I understand that many parents have no expectation out of USSA other than making their kids better skiers. Truth be told, we do make kids better skiers than what PSIA is doing. But are all our clubs making kids the best skiers they can be within the parents/kids expectations? No! And it all goes back to USSA coaches education that spouts PSIA "concepts" rather than specifics. There is a reason why all the young Austrain racers ski exactly the same correct way whether they are in the course or not, or they want to make it to the WC or not.
A couple of things:
I agree that not all of the clubs are making the best skiers, I talked about the 80/20 rule. If parents would do the research, and only take their kids to the best programs in the area, half of the programs in the country would be gone, and 30% would probably have more funds and resources to improve the programs, while the top 20 would most likely remain unchanged.
Austria (32,377 square miles) is 1/3 the size geographically of Colorado (104,093 square miles), let alone the United States. It's a lot easier to get 5 Junior programs that are in a small geographic area to work together, than it is for the USSA to do this all around the US. Minnesota alone has more than 15 programs. So unless you get all the kids to relocate that have any interest in ski racing to a small geographic area, I don't think you will see the results you are desiring.
Do you think the USSA should hire Harald Harb? The Austrians have, or at least that is what HH tells everyone. One of the USSA clubs in MN is working with him right now (Welch, no national team members ever, no D-team members since the early 90's). Unfortunately I have had to correct many things that his system is doing to make these kids much slower, so I know this system isn't perfect (over countering, poor hand/arm position, and tail wash on turns on all of the kids).
To improve maybe we should look at the best USSA programs around the US, and try to take what they are doing to make the other clubs better?
Not saying that the best clubs are limited to these and not in any order but these should be some of the models:
Vail Ski and Snowboard Club (not all kids are in the Academy program)
Mount Washington Valley
(At least 20 more should be on the list, but you get the idea)