slalom. Athletes will practice drills appropriate to their age group and/or ability that develop both technical and tactical skills.
  5. Course Description: Athletes will be taught how to technically race through the different courses set.  They will learn how to race courses that flow with good tempo, uses of terrain and challenging turns.
  6. Race Procedures:  The older athletes will learn about course setting, start and finish procedures and selected rules that racers should know.
  7. Tactics:  Athletes will learn about selecting proper and maintaining their equipment, sharpening skis, waxing techniques, etc. They will learn how to select the proper equipment for the type of race course they are running and about protective gear for the types of races.



PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

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 "

  • Have the ability to ski/train 2 1/2 to 3 hours with their coach.
  • Have the ability to manage own ski equipment; carry skis & poles, put them safely in ski racks, etc.
  • Have the ability to put their boots on and off on their own.
  • Have the ability to step in and out of the bindings on their skis on their own.
  • Have the ability to safely ski all the runs at Alpine Valley Resort; beginner, intermediate and advanced.
  • Have the ability to navigate down ski runs making turns descending; no straight runs.
  • Have the ability to stop at any point on a ski run. 
  • ATTEND practice sessions:  Saturday & Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon AND Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:30pm.  Athletes are REQUIRED to attend two [2] SWATeam sessions each week. 
  • NEW MEMBERS [Never-ever potential racers] must attend all the scheduled DECEMBER practice sessions which usually begin the 1st weekend in December.
  • Athletes MUST have the ability to load, ride and exit all types of chair lifts without adult assistance.  All athletes 6 years of age ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SKIING PARENT WITH THEM DURING PRACTICE AND AT RACE EVENTS.  Younger children may need some assistance in the beginning, therefore a skiing parent is necessary to help the coaches with this task during practice sessions and at race events.  The skiing parent must purchase a lift ticket or have a season pass from Alpine Valley.
  •  Our ratio of coaching the U-8 to U-12 groups is 7-9 athletes each coach and U-14 to U-18 group  8-10 athletes each coach.  This ratio may vary at times due to the availability coaching staff.  The chair lifts at Alpine Valley carry 3-4 people at a time, but the other ski hills that host race events have chair lifts that carry two [2] or three [3] people.  Coaches are NOT available on race days to ride up the chair lifts with athletes. 
  • You athlete must have willingness to participate in group training.
  • Always display good sportsmanship, know and respect all the rules.
  • Athletes & parents of athletes are responsible for their actions at Alpine Valley Resort and with the skiing public, also for their actions at races, going to and from races and while at races. 
  • Respect all race officials, volunteers and ski area employees. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly about basic needs; cold, hurt, hungry, thirsty, bathroom, etc.
  • Ability to be away from Mom & Dad during practice sessions.
  • Ability to stay warm on 0°F days, etc.

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].
Are they?
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: 

  • Saturday & Sunday mornings: 9:00am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday nights: 6:00pm to 8:30pm          
  • ALL athletes are required to attend at least two [2] training sessions per week throughout the scheduled season.                                                                                                                    
    Each season we plan to provide 10-11 continuous weeks of on-the-snow training.  The on-the-snow training is planned to begin the 1st weekend in December, but this date is dependent upon the weather and the resorts capability to open. The on-the-snow training season ENDS the Sunday after the last scheduled WJR race which is usually the 2nd weekend in February. SWAT coaches are contracted for a specific time only.  AFTER the last WJR race of the season, we work with Alpine Valley resort and any coach that is able to continue coming to Alpine Valley to hold 'unsupervised' practices for athletes that will be competing in additional race events as the season winds down. These events can be for the high school state meet, USSA race events, Qualifiers for the Junior Championships, or end of season race events hosted by various resorts in the state. Schedules for that time period will posted as they happen. With the approval of Alpine Valley Resort allowing us to set gate courses, one or two coaches will be at the hill for the time period allowed and set a training course [SL or GS] for the athletes to continue their training. The athletes can come and go as they like and they will not be assigned to any particular coach or group to work with. 


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. 



SWATeam's PARENT Responsibility


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!

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Be supportive of your Athlete[s] goals and accomplishments
  • Help out/VOLUNTEER at the Races
  • Encourage your athlete[s] to set goals in skiing & racing
  • Communicate with the coaches
  • Set examples of "Good Sportsmanship"
  • Ask Questions

 

  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for all transportation to and from the races and practice sessions, as well as, the cost of the "Racer" season pass to Alpine Valley Resort for practices and lift tickets at the other ski areas hosting the race event.
  • Parents are responsible for the behavior of their child[ren] at all practices and races. 
  • Parents are required to 'volunteer' at race events to act as gatekeepers..  We assign 2 people for each group of racers to gate keep one run.  For the WJR SWATeam race that the team hosts at Alpine Valley each family is expected to volunteer to help out.  If you have never worked a race before ... don't worry we will teach you.   SWATeam encourages all parents of younger racers to remain at Alpine Valley Resort during practice and other ski areas during races. 

 

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. 



 

 

 

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