Mammoth Mountain - Snowboard Team

Mammoth Mountain - Snowboard Team

 

2013-14 MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN SNOWBOARD TEAM

 

 

“The MMSST is an effort-oriented program dedicated to the development of our athletes in all areas of their lives”

 

Having fun and developing the skills for snowboard competition is the primary focus of our team

 

Every Snowboard program in the world wants to produce top-level athletes and the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team is no different. We have the facilities, the people, the mountain, the equipment, the community and the contacts nationally and internationally to produce high level athletes. If an athlete has the talent, motivation, and develops the skills to excel in his or her sport, National Team selection or pro career can be a reality.

 

What is equally important to us is developing good people skills. We teach and promote the life skills required to participate in society. Academics, responsibility, self-confidence and strong work ethics are all blended into the MMST experience. Our vision is that each individual will develop to his or her full potential in whatever direction they pursue.

 

Team members will interact with Coaches, Teammates, Parents, Event Organizers and Mountain Employees. They will learn to organize themselves and their time, handle money and equipment, and to act as a representative of Mammoth Mountain and the Community. They will be taught to respect other people and property, to be part of a Team and develop Team Spirit. Success will be measured by achievements not just results.


 

The Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team has a history of producing some of the best riders in the world.  Since the Snowboard Team originated, Team members have regularly moved on to the U.S. Snowboard Team and competed at top-level international events including the Olympics and X Games. Some now have lucrative professional careers with snowboard company teams. The Mammoth Snowboard Team has produced talent such as John Jackson (previous Transworld Rider of the Year twice), Greg Bretz who secured a spot on the US Olympic Team and made Halfpipe finals at the age of 19 and most recently Chloe Kim who at the age of 12 was selected to the US Rookie Halfpipe team.

 


All of our coaches are certified through USSA and USASA and have the knowledge and experience to help any young rider reach their goals. Our coaches are experienced in all aspects of the snowboard industry and have contacts with the international team staff and company team managers and are able to help launch careers in the sport.

 

We ask our athletes to work hard towards their goals but there is always time for fun because that is what snowboarding is all about. We want athletes to enjoy what they are doing so that they want to return tomorrow, next week, and next year. We strive to develop a lifelong passion for snowboarding and snow sports.

 

Mammoth Snowboard Team Programs for 2013-14

 

Intro Snowboard Team 9yrs & Up (non-competition) 32 Sessions


This Team is for the young snowboarders wanting to see if being a part of a structured coaching program is for them. The purpose of the program is to progress young athlete’s skill in all aspects of snowboarding in a fun environment without the commitment of having to train every weekend. Members of this team will train 2 set weekends a month and 2 weeks during the Winter break. They will learn how to ride all the terrain that Mammoth has to offer gaining skills that will help them in the parks and pipes. The coaches will set goals with the athletes and work all season to achieve them whether it’s to improve on their all mountain riding or learn complex tricks in Mammoths parks and pipes. This is a non-competition program meaning athletes will not be required to do any events but if they decide they want to they can and there will be coaching staff there to support them at the event.

 

Training Times

The Intro Snowboard Team will begin training on 23rd of November (conditions permitting).  They will ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm on all designated training days until the last day of team on April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for Intro Snowboard Team

Riders should be able to link turns on green and easy blue terrain and want to progress their snowboarding. All Riders must meet the minimum riding ability of the Team and display independence such as being able to do up their own bindings and meet at spots on runs designated by their coach. All new Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

Snowboard Freeride Team 9yrs & Up (non-competition program)

The focus of the Snowboard Freeride Team will be improvement of skills and technique in a more relaxed environment.  The emphasis of this group will be to have fun at training while improving snowboarding skills and mountain awareness.  They will train in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Slalom and Giant Slalom but the main focus of the group will be skill development outside of competition venues. Riding all over the mountain and learning the skills that will take their riding to the next level. This is a non-competition program but if riders find they want to compete during the season we can provide support at the local Unbound Series events.

 

Training Times

The Snowboard Freeride Team will begin training on 16th of November (conditions permitting). They will ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm on all designated training days until the last day of team on April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for the Snowboard Freeride Team

Riders should be able to link smooth consistent turns from the top of Chair 1 down Broadway (Blue Run) with a solid basic stance without stopping. All Riders must meet the minimum riding ability of the Team and display some independence such as being able to meet at spots on runs designated by their coach. All new Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

 

Mini Shredders 6 to 8yr Olds


This Team is for the young riders who are working to develop fundamental snowboarding skills in a fun environment.  Their training will include the snowboard disciplines Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Rails. Approximately 50% of their training time will be spent freeriding around the mountain looking for powder, trees and steeps, and riding the groomed runs.  Freeriding is important for attaining mileage necessary to practice and refine the skills the coaches have taught.  There will be no pressure to compete but this group will be trained so they can compete in Mammoth’s Unbound USASA Series and potentially win a spot at USASA Nationals at the end of the season.

 

Training Times

The Mini Shredders Team will begin training on Saturday November 16th (conditions permitting).  They will ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm on all designated training days until the last day of team on April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for the Mini Shredder Team

The athlete should be able to link smooth consistent turns from the top of Chair 1 down Broadway (Blue Runs) with a solid basic stance without stopping. All Riders must meet the minimum riding ability of the Team and display independence such as being able to do up their own bindings and meet at spots on runs designated by their coach. All new Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

Snowboard Development Team 9 to 12yr Olds

 


The Development Team is typically for the younger riders who are working to develop the fundamental snowboarding skills in a fun environment.  Their training will include the events of Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Slalom and Giant Slalom.  About 50% of their training time will be spent freeriding around the mountain looking for powder, trees and steeps, and ripping the groomed runs.  Freeriding is important for attaining mileage necessary to practice and refine the skills needed to ride the parks and pipes safely.  Their main competitions are the USASA Unbound events at Mammoth and potentially USASA Nationals. The Development Team will be broken into groups relevant to skill level and competition aspirations.

 

Training Times

The Snowboard Development Team will begin training on Saturday, November 16th (conditions permitting).  They will ride from 9:00am to 3:00pm weekends and holidays and beginning January 8th Fulltime Team members will ride 2:00 to 4:00pm.  The last day of training will be April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for the Development Team

The athlete should be able to link smooth consistent turns from the top of Chair 1 down Broadway (Blue Runs) with a solid basic stance without stopping. They must also be able to ride the groomed runs off Chairs #3 and #5 comfortably and should be attempting fakie turns on flatter terrain. All new Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

Snowboard Junior Team 13yrs & Up    

The Junior Team is broken into groups based on skill level and competition aspirations. Riders will be assessed before team starts and during the season so they are placed in the appropriate group. Athletes may move from group to depending on their performance and goals. This program is for athletes who want to compete and their training focuses on refining snowboarding skills, learning difficult and complex tricks and developing routines for competition. This group uses video analysis and trains in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross, Slalom and Giant Slalom. This team will also use airbags and other specialized training facilities such as trampolines to progress their air awareness. The Junior Team’s competition focus is mainly the local USASA Unbound Series at Mammoth.  Competing in this series can qualify athletes for the USASA National Championships at the end of the season. This team may travel to events besides Nationals to compete in any of the above disciplines. Freeriding is still a big part of this group as it is a way of keeping the basic fundamental skills solid.

 

Training Times

The Snowboard Junior Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting).  They will ride from 9:00 to 3:00pm weekends and holidays. For those who sign up for the Fulltime Team there will be training from 2:00- 4:00pm Monday through Friday, except Tuesday.  This team finishes on April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for the Junior Team

The athlete should be able to link smooth consistent turns from the top of Chair 1 down Broadway (Blue Runs) with a solid basic stance without stopping. They must also be able to ride the groomed runs off Chairs #3 and #5 comfortably and should be attempting fakie turns on flatter terrain. All new Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

ILC/Homeschool Team

This program is for athletes who have a flexible school schedule or are enrolled in the ILC School program in Mammoth. This Team is based 100% around competition and focuses on progressing snowboarding skills, learning difficult and complex tricks while developing routines for competition. Competitions range from the Unbound USASA events, Nationals, Revolution Tour and other amateur events. This group uses video equipment extensively and trains in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Dry land training is also included with this group and will consist of strength and flexibility work outs at the gym as well as developing air awareness on trampolines. This team will also use airbags and other specialized training facilities to develop skills at an increased rate.  Avalanche training courses will be offered at an extra cost to those who want to venture into the backcountry and are old enough to be responsible to do so. This Team will follow the same schedule as the Elite Team but is for athletes who may have the aspirations to become an elite athlete but still need to develop the skills before being selected. There is no minimum age requirement for this team requirements to join this team will be based on skill, attitude and maturity.

 

Training Times

The Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting).  They will train from 8:30am to 1:00pm Wednesday to Friday, weekends and holidays from 8:30am to 3pm until the last day of team on April 27th.

 

Minimum skill requirement for the ILC/Homeschool Team

The athlete should be able to link smooth consistent turns with a solid basic stance without stopping on all Mammoth’s terrain. They should have solid switch riding skills on all Blue terrain and basic switch tricks on beginner features. The athlete should be comfortable in the intermediate park (South Park) and working on tricks over those size features. Halfpipe riders should be comfortable in the 22ft Halfpipe and be airing above the coping consistently. New Team members must pass a snowboarding ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the group.

 

Elite Team

The Elite Team is reserved for the highest caliber athletes who have the skill, attitude, maturity and work ethic of an Elite Athlete. This Team is based 100% around competition and focuses on progressing snowboarding skills, learning difficult and complex tricks while developing routines for competition. Competitions range from USASA Nationals to the Grand Prix, Revolution Tour, Burton Global Open Series, World Cup Events and even the Olympics. This group uses video equipment extensively and trains in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. Dry land training is also included with this group and will consist of strength and flexibility work outs at the gym as well as developing air awareness on trampolines. This team will also use airbags and other specialized training facilities to develop skills at an increased rate.  Avalanche training courses will be offered at an extra cost to those who want to venture into the backcountry and are old enough to be responsible to do so.

 

Training Times


The Elite Team will begin training on November 9th (conditions permitting).  They will train from 8:30am to 1:00pm Wednesday to Friday and on weekends and holidays from 8:30am to 3pm until the last day of team on April 27th. Monday will be an optional day for riders to film, travel or venture into the backcountry.

 

Selection for Elite Team

Selections for this group will be at the discretion of Program Director and Head Coach and will be based on ability, attitude, commitment and motivation towards competition and training.

 

Attendance: The Elite program requires 80% attendance to all training days including dry land sessions.

 

Things To Know

 

 Ability Assessments

To ensure all participants are of the minimum standard for a training group, all new team members will need to pass an ability assessment with a coach prior to receiving their uniform and joining the training group. This is to avoid the situation where one weak athlete is slowing down the group and limiting the progress of other athletes. Assessments can be scheduled through the Snowboard Team office once Mammoth Mountain opens.

Note: Some evaluations may take more than one day.

Uniforms

All Mammoth Snowboard Team athletes will be required to wear a uniform unless they are a sponsored athlete under contract. Uniforms will be a 3 piece Volcom outfit and supplied at a cost of $250. The uniform must be worn at all team trainings and events.

 

Attendance Requirement

Snowboard Team members must attend 25% of the available team days (except for Elite/ILC/Homeschool Teams as stated above) throughout the season. The hope is that athletes will attend 100% of the sessions but we understand other commitments can get in the way. Our only hope is that we have athletes in the program who are serious about improving their riding and want to progress with the group. If because of attendance an athlete begins to hold their group back they will be moved to a more suited group.

 

Notes on Supervision

There are many times when the coaches do not directly supervise the athletes. Lunch breaks are never supervised. Most competition days the coaches will need to be at the starting area for the majority of the day and the athletes will make laps and take lunch without supervision. Training day examples are when the coach decides to remain in place on the slope and have the athletes make laps while he or she watches or films the group. Other times the coaches may send the teams back to the lodge while they pack up the gear on the training hill, or have the team meet them at a specific trail so they can get the training site prepared before the group arrives. These are ways our team members learn to be responsible for themselves and each other.

 

 

 

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