Coaching Staff
Head U14 Coach: Naga Kusumi | | (917) 273-0818
Full-time U14 Coach: Reed Drechsel
Full-time U14 Coach: Emma Maiden
U14 Coach: Bruce Malcolm
U14 Coach: Mackenzie Young
*You may contact your coach via email at any time.
**In cases of urgency, contact by phone.
U14 Philosophy

It is all training, it is all important, and it should be fun. The U14 age group holds the widest range of biological development stages in the development pipeline.  Careful consideration is taken when designing training plans to accommodate the spectrum of individual development and ability within this age group.  Great importance is placed on the development of good character, responsibility, and love of sport.  Periodizing the year, the off-season should be filled with a variety of sports and activities, including education of strength & conditioning methods and a summer ski camp.  In November we lean heavily on directed freeskiing, skill acquisition, and repetition.  In December we begin spending more time training courses in preparation for the beginning of our competition season in January.  Through January, February, and March focus is placed on continued skill practice and progression through a balance of time spent in gates, drill progression, and freeskiing.
As a U14 athlete you are expected to:
·  Be on time for your scheduled training, S&C sessions, and races.
·  Be attentive to the requests of MMA coaches.
·  Be respectful, considerate, and helpful of your teammates.
·  Maintain your equipment
·  Enjoy your time spent with MMA ... it should be fun!
Communication Channels
U14 race and training schedules are kept up to date at  Bi-weekly emails on Monday and Thursday will also provide weekly training and race information.  Changes to schedule and/or plan will be communicated via email.
General Training Schedule
Monday:            8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Academy
Tuesday:           1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy, Tutorial 1 day, Tutorial 2 day
Wednesday:     1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy
Thursday:         1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy, Tutorial 2 day
Friday:              1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on-snow; Academy, Tutorial 1 day, Tutorial 2 day, 
Saturday:         8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Weekend Program (Academy off)
Sunday:            8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Academy, Weekend Program
Academy training begins in Colorado on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
Weekend training begins Saturday, December 3, 2022.
Weekday tutorial training begins Tuesday, December 6, 2022.
Training schedule can be found at
Dryland Schedule
 Weekdays post training. To be communicated weekly via email.
Season Schedule
 All races and training days are posted at

U14s compete for rankings through council races and all will be invited to ski in the U14 Vermont State Championships. U14s have six scheduled races through their regular season.  At each race a U14 will score place points for each run’s result as well as the combined result from that day’s race.

Example: A slalom and GS race will yield the potential for three results (run #1, run #2, and combined). First place receives 1 point, second receives 2 points, third receives 3, etc.

The rankings will be based on the sum of the athletes’ lowest place points from the Council Qualifiers. The number of place points selected will be based on one less than half (50%-1) of the racers lowest place points.
The Vermont State U14 Championship is an all-inclusive event, every U14 actively racing in Vermont will be welcome to compete.
Race Entry
Entries will be made by “council list” compiled by every program’s head coach.  It will be up to the participant or participant’s parent to pay entry fees, on before the entry deadline closes.
Race Information

Northern Vt Council
1 Panel Slalom
2 Giant Slaloms
1 Super G
2 Slaloms
Town Meeting Day
George Tormey Series
Vermont State Championships
U14 State Championships is an all-inclusive event. Seeding will be done according to ranking from NVC races. A minimum number of 2 races must be attended in order participate. Attendance in a super g event is required in order to participate in the State Super G Championship.
U14 Eastern Championships
Similarly, Vermont will receive a quota based on member population and performance of previous years to determine each state’s specific quota.  U14s must place within the specified quota to qualify for Eastern Championships.
Top 30 boys and 30 girls from eastern championships will qualify for CanAms.
State and Regional Projects
VARA and USSA will schedule and host invitation only projects around the state and Eastern Region. These projects join athletes and coaches from around the region to ski, work, and learn together. Though these projects are great opportunities it must be understood that these are in no way deciding your future success as a future ski racer. The primary objectives of such projects are to allow officials a glimpse of the top athletes in the region and share information with athletes and coaches to bring back to their home programs. It is important to remember whether or not you qualify for these projects that we come from a great place, with great opportunities, and remain humble.  Your coach will be in touch with you as these projects are scheduled and invitation lists are finalized.