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WMRT Parents Meeting Presentation 11/3/19
by posted 11/11/2019

 

WMRT Parents Meeting Presentation 11/3/19

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WMRT Presidents Letter 10/30/19
by posted 10/30/2019

WMRT President's Letter

Date: 10/30/19

 

I hope you're ready because we’ve got a big weekend coming at us - Halloween on Saturday night, followed by daylight savings, meaning an earlier than normal rise for the start of Dryland Training, shopping in the team store, prior to the start of the parents meeting, and ending with the new parents meeting. Oh and there will be food trucks for your dining pleasure. Thankfully this wet weather will have moved one and we’ll be enjoying a sunny but brisk day.

Registration is still open, but filling up!!

Dryland Training starts at 9am

WMRT Store - Liana will have the store set up on the back deck over by the Polar Express from the start of Dryland until parents meeting starts and likely after after the meeting. She has some new items, and size samples of jackets and vests.

Parents/New Parents Meeting located upstairs in the Maple Room

Agenda:

  • 9:30 – Overview / Update
  •  10:15 – Head Coaches Update
  •  Mountainside Update
  •  10:30 - Age Group breakouts- Lead Coaches & Parent Reps
  •  10:45 - Break
  •  11:00 - New Parents

Your 2019/20 WMRT Board of Directors and Operations Leads are:

Thank you to Joe Zmetra and John Smith for stepping to volunteer vacated Board positions. Joe will be the U10 Parent Rep, and John will be the Volunteer Coordinator. There are still positions to volunteer as an intern. The expectation is that you would serve in that role during the next season.

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Dryland Training - November 3rd, 10th, and 17th
  • November 3rd is also the Food Truck Festival, so we will have limited space
  • Nov 3rd - Parent & New Parent Meeting - Maple Room
  • Nov 10th - Alpine Officials training with John Higgins - Spruce Room
  • Nov 30th - First day of on-snow training - conditions permitting
  • Dec - GS Training Away
  • Dec 14 - SkillsQuest 
  • Jan 25 - Higgins Race - Tentative - we are confirmed, waiting on TSARA final
  • Jan 26 - Shanahan Race - Tentative - we are confirmed, waiting on TSARA final

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President






 

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Presidents Letter - Registration Open & Updates
by posted 10/06/2019

WMRT President's Letter

Date: 10/6/19

 

I hope this letter finds you well. Below you will find some important updates and general news about the upcoming season. I hope you’re as excited as I am to get back on snow!!

Registration is now open!!

The Board discussed at length the athlete population we had last year and felt that we were at or just beyond our comfortable and effective maximum. While we have no specific targets per age group, we will be watching the total registration numbers and age groups and comparing to historical numbers.

September has been filled with lots of preparation for the upcoming season the highlights are:

  • The majority of the 2019/20 Programs and Program fees will remain the same as last year. The Board discussed and voted on the following changes:   
    • Start Time - we will start this year when the mountain opens. If the lifts open at 7:30 that will be our start time for the day. Last year the 7:30 opening began in January and I would expect the same this year
    • Remove the U8 Program from our offerings. After careful consideration it was decided that this population would be better served through one of the mountains offerings specifically geared toward this age group.
      • Those athletes that were first year U8’s last year will be offered the opportunity to participate again this year, but no new U8’s will be accepted.
    • Increase the Program Fees for Program 1 (U10 Sat Only) and 2 (U10 Sat/Sun) this brings the cost of these programs in-line with the other programs offered.
  • Volunteer Program will be returning this year. Collectively it was felt that this proved valuable over the course of the season in distributing the workload needed for a safe and successful race season. As an example, last year we had 7 maybe 10 people show up for the Sept. BNet inspection, this year we had 20, and we were done before noon.
    • Some changes you can expect to see - the early posting of all known season volunteer requirements at once, one time opportunities will still be offered on an as needed basis, the use of SignUp Genius to track hours vs units allowing you see where you stand at any given time.
  • Race Schedule - not finalized yet
    • U10’s - there are discussions about possibly opening up the opportunity to ski in some Buddy Werner races, but this is not final. We’ll keep you posted as this evolves.
    • We should expect the U12 & U14 race schedule to be similar to last year, and the same for the  U19+
    • U16’s - while not finalized the approach being used this year is back to back races at relatively close mountains - for example a Saturday GS at Berkshire East followed by Sunday SL at Bousquet
  • Video - Late last year we acquired two cameras and began using them on a trial basis. Our goal this year is to have each age group videoed during training a minimum of three times over the course of the season.
  • Dryland Training Schedule - see dates below
  • USSS Registration: Adults and those turning 18 (this is new this year) during the season will be required to complete SafeSport training and an annual SafeSport Refresher training if you completed the training last  year.

Your 2019/20 WMRT Board of Directors and Operations Leads are:

David Chandler has stepped down as the U12 Parent Rep and will continue to support the Board by hosting the meetings and assisting on special projects over the course of the season. Joel Bradford will be backfilling Dave. Joel currently has a 2nd Yr U12 and 2nd Yr U10. Nicole and Maddie Wilkinson will not be returning this year. Maddie has been selected a starting forward middie for the URI Rams Jr team, and has decided to focus on this opportunity. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to seeing them at the mountain or a race at some point this season.

Please consider stepping forward if you’d be interested in any of the open positions.

2019 / 20 Season  
WMRT BOD & Opereations  
Board Positions Name
President S Haigh
Past President M McCaughy
Vice President M Ayotte
Treasurer L Desio / Intern Oppty
Secretary J Lee
10 Parent Rep Open
U12 Parent Rep J Bradford
U14 Parent Rep C Pride
U16 Parent Rep D Riley
U19/21 Parent Rep C Fish
Volunteer Coordinator (x2) Open
   
Operations Positions Name
Head Coach B McBride
Race Chairman M McCaughy / D Schlussel
Race Coordinator S Haigh
Chief of Timing & Crew M Dahan
Start Crew J Dade
Marketing / Store L Desio / Intern Oppty
Tri-State Officials Chair J Higgins

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I’d like to Thank those that came out for the preseason fence inspection on Sunday September 15th. We had 20 WMRT volunteers and about 30 from the WPI Ski Team participating. 

Below are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Oct 2  - WMRT Registration Opens
  • Oct 2 - Tri-State Fall BoD Mtg
  • Oct 10 - 14 - Columbus Day weekend - Ski Swap at Wachusett
  • Oct 13 – MAASRA Dryland Training w ELITEAM’s Doug Lewis at Catamount – Reg Required
  • Oct 15 - USSS Early Bird Registration ends at 5pm Mountain Time - price increases after that
  • Oct 18 & 19 - MNTside Ski and Ride Annual Race Sale - NEW DATE used to be in early Sept
  • Dryland Training - November 3rd, 10th, and 17th
    • November 3rd is also the Food Truck Festival, so we have limited space again
  • Nov 3rd - Membership & New Parent Meeting - tentative confirming space availability
  • Nov 10th - Alpine Officials training with John Higgins - tentative confirming space availability
  • Nov 30th - First day of on snow training - conditions permitting
  • Dec - GS Training Away
  • Dec 14 - SkillsQuest - Tentative - schedule being finalized
  • Jan 25 - Higgins Race - Tentative - schedule being finalized
  • Jan 26 - Shanahan Race - Tentative - schedule being finalized

I look forward to seeing you at the mountain!

Regards,

Scot Haigh

WMRT President

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