SBSEF 2020 August Update - https://mailchi.mp/555655319df1/sbsef-2020-august-update

Note from the Board of Directors:

Welcome!! We hope all the athletes and families had fun and active summers and are gearing up for a great winter at the 'Bird. While we certainly have some Covid-based challenges in front of us, we want you to know the Board has been working closely with Bridger, team staff, and Snowbird to ensure we can approach the coming season safely and vigorously. We cannot wait to watch the athletes develop and thrive!

We encourage you to share your thoughts and comments with Board members as the season progresses. The directors are: Scott Bates, Ellen Tolstad, Carolyn Anctil, Pascale Wiedenroth, Matt Wigdahl, Jimmy Chen, Joe Sepulveda, Brain Ware, Andy Yorkin, Erika Creech, Jeff Mikell, Scott Martin, and Kelli Fratto Bland.

See you on the hill!

-The SBSEF Board of Directors

 


Note from the Executive Director:

We are doing our best to navigate the pandemic and provide effective and safe programming for our athletes in an ever-changing landscape.  We have been able to conduct dryland training over the summer for our older Alpine athletes without any problems.  We also had the largest turnout for Hood Camp in SBSEF history and the camp was very successful. We are very happy that these things have gone well!  Similarly, we are preparing for camp at Aspen in the Fall, and are organizing details on that camp, the dates haven't changed.

As of now, we have not deviated from the posted and historical (website) schedules.  I/we recognize that we may be forced to change our plans and schedules, but we cannot say exactly what those changes maybe until we have a little more information to go off.  It is an ongoing conversation, and there are still a variety of possible outcomes. 

We continue to develop a protocol for dryland and on-snow training (as well as all the tangential activities/services) in anticipation of team activities ramping up.  If the schools end up all online or otherwise change their schedules, it will likely impact our schedules as well.  Similarly, we are awaiting word from FIS/US Ski & Snowboard and IFSA in terms of competition protocol/guidelines.   And, we are not sure what restrictions we may face in terms of ski resort (mainly Snowbird) operations.  Snowbird continues to be extremely supportive of SBSEF and will work with us to provide the best possible opportunities for our athletes.  

We are actively engaged in planning for the season despite the fact that there are many variables.  We definitely appreciate the difficulty this places on all our athletes/families in terms of planning, not to mention the stress.  We appreciate your patience and understanding, and remain optimistic that we will have a great season!

-- Bridger Call
Executive Director
Snowbird Sports Education Foundation


Order Team Jackets Online Now:

Team Jacket orders are still being collected through September 10, 2020. We placed an order this Spring, and we will place one more follow-up order this Fall. Expected delivery is late November. If you would like to purchase a jacket, please log in to your SBSEF account and locate "Uniform Order" and select your items. A size chart is provided.
Team Jackets are not required. They are optional.


Dryland Update:

Our current plan is to start up dryland training for our Alpine Comp and Freeride Regional and National teams on schedule after Labor Day. Dryland training is optional. We are reviewing and developing procedures and policies to keep our athletes and coaches safe while promoting athletic excellence to prepare everyone for the ski season. More details regarding schedules will be sent out as soon as we have the best plan to keep everyone safe in order. Traditionally our dryland training has been on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 at Churchill Jr. High. Some teams will include additional training opportunities.
New this season, an online athletic training guide will be provided for those who do not feel it is safe to participate in group activities. 
ALSO new this season, the U12, U14, and U16 teams will be using TeamSnap for dryland updates, RSVPs, and health checks. More information coming soon to each athlete's family.
If you are not registered for the team, you cannot participate in dryland, so please register online for the team today! Also, renew your USS&S Membership (required for dryland).


 FlipCause

We have a new online fundraising tool for everyone to share on their social media! FlipCause is a great way to help people learn about our team and make donations to our scholarship program. Click on the FlipCause button below to see more, and be sure to share it with your friends and family!


SBSEF SWAP Sept 25-27, 2020

Yes! We have a tentative GREEN LIGHT for our annual ski swap at Snowbird! As with everything this season, it will look different. We will not have Oktoberfest at Snowbird (free parking!). We will be utilizing a tent by the Cliff, which should increase our capacity to host more equipment. We are looking into expanding the equipment we may be able to sell. The SWAP is in the planning phase, but soon we will give you more details. RWA opportunities will also be announced soon. We will utilize SignUp Genius this season for RWA, so watch for details!
 

GEAR Night @ Sports Den

Yes! We have a tentative GREEN LIGHT for our annual Gear Night at the Sports Den. September 16, 2020, 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Most reps will be there, some reps will not be there but will have products available for sizing. Online information for certain companies not attending due to Covid restrictions will be announced. The GEAR night will be outside under tents this year to keep everyone safe.

 


SWAG now ONLINE!

Do you need a team t-shirt for back-to-school? Have you outgrown your hoodie? Does Grandpa need a Team Snowbird hat for his birthday? 

We have you covered! And thanks to the Chipping Family, we have an easy way for you to pick out your SWAG products, pay online, and either pick them up or have them mailed to you. Click on the link above or the image of the team t-shirt to access the website!

**Watch for NEW buffs and masks to be added to this site SOON!**

We will also have SWAG available at the Swap and Gear nights.


Freeride Team Update

From Siri
The Freeride Team is looking forward to another great season, and registration is already halfway filled for our available spots on the team! We are so excited to see all of your faces, be and old! Dryland training for Regional and National groups will begin after Labor Day (date will be announced soon), and partnership programs are also available with Airbag Jump Training and Mtn Bike groups through Team Utah for those interested. All athletes can look for additional update emails from Siri Wieringa (siri@sbsef.com)


Registration / Membership Update:

Wow! Our team is growing! We are actually seeing record numbers of registrations already this season. Our team is currently 170+ strong. If you haven't logged in to your SBSEF account and registered for our team yet, do it soon.
USS&S memberships must be renewed for every team member, so please log into your my.usskiandsnowboard.org account and renew your athlete's membership today.

We have created a parent resource page on our website, and we will continue to add information and links to assist parents. 
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact our team administrator, Becky (becky@sbsef.com) or email your athlete's coaches -- all contact information is found on our website!

Grant Application for Scholarships:

Our 2020-2021 Financial Grant Application is now available online. Click HERE to be directed to our website and the link to the fillable PDF application.
The deadline for financial assistance applications is September 19, 2020. Please see full details on our website for more information.

TEAM Info Update:

Your head coaches are busy working on season plans with Bridger and USSS to solidify training and race schedules.
Head coaches will begin to communicate monthly or even weekly in September. To ensure you are getting their emails, register for the team!
If you have questions about equipment, etc, for your head coach, see our website (click here) for contact information.


Mt Hood Update:

Our Alpine Comp teams had a fantastic camp at Timberline earlier this month. We had a record 31 teammates on the Palmer Snow Field training next to the US Ski Team with amazing weather and good snow. Safety procedures were in place to keep all athletes safe both on snow and during dryland activities. Thank you to Kevin, Will, Fritz, Bo and Destry for the long days coaching on the mountain! 
Our team utilized Sprongo for video analysis, and we tested TeamSnap for communications. We are looking into many ways to make positive changes to keep everyone informed and safely distanced.