The USSA's Athlete Development Pipelines have been a cornerstone in its program design for over a decade. During that time, pipelines were developed to illustrate how an athlete moves through the USSA competition system, and who is primarily responsible for the development of athletes at those different stages. With the recent addition of U.S. Freeskiing, USSA is currently developing the Freeskiing Training System and pipeline. The pipelines are intended to define the pace of development, to lead program design both at the regional and national level, and to educate stakeholders such as parents and athletes about program design at the local level, through the national team.
The competitive snowboarding pipeline can often be difficult to navigate. Below are a few resousce and descprtions to help better understand the competitive landscape.
USASA - The United States of American Snowboard and Freeski Association is a great place to get your start in competitive Freeskiing. USASA facilitates fun and fair events for all ages across the country. USASA also host the largest competitive freeskiing event in the world - USASA Nationals. USASA nationals is used to qualify atheltes for Project Gold Camps and Revolution Tour.
U.S. Freeskiing- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is the National Governing body for Freeskiing. USSA offers a range of elite level events and talet development programs. USSA hosts regional competitions, Revolution Tour and Grand Prix events.
FIS - The International Federation of Skiing is the International Governing Body for Freeskiing. FIS places Freeskiing under the Freestyle disclpines. Most Grand Prix events are sanctioned by the FIS. The FIS points list and World Cup points lists are used to qualify athletes for elite level events and projects.
AFP World Tour- The goal of the Association of Freeride Professionals is to provide a unified international Freskiing ranking and committed to holding world class events. Revolution Tour and Grand Prix events are typically sanctioned as AFP events as well. The AFP ranking list is used to qualifty athletes for elite level events and projects.
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