BMRC News: Dryland, Work Day, Officials Course

Dryland Session #4 will take place at Bristol Mountain this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9-11. Temps look to be relatively comfortable but please DRESS ACCORDINGLY!! NOTE: We would very much appreciate any parent who might be willing to help Scott out with the kids’ dryland session as most of the staff will be at the coaches symposium at Holimont this weekend.

We have another work day planned for this Sunday, too. While the kids are out working up a sweat, we’ll be trying to finish repairing and sorting B-nets and, maybe, doing some cleanup in the timing building. Wes Clark will again be leading the volunteer efforts so please check in with him in the morning.

Reminder: Entry-Level Officials Course: Are you interested in becoming an official? You can take the course and become a USSA and NYSSRA Official with this home-based option. Learn more about this opportunity at

Dryland Training and Work Day

BMRC 2016-17 Dryland Session #3 will take place at Bristol Mountain this Sunday, Oct. 23, from 9-11.

Temps look to be substantially different than we’ve been used to lately so DRESS ACCORDINGLY!!

Reminder that we have a work day planned for this Sunday as well. While the kids are out working up a sweat, we’ll be repairing and sorting B-nets and, likely, doing some cleanup in the timing building. Wes Clark will be leading the volunteer efforts so please check in with him in the morning.

Entry-Level Officials Course

We’re beginning to get close to ski season, and every year around now NYSSRA offers several officials clinics for entry level as well as continuing courses for officials along with the required updates.

In the past you were required to attend a CO (Competition Official) course in-person at one of our clinics. Then, you’d go home, join USSA and receive CO1 status which certifies you for race officiating (Gate Judges, Hand Timers, etc.) Then after you have some experience you could take a JA course to work as a Jury Advisor (Start or Finish Referee) or other officials such as Referee, Chief of Course etc.

This year there is a new option for entry level officials! USSA is offering a home version of the course where these people can download a PDF file, study the contents and then take a short quiz when they are done which they can mail in to NYSSRA for grading. (This year we will offer CO at our clinics but this will probably be the last year)

Are you interested in becoming an official? You can take the course and become a USSA and NYSSRA Official with this home-based option.

  1. IMPORTANT: Before taking the course, you’ll need to become USSA and NYSSRA members. Without memberships in place, you will not receive credit for the course; you cannot take the course this year and get credit for it in future years.
  2. Download the course on the NYSSRA web site under Officials
  3. Study the documents and take the short 1 page quiz at the end
  4. Mail the quiz to NYSSRA. Our address is below and included in the download file.


Dirk Gouwens
NYSSRA Executive Director5 Southside Dr. Suite 11-173
Clifton Park NY 12065

Dryland Training on Sunday, October 16

2016-17 BMRC Dryland Training will continue with session #2 at Powder Mills Park this week. We will meet in the parking lot across from the Powder Horn Lodge @ 9AM on Sunday 10/16. Once again, we will be training from 9 to 11 in order to accommodate coaches schedules. Be prepared for any weather and make sure to bring water! This session will be led by Glenn Mux and Scott Batterson. We will continue thru mid-Nov but look for weekly emails for the details.

Please note: next weekend, October 23, we will have a combined dry land/work weekend. While the kids are out training we’ll be doing a few projects in preparation for the season. Two specific jobs will be a) repairing B-nets (replacing broken/missing poles, and repairing or replacing torn netting), & b) cleanin up/organizing the condo (timing bldg) both upstairs and down. We may also try to do a little updating/patching of the. Comet start bldg. Stay tuned for details and please reply if there’s a specific task/project you’ll like to help with or even take a lead on.

Reminder: Helmet Regulations

Hi all,

More equipment info!

As of last season, all USSA athletes at the U14 and older age groups must use helmets that meet the ‘new’ FIS standard. These helmets should be in abundant supply at this point. This notice is a reminder for returning athletes but primarily intended for new members and/or parents whose athlete is moving up to U14’s. Also, if you have a second year U12 who needs a new helmet, I would encourage you to look for one that will meet the spec next year!

Our Resources page has a document from USSA that clearly outlines the regulations so please read. Any questions, please feel free to contact me, or Glenn at Ski Co., or the race department at your shop of choice.


Jeff Jenkins

Equipment Rules for U14+

Re-sending this note from last month with a couple updates. Unfortunately, there are some significant equipment regulation changes coming for the new 2016-17 ski season. 😦

You’ll find a link to the draft regulations coming from USSA on our Resources page. I’d like to say there’s a chance these might change but that does not appear to be the case. Below is a quick overview but if you need more detail, please review the document and if there are questions, please contact me, your athlete’s coach, or Glenn Mux at Ski Company. Most of the shops should be up to speed BUT, if there seems to be any confusion – RUN AWAY, get details, and ask your coach before committing to something that won’t be legal!!

In a nutshell, the new equipment rules are as follows:

  • U19 SG, Men and Women will need to be on Women’s FIS SG skis at a minimum: min. length 200cm. 40m Radius (>40M).
  • U19 GS Men will need to be on Women’s FIS GS ski at a minimum: 30m Radius (>30M), no length requirement because they are only made in limited lengths.
  • U19 GS Women will need to be on a 25M radius ski – again no length requirement because of limited options from manufacturers. NOTE: This is a NEW ski and may be a little difficult to find!! Make sure they meet the 25M specification – if necessary, you can always go up to a 27M or 30M ski, the requirement is greater than 25M (>25M).
  • U16 SG Men and Women: 183 cm min length, 30M radius skis (>30M) (This is a change from last years 27M ‘recommended’ specification). As per above, a 33M (>33M) would also be legal for U16’s.
  • U16 GS Men and Women: no real change. No min length, 17M radius min. (>17M). NOTE: Please consider something closer to 21M or 23M, 17 will not prepare the athlete for the future!)
  • U16 SL Men and Women: Min 130cm.
  • U14 SG AND GS Men and Women: 17M radius minimum (>17M), no min length. NOTE: Consider getting their U16 GS ski for use as a SG this year (or even their U16 SG if the athlete is big and strong enough). When in doubt, please contact myself, your athlete’s coach, Glenn at Ski Co., or the race department at your ski shop of choice.

This is a significant change for the U19’s, slightly problematic for the U16’s, and should be no issue for U14’s but it does mean we need to be looking to the future as we get equipment for the younger athletes in order to help them develop the skills necessary for the equipment they’ll be using as they get to U19’s. If there are any question please feel free to contact me or your athlete’s coach or the shops.

NYSSRA also recently sent out an email with a link to this site which specializes in used ski/race gear: , there are also a number of other shops both physical and online that sell used equipment that may help ease the burden of these changes.

Jeff Jenkins

Online Registration Announced

Online registration for BMRC will start September 22 and close October 15. Registrations after October 15 will incur a $25 late fee.

It is important to first review updated information on our registration page, including

  • Process for registering as a volunteer
  • New Race Support Fee in place of “Family Fee”
  • Training Program fees for this year

After you have reviewed updated information go to for the online registration.