WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT USASA NATIONALS?
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT THE RULES OF USASA ARE?
DOES IT HURT OUR CHANCES IF THERE ARE 20 RIDERS IN MY AGE GROUP?
A: We don’t think so. If you look at the Rocky Mountain Series or the Intermountain Series, they are the two largest series in USASA. For each rider in an age group, everyone that competes that day gets an extra 10 points for each rider. If you have 20 riders that would put our 5th place rider higher than someone that has only 3 people in their age group.
WHAT IF “SUZY” IS ONLY 6...CAN I GO INTO THE RIDERS AREA/CORRAL WITH HER FOR HER COMPETITION?
A: No, we only allow certified officials into the corral during competitions for safety, liability, as well as to no distract the riders preparing for their runs. However there is usually an official in the corral that is more than happy to talk to them and make them less nervous, just let us know at Check-in/Registration. We are also working with MBSEF on having a coach in the corral this season for a small additional charge.
DO I HAVE TO COMPETE IN ALL OF CENTRAL OREGON’S USASA EVENTS TO QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS?
A: No, if Central Oregon USASA is your home series and you are trying to build points, you can compete in events at other series. If you are trying to get the 1st place spot in your division in a specific event, you must have a minimum of 2 events in your home series to qualify for that. For additional info, click here for the: Rule Book.
HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT OTHER USASA EVENTS THAT I CAN COMPETE IN?
A: If you go to the main USASA website (www.usasa.org) and click on the Events tab, you can search on a map, by date, region, or event.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO BE ON THE CENTRAL OREGON USASA TEAM?
A: No absolutely not! We consider all of our members as part of the Central Oregon USASA Team...we truly are an extended family!
WOULD CENTRAL OREGON USASA CONSIDER AN EVENT AT MY HOME MOUNTAIN?
A: We can definitely look into it if it’s in Oregon. If you have a contact at your home mountain to share with us, simply let us know. We work on our calendar in the summer and usually have it pretty set by August/September with the mountain(s).
DOES CENTRAL OREGON USASA HAVE A COACHING PROGRAM?
A: No, but we work very closely with and highly recommend: MBSEF (Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation). You can reach them at www.mbsef.org or 541-388-0002. Mt. Bachelor also has some great, entry level freestyle programs (www.mtbachelor.com).
CAN I VOLUNTEER AND HELP YOU WITH COMPETITIONS?
A: There is usually a need however small or large! Find Adam and let him know you’re interested in helping out.
DO WE HAVE TO USE THE MBSEF COACHES?
A: No, but we feel that they are some of the greatest coaching we have put together the greatest and only local coaching staff. They don’t just accept anyone as a coach. And all coaches at our competitions must be USASA Certified in order to be in our riders/area corral/course, as well as at USASA Nationals.
I FOUND THIS GREAT INSTRUCTOR, CAN THEY COACH LITTLE JOHNNY FOR HIS EVENTS?
A: They sure can, but if they’re not a USASA Certified Coach, they can't be in the corral/rider’s area/course. There is also a HUGE difference between an instructor and a competitive coach. You will get the best guidance and knowledge from a competitive coach that knows what the judges are looking for, knows how to teach advanced tricks as well as guide the rider through the various features on the course.
HOW MUCH DOES AN EVENT COST?
A: $25 if you pay ahead of time online (this helps us to prepare for the weekends events), $35 day-of, in person at Registration/Check-in, for fully paid USASA Members. If you’ve never tried USASA before and would like to, we have a 1 Day Membership that includes a trial membership to USASA that is good for 1 day (if you want to compete in 2-3 events for that day you would pay the additional cost for each event).
WHAT IS A REGIONAL SERIES CHAMPION?
A: It is a rider that has competed in a minimum of 2 home series events and has the highest amount of points locally, usually with 3 home event scores in that discipline. That person gets the Regional Championship Bid to USASA Nationals for that age group in that specific discipline.
WHAT EVENTS ARE FOR SKIERS AND WHAT EVENTS ARE FOR SNOWBOARDERS?
A: Both Freeskiers and Snowboarders compete in: Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Rail Jams, Boardercross / Skiercross.
Only Snowboarders compete in: Slalom and Giant Slalom.
DOES CENTRAL OREGON USASA HOST EVENTS IN ALL DISCIPLINES?
A: Yes. We host events in all 6 different disciplines: Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Boardercross / Skiercross, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Rail Jams.
HOW MANY EVENTS ARE YOU ALLOWED TO HOST IN ONE DAY?
A: We are allowed to host a maximum of 4 events per comp day with no more than 2 events in 1 discipline. We host anywhere from 1-3 events on any given day, and usually on weekends.
HOW DOES MY RIDER QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS?
A: Your riders best 3 scores in a discipline qualify them into place for National Ranking for that specific discipline. You need a minimum of 2 scores to have a National Ranking in a given discipline. Your 3 scores can be a combination of any of your event scores in that discipline at any series events, and may include your score from the previous years Nationals.
WHAT IS A DNF?
A: DNF means: “Did Not Finish”. The Judges will stop judging and score a rider with a DNF when the competitor: Removes both feet from the bindings his/her board/ski’s before passing the finish line, exits the competition area prior to completing his/her run by crossing the finish line, and/or stops his or her run for more than 30 seconds.
WHAT IS A DNS?
A: DNS means: “Did Not Start”, meaning that when the riders name was called for their first run they did not start on the course at all. When a rider gets a DNS, they do not get points nor do their competitors get the extra points for their missing spot and not starting (It’s as if they were never in the competition at all).