Author Archives: Charles Gagnon

Information for parents regarding SafeSport

This info is primarily for parents of Tri-State athletes but it is available and important for all.

US Ski & Snowboard now requires all the coaches and volunteers to complete a background screening and also to complete a course administered by the US Center for SafeSport. Catamount coaches are no exceptions and they have taken the training.

Recently, the US Center for SafeSport also published a Parent Toolkit to help you understand how best to help your child understand and identify Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. The toolkit also outlines what to do if you suspect something is wrong.

The toolkit is very extensive. It is broken down into sections based on a child’s age and how best to deal with discussing these issues based on their age. We suggest you read through the full booklet but at a minimum the sections that apply to you and your children. The information in the booklet is not only applicable to ski racing or Catamount but really applicable to any difficult situation a child could end up in. It is a great resource for parents.

If you have any questions, there are multiple resources at the end of the booklet that can help.

Click Here to go to the SafeSport Toolkit for Parents online version

You can also find more information and a FREE online training for parents at www.athletesafety.org.

See you all on the slopes very soon!

– Charles

Catamount Race Team Jackets (Last Call!)

Last call for Catamount Ski team jacket orders! SYNC order will be finalized Monday morning, get yours today!

Steps on how to use the store:

  1. Navigate to: http://teams.syncperformance.com/teamlogin/
  2. Use this password in the “Organization Members” field on the right: catamountski
  3. Place your order and it will be shipped to your home!

If you are wondering about sizing – you can find the size chart here:  https://www.syncperformance.com/pages/size-chart

If you need more info about specifics for each item, you can check out their main website for the items you are interested in:  https://www.syncperformance.com/

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you!

NOTE: If you have any questions about your order please contact Tara Mann:  mann.tara@gmail.com  

Catamount Race Team Jackets (Reminder)

There were technical issues with the “SYNC Performance store” and some parents had problems finalizing their orders.

These issues have now been resolved and to give everyone ample time to order, the deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 1st.

Steps on how to use the store:

  1. Navigate to: http://teams.syncperformance.com/teamlogin/
  2. Use this password in the “Organization Members” field on the right: catamountski
  3. Place your order and it will be shipped to your home!

If you are wondering about sizing – you can find the size chart here:  https://www.syncperformance.com/pages/size-chart

If you need more info about specifics for each item, you can check out their main website for the items you are interested in:  https://www.syncperformance.com/

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you!

NOTE: If you have any questions about your order please contact Tara Mann:  mann.tara@gmail.com  

Catamount Race Team Jackets

Dear Catamount Racers, Parents and Coaches:

This year our Catamount Race Team will again be offering high-quality SYNC Performance products to outfit our athletes. The team store has a lot of great new options for you and your athlete at discounted prices. An especially big thank you to Michael Leifer for arranging this for us once again! 

PLEASE NOTE: each item must have a minimum of 5 orders to process. You will be reimbursed should any item not reach this minimum amount.

The Deadline for Orders will be Sunday, October 28th – expected delivery Date will be around December 15th – 20th.

Featured Products:

  • Championship Jacket ($119): Same jacket as last year in Black for Tristate Racers  –  great jacket to wear on and off the mountain featuring a large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo on the back and with USSA Logo and Tristate Logo On Sleeve
  • Junior Blaster Parka ($199): in Red for Interclub Racers – warm (insulated 160mg – much warmer for younger racers) and waterproof with an arctic collar and helmet-compatible hood. The race red color makes sure your athlete will stand out on the mountain and stays warm & dry! Has the same logo as the black jacket  – large “Catamount Alpine Racing Team” logo and USSA Logo on Sleeve
  • Training Jacket ($119): In men’s and women’s styles with a full zip and comes in a number of colors. Great breathable stretch layering piece for on the mountain or off the mountain with the USSA Logo on side
  • Training Vest ($97): In men’s cut, features a double-knit weave to maintain your core warmth for optimal performance  No Logos for those who don’t like logos
  • Men’s Switchback Vest ($134): In men’s cut, stylish black/silver color in a lightweight, waterproof, breathable with a drawcord at the waist – USSA Logo Logo on the sleeve
  • Women’s Puffy Vest ($119): A versatile vest for wearing over a long sleeve layer or jacket, great weatherproofing and hood to hold off the cold with USSA Logo on the sleeve
  • Locker Pack ($97): In black or red is all you need to carry everything to the hill and back. It’s like having a ski locker with you

Steps on how to use the store:

  1. Navigate to: http://teams.syncperformance.com/teamlogin/
  2. Use this password in the “Organization Members” field on the right: catamountski
  3. Place your order and it will be shipped to your home!

If you are wondering about sizing – you can find the size chart here:  https://www.syncperformance.com/pages/size-chart

If you need more info about specifics for each item, you can check out their main website for the items you are interested in:  https://www.syncperformance.com/

Thank you, Coach Sonia

NOTE: If you have any questions about your order please contact Tara Mann:  mann.tara@gmail.com  

U14 Championship Qualifiers

Thank you for waiting patiently! We finally have the names of the qualifiers for the U14 Tri-State Championships held March 3rd and 4th at Berkshire East. Congratulations to our racers for their accomplishment, we are very proud to send such a strong group of racers. From here, Eastern and Piche Qualifiers will be determined. Registration is open on https://adminskiracing.com/.

A big thanks to Doug Mann for compiling the stats for Tri-State!

BOYS U14
Gregory Levin
Ionnis Schatmann
Alexandre Gagnon
Parker Levin
Jonathan Dase
Philip Mann
Connolly Cashen
Quentin Balboni

GIRLS U14
Charlotte Van Der Linden
Eleanor Smith
Haley Olson
Sydney Weinberg
Ruby Blunt
Georgia Maitland

First Alternate: Sorrell Reeves

U16 Championships Schedule

All,

We look forward to seeing everyone at Bousquet for the race tomorrow. A note went out confirming the venue and schedule but some may not have received it:

This message is to inform you that no change has been made to the program OR location of the U16 Championship Event this weekend. Tristate will host the U16 Championship Slalom at  Bousquet  Saturday, Feb 25th and the U16 Championship Giant Slalom, Sunday Feb 26th at Jiminy Peak ski area.

Good luck to all the competitors and best regards!

TSASRA

 

The schedule has not changed:

  • Bousquet – Registration at 7:30a, inspection at 8:30a and the ladies first run at 9:30a.
  • Jiminy Peak – Registration at 7:30a, inspection at 8:30a and the ladies first run at 9:30a.

Schedule and program : TS_U16_Champs_Program_2017

See you all tomorrow and good luck!

U16 Weekend Update

A quick update for our U16s on our weekend plans. You will need BOTH SL and GS skis! The current plan is as follows:

Fri 2/10: The mountain has again approved Friday night training for those who can attend. Several coaches will be on the race slope around 5:30-6:00p for an SL training session in preparation for the race this Saturday. Please take advantage of this if you can and a big thank you to the mountain and the coaches for the time.

Sat 2/11: Have your SL skis sharp and waxed for the SL race at Blandford.

Sun 2/12: Bring your GS gear to the CAT. The U16s will have some GS training on Lower Alley Cat.

See you all this weekend and enjoy the snow!

U16 Update, Friday Training and Weekend Plans

Here is a quick scheduling update for parents of U16 racers.

Fri 2/3: The mountain has approved Friday night training for those who can attend. Lars and Larry will be on the race slope around 5:30-6p tonight for an SL training session in preparation for the race Saturday.

Sat 2/4: Have you skis sharp and waxed the SL race at Mohawk.

Sun 2/5: The U16s will have some more SL training on Lower Alley Cat.

 

U16 Update

Dear U16 parents,

Last weekend we had a good GS race at Berkshire East. The conditions were excellent, the set was very appropriate for a first race of the season and our skiers looked strong. The U16s were split up on Sunday with some racers at a U19 SL race and some training GS at Catamount.

This weekend is a three day weekend. As with other holidays, the mountain is expecting a lot of visitors on Sunday therefor the two training days will be Saturday and Monday. The current plan is:

Saturday 1/14/2017 8:30a – 12:20p – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat (with the U19s). Help with b-netting may be needed to speed-up the setup process.

Sunday 1/15/2017 – No formal on snow training, free-ski in your GS skis, practice your favorite drills.

Monday 1/16/2017 – 8:30a – 12:20p – GS Training on Lower Alley Cat (with the U12/14). Help with b-netting may be needed if anyone is available.

See you all Saturday!

Tri-State Party Pot Luck

Dear Tri-State families,

You have all been invited to join the Cashen clan at their home/farm this Sunday (1/15) in the evening for a Tri-State party pot luck! Sorry for the last minute heads up, this weekend was the only weekend without a race that worked for their schedule. We’ll host the paper plate awards later in the season in the Taconic lodge like IC!

5:00-6:30pm: skating on the pond and a bonfire (come dressed warm, kids in snow suits with skates if they have)
6:30-9:30pm: Food, drinks and good company

The Cashens will be cooking burgers and sausages. We need a few people to bring buns and toppings. If someone can bring chicken (marinated), it can be thrown on the BBQ, otherwise cooked chicken is fine too. We can also use items for the pot luck: side dish, apps, desserts, drinks.

Let me know at statlock@unixrealm.com if you plan to attend so the Cashen’s can cook enough meat for everyone and also what dish you intend to bring so I can moderate the situation so we do not get too many sweets etc.

The Cashen’s are looking forward to seeing all of you this Sunday, Coach Sonia

LOCATION (about 20 minutes from Catamount just off Rte 23):
81 Roxbury Road | Hudson, NY 12513 | ph: (518) 851-2331