FAQ - U12

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How old does my child have to be to start racing U12?

  • Ten and eleven year old athletes can race U12. However, depending upon the number of registrants, exceptional eight and nine year olds may be allowed to join U12, to help fill our teams.

What kind of skis does my child need?

  • One pair of skis is fine at this level. Length will be determined by the ski shop you deal with and the size of your child.  If you have to choose between a Giant Slalom or Slalom ski pick the Slalom skis because courses at this level have many tight/small turns.

Does my child need a Downhill speed suit?

  • Downhill suits are permitted but not needed at this level. Suits are allowed in Club Championships and invitational races.

Does my child need shin guards?

  • Shin guards are recommended when an athlete is skiing stubbie type courses to prevent the sting of the gate on their shins. This gives them more confidence to be more aggressive and shin guards also protect the athlete’s suit from being damaged.

What type of helmet does my child need?

  • The helmet must cover the head and ears with hard plastic. No soft padding like some all mountain helmets. This is a requirement for all ski racers worldwide.

Do I need to tune my child’s skis?

  • Two to three times per season have your ski shop do a tune and learn how to wax properly to help keep the skis fast and the base healthy. Keeping your child’s edges sharp will help them get the carving feeling that all good racers have.  

Where do we meet our coach?

  • You meet outside on the Blue Mountain INN patio at 8:45 am.

Is lunch supervised?

  • No, lunch is not supervised. Athletes eat with their family. Coaches eat in the staff room unless they are eating with their families.  

What time does the team have lunch?

  • Generally speaking most teams break for lunch from 11:30-12:30. Some coaches may change times to avoid busy days or to make better use of gate training time. Parents will be notified of any changes at the morning drop off or at the end of the day before.

What time do we pick up our child at the end of the day?

  • Pick up at end of day is 3:00 pm.

What are away races and how many do we have?

  • U12 teams usually have three races that are at other ski clubs. This allows them to experience other terrain and meet new friends.

How is the start list for each race determined?

  • It is a random draw so all athletes have a chance of skiing a smooth course, at least once during the season.

How are the teams selected?

  • Teams are selected from the results of the time trials, skill tests during Christmas Camp, past results (Club Championships) and coach’s knowledge of each athlete.

What are time trials?

  • Time trials are held on the final day of the Christmas Camp. It consists of two timed Giant Slalom runs.

How many athletes per team?

  • Ideally there are 13 athletes per team but we are able to have a minimum of 7.  

How are the coaches selected?

  • Coaches are selected based on the experience they have at this level. I always try to have a veteran coach with any new coaches that are just starting their coaching career. 

How come my child doesn’t train gates every day, all day?

  • Athletes ages 10-11 are recommended to spend free skiing with coach 55% of the time and gate or course training 45% of the time.

Will coaches be riding the lift with my child?

  • Sometimes but athletes at this age can board and disembark on their own and many times during gate training sessions the coaches will stay at the course and the athletes will continuously cycle around on their own or with their friends.

How can I help be a good athlete parent?

  • Be supportive no matter what.
  • Only have positive things to say at a competition.
  • Acknowledge your child’s fears.
  • Respect your child’s coach.
  • Be loyal and supportive of your child’s team.
  • Your child should have goals besides winning.
  • Do not: impose your ambitions on your child, coach your child, criticize the officials and expect your child to become an Olympian.

How do I volunteer for our home race?

  • Talk to your team manager and he or she will assign you a job to do.

What are the jobs to do at a home race?

  • You can become a Starter, Gate Judge, Time Recorder, Announcer, Scoreboard Writer, Bib Collector, Side Slipper and Coat Runner.

How can I become a certified Race Official?

  • At various times during the season courses are offered through AOA to help you become certified. A level 1 course takes 1 day to complete.

How do you determine the cost of the program?

  • The cost of the program works out to roughly $63 per day for coaching and equipment.

What is AOA?

  • Alpine Ontario Alpin is the Provincial Sport governing body for alpine skiing. All athletes at this age must register with AOA. www.alpineontario.ca  AOA/ACA fees will be charged to each athlete upon registration with AOA. 

How do I sign up for an AOA camp?

  • You can register online at www.alpineontario.ca  The AOA Tremblant Camp in December has become our pre-season camp of choice for Jozo racers, families, and coaches.  

Why don’t we run a March Break race camp?

  • In the past registration has been low because families go on holidays or athletes try their luck in the Freestyle Park and Pipe Camp. Also during this time there are usually special events at other clubs that our athletes enter. You will be notified if a daily training session has been added when requested by a coach to prepare for one of the special events.

How does my child enter the Club Championships?

  • If your child is in our programs they are automatically entered in the Club Championships.

How is the start list for the Club Championships determined?

  • The start list is determined by age, then sex (with females starting before males), then a random draw.

What should my child be doing in the off-season to get ready for next year?

  • Athletes at this age are recommended to be active doing other sports at least 300 days of the year. Sports involving Agility, Balance, and Coordination will be the most beneficial to young ski racers. 

What waivers do I need to sign?

  • Once you register your child for the program here at Blue you will be mailed a waiver to be filled out but you also must register and sign a waiver with AOA to be able to race on one of our teams.


U12 Non Travelling Group

Who is this option for?

  • This option is for families that can only commit to one day of the weekend for racing.

Do these athletes get to race?

  • These athlete will only take part in a couple of timed training sessions at Blue Mountain and the Club Championships.

Who will they train with?

  • They will be paired up with other teams of similar skill levels when in the gates.
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