U18/21/PG |Birth Year: 2006 or earlier|

Coaching Staff
Men's Head Coach: Taber Engelken | | 802-999-0888
Women’s Head Coach: Jillian Barile | | 518-637-7374 
FIS Coach: Josh Hanna
FIS Coach: Connor Kelly
General Training Schedule
Monday:            8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow
Tuesday:           8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow   
Wednesday:     8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow               
Thursday:         8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow               
Friday:              8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow   
Saturday:         Off     
Sunday:           8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on snow   
*In-season on-snow training begins Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
**Training schedule will be shared via email by head coaches.
Communication Channels
The weekly schedule will be sent eery Monday via email for athletes, parents, and coaches. This will include training and races for the week. Day-to-day schedule or change of schedule due to weather, training venue changes, etc. will be sent via group text message to athletes and coaches only. 
*Note on this subject: Parents and student-athletes can reach out anytime to your coaches with any questions you may have. With that in mind, please be aware of the sensitive times, before 7:00 am or after 7:00 pm.
Race-to-Training Ratio
At the U19/PG age, athletes can expect 30-50 starts in a season. Each athlete will have a schedule specific to him/her based on goals, ability, and disciplines they are competing in. These races will vary from USSA races to various FIS levels (FIS open, Development, Eastern Cups, EISA Carnivals, and NorAms). In accordance with USSA Long-Term Athlete Development, the race to training ratio for our athletes is ideally 1 : 3 or 4.
To compete in a FIS race, athletes should have below 120 USSA points. 
While there is an increase in races at the U19 level, there is still an emphasis on Long Term Athlete Development. Therefore, athletes will compete in races that will enhance their development as a ski racer. In the event that there are multiple races available on a given day, the coaches will consider the athlete’s health, performance, academics, and goals in deciding what race will benefit each athlete the most.
The Race Season Schedule
The race schedule will be consistent with each athlete’s goals and training volume. There is a master calendar on that includes all available races.  However, the final FIS schedule for each athlete will be determined within 1-2 weeks prior to the race, when the race list is finalized. The coaches will have weekly communication with athletes and parents forecasting the upcoming race schedule, and what is likely to happen 2-3 weeks in advance. 
Race Travel Expense
Once the coaches make the final arrangements and reservations, we will communicate via email to parents and athletes the trip expense so you can keep track of it and understand the charges on your card. 
Physical Fitness
All U19/PG athletes are expected to be following the workout regimen 5+ days a week. By adhering to the program, the athlete will be less likely to sustain injuries, will recover quicker through the season, and will show quicker improvements on the hill. Putting in adequate work during the off-season will benefit our athlete’s tremendously when training and competing on-snow. 
U19/PG athletes are competing at a very high level. All athletes should come to training prepared as they would be for a race. Training in a race suit, wearing a back protector, and having tuned skis are all mandatory policies that are to be followed daily. 
U19/PG athletes are also expected to be the leaders for the younger athletes of MMA. Leading by example not only enhances the culture of our organization, it also enables our athletes to take individual pride and ownership in their mindset, lifestyle choices, and overall development as young adults. 
Other Expectations
  • To respect and promote MMA’s code of conduct that MMA.
  • To be prepared and on time for your training, physically, and mentally. Your skis, your mind, and your body should be race ready every day.
  • To be a teammate and support those that may need help.
  • To be respectful and appropriate to your teammates, coaches, and the community you are a part of.
  • To be honest and communicate with your coaches and parents if you feel overwhelmed or you fall behind schedule.
  • To adhere to the zero-tolerance policy of any form of substance abuse.