The U8/U10 Racing Program caters to racers up to age 9.
The U8/10 Entry Level program is aimed at providing athletes aged 6 to 9 years old the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing as defined in the ACA LTSD Phases of Skier Essentials. In coordination with the ACA Snow Stars Program focusing on skill levels 2, 3, and 4, the AOA program is intended to foster the development of the athlete. U10 competition events are to be focused on the development of ski racing skills while continuing to promote the development of overall skiing skills. Normal competition days will pair a traditional “RACE” event, (i.e. SL/GS/Kombi) with a skills festival. These additions should foster the development of overall skills while maintaining participant enjoyment, focusing on the FUN of competition. U8 age athletes as young as 5-6 can participate in ACA sanctioned programs in the U8 age programming.
Athletes age 5,6,7 as of December 31st of the current season are eligible to register in the U8 AOA program if their member club offers such a program. Athletes age 7,8,9, as of December 31st of the current season are eligible to register in the U10 AOA program.
For the 2014/2015and 2015/2016 the AOA is partnering with Freestyle Ontario (FSO) to offer the U10 “FUNSKI” project which is open to athletes age 7,8,9, as of December 31st of the current season.
All U8/U10 athletes must be registered through the AOA online registration system and have submitted a waiver to compete in any events or camps.
Each season, AOA hosts a series of U10 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.