The 2017-2018 Policies and Procedures

Administrative

Membership

All competitors are required to be current members of USSA and hold a current USSA alpine competitor 
license in order to compete in USSA scored races.

Age Groups

Alaska Division alpine competition follows the USSA grouping system. Classification ages are based upon the age of the racer as of December 31 of the current season. Some restrictions apply to specific age groups. A description of the age grouping system can be found in the USSA competition guide.

Finances

An athlete’s divisional and national financial obligations must be paid prior to the athlete’s departure for an out-of-division or championship competition.

Entry Fees

The host club must receive race entries, accompanied by entry fees, by the entry deadline as listed
 on the Alaska race calendar or as noted by host club race announcement.

  • FIS Tech (Elite), FIS Speed, FIS Open – $42
  • USSA Scored Tech, USSA Scored Speed – $37
  • USSA Scored Speed Training – $25
  • Non Scored Tech, Non Scored Speed, Non Scored Speed Training – $25

Please note:  These are maximum entry fee guidelines for races. Organizers can choose to charge less per start.

AK Divisional Head Tax

  • FIS Tech (Elite), FIS Speed, FIS Speed Training, FISU – $4
  • USSA Scored Races – $7
  • USSA Non-Scored Races – $7

 

Entry Deadlines

Late entries may be accepted depending on the sponsoring club’s published policy.

Entry Refunds

If a racer wishes to withdraw from a race, entry fees will be refunded only when notice is given to the race secretary prior to the draw at the team captain’s meeting of the race in question. If a DH or SG is canceled, the organizing club may keep the entire training fee if a training fee has been set and included in the race announcement. If a SL or GS is canceled, the organizer will refund the entire entry fee. Refunds will be mailed out within 30 days.

Out-of-Division Travel

Athletes wishing to travel to any out of division races must notify the coaches working group chair, via their club coach, a minimum of 30 days before the event. Only these athletes will appear on the NTS board, which will be used to make the selections 25 days before the event. A description of the NTS board can be found in the USSA competition guide. Selected athletes will have 48 hours to accept their selection and state their intent, at which time a $250 deposit is due. Athletes need to email their intent to Natalie Osborne at admin@ussaak.org. The trip deposit is non-refundable except in the event of injury or illness. The $250 trip deposit MUST be made online, via PayPal. You can find the link on the Selection Boards page of this website. The balance of the cost is due before the start of the event, and must be paid online via PayPal. Athletes not in good standing with Alaska Division as of travel day of all divisional quota events are subject to immediate sanctioning. Good standing is defined as current USSA and Alaska Division membership and no outstanding debts owed the division.

Race Announcements

All host clubs will be responsible for sending out pertinent race information such as the schedule, field size limits, lift fees and area releases to all USSA Alpine clubs within Alaska, no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event.

Racing Bibs

The host club will issue racing bibs. The host club may charge a bib deposit at race registration or a fee for a lost bib or a bib returned late.

Race Results

Host clubs of divisional qualifiers will generate overall results that include the age group and second run times for each racer. Overall results will be posted to the Alaska Division web site within 72 hours of the completion of that event or series.

Team Rules and Selection Procedures for Western Region Quotas

Discretionary Selections

Up to 20 percent or 1 quota spot (whichever is greater) of any Alaska divisional quota may be allocated to discretionary selections. The use of this discretionary quota shall be the decision of the ACC. Petitions for exceptions must be made in writing, including supporting documentation, to the Coaches Working Group by the protest period of the final selection race. Approval of exception and inclusion into the quota shall be made by a majority vote of the ACC. Appeals to the petition procedure must be made in writing with supporting documentation to the ACC Appeals Board.

FIS Races

Racers will be selected to attend these events according to the policy for out-of-division travel. Selections will be made 25 days prior to the event, and athletes will have 48 hours to accept. Selection Procedures for FIS Races Selection is based on the National Team Selection Board (NTSB) using USSA seed points from the most current list on the selection date. The NTSB method is described in the USSA competition guide. Western Region automatics will not appear on the board. For Speed Series a modified NTSB board will be used, in that GS will always be the last pick on any line. Athletes must meet Alaska eligibility rules. Selection Boards will include only the events to be held at the Series, with the exception that Speed Events Series boards will also include GS.

U19 Western Region Championships Selection Process

The Alaska Division quota for the 2018 Western Region Junior Championships (WRJC U19) is 4 women and 5 men. The quota is determined by the Corrock-Price Method, which factors both population and race results from the prior year.

For the 2018 season two series of ten races will be used – Coca Cola Classic Cup and Alyeska Cup, both at Alyeska, Alaska.

The races contested will be 2 GS and 2 SL from Coca Cola Classic, and 2 SG, 2 GS and 2 SL from Alyeska Cup.
In the event that qualifying series has to be reduced to 4 or fewer races, qualification will be done using each “run” vs. “race.”

In qualifying GS and SL races, racers that are not ranked after the first run (DNF’s or DQ’s) will be allowed to run at the end of their respective seeds (groups of 15) in reverse bib order during the second run. This is to insure that if qualification races are lost each competitor will have had the opportunity to complete each run if qualification reverts to “by run” versus “by race” results.

Naming the team shall be accomplished by utilizing a two column selection board. Each column shall be comprised of eligible athlete names ranked first to last. The first ranked athlete shall be placed at the top of the column; the last ranked athlete shall be placed at the bottom of the column.

LEFT COLUMN comprised of athlete names ranked by each individual athlete’s sum total of his/her best three race finishes at the qualifying series. Finishes shall be scored using new world cup points. An athlete may use no more than two results from any single discipline. Ties shall be broken using the next best result.

RIGHT COLUMN comprised of athlete names ranked by each individual athlete’s best national point average in only the discipline where that particular athlete possesses his/her lowest national points. DH shall not be considered. Points utilized will be from the current valid USSA List.

SELECTION is accomplished by taking the top name in the left column, then the top name in the right column. Selection continues by going to the second name in the left column, and then the second name in the right column, then the third column etc and by following the procedure described in the previous sentence until the team is filled. If a name comes up a second time it is skipped. Always skip across from left to right, not down for repeats.

Alaskan Western Region automatics will also be automatic selections to the Alaska Division Championship Team in their age group. These athletes will not appear on the selection board, although they will occupy a quota spot. Selections will be made as described above until each quota, including alternates, is filled.

Selections will be made by the Coaches Working Group (CWG) and ratified by the ACC. Programs or independent athletes will be notified of team selections no more than 48 hours after they are determined. Athletes must notify their club of their intent to participate and submit a trip deposit payment, within 48 hours after selections are announced.

U16 Regional Championship Selection Process

The Alaska Division quota for the 2018 Western Region U16 Championships is 5 women and 5 men. The quota is determined by the Corrock Method which factors each Division’s’ population and team results at the regional championship from the prior year.

For the 2018 season two series of ten races will be used – Coca Cola Classic Cup and Alyeska Cup, both at Alyeska, Alaska.

The races contested will be 2 GS and 2 SL from Coca Cola Classic, and 2 SG, 2 GS and 2 SL from Alyeska Cup. In the event that qualifying series has to be reduced to 4 or fewer races, qualification will be done using each “run” vs. “race.”

In the event that qualifying series has to be reduced to 4 or fewer races, qualification will be done using each “run” vs. “race.”

In qualifying GS and SL races, racers that are not ranked after the first run (DNF’s or DQ’s) will be allowed to run at the end of their respective seeds (groups of 15) in reverse bib order during the second run. This is to insure that if qualification races are lost each competitor will have had the opportunity to complete each run if qualification reverts to “by run” versus “by race” results.

For purposes of the selection board, the racer with the highest number of points based on their three best race/competition finishes (with no more than two “races” or “runs” used in any discipline), will be ranked first. Each racer thereafter will be ranked in accordance with the number of total points accumulated in the best three “races”. Ties in ranking will be broken by using the next best race finish per discipline, not to exceed using more than two “races or runs” in any single discipline.

Selections will be made by the Coaches Working Group (CWG) and ratified by the ACC. Programs or independent athletes will be notified of team selections no more than 48 hours after they are determined. Athletes must notify their club of their intent to participate and submit a trip deposit payment, within 48 hours after selections are announced.

U14 Regional Championship Selection Process

The Alaska Division quota for the Western Region U14 Championships is subject to change annually. The quota is determined by each Division’s population from U14 USSA license holders who are current on the November points list. The Alaska Division has a minimum quota of 4 women and 4 men for the 2018 U14 WR Championships.

The qualifying races contested will always include two Super G races, two Giant Slalom races, and two Slalom races. For the 2018 season two series of ten races will be used – Coca Cola Classic Cup and Alyeska Cup, both at Alyeska, Alaska.

The races contested will be 2 GS and 2 SL from Coca Cola Classic, and 2 SG, 2 GS and 2 SL from Alyeska Cup. Each run will be a qualifying event for the selection boards, athletes will use their best Super G run score, and their best 2 GS and 2 SL run scores.

If there is a loss of two or more qualifying races, the Alaska Division may elect to designate additional race qualifying opportunities. Should an area be unable to host the scheduled qualifier races, they will be made up at another scheduled site when possible.

In qualifying GS and SL races, racers that are not ranked after the first run (DNF, DQ) will be allowed to run at the end of their respective seeds (groups of 15) in reverse bib order during the second run.

For purposes of the selection board, the racer with the highest number of points based on five best runs, (with no more than two runs used in any discipline), will be ranked first. Each racer thereafter will be ranked in accordance with the number of total points accumulated in the best five runs. Ties in ranking will be broken by using the next best run finish per discipline, not to exceed using more than two runs in any single discipline.

Selections will be made as described above until each quota, including alternates, is filled.

Selections will be made by the Coaches Working Group (CWG) and ratified by the ACC. Programs or independent athletes will be notified of team selections no more than 48 hours after they are determined. Athletes must notify their club of their intent to participate and submit a trip deposit payment, within 48 hours after selections are announced.

U16/U14 Tri Divisional Selection Process

Intermountain, Northern and Alaska Division share a championship for athletes not making the U16 or U14 Regional Championship quotas for their division. Quotas are determined by population of participating divisions.

2018 Quota:
U16 Men 4
U16 Women 4
U14 Men 9
U14 Women 7

The regional selection boards for each age group, U16 and U14 described above, will be used to determine quotas. Athletes may participate in their respective Regional Championship OR Tri Divisionals.  Athletes may NOT attend both.

Alaska State Championships

The winner of the first event in each discipline at the Alyeska Cup will be designated the Alaska state champion in that discipline. The first race of each discipline is used for the Alyeska Cup. WC points are awarded for each of three races (1SG, 1GS, 1SL), and only athletes that finish all three events will be eligible to win.