Welcome to the USSA Sport Education Blog

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Welcome to the new official communications platform for USSA Sport Education! 

Hello USSA clubs and coaches and welcome to our new USSA Sport Education communications platform. Over the last few years we have been working to better serve the backbone of competitive snowsports in the United States. YOU, the coaches and the clubs, serve as USSA representatives to the athletes, parents and communities. This new blog format will act as more efficient way to distribute the news, resources, stories and information that will support what you do on a day-to-day basis all season long. Further, we will use this platform to connect you to the inside scoop of what is happening with our U.S. national teams so that direct connections can be made at every level of the sports. We ask that you further distribute this content to your athletes, parents and community as you see fit. While an e-mail will be regularly distributed, this blog will also pool all the content we send out during the entire season. We look forward to a great winter and we are here to serve you!

Many thanks for all you do,

Brian Krill, Director of Sport Education
Jon Casson, Coach Development Manager
Ron Kipp, Alpine Sport Education Manger
David Green, Sport Education Resource Developer
Anna Hosmer, Sport Education Coordinator
Stephanie Konzen, Sport Education Intern

Club and Coach Tip: Many of the links we provide in this blog may be used as bookmarks or key resources to pass along to others. 

The Clubhouse: Each post, we will feature a resource from the USSA Club pages. Our first featured resource is the USSA Club Excellence Workshop program. Each month the Sport Education department hosts an online webinar, rotating through a variety of topics. Be sure to tune in to the  Athlete and Child Protection webinar on October 20 at 11 a.m. MST.

Coaches' Corner: This Fall the USSA welcomed Jon Casson as Coach Development Manager. Jon will be adding valuable coaching resources and information to each post in this section. He's kicking off the blog with a brief introduction about himself and his goals for his new role.  

Parent Perspective: For parent perspective it is most important to establish a good working relationship between all the points of what we call the "athlete triangle" which consists of the parents, the coaches and the club - all working together for the good of the athlete. Here are some key resources for establishing roles and responsibilities with parents, clubs and coaches

Clinic and Education Update: The most updated education and clinic information in each sport can be found here: Alpine, Snowboard, Freeski, Freestyle, Cross Country, Nordic.
The Fall Alpine Coaches Symposium is coming up November 5 - 8 at Copper Mountain. Register now to get the early bird pricing before October 19, 2015!

Other USSA Update: From racing the World Cup in Kitzbuehel to shredding NASTAR courses, U.S. Ski Team athletes are true champions. But we want to know what makes YOU a champion for a chance to win a trip to Copper Mountain and race in the Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials with Ted Ligety!  Share your story with Ted Ligety, the U.S. Ski Team and the official mascot Champ by telling us what makes you a champion on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp. Each post gets you an entry, so post often!  Learn More at


Featured Athlete: Each post we are going to be featuring an athlete in tandem with the What Makes a Champ campaign. Our first athlete is Lila Lapanja.


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