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As most everyone is aware, Seven Springs is in the process of purchasing Hidden Valley.  The HVRC board is monitoring the progress and is in communication with Hidden Valley personnel.  So far, there are no changes to race club activities and we have been advised to continue with our plans for the coming season.  Feedback from Hidden Valley was positive and we anticipate the race club will be presented in similar fashion.  We have gained our reputation through hard work and diligence from the many club members and parents that have been involved with the club since its inception in 2004.  The HVRC board is approaching this season as another opportunity with similar challenges to previous years.  We expect that our membership will once again support the club and Hidden Valley Operations with the same diligence and respect that we have demonstrated in seasons past.  As things develop, we will keep you apprised.

Here is the tentative 2013-2014 race and practice schedule   HVRC 2013-2014 Schedule

As you will see, there are (5) Open Cup Races that are included with HVRC membership.  The Critchfield Cup and Spring Carnival Races are not included with club membership.  Please be aware that the schedule is subject to change as weather and snow conditions dictate.

Club dues this year are $325 per racer, which includes all practices including our annual clinic and the five Open Cups.  The 2013-2014 club application is here HVRC Application.  Club dues for renewing HVRC members should be paid by November 16, 2013 and every racer must send in the liability form and have paid dues prior to joining their first practice of the 2013-2014 season.     This is a change from last year.  New members must submit their application, liability form HVRC Release and club dues before attending their second practice.  Please do not use earlier versions of the forms.  Those members that are renewing need not send in a club application unless their personal information has changed.  Please let us know as soon as possible if your racer will be joining HVRC this year.  Applications, liability forms, and dues should be sent to Ralph Manson  289 Shasta Drive  Pittsburgh, PA  15239.

Hopefully all of last year’s racers are in the process of renewing their USSA membership.  Renewing members must complete their renewal by October 15th to avoid USSA late fees.  If you are joining the club this year, your racer must obtain a USSA card.  Please remember that HVRC membership requires USSA membership.  HVRC club is a USSA club and so we are covered from a liability standpoint.  Part of your USSA dues helps pay for this coverage.  Part of the renewal requires medical insurance that you carry.  The membership application will not be processed without medical coverage.  Hopefully all of last year’s racers are in the process of renewing their USSA membership.  Renewing members must complete their renewal by October 15th.  If your racer is a first time USSA member and has not signed up, this can be done anytime; the late fee for registering after Oct 15 is waived for first time members only.  There are several membership levels depending on what your racer will be doing.  For HVRC, there are only two levels that matter; Competitor and Youth Competitor.  Competitor is for racers that are age 12 and older prior to the cutoff date.  This would includeU21, U18, U16, and U14.   Youth Competitor (U12 and U10 is for racers under age 12 prior to the cutoff date.  The cutoff date for age groups is December 31 regardless of birthdate.  For example, if you turned age 13 on February 8th, 2012, you are considered age 13 (U14) for the entire 2013-2014 race season even though you will turn 14 in the middle of the season.

HVRC is recommending that all racers go through concussion baseline testing prior to the race season.  Baseline testing is quickly becoming a requirement for sports activity and in the event of a potential concussion event, makes diagnosis and clearance to return a much more accurate process.  Consult your primary physician or look online for facilities that handle baseline testing.  The cost is supposed to be quite reasonable.  One that we have been advised of is  http://www.impacttest.com/pdf/First_Provide_Baseline_Recreational.pdf    .  Another is provided by Excela Health Sports Medicine as a preventive measure in the event your child might experience a head injury.  http://www.excelahealth.org/Portals/9/PDFs/concussion/Concussion%20Brochure%201-13.pdf  .  When you submit for USSA membership, part of the process is to read and sign off on the USSA Concussion Policy.   You should also be aware that as coaches, we are responsible for ensuring the policy is followed to the letter.  What this means is that if we witness or hear of a racer exhibiting concussion symptoms, we are required to remove the racer from practice/race activities until a qualified physician has examined and released the racer for physical activity.  We are also required to report the event to USSA and submit a copy of the physician’s release when it is issued before the racer can participate in USSA/HVRC activities.  Many of our racers are quite active on the slopes after practice and falls do occur.  If you notice concussion symptoms at home, we encourage a proactive stance that has the racer evaluated as soon as possible.

Please be reminded that per the USSA rules, a helmet with hard sides covering the ears is required for USSA races. It is also HVRC policy for the racers to use helmets during all practices.  It is best if the helmet has a removable chin guard.  USSA rules forbid a Slalom chin guard to be used for GS races due to safety issues.

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