Any child that is 14-15 years of age as of December 31st of the current season is eligible for the U16 racing program.The program is aimed at providing athletes, aged 14 and 15, the continuation of the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progress into ACA LTSD Train to Race phase. U16 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills and promoting the performance on demand.
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 is a province-wide race series for those who wish to compete outside their division including Provincials, U16 Nationals 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.
In addition to the standard U16 Program a new enhanced U16 High Performance Program (U16HPP) was launched March 2017 to run alongside the Club U16 Program. Athletes must apply to the off-season program and do so with support from their Club Coaches. Athletes must be selected to the in-season program for 2018. Learn more here>>
All U16 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 U16 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.
Racers in the S-CUP U16 program should be familiar with the SOD PROGRAM GUIDELINES posted in December of each year on the SODivision section of the website and also under RESOURCES/RACE
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.