Alpine Programs

Eastern Region Policies

Please see the 2013 Competition Guide for Eastern Region Policies. Abridged highlights from the policies are outlined below.


Membership

Appropriate membership in USSA is mandatory for all participants in the alpine programs of the Eastern Region. Eastern U16 athletes are required to hold a USSA competitor membership to participate in races used as qualifying events leading to state championships and Junior Championship events.
Membership in a state racing association is required.  A competitor may only belong to one state association.  A racer shall race for the state and region in which he/she resides or in which they are attending school and/or training on a long-term basis.  The decision, which must be made at the start of the season, must be based on where the racer spends the greatest part of his/her ski training and it must be abided by for the entire season, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.  

 

Race Entries

The standard deadline for fully paid entries for all USSA races to be received by the race organizer is five days prior to the start of the first event or official training.  Entries received after the deadline and/or not accompanied by payment of full entry fee, can be considered late entries.  Late entries may be charged up to 150% of the entry fee. Competitors may withdraw entries without forfeiture of any entry fees paid until 5:00 p.m. two days before the race or the start of official training.  After that time, the race organizer is obligated to refund entry fees only if the entrant can prove that his or her inability to compete was due to force majeure.
For any USSA Eastern Region competition in which the field is composed in part or wholly of quotas of various competition organizations, the competition organization must enter its complete quota prior to the established entry deadline.  Competitors entered under and eastern state, or foreign quotas are not required to pay entry fees until the race registration and cannot be charged a late entry fee. For eastern regional FIS events, competitors qualifying through quota must confirm or deny their participation in the event with the eastern USSA staff and their state chairperson, prior to the entry deadline.  The field will be finalized at a published team captain's meeting at which all the athletes must be represented.  Once the confirmation process is complete, failure to attend the event, for reasons other than force majeure, may result in revocation of the right to compete at the FIS level on a USA quota for specified future events.

 

Out of Region Travel

USSA U14s are not eligible to earn USSA points out of region.  Eastern U16s and U14s may race out of region with permission the eastern regional staff.  Any eastern U14 athlete who does race out of region will not be credited with USSA points from these races, unless the athlete races in the U16 National Project at Park City and that race is scored.  The eastern office makes all out of region entries.
For out-of-division regional FIS series, the east usually has a quota of 10 men and 10 women.  Qualified competitors who wish to be considered for entry into an event on the eastern quota must submit a request via online forms (Intents site) no later than 28 days prior to the first seed meeting of the first event in the schedule. USSA regional staff will make selections.  Individual FIS series may be designated for development purposes in lieu of standard selection procedure and requirements.
It is the competitor's responsibility to confirm their place on an eastern quota.  Likewise, it is the competitor's responsibility to notify the Eastern office immediately if they wish to be withdrawn from the quota.
For out-of region USSA races contact the Eastern Region staff for authorization and coordination of entry.
For Canadian races, the U.S. usually has a quota of 15 men and 15 women.  Names for Canadian competitions must be submitted to the eastern office 28 day in advance via online entry (Intents site).  Inclusion on the valid FIS list is required for entry into Canadian FIS races.

 

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