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Hello BBSEF Travel Team Families,

The past couple of years has taught us that we cannot take things for granted.  It has also shown us the power of teamwork.  For this season an emerging challenge is the availability of race skis and race boots.  There is a high likelihood that these items will be sold out, long before we are back on snow.  To help facilitate equipment needs, we have created a private Facebook group “BBSEF Team Swap” for our BBSEF families only.   Our intention is to make it easier for you to buy and sell gear.  This group/page will be open through September, replacing our internal swap.  Buyers are responsible for knowing the bindings and having them serviced or adjusted by a licensed tech. You should not use equipment that has not been properly adjusted or is not currently indemnified.  BBSEF is not responsible for and does not accept any responsibility in the buying or selling of products.  It is up to the buyer and seller to understand and know the product. Please follow/like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bbsef.org then, request to join the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bbsefinternalswap

THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OUR ANNUAL SKI SWAP NOV. 3-6, at Expo Idaho

If you have questions regarding equipment, please contact coach Dave@bbsef.org.  

Reminder Equipment night will be Friday, September 16, (time TBD)

WHERE:  McU's, Greenwoods and Eco Lounge

EQUIPMENT INFO:  Reps will be in attendance from POC, Leki and Swix.  Please note:  U14s and older must use FIS-approved helmets for all events!

COACHES:  The coaching staff will be there to assist with sizing, and answer questions.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND JUMPING ON EQUIPMENT ORDERS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

North Series (U10/U12) 2022-2023 Comp Schedule TBD

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Coach Update

Date: 8/4/22

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer and some time away for some fun.  It is time to at least temporarily, put on your winter hat and think equipment for your child.  Let me give you the down and dirty, quick version.  Order ASAP, don't delay, gear is limited (VERY LIMITED), gear is going fast, you snooze you lose.  See the pattern here?  

A) HOW SHOULD YOU PROCEED?  

1. Please go to McU Sports, Greenwood's or Eco Lounge (for Atomic only) to get sized and fitted for your gear.  
2.  If you have questions about ski length, boot size/flex, the U12 parents should contact Dave Hall.  The U14, U16 and U18 folks should contact me.
3.  I am always available to meet any of the families at the shop and give any assistance if you would like.  Let's make sure the equipment is right so it works the best to make progress this season.

If the shop does not have what you need, don't panic.  Contact Dave Hall at dave@bbsef.org and he may be able to help out.

B)  IMPORTANT DETAILS:

1.  You should not count on there being an equipment night.  That is very much up in the air at this point and the reason I am sending this email.
2.  Reps are all scheduled for club visits BUT, they have very little equipment availability so we do not have that option.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn Smith
BBSEF Athletic Director
 
6/8/22

Hello to the BBSEF families from Shawn Smith, BBSEF Athletic Director shawn@bbsef.org  

I hope everyone is getting ready to jump into summer.  I wanted to write to you for a while now but we have been very busy with wrapping up the season, USSS online meetings, IMD meetings, summer camp planning and the spring membership enrollment.  I can finally draw a breath.

I am so pleased to join a well established club with top notch people running the show.  Working for Shannon Carrell is a real pleasure.  I am so impressed with her knowledge of the programs’ club history and ability to get things done properly and on time.  Working with the talented Kelly Mullens on any communication project is very enjoyable and informative.  I hope the membership appreciates the performance standards of those individuals and all they bring to our organization.  The talent of those individuals combined with a very supportive, committed and involved BOD, were major influences on my decision to remain with the club.

I was hired last fall to coach the alpine U16 and FIS athletes.  The season gave me a wonderful opportunity to work with a great group of kids and make personal observations and evaluations of many aspects of the club.  It was evident that there are many areas that are going well and should be supported.  I also saw areas of opportunity to advance our programs in the coming seasons.  I would like to outline some of the ideas that I plan to begin to implement changes next season and into the future.  So here we go:

1. COACHES EDUCATION

I can tell you that this is an area where a vast majority of programs neglect.  IF there is any education, it centers around operation procedures and perhaps broad discussions about the technical aspects of racing.  They totally miss the importance to train the coaching staff on how to teach.  That’s right, the delivery skills of making connections and really affecting outcomes for the athletes to a great extent is the “art” of coaching.  The technical pieces are more the “science” of coaching.  Coach/instructor education has been a great passion of mine and I have had the pleasure for the last 45 years to train coaches of all levels from entry level to national team coaches from several nations.

2.  PROGRAM CONSISTENCY AND CONTINUITY

Coaches are frequently left to create the focus and directions for their group of kids.  The problem that I have found with this approach is the lack of “flow” of development and growth as an athlete moves up in age groups.  The coaching staff needs the framework of what is to be covered and their personal delivery style brings the information to life.

3.  IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS

This is another topic that does not get addressed with clubs.  Coaches are “too busy” to get this work done.  During the late summer and fall families will be receiving info pieces periodically on a wide variety of race-related subjects that I hope will help you broaden your knowledge of our sport.  I know everyone receives a bunch of messages so we will be prudent about the amount of messages that go your way.  During the season, the coaches will give you a weekly report of progress and significant outcomes.

4.  EQUIPMENT RESOURCE

I am very aware and sensitive to the costs of our sport.  Shops and reps mean well with their recommendations but do not always get things “right” for the athlete.  The coaching staff is a resource for parents to ensure the gear follows age appropriate rules and is optimally functional for the athlete.  I have been traveling to several families homes to check gear for next year.  Skis - length, radius and bindings; boots - sizing, flex, height, power straps, sole wear and tear; poles - length for SL, GS, SG, strap system (about 75% of the kids are using poles that are too short) and brand recommendations; helmets - fit and legality; back protectors if appropriate and finally any need for boot fit work or leveling (ramp angle, canting).

5.  PROGRAM STRUCTURE

For next season we will be making a few adjustments in the coaching structure of 2 programs.  The North Series group will have its own head coach and 2 additional coaches.  Rather than working as one large group, athletes will be split into 3 smaller groups based on experience and needs.  Each coach will be responsible for coordinating the lesson/training plan for the week and communicating that plan to the head coach.  The U14 program will have a new coach this season due to the departure of Ben.  She/he will coordinate their weekly game plan with me to be sure we have continuity.

There will be some other changes of note.  Our young kids run too many gates - and oftentimes on the wrong terrain!  Basic skills need to be developed and enhanced while the kids explore all the mountain has to offer having fun with their coach, seeking out new challenges.  Time in gates should start on green terrain with short courses with intermittent sessions.  There is ample time for gate training when a solid skill base has been established and the kids get older.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.  I hope it is helpful.  I am gradually meeting more of the families of our club and look forward to getting our new season under way.

Shawn

 

Date: 3/1/22

Hello Tuesday night ski up crew,

I apologize for the late email, it was a busy weekend and I needed to fully take yesterday off from BBSEF activities. We are training GS tonight on the Ridge. The van will leave from the BBSEF office at 3:45. Please fill out the google poll in your email to let us know if you're riding the van tonight:

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing your athletes up there tonight!

Thanks,

Ben

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2/14/22

Hello,

Great work at Snowbasin everyone! I'll keep this fairly quick. Here is the plan for the week:

Tuesday night 11/15: Slalom

Wednesday night 11/16: North Series Team--GS, U16/18 and U14 ski ups: Slalom

Thursday night 11/17: Slalom

Friday 11/18: OFF--those who have the school day off enjoy sleeping in and getting some rest

Saturday 11/19: OFF--this is our one Saturday off of the season, enjoy it!

Sunday 11/20: GS (hopefully morning on Triumph!)

Monday 11/21: Slalom

That is all for now. Let me know if you have any questions, great ideas, or matters to discuss.

Thanks,

Ben

 

 

2/7/22

Hello Tuesday night ski up crew,

We are going to do something a little different this Tuesday. This week's session will be a focused drill skiing session with coaches Sam Harrigan and Laurie Stephens. We will be on GS skis and the focus will be on enhancing our movement through turn transition by improving our ability to use our legs independently and ski on one ski. Plan to meet Sam and Laurie outside the Jason Harper Training Center between 4:45 and 5:00. The session will run until 7:00. 

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks,

Ben

 

1/12/22

Hello North Series,

I hope that everyone is getting excited for the first weekend of racing this season at Grand Targhee. Dave Hall has been filling you in on the details and logistics. I want to go over a couple of bigger picture aspects of this puzzle and team jackets for those who don't have them.

Team jackets:

We don't require team jackets, but recommend them. It sounds like the order from McU's has been stalled and a several of you need/want jackets. We have a small back stock of used red BBSEF team jackets that work quite well in a variety of sizes. These are available for loan to anyone who needs one if we have one that fits. Return them in the spring or whenever the jackets you've ordered comes in. I will bring them to the Jason Harper Training Center this afternoon. They will be in the conference room of the JHTC for your athlete to try one on and grab if one fits. I'll bring them back down to the office so you can pick one up on Thursday or Friday if it doesn't work to grab one this afternoon. 

North Series Philosophy:

We have set up the North Series team to be an inclusive entry point to more committed "travel team" style alpine ski racing. As a mid size club in a community that values the outdoors but that is not specifically a "ski town" we seek to take advantage of the range of backgrounds of our team members and make it a strength. Many of our athletes draw from families with a lifelong love of skiing and ski racing, many do not. This range gives us strength and creates an environment where each member of the team can make the sport their own in a way that is personally meaningful. By being open to a range of ages and entry points, we create opportunities for younger and less experienced team members to learn from and be inspired by their older and/or more experienced teammates. In the spirit of the adage "you don't truly understand something until you can teach it," the opportunity to share their understanding with teammates helps strengthen the knowledge, skill and ability level of our older and/or more experienced team members. 

In terms of the athletic goals we support we strive to make the North Series team a place where some will be supported as they jump off into an athletic career that could take them deep into national and international levels of competition as well as those who may move onto other things after a few seasons. In all cases we seek to create an environment where athletes can be proud of their hard work and the skills they develop and the time they spend on this team. We seek to make the best use of each athlete's time and focus knowing that for some alpine skiing and racing is a primary focus and for others it is a secondary or tertiary focus in their lives. 

This may sound as though we are trying to be all things to all people. In many ways we are--these are not easy things to balance. Our focus on equipment and fundamental skills serves as the lowest common denominator that ensures that all of these goals and backgrounds are well supported. In our planning processes and in the moment we ask ourselves if we are supporting the range of goals and backgrounds represented on our team. When we identify a situation where the mark has been missed, we adjust and improve. As coaches we seek to advocate for the athletes in our charge in many of the same ways that parents advocate for their children. We advocate for safety, fairness of competition, and access to learning and competitive opportunities aligned with each athletes goals.

Grand Targhee Race Logistics and approach:

We have 26 athletes registered for the Grand Targhee races, 9 girls and 17 boys. To ensure that all athletes are well supported, we are sending five coaches for the weekend. The intent is that we have some buffer for contingencies such as coaches being unavailable due to a Covid exposure. With the difference in numbers by gender we are also looking to ensure that we are well staffed to assist the boys group when they race on Sunday.

Grand Targhee presents a challenge for our younger and less experienced athletes because it is a long way from the top of the chairlift to the start of the race course. The route isn't entirely obvious and although the forecast for the weekend looks good, Targhee is known for fog, wind, and snow. By staffing in the manner we have, Dave and I anticipate being able to support our less experienced athletes with a coach to help shepherd them along the way without taking attention away from our team members who are more comfortable being autonomous in that environment.

This being the first race of the year, please know that there will be hiccups. Everyone involved in the race is seeking to create a fun and rewarding environment for the athletes competing and their families. If something goes sideways for you, pause don't panic, let us know so we can address it. We are here to help and will do so to the best of our ability. 

Staff:

Dave Hall will be leading the group. Jordan Akers and Vivienne Wiegers as our regular season coaches will be there. We will also have two special guest coaches: Sam Harrigan who has been working with us over his school break is an alumnus of BBSEF and we're excited to have him with us this weekend. Brooke Bohus worked with us at Mt Hood this summer and a little bit over the holiday break. Brooke was the head coach of the Pebble Creek program in Pocatello and will be supporting the North Series and U14 groups periodically at races and training this season. 

That is all for now. Thank you for being part of the BBSEF and North Series team. We're honored to work with you and support your athletes. Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Drive safe and ski fast this weekend!

Thanks,

Ben

 

1/7/22

Hello North Series Team, Associate members, and Wednesday Night add on athletes,

Our Wednesday night charter bus and training sessions are starting this week! You will be receiving a more detailed message on Tuesday, however for planning purposes this is the info you'd probably like to have sooner than later.

The bus will be loading at 3:55 at The Collective Church (the Church whose name changes regularly in the old Smiths that also has Lulu's Pizza in it). Athletes will ski from 5:00 to 7:00 the bus departs Bogus at 7:30 for an 8:15 arrival back at The Collective. For those not riding the bus, plan to meet at the Jason Harper Training Center (JHTC) ready to go at 5:00. We will be training Giant Slalom this Wednesday (it will be final prep for the North Series athlete racing at Grand Targhee that weekend).

The email on Tuesday will include some specifics on Covid guidelines, who athletes will be meeting at the JHTC and other useful information.

Thanks,

Ben

 

12/28/21

Hello North Series,

We made it through a great and cold day today. We had a few more athletes than we'd anticipated at training today and I want to thank Coach Jordan for making it happen for the morning's session of focused skiing on GS skis. Coach Sam will be back to assist Jordan tomorrow so our coach:athlete ratio will be better. I will tag and upload the video I shot today later this evening and send out links later tonight or first thing in the morning. The group is skiing well and making great progress. Please check in with your athlete to see if they had everything they needed to stay warm today. I'm pretty sure that we have a few members of the group who might benefit from an additional layer, a different pair of gloves or mittens, or a fresh (dry) pair of socks at lunch on cold days like these. 

Tomorrow we will continue with a GS focus. There is quite a bit of snow in the forecast so there is a high likelihood that some or all of the day will be a fun all mountain ski day. We'll assess in the morning and let everyone know. We'll stay with GS on Thursday and then shift to Slalom on Friday. 

Summary:

  • Bring GS skis and gear tomorrow
  • Have freeskiing skis at the ready

Thanks,

Ben, Dave, and the BBSEF staff

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12/23/21

Hello North Series Crew,

First--thanks everyone for a great three days of training. Everyone is making progress, the group is getting to know each other and it is fun to see and be part of. Here are the details for next week (always have your freeskiing skis with you):

  • Full day training Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Half day Friday
  • We have a charter school bus for transport Monday--Thursday (thank you Shannon!) Archie will be the chaperone all four days. Thanks Archie! 
    • The bus will be in front of the Collective church (2590 Bogus Basin Rd) 7:45 am departure to JHTC.  Return departs from the JHTC parking lot at 3:30 pm returning to the Collective around 4:15.
  • Those not riding the bus should plan to meet in front of the JHTC at 9:00 each morning. We will train until 3:00 each day with a lunch break in the middle.
  • Monday and Tuesday sessions: Giant Slalom! Bring GS skis and gear. 
    • Wednesday and Thursday sessions are TBD.

That is everything for now. I'm going to try to be off the radar for the next few days and reemerge Sunday afternoon. Have a great holiday and enjoy the time with family and friends!

Thanks,

Ben, Dave and the BBSEF staff

 

12/20/21

Hello North Series,

Thanks everyone for a great weekend, it was awesome seeing the group around the mountain and hearing Dave's recap of the weekend. We will have training this week Tuesday-Thursday as planned and will be providing van transportation for those who need it. 

Van transport:

  • Masks required at all times--no food or drink in the vans at this time
  • 8:20 depart BBSEF office
    • Meet in the BBSEF office parking lot
    • Arrive by 8:15 to load up for 8:20 departure
    • Please be mindful of the dentist office business traffic in the parking lot
  • 3:20 depart Bogus basin for a 4:00 arrival back at the BBSEF office.
  • Complete this google form so we know you're planning to ride with us:

Training plan:

First--a big thanks to Nate Shake and Bogus Basin for making additional training time available this week and to Archie for his role in coordinating these efforts. With the relatively low snowpack thus far there are not many venues available and having the opportunity to train on Lulu this week is a big deal and speaks to the ongoing strength of our partnership with Bogus Basin. Props also to Mark Wedeking (retired BBSEF Program Director) for his role in developing these relationships and negotiating opening the Lulu training venue when snowmaking was added four seasons ago.

Jordan will be coaching all three days. I'd like to welcome Brooke Bohus back to the group for Tuesday and Wednesday. Brooke coached with us this summer at Mt Hood and was able to make it over to help out this week. We're excited to have her. Sam Harrigan is a BBSEF alumnus and will be coaching with us on Thursday and for the remainder of the holiday training period. 

To ensure that everyone has the coaching attention they need to progress and develop we may invite a few of the older members of our North Series team to "ski up" and join the U14 group for a Slalom session on Wednesday. Dave Hall or I will be in touch with those athletes and families. Let us know if you have any questions about this.

  • Meet outside the JHSC ready to ski at 9:45 every day
    • Tuesday 12/21:
      • GS focus:
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis
      • 10:00-11:15--focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 11:15--12:00 lunch
      • 12:00-2:00 Brush and stubbie GS courses on Lulu
      • 2:00-3:00: Short break and fun freeski session as time allows
    • Wednesday 12/22
      • GS focus
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis 
      • 10:00-12:00: focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 12:00-1:00: lunch
      • 1:00-3:00 fun skiing on the mountain
    • Thursday 12/23
      • GS focus
      • Bring freeskiing skis and GS skis 
      • 10:00-11:15--focused freeskiing on GS skis
      • 11:15--12:00 lunch
      • 12:00-2:00 Panel progression GS courses on Lulu
      • 2:00-3:00: Short break and fun freeski session as time allows

That is all for now. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. 

Thanks,

Dave and Ben