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Welcome to LRT U16/19's Program

Welcome! We are so excited that you’ll be joining us for the 2016-2017 season with Loon Race Team. This year we are combining the U16’s and U19’s into a single Ability Class group. We have an exceptional staff of coaches and we are looking forward to a season of fun, hard work and success! All communications will be via this page and via weekly email. Web Based email is sent from the registration information we have on file. In other words, the email will go to the address you listed during your registration for the program, so make sure it’s an email you check regularly.

Welcome! We are so excited that you’ll be joining us for the 2016-2017 season with Loon Race Team. This year we are combining the U16’s and U19’s into a single Ability Class group. We have an exceptional staff of coaches and we are looking forward to a season of fun, hard work and success! All communications will be via this page and via weekly email. Web Based email is sent from the registration information we have on file. In other words, the email will go to the address you listed during your registration for the program, so make sure it’s an email you check regularly.

Our program is designed to help each individual athlete achieve their personal best this winter. We work within the structural framework of NHARA’s scored race calendar and design a competition schedule that is meant to help the kids ski their best. Our goal is to send our U16’s to State Finals and Eastern Championships and our U19’s to Macomber Cup Races, The Eastern Regional USSA Finals, Eastern High School Championships and the Lafoley Spring Series.

U16 is the first USSA age class where athletes earn National ranking “points” in certain races they attend.  It’s the beginning of the transition from the younger Age Class. That said; National Points are not factored into the NHARA U16 series, so it’s not of primary concern to our race calendar. We want to provide ample training for our Ability Class athletes so that they will be prepared to ski their best when they put the bib on, rather than race every weekend in hopes of “scoring”, forfeiting training that will ultimately make a difference. If we do our job and prepare our athletes well, the scoring will happen as a result of their hard work and focus on effort NOT on “chasing points” every weekend.   Everything we do from the start of the winter is designed around these goals and races; with the over lying theme of providing our athletes with a developmentally appropriate training/race schedule that will continue to set the stage for their continued success in the sport.

The beginning of the season is strongly rooted in (directed) free skiing, with a focus on basic fundamental skills and working on dynamic balance. Ski racing has several components; two of the biggest are technique and tactics. Technique is the “how” in skiing. Tactics are the “where” in skiing. We teach the kids “how” before they learn “where” to do it. Make sense? That is why you won’t see gates on the hill until we are farther into the season – don’t panic! We’ll get there. In skiing there is no magic potion, no shortcut to success. Athletes who work hard, attend training regularly and give their best effort every day will get the most out of their season.

As the season progresses, we will begin to introduce gates, stubbies and brushes to add tactical elements to our work on the hill. A combination of short sectional courses, drills and structured free skiing are used to promote repetition of specific skills and movement patterns. Races will be introduced during this part of the season (starting around January). We look for effort over results in these events, and use them as an opportunity for the kids to become comfortable in a race environment. During this period of time, we have the advantage of hosting our own two day Speed Camp at Loon, which we strongly encourage athletes to attend.

Ability Class athletes are also invited to participate in our full day Friday programs, in addition to the Friday Night Kanc Trainings. Our Friday Program (LRT Advantage) will be designed to enhance the existing U12/U14/Ability Class program with lower coach to athlete ratios and the advantage of low mid-week crowds for maximum repetition. This program will be coordinated by and coached by Trevor Hamilton with additional LRT staff as needed. At this level many athletes begin to ski full-time during a winter term. We can stay competitive and be more rested in March when it matters most by simply adding two extra blocks of training on Fridays. It works and it is worth the extra time and effort required to do it. It will continue to be a game changer for those able to attend!

Stay tuned for more details about schedule, races, Sprongo videos and more. We are looking forward to an awesome season!

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U-16 & U-19 Race Schedule:

Race Schedule:

Prior To U-16 Series:

- 12/28 Open- Kenney Memorial SL @ Cannon Mt./FSC

- 12/31 Zwahlen Memorial Open GS @ Loon

- 1/7 Open SL @ Proctor

- 1/21 Open GS @ Cannon Mt./FSC

- 1/28 Open SL @ Ragged MT/RMS

Spring Series Races:

- 3/17 M.J.’s Race (Friday) SL @ Cannon Mt./FSC

- 3/25 Lafoley Spring Series GS @ Loon Mt./LRT

- 4/1 UNH Fundraiser GS @ Loon Mt./LRT

* Races will be added and dropped from this list as the season begins. This is just the first races, and also great races, that as a team we decided we would like to attend. If and when there are changes I will notify everyone of what they are.