Athletes must be 12-13 years of age as of December 31st of the current season to be eligible for the U14 racing program.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. 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, athletes must chose between the S-CUP stream and the OCUP stream. The OCUP program commences at the U14 level and continues through U16. The OCUP is a province-wide race series for those who wish to compete outside their division including Provincials, Nationals (u16s only) and Can-Ams (Quebec/Ont/USA races). The S-Cup program is aimed at athletes who wish to continue to develop skiing skills and compete at a more recreational level. Please discuss with your respective coach if the OCUP stream is appropriate for your racer.
All U14 athletes must be registered through the AOA online registration system and have a signed waiver to compete in any events or camps.
SELECTIONS & CRITERIA
Racers in the U14 OCUP program should be familiar with the AOA Program Guidelines that clearly outline how athletes qualify for subsequent races series such as OCUP Finals, Can Ams, Whistler Cup. Please ensure you download the AOA PROGRAM GUIDELINES posted in December of each year to the Resources section of the website under RACE.
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.