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Rocky/Central Newsletter - December 2020

By Darlene Nolting
December, 22 2020
Early Morning Training at Copper

Rocky/Central News

Happy Holidays everyone from the RC Staff. We hope you enjoy this time with your families.  We hope this newsletter finds you all happy and healthy. What a year 2020 has been for everyone. We are all looking at everything we do in a different light. 

Most everyone has had a delayed start to the season. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing. In my discussions with your coaches, every single one is feeling like the extra time to really drill down into the fundamentals of skiing has been very positive.  Most coaches are feeling like the athletes have been extra focused on strengthening their fundamental base. This focus will help our athletes throughout the season and will hopefully pay off in years to come.  

What do you do if your club is unable to train due to government restrictions?  Kathy Okoniewski, Eastern Region Youth Development Coach, wrote a great article to help those parents that are going it on their own right now.  How to "Go Remote" While Having Fun and Improving Your Skiing.  This should be helpful to both parents and coaches.  Thanks to Kathy for sharing her insights with us.  

The RockyCentral staff along with Divisional leaders have been working on the race calendars and making adjustments as required. While we are restricted in the number of athletes we are allowed to have at events (restrictions due to U.S. Ski & Snowboard COVID Guidelines or local health authority guidelines) racing will still look pretty much the same as it has in the past.  

How will races be different from past seasons? Athletes will be required to take a daily COVID health check every morning before they are allowed to start. I think this is part of life for most everyone these days. Races will still need volunteers, this is still a great way to be able to help the sport your child is involved in. In many cases this year it may be the only way you will be able to watch. Many ski resorts have a no spectator policy in place. While we all love to watch our athletes race, this year we might not be able to. With all the restrictions in place, ski areas are very restrictive to the number of people we are allowed to have as a part of the races.  We need to respect these restrictions to keep be able to host races.

I am excited to get the season started in the Rocky/Central Region. RC Staff, Divisional Leadership, Clubs and coaches have been working very diligently to put proper protocols and systems in place to help us navigate current restrictions and move forward to a successful season for our athletes.  

We wish everyone the very best time this holiday season!!

Darlene Nolting
Rocky/Central Regional Director

Patrick Mich
Central Division Manager

Kristina Revello
Rocky/Central Regional Coach