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US Ski and Snowboard to Host Excellence Conferences around the Country

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Mikaela Shiffrin, of the U.S.A., celebrates her gold medal in the women's slalom at the alpine skiing World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Marco Trovati

United States Ski and Snowboard is to launch “regional excellence conferences” this autumn, to give clubs the chance to “innovate” before the winter season.

For the past 10 years, the governing body has aimed to support club development through the Club Excellence Conference hosted in Park City in Utah each May.

This annual conference features presentations, workshops and panel discussions on a variety of topics.

These include education programs, high performance, fundraising, creating a culture of excellence, strategic planning and more.

Now, the conference will be taken around the country.

“With over 350 clubs nationwide, many of which are unable to send representatives to Park City, we wanted to develop a program that allows us to continue supporting all clubs in every region of the US,” said Jon Casson, US Ski and Snowboard’s director of sport education.

“While these are aimed at club leaders and coaches in each region, anyone interested in supporting our vision of being best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding is welcome to attend.”

Gold certified clubs in Killington Mountain, Squaw Valley and Buck Hill, and a silver certified club in Copper Mountain, have signed on to host this year’s conferences in partnership with regional staff.

Those attending will take part in a full day of learning and will share information about athlete development, coach education, club development, parent engagement and more.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the club excellence conference to these locations,” Casson added.

“Combining with other meetings in the region to maximize exposure and collaborative efforts among our clubs and coaches.”

By Declan McSweeney

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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