The U14 Racing Program caters to racers aged 12 & 13 and replaces the former K1 program. The OCUP program commences at the U14 level and is a province-wide race series for those who wish to compete outside their division. Please discuss with your respective coach if the OCUP stream is appropriate for your racer.
The U14 age program is aimed at providing athletes aged 12 and 13, the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as they progress into the Learn to Train phase as defined in the ACA LTSD phases of Skier Essentials and Learn to Train. The ACA SnowStars program continues to offer athletic guidance at levels 6 and 7. U14 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills while beginning to promote performance on demand. Athletes will ski SL, GS, Speed and Ski Cross either in competition or at Skills Camps.
In the Southern Ontario Division (SOD), due to the large number of athletes, a Division 2 program is aimed at athletes who wish to continue to develop skiing skills and compete at a more recreational level. SOD Division 2 athletes are able to continue their personal growth and enter events from the other stream of competition events with specific limitations (see current Program Guidelines in documents below).
Athletes must be 12-13 years of age as of December 31st of the current season to be eligible for the U14 racing program.
All U14 athletes must be registered through the AOA online registration system and have a signed waiver to compete in any events or camps.
Each season, AOA hosts a series of U14 skills camps to provide athletes with additional days on snow to help develop strong, basic skiing skills. The skills camps provide additional training days to supplement the development that the clubs are providing. The camps focus on creating a stimulating, challenging, fun environment for the athletes to fuel their passion for the sport and improve their basic skills. The camps are divided into three groups for different ages. The 2-day camps can be best described as: professional, safe, educational, and FUN. A low coach-to-athlete ratio, combined with top level coaches helps to ensure that athletes will progress.
Registration for each of these skills camps must be completed through the AOA website and attendees must be registered AOA members. To register for these camps and to access more information, please visit here.
All parents are strongly encouraged to become involved and join Alpine Ontario as general members. Parents are also encouraged to participate in an official’s certification program so that they are able to understand race formats and rules and volunteer at events. Visit the officials section on the website for more details on how to get involved.
U14 PROGRAM FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO DIVISION
Contact your club for complete details of how your club will operate this age group and ensure you become familiar with the SOD Programming Guidelines document listed below in Related Documents.