On a challenging night at Hyland, JV skiers show solid skills
On a frigid night at Buck Hill both teams battled Lake Conference opponents
Each year the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and Edina schools partner to recognize one outstanding male and one outstanding female senior student with the distinguished Triple ‘A’ Award (Arts - Athletics - Academics). Jack Keenan, team captain, earned this year's award. Congratulations, Jack! Leading by example; way to represent!
The Edina Alpine Ski Team has a long tradition of excellence and is one of the most successful athletic programs at Edina High School.
Our girls team has earned 9 Team State Championships with 6 girls earning Individual State Championships. Our boys team has earned 7 State titles along with 5 Individual State Champions. These outstanding achievements have come as a result of superior personal talent, years of extremely hard work and incredible dedication to the sport of ski racing. We will continue to work hard this season to attain our maximum personal and team potential.
The following are answers to many of the questions that new members trying out for the team have:
Who can tryout for the team?
Any athletically eligible, expert recreational skier that is in grade 9 through 12 may tryout. Many of our athletes have extensive racing experience, but it's not required. This is not a ski club. This is a highly competitive sport and the fastest, most consistent racers will compete for the Varsity team. We typically have about 50 racers in total but only 10 boys and 10 girls will compete on Varsity at each conference meet.
What is the race format?
Races are a slalom(SL) format only and generally follow FIS rules; SL turns are tight, quick, highly technical turns.
Races follow a team scoring format where individual performances determine team results. Athletes earn team points based on their respective place at the finish. Each athlete must complete 2 runs down the race course. The racer with lowest combined time for both runs is deemed the winner and earns their team the maximum number of points. Subsequent racers may also earn points for their team based on their overall individual placement in the race. However, only the top 7 racers from each team will earn points for their respective teams. The team that earns the most points will be deemed the winner of the meet.
In addition to the team format, an athlete's individual results at the Section meet may earn them the opportunity to compete at the State meet for an individual championship.
Is there a “JV” team?
Yes. We take the next fastest skiers for Friday Junior Varsity (JV) meets at Hyland Hills. Usually, the next 12 boys and 12 girls as determined by the time trials or the coach’s choice will ski in the JV meets. There is a conference championship JV meet.
Will everyone make the team or will there be “cuts”?
Due to hill space limitations and/or insufficient skiing skills, cuts may be necessary. This cannot be determined until after we have had a chance to ski together for a few days.
When does the season start?
The first official practice begins Monday, November 14, 2016. This is a dry land session that meets at 3:30pm at door #3 of the high school. The dry land practices usually last about one hour. Hopefully, we will only have a couple of weeks of dryland before we start skiing on snow.
When do we practice?
Dry land practice will take place Monday through Thursday most weeks until there is enough snow to ski. We will be on snow as soon as Hyland Hills is open to skiing. When we have enough snow to train in gates, our practice time is typically between 5:15pm to 7:15pm. Monday through Thursday. Practice times may be adjusted according to hill space and lane availability, so please be flexible! Our calendar is always updated with the latest information.
Do we have a bus to take the athletes to practice?
No. It is the responsibility of each athlete to get themselves to all practices on time. A bus is provided for travel to Varsity meets, which leaves from Door #3 at the high school. Buses are not provided for JV meets at Hyland.
What forms do I need to get filled out and turned in?
If you have not participated in a fall sport, you must read, fill out and return the "full sports packet". Information is all completed online. You will also need to submit a physical exam form. Check the Edina school website (www.edinaschools.org) for additional information.
How much does it cost?
There are two team related fees:
1. An activity fee of $190.00 is payable to the school at registeration.
2. A separate social fee of $190.00 is made to the team to cover additional expenses, such as team banquet, team t-shirts, etc.
In addition, each skier is required to purchase a season pass at Hyland Hills Ski and Snowboard Area, contact ski area for latest pricing. Individual lift tickets must also be purchased for meets taking at locations other than Hyland Hills.
When do I need to be signed up?
2016 - 2017 school registration is open from Oct 31, 2016 through November 14, 2016. Check the Edina school website (www.edinaschools.org) for additional information.
What should I do if I have any other questions about the alpine ski team?
Contact Jared at email@example.com. He will get back to you as soon as possible!
To the team and the constant betterment of ourselves. Never Quit. All In.
Do what's right, even when no one is looking.
For ourselves and those around us. Treat others as they should be treated. Be proud but humble.
In all we do. Strive for continual improvement and betterment of ourselves and the team. Train hard, race hard.