OCTOBER 26, 2019
VARA Coaches' Education Forum
Andrea Mead Lawrence Building At Pico 
Morning Coffee, Lite Breakfast and Lunch Included $45 
$55 for day-of sign up - Registration 7:45-8:45 Registration
The program will run approximately 9am-2:00 pm.
US Ski & Snowboard Contd. Ed Credit  
Event Date - October 26, 2019
DR Matt Gammons 
Mind Set Reset Matt will discuss mindset, the different types, how to recognize which type an athlete may have, limitations of certain types of mindsets and tips on how to help reset a mindset. 
DR Gammons works with RRMC and focuses on orthopedics and Sports Medicine with a special interest in Concussion Management. Dr. Gammons has authored numerous sports medicine-related articles, papers and presentations, he has been the recipient of several professional honors, including the Harry Galanty Young Investigators Award for Outstanding Research from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He also enjoys several sports team affiliations, including serving as team physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams.

Julia Ford                          
Julia is a Sochi Olympian, former USST Member , multiple National DH Champion, and product of the Mid Vt Council. Julia will speak from the athlete’s perspective on, the whole athlete, and the importance of the role a coach plays in forming a human being as well as a competitor. Julia is currently the Director of Alpine Skiing at Cardigan Mtn. School. Julia was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school where she excelled at each and is presently pursuing competing in triathlons.
Kerstin Stoedefalke, PhD             
Professor Colby -Sawyer College - Exercise and Sport Sciences Department
The Multiple Dimensions of Race Performance
Kerstin Stoedefalke is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. She has helped athletes of all ages and abilities work on optimizing their performances.  Her fundamental philosophy is that we are only as strong as our weakest link.  Therefore, if athletes don’t eat optimally, then they will not be able to compete optimally.  Similarly, if proper recovery is lacking, the body will not be able to re-build to the desired level.  If race anxiety interferes with focus, then of course performance will suffer.  In other words, there are multitu de of influences on performance and only “perfect practice makes perfect”.
Darrell Gray                                     
BMA High-Performance Director
SkiilQuest Fitness Assessment, Use and Validity
Darrell will discuss the SkillsQuest program for youth and conditioning best practices when working with limited time.
Darrell was the U.S. Ski Team Domestic Coach of the Year in 2006, Darrell has his Level 400 coaches’ certification and also runs the strength and conditioning program at BMA. He is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and also has his USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Certification. One of Darrell’s favorite quotes is, “If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life!”  

Stan Soja – Toko                            
Wax Prep and EPA Compliance 
Stan has over 20 years of experience in the race service area and specializes in wax and ski prep equipment. he will lend his knowledge to the VARA coaches Education Forum and discuss new age waxing and EPA compliance. Stan performs hands on tuning and waxing clinics for junior race programs to technical wax selection and application for the highest level academies and university competition.
October 17-18

October 17 - 9am- 12pm Eastern Development Committee meeting Okemo Mtn School Gym
October 17 - 1pm- 4pm Eastern Children's Committee meeting Okemo Mtn School Gym
October 18 - 9am- 2pm Eastern Alpine Competition Committee meeting Okemo Mtn School Gym
October 19-20
Newly added to the program, presenter and author, Brooklyn Raney.
Okemo's Jackson Gore

There will be an athlete activity; a Skate to Ski Rollerblade clinic and Skills Quest assessments on October 20th, for U14, U12 and those who were not able to make the validated testing events.
Sign up information is coming soon.
2019 SkillsQuest Fitness Final VT Validated Testing Date

Link to the US Ski and Snowboard Validated Testing initiative article – Link Here This will explain the purpose and meaning for USS U16+ athletes to pursue SkillsQuest physical testing.
NOVEMBER 2, 2019
VARA is coordinating with former VARA competitor, 2x Olympian, Doug, Lewis of Eliteam, for a day of conditioning and education for 10-15 year olds. Hosting the event is Okemo Mountain School. Registration details will be sent out very soon, so keep your eyes peeled! You won't want to miss this.
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