Skiing - Varsity CoEd
ALMOST ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE THAYER ACADEMY SKI TEAM, 2018
November 16, 2017
STUDENTS: SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13: 3:00 DEPARTURE FROM THAYER: Mandatory safety talk and photos for season passes at Blue Hills. There is a return bus to Thayer; we expect to be back by 5:00 p.m.
STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: SAVE THE DATE: Ski Team Banquet, Tuesday, March 6th from 6-8:30PM (Cahill Dining Hall)
Welcome/Welcome Back to the Thayer Ski Team!
Please read this newsletter carefully, especially if your student is new to ski team this year. Many of the details about how the ski team “runs” are outlined here. Please do contact us with your questions!
Skiing at Thayer is a varsity sport. Our team can consist of students in grades 6-12. It is coed in that we practice, travel and race together on the same courses. Race scoring/competition is single sex. The varsity boys and girls teams each consist of SEVEN racers, to be chosen each week. There are separate races for junior varsity girls and boys, held at the exact same time and location as the varsity races each week (Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 3:00 PM, Wednesdays). We can race as many as fourteen JV racers each week, divided among boys and girls.
Since this is a race team, the student must be at least an advanced intermediate skier. In other words, the student must be a confident all-mountain skier who can easily ski intermediate trails and ski with confidence on at least some advanced trails. We will teach the students the skills of racing but we cannot teach basic skiing. If the coaches feel that a student does not have the appropriate level of skiing, he or she will not be able to race as part of the team. Based upon the initial signup and the number of athletes attending the practices held so far, there will be no cuts in the roster size. Our roster can consist of up to twenty eight racers (7 varsity girls, 7 varsity boys and 14 JV). There will be no guarantee that JV racers will participate in a race at any point during the season if the weather interferes with race days or if the number of JV racers exceeds 14.
Everyone will get a fair shot at a varsity spot once we are on snow. It is not possible to try out for another team if the student decides or the coaches determine that the student’s level of skiing is not where it needs to be.
DRY LAND WORKOUTS:
Please note that training space at school is limited. If necessary, we will use a variety of spaces inside school buildings, on the fields and in the immediate neighborhood for our training. As far as practice participation and attendance is concerned, this is a varsity sport for all members of the team. ALL student skiers are expected to attend all dry land and all on hill training sessions. If a student-athlete cannot attend due to illness or injury, she or he must notify BOTH Coach Morrissey via email (email@example.com) and Ms. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) in a timely manner.
On the days we have dry land workouts, students should be prepared for both indoor and outdoor training activities Beginning in January, if we are not able to go to Blue Hills. MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS should bring all of their belongings and homework to the Upper School when they come to practice. Parents should plan to pick up Middle School students at the UPPER SCHOOL after practice. Please be sure to communicate this to your Middle School student!
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DRY LAND TRAINING (PRACTICES)
Monday, November 27: conditioning and soccer (on campus)
Tuesday, November 28: captain’s practice (on campus)
Wednesday, November 29: Blue Hills hike, leave school at 1:50 and return at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 30: yoga with Ms. Lodge, 4:30 – 5:30 may be moved to 3:30 to 4:30 (on campus)
Monday, December 4: conditioning and soccer (on campus)
Tuesday, December 5: captain’s practice (on campus)
Wednesday, December 6: Blue Hills hike, leave school at 1:50 and return at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 7: yoga with Ms. Lodge, 4:30 – 5:30 may be moved to 3:30 to 4:30 (on campus)
WINTER TERM PRACTICES (MONDAYS, TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS at Blue Hills)
Once hill space becomes available, we will practice at Blue Hills on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:45 -- 5:15. (Official pickup time is between 5:30 and 5:45.) A bus will take students to Blue Hills RIGHT AFTER school. Students who are not racing with club teams over the weekend or skiing over the weekend will be expected to pursue dry land training on their own on at least one day of the weekend by going for a run, using cardio machines at the Fish Fitness Center at Thayer on Friday afternoon, lifting weights on their own, etc. Please note that the practice schedule may be modified significantly (including outright cancellation of practices and/or substituting dry land practices) if we run into a stretch of bad weather. Remember, there is no dedicated indoor space available to us at Thayer during the winter sports season so our options for training are limited.
Driving to practice/riding with a student driver to or from practice:
Students who are driving their own vehicles or riding in cars with other students instead of taking the bus to practice must have their parents approve of this arrangement and communicate this to Coach Morrissey and Ms. Brown. BOTH the driver’s parents and the passenger’s parents must communicate their permission.
Participation in clubs and scheduling extra help from teachers:
It will not be possible for Upper School students to participate in clubs or activities during the winter term unless this is cleared in advance of the ski season with Coach Morrissey and Coach Brown. Students who drive who wish to seek extra help from a teacher after school (this should be infrequent—the exception rather than the rule) must communicate with Coach Morrissey and Coach Brown prior to the afternoon extra help session.
Students must be organized! Students will not return to Thayer after practice, so each student will have to bring his or her homework to Blue Hills. There is indoor space where students can leave backpacks and equipment bags. No locked storage is available at Blue Hills, so students should leave valuables at home, carry them on their person, or leave them locked and appropriately hidden in their vehicles.
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO BE PICKED UP AT Blue Hills between 5:30 and 5:45. The Blue Hills parking lot is a very busy place. Please be on time! Unless there is a significant safety issue, we will train in the cold, rain and snow since we have to race in those same conditions.
One of the coaches will wait in the parking lot with students until they are picked up; please text or call and leave a message if you will be later than 5:40. Mr. Morrissey’s cell phone number is 781/858-7101. Ms. Brown’s cell phone number is 617/283-4609.
If you would like to give your child permission to stay to ski or to do homework in the lodge, please tell one or both of us (via text or phone message) on the day your child is staying late at Blue Hills. We want to know that there is a definite plan for your child’s ride home.
Cancellation of practices and races:
If there are no upper school classes, there will be no practice or race. If the school suspends afternoon activities or has an early dismissal because of a poor weather forecast, ski practice or Thayer participation in that week’s race will also be cancelled.
Many of our students drive themselves to and from school and various off campus practices (hockey, swimming and skiing); we all want them to be safe on the roads!
As long as the weather permits us to travel, we will be taking a few weekend day trips to New Hampshire in January . Students who are in a race training program on the weekends are excused from these practices. Students who are already in the area that we choose to ski may meet us and may ride home with their parents or back to Braintree on Thayer’s transportation.
RACES (WEDNESDAYS, January 3rd – February 21st; plus a possible make-up date)
Wednesday is race day at Nashoba Valley. For those who are racing, the round trip coach bus leaves Thayer at 1:50. The race starts around 3:00 and we get back to Thayer between 6:15-6:45 on most race
days. Parents are welcome to take students home from Nashoba (1) after the races for all skiers are over, (2) we complete our duties pulling and sweep-skiing the race course, and (3) after alerting one of the coaches to the fact that the student is leaving. Race rosters are posted each Wednesday morning on the Middle School Athletic board and near Ms. Brown’s office door (310 Main). The coaches will make an effort to let students know of their race status at practice on Tuesdays, but may choose to wait until after practice on Tuesday to make race roster decisions V or JV, race order). There will be no guarantee that JV racers will race at any point during the season.
In general, students must attend at least two of the three practices immediately prior to a race to be considered for a roster spot for that race.
Students who are not racing on a given Wednesday are expected to sign into the Fish Fitness Center to work out.
The school will purchase a season pass at Blue Hills for the student. Students are responsible for replacing lost passes at their own expense. Of course, we want to be sure that skiers are committed to the team and understand the time commitment and effort involved before purchasing passes. Students who do not meet their obligations to practice with the team or decide not to participate on the ski team after passes have been purchased in December will be billed by Thayer Academy for their season pass.
RACING AND EQUIPMENT
As it is in all other sports, ski racing in the ISL is very competitive. Many of the league’s racers compete on weekend club teams, train with fitness trainers and have the latest in equipment. We race GS 80% of the time and slalom the rest. Every racer must have their own ski helmet with ear coverings – hard ear coverings are mandatory-- and their own boots, skis and poles. “Twin tips” are not race skis and are not permitted. GS skis are preferred, but a good all-mountain ski will get a new racer started. (Students on all-mountain skis tend not to develop as quickly as skiers on race skis, however.) Your performance will suffer if your equipment is not tuned and “race ready.” The newest and best equipment is neither expected nor required. Some racers will have GS and SL skis, as well as pole guards and shin guards. If a racer is going to have one pair of skis, please purchase or rent a GS race ski. Ski goggles with lenses suitable for low light conditions are highly recommended. (Try these on with your helmet to make sure they fit properly.) Varsity racers will be loaned Thayer GS suits. JV racers may be loaned GS suits or may share GS suits from week to week, depending upon the size of the team. JV skiers may wear their ski pants and a shell/jacket or their own GS suit. Ski helmets are required. If a skier does not have slalom gear, please make an effort to borrow or purchase slalom pole guards or punch covers and to rent or borrow slalom skis. We will be practicing and racing slalom the last week of January and the first week of February.
Thayer Academy will send skiers to participate in the New England Prep School Championship (Class B) races on Wednesday, February 14th at a location to be determined. Selection for New Englands is based on race times. The team will not be chosen until after our race at Nashoba on Wednesday, February 7th. The team and coaches will leave right after school on Tuesday, February 13th. Thayer pays all entry fees and for the hotel stay on Tuesday night. Students are responsible for making up any work they miss on Wednesday the 14th.
Seniors, please note that attendance at New Englands may be limited to those who are actually racing. The logistics of transportation, supervision and cost of attendance may limit the size of the group invited by the coaches to participate in this event.
PARENT ASSISTANCE AT RACES
We will request your assistance with gate judging at one or two Nashoba races, providing refreshments on a rotating basis at weekly races, gate judging at New Englands, providing breakfast and lunch for the skiers and coaches at New Englands, planning the food for the ski team dinner and taking as many candid and ski shots of skiers as you can for our end of season video.
Conditioning is important in this sport, like all others. I suggest each student continue with dry land training and/or skiing as often as possible outside of our scheduled practice and race times.
Students and parents are welcome to contact the coaches at any time with questions. Our contact information is:
Head Coach Bryan Morrissey email@example.com 781/858-7101
Head Coach Heidi Brown firstname.lastname@example.org 617/283-4609
Assistant Coaches Paul McCaron email@example.com
Ms. Brown is on campus every day; her office is in room 310 of Main building of the Upper School, next to the U. S. History classroom.
Middle School students can also speak to Mr. Reid, Middle School Athletic Director, during the school day:
Mr. John Reid firstname.lastname@example.org 781/664-2289 (o)
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter! Please keep it on hand for reference, and please put our phone numbers into your cell phone contacts directory.
We look forward to meeting your families and skiing with many of you!
Coaches Morrissey, Brown and McCarron
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Bryan MorrisseyCo-Head Coach
Coach Morrissey has been a life long skier. He has worked with teams on Mt Washington and Cranmore Mountain since 1998 at various levels. Coach Morrissey also has 3 adult children who have raced competitively in various competitions. He is excited to join the Thayer community and to share his knowledge with the team.
Heidi BrownCo-Head CoachMs. Brown teaches ninth grade World History, standard level U.S. history and Modern European history, and a senior elective in Psychology. She has coached girls' soccer at all levels and is head coach of Alpine Skiing. Ms. Brown is an advisor with the class of 2017.
Paul McCarronAssistant Coach