Originally Posted by Yuki
Actually, that's pretty much the way it is. The kids are not, for the most part traveling far and wide during the race season. Here, the "locals" have an advantage regarding the motel stays. The average kid will be in about six to eight USSA races a season on their home circuit with a few optional races (opens), possible.
We parents who live over an hour from our home base are the ones who have to fork out the $$ for the hotel. You are pretty much racing within your region at least till the J-2 level. At that point, the "attrition rate" kicks in and the races become more wide spread just to get a event operation so the races are more spread out.
Much of the "grind" comes during the early training part of the season, just getting the kid out of school and on the road for the mid week sessions and as the race season strats that intensifies.
Thanks Yuki.....but J-2?????? In my book, only the top 30% of J1's should be travelling....please correct me if I am wrong but isn't J2 14-16 yr olds?
Is there technique that good that they don't need to work on it anymore so they should just be focus on actual racing? 6-8 races a year on the road is 5 to 7 too many. That is 5 to 7 real training opportunities missed, and a few grand in travel money that was spent unnessaricly.
Experience in big races only deals with the physcology of ski racing...sure it is a key part, especially when you get to and or approaching the WC....very much icing on the cake...at J2 they still need to be working on the fundamentals....maybe there is one or two 16 year olds out there that are ready to start doing this....but I doubt it.
Most are 18-19 before they get even noticed by the National teams, and 20-21 before they make the full-time development squad, and then usually 23-24 before they become full-time full national team members. It is at that level where they need to focus on race strategy, race physcology etc.....again this is at the end of their J1 tenure...not at J2.
So I guess we are in agreement here....my point thou...is that J2 is far too young to be travelling more then once or twice a season....just not necessary. It may only save enough cash to keep the kid in once extra season...but to me that is worth it. The more kids we keep in the better....again this may only mean that the kid who quit at 15, now last to 16 and the kid who quit at 17 now last to 18...but at that age that can make a world of difference.