The U19/U21 Racing Program caters to racers ages 16+ (as of December 31st of the current season) and replaces the former J Program. The U19/21 age group provides the most diversity for an athlete to compete in any racing series in Ontario, on a pay as play basis (for example an athlete registers for Provincial Registration and opts to do a few Ontario FIS races and a few National Points races, they can go back and forth between the two streams as they wish), or on a more competitive team should they wish to compete Nationally and Internationally. The following visuals outline possible opportunities.
The U19/U21 program is aimed at providing athletes with programming based on the ACA LTSD Learn to Race phase and progressing to the Train to Race and Train to Win phases of the ACA LTSD. At this level, athlete performance becomes a strong focus of the competitions; while the development of strong skiing skills remains a crucial element of the program. Athletes may ski SL, GS, Speed (DH and Super G) and Ski Cross either in competition or at skills camps dependent on registration.
CADILLAC, FAIRVIEW, OXFORD OCUP SERIES
The U19-21 Ontario Series offers high quality racing and development opportunities for those athletes aspiring to the next levels of the sport. Please find the 2018 OCUP Schedule here.
Please find the overall standing for the 8 Ontario FIS races. Congratulations to our overall winners!
WHAT PROGRAM SHOULD I PURSUE?
Athletes entering U19-21 may not know what stream they wish to pursue or where. The best person to help an athlete with this decision is the skiers immediate coach and the club Head Coach. You should be seeking realistic input from those who know your athlete best to determine the best path for academic and athletic success. Athletes have three main options to chose from:
CLUB U19-21 PROGRAMS
Many AOA clubs offer competitive race programs for this age group that take in to account the athletes wish to pursue person goals such as; skiing skills, racing performance, learning about coaching, exposure and/or improvement in speed races, lowering National or FIS points, etc. These program would expose athletes to regional FIS races, which could potentially serve as a stepping stone to the SOD (Southern Ontario Division) Ski Team and possibly the Ontario Ski Team.
REGIONAL FIS TEAMS & ACADEMIES
Each AOA division has its own FIS team including the well established National Capital Ouatouais (NCO) Team based in Ottawa and the emerging and growing Southern Ontario Ski Team (SODT) based in Collingwood. LSDA & NOD both strive to have FIS programs that often travel throughout Ontario and Canada competing. Please learn more about these teams here.
Collingwood is also home to the National Ski Academy.
WHICH REGISTRATION DO I SIGN UP FOR?
New as of 2017-18 is the requirement that all U19-21 competitors register with the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS). All aspects of the competition and competitors’ equipment must conform to the International Ski Competition Rules (ICR). For more information consult the rules and publications section at http://www.fis-ski.com.
New for 2017-18 season are the following registration options:
Provincial U19/U21 Registration- $320.00 (recommended for regional only racing)
Provincial Registration becomes the only registration needed to participate in all “Alpine Ski Racing” event FIS or otherwise within the province of Ontario, in any division. This is a change from years past when there was also a National Points registration ($212.50 -2016-17) whereby this registration restricted athletes to only National point events (five in 2016, & four in 2017)
The Provincial registration will allow U19/21 athletes to participate in any FIS *race in ON. (*that is not restricted by a points quota i.e. FIS University)
All U19/21 athletes must be registered through the AOA online registration system and have a signed waiver prior to a camp or competition. A medical evaluation is required to be signed by a doctor along with a FIS declaration. These documents once complete can be scanned and sent to AOA offices attention Member Services firstname.lastname@example.org