Interclub, a race series run through Tri-State with races across Western Massachusetts, is an exciting introduction to the world of ski racing, with an emphasis on directed free skiing and drills to further develop balance, agility, edging, rotary skills, and fun!
The Interclub program is designed for kids that have expressed interest in becoming a ski racer. Interclub Participants will focus on proper racing technique through instructed free skiing (drills) and an introduction to gate training. While this program has a greater time commitment than the Devo program it still remains grounded in the philosophy of proper technique and skiing fundamentals. With a greater emphasis on drills, periodic gate training, and racing these athletes will have the opportunity to compete through a regional racing circuit with member mountains. Even though most activity remains at Bousquet, families will be expected to bring their children to a handful of races at other mountains.
Training is weekend based (Saturday and Sunday) beginning early to mid-December, weather permitting. With an emphasis on USSA’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD), coaches have developed progression plans that are uniquely tailored to athletes that will both maximize their long-term potential and enjoyment in their sport. As this approach states, coaches focus on the long-term successes, not just the short-term competitive successes. Thus, Bousquet Race Team focuses on a holistic approach with approximately 45-60% directed free skiing, 20% drill based, 10-25% gate training, and 10% competition simulation.
At the Interclub level competition and memberships are slightly more nuanced than other programs. Depending on one’s skiing ability coaches will recommend on a week-to-week basis whether athletes should participate in competitions. While this choice is ultimately up to parents and the athlete we ask that you take coaches recommendations seriously. If competitions are recommended, you will be required to have a current USSS “alpine competitors” membership (U.S. Ski and Snowboard) and TSASRA (Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association) membership.
When registering with USSS, you must designate Bousquet Race Team as your affiliate program. Your Tri-State membership will be processed automatically once you have designated your Club.
Interclub includes the 3-day Holiday Camp.
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