Sport Committee Awards
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is a diverse organization of many sports with a vital backbone of athletes, officials, coaches and clubs nationwide all working together for the betterment of the sport. It’s important each year to recognize the work of those behind the scenes who are providing athletes of all ages with an opportunity to participate in ski and snowboard competition.
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard awards program is designed to recognize a wide range of individuals and organizations for their work over the past year or their lifetime, depending on the specific award criteria.
In addition to the public nomination process, each sport committee is asked to consider a single nomination for each award.
As a U.S. Ski & Snowboard member, you are eligible to nominate into many of the award categories. To learn more about the full range of U.S. Ski & Snowboard awards, check out the 2021 Awards Manual.
How the process works?
- Nominations from the general membership are accepted until March 31. After that time, each sport committee will receive a listing of those nominees. This information is for general consideration only; sport committees are invited to make their own nominations.
- Each sport committee also submits its own nomination by Friday, April 9.<
- Selection of awards winners is determined by a vote of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Awards Working Group between April 12-16.
- Winners are announced in May
How to nominate?
- The respective sport committee chair for each sport is responsible for submission of nominations.
- Read through the categories for each award.
- Click on the nomination link for each individual award for which you wish to nominate.
- Complete the nomination paying special attention to highlighting accomplishments required for each award.
- Nominees must be current members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard unless otherwise noted.
- Click to submit.
- Remember, you need to submit nominations for each award separately.
Deadline: Friday, April 9th by 6:00 p.m. MDT
SPORT COMMITTEE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Beck International Award (best athlete)
The Beck International Award is the highest athletic award, presented to a competitor based on outstanding performance in international competition during the past season. Each sport committee should make an Athlete of the Year selection for its sport. That athlete will then go onto the ballot for the overall Beck Award.
Paul Bacon Award (event organization)
The Paul Bacon Award is given to an individual or group for the greatest contribution to U. S. Ski & Snowboard in the field of race organization during the 2020-21 season. Traditional nominees include local clubs or individuals whose work has made a difference in providing good events for athletes - especially this past year with the pandemic.
John J. Clair Award (service to national teams)
The John J. Clair Jr. Award is given for outstanding service which benefited the U.S. Ski or Snowboard Teams in 2020-21. Past recipients have included outside team support personnel, donors, journalists, movers and shakers. Most recipients have been individuals, though some organizations have been recognized. Recipient’s service should be to the national teams.
Bud & Mary Little Award (service to FIS or USOPC)
The Bud and Mary Little Award is a lifetime achievement award presented to an individual who has contributed significantly through a long-term involvement with the International Ski Federation or U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Recipients are eligible to receive the award only once. Achievement should be lifetime, it is not specific to this past year.
Buddy Werner Award (sportsmanship)
Have you seen any great acts of sportsmanship this past year? Nominations should be based on actions from the 2020-21 season. It is only open to individuals.
Russell Wilder Award (service to youth)
The Russell Wilder Award recognizes the most outstanding effort during 2020-21 in focusing the interests of American youth on the sports of skiing or snowboarding. It can be awarded to an individual or an organization.
West Family Award (outstanding official)
The West Family Award is a lifetime achievement honor, recognizing an outstanding certified official at any level.
Westhaven Award (outstanding FIS technical delegate)
The Westhaven Award is a lifetime achievement award, recognizing an outstanding FIS technical delegate for his or her service over time. Nominations come from the pool of current FIS TDs.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Coach of the Year (outstanding coach in each sport)
The Coach of the Year honor recognizes outstanding contribution to development and international programs in the 2020-21 season by a coach resulting in high-level performance by his or her athletes in competition during the past season. Coaches of the year are recognized for their leadership, commitment, sport knowledge and passion, including proven ability to foster athletic excellence amongst their constituents or teams. Each sport committee should make a selection in its sport, with those nominees going onto the ballot for overall Coach of the Year honors.
Sport Development Coach of the Year (outstanding development coach in each sport)
The Development Coach of the Year honor is presented to a coach in each sport for his or her accomplishments in the 2020-21 season. Winners in each sport will have an opportunity to be selected for the overall award. Each sport committee should make a selection in its sport, with those nominees going onto the ballot for overall Development Coach of the Year honors.>
Sport Club of the Year (outstanding club)
The Club of the Year award is presented to a current member club in each sport for accomplishments in the 2020-21 season. Each sport committee should make a selection in its sport, with those nominees going onto the ballot for overall Club of the Year honors.