The mission of the USSA-Central Division DEVELOPMENT (DEVO) TEAM is to provide a clear path and quality coaching to enable young ski jumpers to move competitively from the local club level to the divisional level. It is the team’s aim to provide this training in a positive, healthy and effective manner so as to retain these athletes in this sport.
Your skier will be coached during the year by one of several qualified ski jumping coaches who has experience with this sport both as an athlete and a coach. The goal first and foremost is to provide quality coaching and fun training opportunities, taking advantage of our Divisions many venues and competitive opportunities. Ultimately, our hope is that some may develop into future skiers whose focus is to train at the Division’s top level for national and international competition and team selection.
The Devo team is open to all Central Division ski jumpers who are capable of jumping hills K46 meters or larger. This team is designed for serious junior-level ski jumpers interested in competing throughout the Division (MN, WI, IL, MI), with expectations of competing in out of division tournaments.
- Coaches oversee all training and development activities along with coaching at every Central tournament.
- Fees are $700/year* (June 1 – May 31) maximum of 2 skiers fees per family.
- Not required to pay coaching fees for division tournaments (Savings of $25/day)
- Discount on out-of-division tournament coaching fees ($20/Day vs $45/Day - Savings of $25/Day)**
- Team Jacket To show off your Team Pride
If your jumper is not currently jumping on a K46 or higher hill at the start of the season, but feel that she/he will be jumping at that level during the season, please be aware of a couple points,
1) If a jumper wants to compete one or two times on a hill larger than K46, they need to get their coaches & parents approval first and they would have to pay the non-devo coaching fee for that event.
2) At the USSA Congress held last year, the Coaches Committee discussed and recommended to the Sport Committee that athletes should only move up one class above their actual age group. At this time, this is still just a recommendation and not a rule. The Coaches Committee is looking for feedback so if you have any, feel free to contact your Devo Team coach. The Coaches Committee feels strongly that we should not have an open door policy for kids to compete as they wish in many age classes above their own class. With feedback, it is possible this will become a rule in the future. (Most European clubs enforce this rule & have stronger programs.)
Devo A - $250.00 when signing up, $250.00 by Sep 1st and $200.00 by Dec 1st. If fees are not paid by December 1st, there will be a late fee of $10. Please note that we will not allow anyone to join the devo team for the 2015-16 season after December 1st, unless a jumper switches to the K46 hills or larger during the season. Athletes who are already on those hills will need to join the team by the Dec. 1st date.
* Fee Exception: Norge skiers have the option to become part of the Devo team with a $50 annual fee. They will be allowed to purchase devo team clothing at that point. If a Norge coach is not available at an event, Norge skiers will pay $20/day in or out of division for coaching fees.
** Jumpers interested in traveling out of division will incur other expenses for housing, hill fees, etc.
Central Division Devo Program
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