U10/U12, 11.28.18 Update

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

To those of you who are receiving an email from me for the first time - WELCOME TO U12 and U10s!  To the rest, welcome back :), this is the first weekly update of the season!  Please read the "U12 and U10 101" attachment for LOTS of information about the program including training and race schedules (always subject to change - and has since I last sent it!) - this is helpful for new and returning families. There have been several updates for this season each of which is in bold and italics in the packet!   So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don't hesitate to be in touch.

Weekend of 12/1 and 12/2:

We are scheduled to begin training THIS Saturday, December 1st at 8:30 am.  Your child MUST be registered with the comp center to train AND HAVE ALL WAIVERS RETURNED (see below for more info). We will meet at the top of the AB quads (by the trees on skiers right of both lifts) at 8:30 am, ski until 10:30 am and then the kids are dismissed for lunch from wherever they are at the time.  We meet again for the afternoon training session at 12 pm (same place), ski until 2 pm.  We will be on SL skis both Saturday and Sunday.  Looking ahead we will also be on SL skis 12/8 and 12/9.

Also don't forget that the OMARA 2018-2019 Season Kick-Off Party and Annual Meeting is Saturday, December 1st from 5-7:30 pm at Siena (upstairs in the Round House at Jackson Gore).   I will be there, as will other U10 and U12 coaches, and will be available to answer any questions you might have.  I look forward to seeing you all!

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the "3 day" option with the Comp Center), training for Friday U10/12s will start on Friday, December 7th.  You will receive separate communication on this each week ONLY IF you have completed registration for this.

Other important info:

Competition Center Registration: Competition Center registration can be done online here: https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/competition-programs/  In addition you need to complete and return the waiver and health summary forms, which you should have received from Maggie Seiple, the new Comp Center admin, PRIOR to sending your child to training.  They are attached again here for your convenience!  If your child attends OMS, OMS will forward the necessary forms. 

OMARA has launched a new website - check it out at: go2omara.com.  As of now there is no place for blog posts like the old one had where I would copy and paste all emails I sent, but you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://www.go2omara.com/alpine (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the calendars).  If you liked having the blog where you could access these emails, let me know and I will let the OMARA board know.

Important Reminder on US Ski and Snowboard and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12 or U10 must be a current USSS and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.  Both can be done online at https://usskiandsnowboard.org/membership and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSS choose, Alpine Competitor U12 and under, NOT General Member - this is not valid for competition.  Also your athlete's club should be Okemo Mountain Ski Club or Competition Center....not Okemo Mountain School, unless they are enrolled for 2018-2019.

The OMS Board of Directors' Reception: December 8th at OMS in our Fitness Facility (53 Main St in Ludlow) from 7 - 9 pm - a fun evening of seeing what's new at OMS and mingling with fellow families - past, present, and future - while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and wine and beer!  A great way to learn about the opportunities that exist for your athlete at OMS!

Volkswagen presents Warren Miller's Line of Descent Movie Premier: December 15th at OMS in the Fitness Facility at 5 and 8 pm.  Tickets available HERE

Okemo Mountain School Holiday Hammer Camp: The Annual OMS Holiday Hammer Camp, which this year is from December 17th-21st, is open to any athlete who was in the U12 or U10 program last winter, no first year participants.  This is a great opportunity for some extra training and a taste of ski academy life!  Please use our online form to register by clicking HERE. Please note that the camp is a very long day for younger athletes and it may not be the best idea for them. The camp will also be staffed by other U12/10 coaches, as well as OMS coaches.  Please note: THIS IS ONLY A DAY CAMP - no housing is provided.

That's all for now!  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.  I look forward to seeing you all soon, as do all of the other coaches!!

Thanks and Think SNOW!!