United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association

Last updated
United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA)
Most recent season or competition:
2019
SportSkiing & Snowboarding
DirectorAlec Tandara-Kuhns
PresidentAdam Stark
MottoUSCSA - The Place to Be!
No. of teams>180
Country United States
Continent North America
Most recent
champion(s)
Alpine - Sierra Nevada Eagles (men & women)

FreeSki - Sierra Nevada Eagles (men & women)

Nordic - Castleton Spartans (men), Clarkson Golden Knights (women)

Contents

Snowboard Alpine - Westminster Griffins (men & women)

Snowboard Freestyle - Westminster Griffins (men & women)
Sponsor(s)Reliable Racing Supply, Patagonia, Hurricane Racing, Twitchell Sportswear

The United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) is the sports federation for collegiate skiing and snowboarding in the United States. [1] With over 180 member colleges, the USCSA fields some 5,000 men and women, alpine, Nordic, freeski and snowboard athletes in over 200 competitive events annually. [2] The organization offers alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

Mission

"To be the National governing body of team ski and snowboard competition at the collegiate level. To promote and increase awareness of and participation in alpine skiing, nordic skiing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding in the United States. To provide competition and development opportunities for student-athletes in a team atmosphere leading toward National titles in each discipline." [3]

Overview

The United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA assures that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to a quality and exciting venue of competition. The USCSA recognizes, that for athletes to be truly successful individuals, academics should take priority over ski sport competition. To help foster this, the USCSA stresses education first and offers a variety of academic based awards. Team performance is emphasized within the USCSA. Teams field five racers with the top three performances being used for the team score.

Organization Structure

Competition takes place across three progressive tiers. Conference qualifiers determine the participants at the six USCSA regional championships. The Regional Championships are the last step on the road to the annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard National Championship, the showcase event in college snowsports competition. The USCSA National Championships sees over 450 athletes, participating in more than 40 schools.

Conferences By Region with Current Conference Coordinators

Related Research Articles

Skiing Recreational activity and sport using skis

Skiing is a means of transport using skis to glide on snow. Variations of purpose include basic transport, a recreational activity, or a competitive winter sport. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Ski Federation (FIS).

International Ski Federation

The Fédération internationale de ski is the highest international governing body for skiing and snowboarding. Founded on 2 February 1924 in Chamonix, France, the FIS is responsible for the Olympic disciplines of Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The FIS is also responsible for setting the international competition rules. The organization now has a membership of 118 national ski associations and is based in Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland.

Lakehead Thunderwolves

The Lakehead Thunderwolves are the U Sports varsity athletic teams that represent Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Alpine Canada

Alpine Canada is the national governing body for alpine ski racing, para-alpine and ski cross in Canada. Alpine Canada represents coaches, officials, supporters and athletes, including the racers of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Canadian Ski Cross Team and the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team. Alpine Canada is also involved in promoting participation within Canada's four million recreational skiers.

United States Ski Team

The U.S. Ski Team, operated under the auspices of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), develops and supports men's and women's athletes in the sports of alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, cross-country, ski jumping, and Nordic combined. Since 1974 the team and association have been headquartered in Park City, Utah.

Carrabassett Valley Academy Ski academy in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, United States

Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA) is a private ski and snowboard academy in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. Established in 1982, the school's alumni include Olympic competitors Bode Miller, Seth Wescott, Kirsten Clark, and Emily Cook, as well as Jeremy Jones, nine-time Snowboard Magazine Big Mountain Rider of the Year. Since 1982 CVA alumni have included 12 Olympians, winners of 92 US national titles, 11 X-Games competitors, 26 NCAA and USCSA All-Americans, 39 US national team members, and six world champions.

Clarkson Golden Knights

The Clarkson Golden Knights are composed of 20 teams representing Clarkson University in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's alpine skiing, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, nordic skiing, soccer, and swimming. Men's sports include baseball and golf. Women's sports include softball and volleyball. The Golden Knights compete in the NCAA Division III and are members of the Liberty League for all sports except ice hockey, which competes in NCAA Division I, as a member of ECAC Hockey.

Kikkan Randall American cross-country skier

Kikkan Randall is an American, Olympic champion cross-country skier. She has won 17 U.S. National titles, made 29 podiums on the World Cup, made five trips to the Winter Olympic Games and had the highest finish by an individual American woman at the World Championships, second in the Sprint in Liberec in 2009. She was the first American female cross-country skier to take a top ten finish in World Cup competition, to win a World Cup race and to win a World Cup discipline title. She won the silver medal in the individual sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in cross country skiing at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, and in 2013 teamed up with Jessie Diggins to win the first ever American FIS Nordic World Ski Championships gold medal in the team sprint. She and Diggins won the United States' first ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's team sprint at Pyeongchang in 2018.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard

U.S. Ski & Snowboard, formerly known as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, is the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. Founded in 1905, the organization provides leadership and direction for skiers and snowboarders from over 400 member clubs. The association is headquartered in Park City, Utah.

U.S. Snowboarding

U.S. Snowboarding, the snowboarding arm of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), is committed to the progression of snowboarding by providing athletic programs, services, and competitions for male and female athletes of all ages, coast-to-coast.

Outline of skiing Overview of and topical guide to skiing

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to skiing:

The BUSC or British Universities Snowsports Council was active between 1990–2014 with the motto 'Run by students, for students', its sole aim was to promote and increase participation and competition in skiing and snowboarding at all levels for students in the United Kingdom, it was a unique students sporting organisation as it was run by students for students. An annual vote would be held in November at BUDS to elect a new committee, who would commence running BUSC and upholding the BUSC constitution from the following April for one year. In 2014 Wasteland Ski took over running over the event, ending the student led era.

Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs are the athletic teams that represent the University of Minnesota Duluth. They were first named Bulldogs in 1933. Their colors are maroon and gold. The school competes in the NCAA's Division II in all sports except ice hockey. The men's team competes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and the women's hockey program compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Both hockey conferences are Division I. They are also known for having a strong club sports program, especially in ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, rugby, alpine skiing and ice hockey.

College club sports in the United States

College club sports in the United States are any sports offered at a university or college in the United States that compete competitively with other universities, or colleges, but are not regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and do not have varsity status. Collegiate club sports can exist at schools that do have teams that are part of the NCAA or NAIA. Many times, club sports are student-run and receive little financial aid from the school. An estimated 2 million student athletes compete in club sports.

The 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships were held in Vermont and Vermont on March 6–9, 2013. Middlebury College hosted the event with alpine events at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl and Nordic events taking place at the Rikert Nordic Center. The competition was won by the Colorado Buffaloes after compiling the largest final-day comeback in NCAA Skiing Championships history. Twenty-one teams from three regions sent skiers to compete for the NCAA collegiate team championship and individual titles.

The 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships were held in Park City, Utah and Midway, Utah on March 5–8, 2014. Utah hosted the event with alpine events at Park City Ski Resort and Nordic events taking place at Soldier Hollow in nearby Midway, UT. Utah hosted for the fourth time, all have happened in Park City, the other times being 1981, 1991 and 2000.

The 2015 NCAA Skiing Championships will be held in Lake Placid, New York on March 11–14, 2015. St. Lawrence will host the event with all alpine and Nordic events taking place at Olympic Center. It is the first time St. Lawrence will serve as host of the championship for the first time and it is the third time it will be held in Lake Placid, the other times being 1980 and 1982.

Northeastern Huskies alpine ski team

The Northeastern Huskies Alpine Skiing team is a United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) alpine skiing program that represents the Northeastern University. The Huskies are a member of the Thompson Division in the Eastern Conference (ECSC). They are currently based out of the main Northeastern University campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cross-country skiing (sport) Competitive winter sport

The sport of cross-country skiing encompasses a variety of formats for cross-country skiing races over courses of varying lengths according to rules sanctioned by the International Ski Federation and by various national organizations, such as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Cross Country Ski Canada. International competitions include the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, and at the Winter Olympic Games. Such races occur over homologated, groomed courses designed to support classic (in-track) and freestyle events, where the skiers may employ skate skiing. It also encompasses cross-country ski marathon events, sanctioned by the Worldloppet Ski Federation, and cross-country ski orienteering events, sanctioned by the International Orienteering Federation. Related forms of competition are biathlon, where competitors race on cross-country skis and stop to shoot at targets with rifles, and paralympic cross-country skiing that allows athletes with disabilities to compete at cross-country skiing with adaptive equipment.

References

  1. USCSA: The “Hidden Gem” Pathway for Non-NCAA Collegiate Skiers - Rachel Perkins, Faster Skier, 16 July 2019
  2. http://www.uscsa.com/about.html
  3. USCSA Competition and Rules Manual 7/2007. www.uscsa.com Section 1-4.