WPRC News

U16 Derby POSTPONED to March 2-4

Due to forecasted inclement weather for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the ROC for the PARA U16 State Championship has decided to move the Derby to March 2,3,4.  All event times will remain the same.  


All AdminSkiRacing registrations will be transferred to the new dates.  If any athlete is not able to make the new dates, they can email racing@skibluemt.com.  

New volunteer sign-up sheets will be posted at https://www.timetosignup.com/bluemtracing/


Weekend recap - 2/19/2018

Hi Everyone,

Well mother nature is not being so kind to us in February!  We've seen our share of weather pattern changes the last few weeks and this weeks forecast looks more like April then February.  We'll keep our fingers crossed that the snow holds up for the U14 championships this weekend.

U14 States:
At our home mountain our focus will be running the U14 states this weekend.  We've changed the schedule, as noted in Charles post here: http://wprcskiteam.org/news/561.  The races are on for Saturday and Sunday, as we've been working closely with the mountain to make sure Avalanche will be ready to go.  There is still time to sign up and volunteer, so please check out the volunteer form.

Team Picture:
We captured the 2017/2018 team picture Sunday before afternoon practice.  I'm working to get the pictures posted, so stay tuned to our Instagram feed this week.

Skating Social:
Thanks to everyone who came out Sunday to skate.  I think the kids had a great time and it was nice to have the private area for the adults to gather.  We are already looking forward to next years social events, so any feedback or ideas... please send my way.

Good Luck to all of our racers!  WPRC has many athletes racing in post season events.  U16/U14 states are this weekend and U12 States and PA Cup Championship are the following.  Ski fast everyone and lets cheer on our teammates!

Year end derby:
March 10th will be our annual year end banquet and U12/U10 race, sponsored by CLC Agency.   We'll be posting details for the day in the coming week, but for now please save the date for this fun event.  

Have a great week!
TJ

U14 State Championships Friday (2/23) training event cancelled

U14 State Championship participants,

Please be advised, that the Friday training event of U14 States has been cancelled.  The races on Saturday and Sunday are still on as scheduled.  A revised Invitation Letter with an update schedule of events has been posted to the PARA website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Charles Donnellan
c_donnellan@hotmail.com

Speed Suit Sale

Our uniform supplier has a closeout sale on the Norway team GS speed suits.  Sizes are limited and first come first serve.  If you are interested in purchasing a speed suite, contact Jim DiBiase by Feb 20th.

Adult Sizes:
GS Suit - NV Norway Team GS SUIT
Retail = $1100 Now $358 Avail- 3/L, 2/XL
They run a size SMALL)

GS Suit - RED - Now $358
Avail- 1 /M, 3/XL, 3/XXL
DH Suits– RED RETAIL- $850 - Now $275- 1/L, 1/XL

Junior Sizes:
GS Suit - NV - Norway Team GS SUIT
Retail = $840 Now $275 Avail- 1/150,1/160

GS Suit - RED - Now $275
Avail- 2 /150, 3/160, 2/170

Junior Size Chart: 150 is 14, 160 is 16, 170 is 18.


The 1-2-3's of PARA State Championships

PARA State Championships are now upon us, and this posting contains the steps and information necessary to navigate the events over the next few weekends:


  1. Confirmation - The Western Chair (Jim DiBiase) sends out an e-mail to each WPRC parent to confirm acceptance of all qualification spots.  Please respond as soon as possible, because if anyone declines, we move down the list to the next alternate.
  2. Register - Registration for the State Championships done through AdminSkiRacing.com (https://adminskiracing.com/racereg/event_listing/viewevents).  If you do not see the event listed, please continue to check back.
  3. State Championship Info - The PARA website contains all the info for the State Championships.  For each event, the race organizing committee posts an "Invite Letter" to the PARA website under Derby/Derby Information (http://www.paracing.org/derby).  Please read these letters in their entirety.
  4. Lodging & WPRC Logistics - Please check the calendar entries on the WPRC Google calendar for recommended lodging and details on WPRC specific logistics such as team meetings, dinners, and who the assigned WPRC coaches are.  If you haven't done so, go book your hotel rooms now!!!!
  5. Standings - The race organizers typically run Live Timing (http://ussalivetiming.com) for daily unofficial results.  The points scoring for the Championship will be published to the PARA website under Derby/Derby Standings 2018 (http://www.paracing.org/derby-standings-2018).
  6. Post Season - Anyone who does well enough to qualify for post-season events should be prepared to give a firm commitment at the awards ceremony at the State Championship.  The Eastern Regional Races have been included in the WPRC Google Calendar.  For more information on the Eastern Regional Races, please refer to the Eastern Region's section of the USSS website (https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/regions-divisions/eastern-alpine-region/eastern-region-calendar).


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your age group coaches or me.


Good luck and ski fast!

Charles Donnellan

c_donnellan@hotmail.com



U12 State Championships at Tussey Mtn

Hotel:

Hotel Information is posted in the WPRC calendar. Please note that the U12 coaches have secured a room at the Ramada Conference Center. To be flexible with everyone’s travel plans, there will be no formal WPRC gathering on Thursday evening; however, racers are encouraged to get together and prepare for the weekend’s competition while the parents should discuss morning departure timing and logistics, especially those who have never been to Tussey Mtn before. 


The U12 States consist of three days of events, with the first day (Skills Quest) being optional. We do encourage our athletes to participate, not only to test and challenge the skills they've been working on, but to get a feel for the race venue. Also, the Skills Quest is scored separately with awards going to the top five boys and girls. 


Based on last year, it’s likely that registration for all 3 days will take place upstairs in the main lodge at Tussey. Fridayfrom 7:30-8:30am; however, this is subject to change so it’s strongly recommended that you refer to your 2018 invitation packet, http://www.paracing.org/derby, and https://adminskiracing.com for the exact information regarding registration and all other event details for that weekend.  NOTE: para’s website currently has last year’s info posted, so please make sure that you are looking at the correct year when retrieving the info. 


On Friday morning WPRC coaches will meet the kids at the lodge following the captain's meeting to discuss the Skills Quest schedule for the day prior to heading out onto the hill; exact time & location tbd, but please make sure your racer is booted up and ready to go on time.  It is recommended that all parents check in at the lodge after registering their kids (and signing up to volunteer for at least one day). The main lodge location is convenient for spectators as well as to meet your racers between runs and have lunch. Lunch was provided to racers on Saturday and Sunday in the past. However, the lines get really long, so plan ahead.


For Friday’s Skills Quest, the Tussey mtn race coaches will organize the racers into groups. The racers will remain with that group throughout the day. They will be assigned 1-2 coaches to direct them to the Skills Quest stations. Please again note that this is subject to change this year and may even be adjusted up until that day due to things like weather, snow conditions, etc. As such, it’s recommended that you consult the official sources noted above for the most up-to-date information as race day approaches. It is recommended the racers use the skis they are most comfortable with. SL skis have been the ski of choice in the past.


On Friday evening the U12 coaches will be coordinating a team meeting/pizza dinner for all racers and parents in the banquet room next to the pool (time tbd), but are in need of a couple parent volunteers to pull together a headcount and collect money prior to the event in order to make it happen. Please contact Coach Jim (james.pottinger@gmail.com) if you are willing and able to step up and help.  


As for the remainder of the weekend, the morning meetup logistics and times will be discussed at the team dinner. Inspection and race times will also be posted online and in the derby invitation packets.  Additionally, last year TMART hosted a banquet on Saturday night following the race at the Ramada conference center. This is a great event and we encourage all to attend.



U16 State Championships at Blue Mtn

Hotels:

Hotel Information is posted in the WPRC calendar, and all 3 options are located on Motel Drive within walking distance from one another (Residence, Courtyard, & Fairfield). Please note that the U16 coaches have secured a room at the Fairfield. To be flexible with everyone’s travel plans, there will be no formal WPRC gathering on Thursday evening; however, racers are encouraged to get together and prepare for the weekend’s competition while the parents should discuss morning departure timing and logistics, especially those who have never been to Blue Mtn before. 


Based on last year, it’s likely that registration for all 3 days will take place adjacent to the top lodge in BMR office on Friday from 7:30-8:30am; however, this is subject to change so it’s strongly recommended that you refer to your 2018 invitation packet, http://www.paracing.org/derby, and https://adminskiracing.com for the exact information regarding registration and all other event details for that weekend.  NOTE: para’s website currently has last year’s info posted, so please make sure that you are looking at the correct year when retrieving the info. 


On Friday morning WPRC coaches will meet the kids at the top lodge following the captain's meeting to discuss tactics for the day as well as perform final equipment checks prior to heading out onto the hill; exact time & location tbd, but please make sure your racer is booted up and ready to go on time.  It is recommended that all parents drive down to lower lodge after registering their kids (and signing up to volunteer for at least one day) since the lower lodge is at the bottom of the race hill, which makes it convenient for spectators to hike up as well as to meet your racers between runs and have lunch. 


For Friday’s SG, in past years there has been a controlled free ski on the race hill starting at 10am with course inspection at noon. Please again note that this is subject to change this year and may even be adjusted up until that day due to things like weather, snow conditions, etc. As such, it’s recommended that you consult the official sources noted above for the most up-to-date information as race day approaches. 


One thing that will not change for that weekend is Blue Mountain’s tight policy on speed skiing outside of the race venue; please inform your racer that if they are caught “speeding” on public trails that their pass and bib will be pulled without refund and they will not be permitted to race at all. 


On Friday evening the U16 coaches will again be coordinating a team dinner for all racers and parents in the lobby of the Fairfield (time tbd), but are in need of a couple parent volunteers to pull together a headcount and collect money prior to the event in order to make it happen. Please contact Coach Damon (damon.lasalle@gmail.com) if you are willing and able to step up and help.  


As for the remainder of the weekend, the morning meetup logistics and times will be discussed at the dinner. Inspection and race times will also be posted online and in the derby invitation packets.  Additionally, last year BMR hosted a banquet on Saturday night and a small dinner on Sunday following the race, both of which took place at the top lodge. Those are also expected to remain unchanged. 



PA Cups - Upcoming Travel

To all of our U19 and U16 Athletes and parents planning to travel, we wanted to put out a few helpful tips to prepare for the trip.  I know for many this may be your first time attending an away PA Cup race.

The details for all of the races are on the Race Schedule and in the details of the Calendar event.  Click on the event to see a more detailed view, but here is a quick summary.  Coach Rick has talked to many of the parents directly already, if you have any questions please reach out to Rick, Katie or Robb.


Blue Mountain:

For Blue bib and lift ticket pick up is at the top lodge on Friday from 7:30-8:30am.  WPRC will have a coach to meet the kids after the captain's meeting and head out for inspection.  We recommend that all parents drive down to lower lodge after registering their kids (and sign up to volunteer for at least one day) since the lower lodge is at the bottom of the race hill.  It is convenient to meet between runs and have lunch. 


Hotel Information (all located together):

Residence: 610.317.1518

Courtyard: 610.317.6200

Fairfield:    610.867.8681


The team usually get pizza/salads and watch video in the evening in the lobby of the Residence Friday and Saturday nights.  


Elk:

Everything occurs at the main lodge.  Park and take the famous Elk Wagon to the Ski Lodge.

At Elk the team has their annual Season ending dinner Saturday night (3/3) at Smilers which is very close to the hotel in Dickson City.    In the past we have done dinner Friday night at the famous Coopers Seafood but due to the crowds at the restaurant it ends up being a late evening so in the past couple years we have just done the pizza video thing at the hotel.  Coach Rick, Katie and Robb will give details as to where to meet for dinner.

Hotel Info:

Microtel - Dickson City  570.307.1200  Call direct and ask for WPRC Rate. 


Laura Camerlo Memorial Fund

Dear WPRC Parents, Athletes and Alumni,


As most of you know, Laura Camerlo passed away on November 15, 2017 at the age of 50.  Laura was an avid skier, a co-owner of Scott’s Scuba Service where she was a dive master and an important part of WPRC for many years.  Laura, Scott and Morgan have served many roles in their time with WPRC.  Scott is an active board member and helps to run first aid and CPR training for our coaching staff.  Morgan was an athlete in the program and subsequently transitioned to our coaching staff.  Laura and Scott served as our volunteer coordinators for several years helping to build out the process for getting our parents involved while creating social events so that our membership could better get to know one another.

 

What you may not know is that the cause of Laura’s death was determined to be sudden cardiac death (SCD) as result of a rare genetic heart condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). This condition affects the proteins that make up the heart muscle and result in a weakened right ventricle. This means that the heart does not function properly in pumping blood around the body. This condition is often seen in young athletes who suffer from SCD.  This condition has very few subtle symptoms and is often diagnosed postmortem by means of an autopsy.

 

ARVC is a rare disorder that afflicts 1 in 1000 and is considered a genetic disease.  When Scott learned the cause and the potential for this to be genetic, he immediately sent Morgan for testing in order to determine if she may have the disease.  Testing for these rare disorders is not only expensive but it will be required in order for Morgan to lead a healthy life.

 

Since Laura’s passing, many of you have inquired as to how you may be able to help Scott and Morgan.  WPRC is blessed to have amazing parents, athletes and alumni who share a deep and lasting bond.  That bond was proudly on display when so many of you reached out to Scott and Morgan as well as to the WPRC community.  The Board of WPRC in conjunction with input from many of you and with agreement from Scott and Morgan is launching a GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/laura-camerlo-memorial-fund) where our parents, athletes and alumni will be able to make a contribution in honor of Laura. The funds will be used for the benefit of Scott and Morgan as well as to help build awareness of this life-threatening disorder.


On behalf of Scott and Morgan as well as the Board of WPRC, I want to thank all of you for your incredible kindness and generosity.  To learn more about ARVC, please visit this link: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy#definition.

 

Thank you,


TJ Greenier        

President                                                                                                                                           

Western Pennsylvania Race Club

tj.greenier@gmail.com

p: 412-523-2017            



Hotel Information for Away Races

Reminder to all parents - Team hotel information for out of region away races can be found on the event postings in the WPRC Calendar.

UPMC Sports Medicine - Getting an Appointment

In the unfortunate event that your child incurs a sports related injury or concussion, WPRC's main uniform sponsor is there to help.  Because WPRC is a "preferred client," they will work with you to expedite appointments.  If you would like to see a specialist at any one of the UPMC Sports Medicine Facilities, please call:

UPMC Sports Medicine - 1-855-93-SPORT
or
UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program - 412-432-3681 (option 1)

They will try to expedite the appointment as a preferred client.  The phone is answered Monday thru Friday, normal business hours.  On the weekend or holidays, a voicemail can be left and a scheduler will call back.  The parent / guardian always has the option of going to the Emergency Department on the weekend prior to making an appointment to see one of UPMC Sports Medicine's concussion specialists.

If you have any issues or concerns when making your appointment, please don't hesitate to let Charles Donnellan (c_donnellan@hotmail.com) know, and he can work with our main contact at UPMC Sports Medicine to resolve the issue.

Message to U14's, U16's, and U19's Regarding Legal Skis

U14, U16, and U19 Athletes and Parents,


Going forward, WPRC U14, U16, and U19 athletes will not be allowed to race unless they have presented legal skis to me.  As stated in the mandatory ski check meetings over Christmas Camp, WPRC Coaches will not represent an athlete unless they have demonstrated that they are on legal skis for the discipline being raced.  If an athlete is not represented at a race, the race organizer will not allow the athlete to start.


All U16 and U19 athletes have demonstrated legal SL and GS skis as of this posting.  U16's who intend to race the Super G at States will need to demonstrate that they have legal skis for this event prior to going in order for our coaches to represent you.  During training on Saturday 1/20, I will meet with the U16 group to discuss how we want to handle the verification of Super G skis, given that many of you will be securing the skis just for States.


While several U14 athletes have presented legal equipment, I am still waiting to verify more than half of the group.  The next GS race for the U14's is the Wisp GS on Sunday 1/21.  I will be at 7 Springs the next 2 weekends, and would like to verify the remaining athletes' equipment.  We are hosting the PA Cups this coming weekend, so I might be preoccupied with the race.  If I can, I will make a effort to check equipment during training this coming weekend.  If I am unable to remove myself from the race venue, I welcome athletes to find me on the race hill to show me their equipment.  I will also be available on Saturday 1/20 to check equipment.


As a reminder, the following are the ski requirements for SL and GS for all U14, U16, and U19 athletes:

  • SL - ski length >= 130cm
  • GS - ski radius >= 17m

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ski rules, please feel free to reach out to me.


Sincerely,

Charles Donnellan

c_donnellan@hotmail.com


PARA Gate Judge Program

PARA is revitalizing it's Gate Judge Program for the 2018 ski season.  We strongly encourage all WPRC parents to go through the program, especially if you plan to travel to other PARA mountains.  If you are a certified PARA Gate Judge and you gate judge at another mountain, you will be eligible for an additional lift ticket.  Please go to PARA's website to read more about the program:

Anyone who plans to Gate Judge, should watch USSS's educational video (~15 minutes) on being a Gate Judge:

If you have any questions about Gate Judging or the PARA Gate Judge Program, please reach out to Mark Tulenko (tulenko1@comcast.net) or Charles Donnallen (c_donnellan@hotmail.com).

Seven Springs Hotel Race Package - 2017/2018

Seven Springs is once again offering a special lodging rate (hotel and condos) for those traveling to participate in races.  When calling to book your reservation, please provide the following discount code:

Contact Reservations at 866-437-1300
Mention “USSA Event Package Code SPSSRC”

Please remember this is a benefit the mountain is graciously offering to support our and traveling clubs.