Alpine skiing

Head Coach:  Mike Maryn  email:  alpine@somdmontgomery.org

Season: November to February

Training: Sat fitness training at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg Saturdays from 9-11 starting Nov 11 2017.  On snow training as available. Coach on snow training is TBD. Coach dryland training is 11/18/2017.

The following is our on snow schedule for this year:

Saturday, January 6 – State-Wide Gate Training at Ski Whitetail
Sunday, January 21 – regular practice at Ski Liberty
Sunday, January 28 – regular practice at Ski Liberty
Sunday, February 4 – regular practice at Ski Liberty
Saturday, February 10 – State-Wide Gate Training at Ski Whitetail
We may also have an alternative or additional voluntary practice at Ski Roundtop to run gates with NASTAR on Sunday February 11. This may be a voluntary event that athletes and volunteers must pay for on their own or it may be an alternative for more advanced skiers depending on whether SOMO can get a discount from Ski Roundtop that is equivalent to what Ski Whitetail would charge us. More details to come.
Sunday, February 18 – alternative make-up practice in case an earlier practice needs to be cancelled. This will be at Ski Liberty

We will continue to hold dry land practices at Bohrer Park each Saturday through the end of December.

Where: Ski Liberty for Sundays including gate training and local fitness training.  There is no Athlete on snow in 2018!

Competition:  Maryland State Winter Games at Whitetail will be Feb 25, 26 and 27, 2018

There will be one major change in the competition this year.  Winter Games will be extended to three days and will include time trials for the competition.  Time trials and opening ceremonies will be held that Sunday (2/25).  The competition will be on Monday and Tuesday, February 26-27.  With time trials occurring at Winter Games there will no Athletes On Snow weekend.  SOMD will hold a one or two state-wide gate training practices that will be part of our on snow training weekend practices.

The events offered by Special Olympics in Alpine Skiing have increased to accommodate every ability level of athlete interested in competing. Three different ability levels of athletes compete in the downhill, slalom and giant slalom events. For each of these categories, the courses are set to be appropriate for advanced, intermediate or novice ability athletes.

Additionally, athletes can compete in Unified Sports competition for the downhill, slalom, and giant slalom events. Unified Sports¨ is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes with peer athletes without intellectual disabilities (Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. In this category, the times of the athlete and the partner are combined to create the Unified team score.

For those athletes with lower ability or just beginning, Special Olympics offers events such as the Glide and Super Glide.

All athletes/volunteers must sign up for sport training prior to attending practice. Please sign up online as soon as possible so that we can make plans for coaching needs.

Athlete and volunteer application’s must be current UP TO THE date of the State Games for your sport. If you are unsure of a person’s status, click HERE to see list of names and expiration dates.

ATHLETES – Click HERE to sign up on-line for this sport’s training season. YOU MUST have the required Athlete Application (also know as Athlete Medical) already on file to sign up for a sport. If you are not sure if you have completed all the paperwork, please click HERE to review the requirements.

VOLUNTEERS – Click HERE to sign up on-line for this sport’s training season. YOU MUST have the required volunteer application already on file to sign up for a sport. If you are not sure if you have completed all the paperwork, please click HERE to review the requirements.

 

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