Training sessions will be:
o Every weekend Saturday and Sunday.
o Morning session is from 9AM - 11AM.
o Afternoon session is from 12noon - 2pm.
o Head coaches and the director can make changes to the times depending on weather, conditions or resort management.
o PA Freestyle group meeting area will be at a TBD on the slope location at 9AM and also after lunch at 12 noon.
o Each competitor will be required to specify which category of freestyle they will attend most often: Moguls, Slopestyle, Snowboarding. This insures that we will have the required amount of coaches. Athletes will be able to switch day-to-day if there is room in that class --- this is up to head coaches and director. Snowboarders are required to stay with snowboarding coaches. Skiers are required to stay with skiing coaches.
o Christmas Camp Training is included with membership. Dates are 12/27-12/30 morning and afternoon sessions, and 12/31 - morning session only.
o All Skiers and snowboarders are required to be USSA. Competitors may be required to be BOTH a USSA and USASA members (www.USSA.org / www.USASA.org ), wear a certified snowsport helmet, that is also approved by USSA and learn to ski / ride all types of terrain. PA Freestyle wants athletes to become great at their discipline, while also becoming competent all-around skiers / riders.
o All Training is subject to change or cancellation based on weather, conditions and / or resort management. PA Freestyle has text / email notification process for all who sign up for it. This means coaches can send out a notification as to any training changes to parents and athletes real-time.
o For athlete’s personal safety, each skier or boarder, must be able to demonstrate to coaching staff that they can traverse the entire mountain, including all slopes, trails, terrain parks and lifts, comfortably and safely and without assistance, regardless of snow or weather conditions.
o Skiers / boarders will need to be respectful of others and demonstrate appropriate on-the-slope etiquette.
o Moguls training will typically be set up in the mogul fields on either Tyrol, Stowe, Goosebumps or Alpine slope(s) and will included a jump site.
o Slopestyle and Snowboard training will typically be set up in the North Park, The Alleys, the Super or Halfpipe, and Santa's Beard Park.
o Freeriding across the mountain may also be included during training sessions to assist in developing skills sets(Young Guns, edge control, NASTAR course, powder days, etc.).
o The minimum age for athletes is age 8 as of 12/1 as of this year (start of season). Younger ages maybe accepted based upon an on the slope tryout invite and approval by the director of skiing / boarding once the season has commenced.
Contact our Program Director for additional details as to setting up a tryout or if there are other questions.
Try out athletes: For those athletes that that younger than 8, as of the season, that require a try out: These athletes may register early to receive the early bird discount. However, if they do not make the team the family will receive a refund for amount paid less $100 tryout fee.
From time to time photographs and videos will be taken during training of athletes for review and general distribution, including the web site and social media. If skiers / boarders or parents do not wish to have these materials posted online contact PAFreestyle Staff and note that. Postings in media from events is not under PFSA's control.
Eastern Freestyle USSA Levels:
EQS "B" Level: The EQS, our entry-level series, offers fun, age-class competition. The EQS, "B" level is designed for entry level skiers, basically 7 to 14 year olds, though it is open to all age groups. It is where we educate athletes, coaches and officials. It is divided into Western, Central and Eastern Regions so that the young athletes do not have to travel far from their home mountain to compete. The EQS, "B" level events qualify athletes for State Finals and EQS Junior and Young Gun Championships, so that the young athletes can experience championship-level events. The EQS level requires a USSA youth license, unless the competitor is older than 12. The events in this series are scored to the Eastern Points List. (See Eastern Points List link on left menu.)
ECS "A" Level: The ECS, "A" level is designed for the older, more experienced athlete. The "A" level supports 13 to 18 year olds and all veteran skiers, 18+ year olds. The ECS qualifies skiers for national level events: Juniors Olympics, Junior Worlds, US Freestyle Championships and the US Selection Events. Our division has produced many US Freestyle Ski Team, US Open and X-Game podium winners and Olympic athletes. The ECS level requires a full USSA license. The events in this series are scored to the national points list, the FSP. This points list is available at www.ussa.org. The athlete and coach should make the decision on which series to ski in. Athletes under 13 must have their coach appeal to the EFCC, Appeals Sub-Committee Chair for inclusion in the ECS mogul and dual mogul events.
PA Freestyle supports Athletes in Both and EQS B and EQS A level competitions when possible. For athletes who are competing in EQS A level compeitions, additional travel and coaching fees may be required. Please contract Program Director, Jody Proudfit prior to registering if you're planning to participate at the EQS A level.
USSA / Easterfreestyle Age Groups: Age classifications are determined by the competitor’s age as of December 31 of the competition season. Age groups are as follows:
NOTE: Try outs required for those athletes under the age of 8, as of the season. These athletes may register early to receive the early bird discount. However, if they do not make the team the family will receive a refund for amount paid.