Athlete Code of Conduct Message
Team Falcons athletes are representatives of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and the Nevada Youth Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF), and they must conduct themselves in a mature, considerate, responsible, safe, and sportsmanlike manner at all times, both on and off the hill, at training, at races, and at other organized activities, whether at Mt. Rose, another venue, or on the way to or from any organized activity at another venue or ski area. This generally includes, but is not limited to:
- Courtesy and respect for coaches, teammates, fellow athletes, competition officials, ski area employees, and the general public.
- Respect for all equipment, facilities, and private property.
- No profane or abusive language, abstinence from illegal possession or use of alcohol and drugs, respect for privileges, and attendance of organized activities.
When participating in a sanctioned race or activity, Team Falcons athletes are responsible for knowing and adhering to the sanctioning organization’s rules and procedures and code of conduct. Examples of sanctioning organizations include, but are not limited to, FIS, USSA, Far West, Tahoe League Race Series, and Buddy Werner races. The combination of helmets, uniforms, and aggressive skiing or snowboarding make all athletes extremely visible to the general public. Having a race program is a privilege, which could be severely limited or eliminated due to inappropriate conduct.
- Be prepared and be on time. If you cannot be on time, be early. Notify your coach or Team Falcons office of absences or variations from pre-determined schedules.
- All athletes must wear a helmet and have a lift pass at all times while training and any time when wearing a Team Falcons uniform.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. It is always better to be too warm than too cold.
- Ski and ride safely and in control. The general public must always come first.
- Adhere to all ski area rules at all times.
- Ski and ride slowly in crowded areas. Fast skiing and riding is invariably interpreted as dangerous, regardless of the fact that you may be skiing or snowboarding safely and in perfect control.
- Assist with and participate in fund raising activities as much as possible.
- The coaches’ office is off-limits unless specifically invited in by a coach.
- Be prepared and be on time. If you cannot be on time, be early.
- Check all equipment and be ready to walk out the door 5 minutes early.
- It is the Athletes’ responsibility to have everything prepared for training. This is NOT the parents’ responsibility!
- When going directly to a training course, take two quality warm-up runs first (free ski).
- Always slip/inspect before running a course.
- Always check in at the top of the course with the starter or radio before running a course.
- If you fall in a course, move quickly to the side of the trail to regroup. Await a “go ahead” from a coach.
- Everyone slips course ruts after training runs are completed. Everyone helps with pulling equipment off of the training hill.
- Slow down or stop upon exiting a course, and do not ski fast out onto a public run.
- During an Early Load, ski only on the designated training hill, or you will lose Early Load privileges.
- Parents must get prior approval from their coach to go out on the hill during Early Loads.
- Check in with the coaches to receive a volunteer assignment before going out.
- Team Falcons training is always held as scheduled unless Mt. Rose is closed due to weather. Check the Falcons News Page and the Falcons Team Calendar for weather and road conditions and training updates.
- Training in inclement weather and varying snow conditions is very productive and contributes greatly to athletes’ foundation skills. We train in it because we’ll be racing in it, so be there!
- Whenever possible, wear your speed suit to training.
- When training gates, bring a backpack to leave on the hill. Include water, a snack, and warm and/or water proof clothes in case you get cold or the weather changes.
- Know the training discipline scheduled each day so you can have the proper equipment.
- Wear your uniform to all training sessions and to races.
- HAVE FUN!!!
- Be prepared and be on time. If you cannot be on time, be early.
- Build a checklist for all your equipment. It is the Athletes’ responsibility, NOT the parents’ responsibility, to have everything needed for a race!
- Check in with your coach for updated information and to see what help is needed.
- Pay attention and be especially responsive to directions given by your coach.
- Each athlete is responsible to get to the start on time with his or her skis prepared. (This especially means having your bases and sidewalls efficiently scraped! Skis cannot and will not be “juiced” if there is excess wax on them.)
- Be helpful and supportive. The Falcons are a Team, not a group of individuals.
- Help carry your teammates’ clothes from the start to the bottom of the course after their run.
- Always cheer on your teammates! Congratulate them when they do well, and be the first to pick up their spirits if they don’t.
Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved, with the following guidelines in mind:
- Always check in with the coaches to see if you can help.
- Do not ski in and out of a training or race course.
- DON’T coach your athlete. Let the coaches do their jobs. They are the experts!
- Encourage all of the young athletes, but specially yours! A foundation of love for the sport must first be built before any great race results can ever happen.
- Remember, our racing series is not the World Cup nor the Olympics. Let the kids be kids!
- Drop off and pick up your athlete on time.
- Enjoy watching your athlete fly through the gates. It is a special, life-long skill that your child is acquiring!
A Parent’s “How To” When Going to Races in the Tahoe Basin
Below is a basic protocol on how to attend races. It gives you times and locations to meet at most mountains where we will attend a Tahoe League or Far West Race. This was compiled from the experiences of many parents as well as Learn to Fly and Peregrines coaches. Of course, the most current instructions will always come from your coaches, so be sure to be in communications with them!
Boreal: Meet inside the main lodge in front of the cafeteria at 7:30am. Be aware that the parking lot usually fills up quickly. The race department is in a separate building on the far end of the parking lot. You can hike to the bottom of the course, so you do not have to buy a ticket. Boreal is usually crowded and anything left unattended in the lodge disappears, so keep track of your belongings at all times. Awards are held in the race department.
Northstar: Meet at the fire pit directly in front of the ice rink from Starbucks. Please be at the fire pit by 7:30am at the very latest. Northstar parking is very difficult. A suggestion is to arrive around 7:15am and drop your kids and their skis off at the circle. There are wagons there where the kids can load their skis and go to the ice rink. Then park your car and walk to the meeting point. Coaches will start to take the kids to the Gondola at 8:15am, so they must have their boots on and be ready to go by then. Typically the bottom of the courses can be walked to from the Midway Lodge at the top of the Gondola, so if you do not wish to ski, you will still have to buy a ticket for the Gondola if you’d like to watch your athlete race. Once at the top of the Gondola, there are plenty of places to eat, to store stuff in lockers, and to enjoy the race.
Sugar Bowl: Sugar Bowl parking at the Judah Lodge is easy if you get there early, as it gets more difficult the later you get there. Meet at 7:30am at the Fireplace inside the Judah Lodge. Leave skis right outside the lodge. At approximately 8:15am we will go outside, get skis, and be ready to load the lift at around 8:30am. For parents, it is not necessary to ski at Sugar Bowl to see the races. It is about a 15 minute walk (mostly uphill) to the Christmas Tree lodge and the race arena. The races can be viewed from the bottom of the course. The lodge has food and a nice deck to eat at.
Squaw Valley: Meet inside the Olympic House Lodge at 7:30am. The lodge is quite large so we will do our best to get a table right around the Gordon Bierch Stand inside the lodge facing toward the mountain. Parking is relatively easy at Squaw. Park right next to the village and the Lodge is about a 5 minute walk. The race can be viewed from the bottom of the Exhibition trail so it is not necessary to buy a ticket. There are plenty of food choices at the base of Squaw.
Diamond Peak: Meet inside the Main Lodge on the top floor by the bar at 7:30am. Parking at Diamond Peak is close by the lodge if you get there early. You do not need to purchase a ticket to Diamond Peak as the race can be viewed very well from the deck or bottom of the course. The lodge has food and a nice deck to eat at.
Alpine Meadows: Meet inside the main lodge where the main cafeteria is at 7:30am. You can hike to the bottom of the course very easily and can see the finish coral from the lodge deck.
NYSEF is a nonprofit organization run 100% by volunteers. We are always welcoming new faces interested in helping. Please contact us if you would like to get involved. Below is a list of some of the things with which we could use help from parent volunteers:
- Line athletes up on Team Picture Day
- Organize and cook at the Annual Fall BBQ
- Organize Falcons sweatshirt ordering and sales
- Organize Falcons soft shell ordering and sales
- USSA and FIS Race entries
- Condo rentals in Mammoth Lakes for traveling athletes
- Help with Mt. Rose races (High School Races, Masters Races, USSA Races, LTF Obstacle Course, Falconpalooza). This includes slippers, course maintenance, gate keepers, timing setup/takedown, hand timers, writing unofficial times on the scoreboard, finish coral setup/takedown, line athletes up in the start, bring lunches to course crew, bring athletes’ jackets to the bottom of the course, help coaches filming, etc.
- Lodge Mommies/Daddies who can sit in the Nest with LTF athletes so that the rest of their groups can keep skiing
- Sponsor and donation recruitment
- Fund-rasining organization
- Uniform pick-up and drop-off
- Uniform cleaning organization
- End-of-Season Banquet Committee. This includes organizing banquet decorations, location, and menu, gathering raffle and silent auction donations, organizing these donations, transporting donations to the banquet, organizing RSVPs and money collections, balloon sales and creation, organizing awards engravings and transportation, etc.
- Snowriders Program (Boys and Girls Club and Mt. Rose communications liaison, program organization, equipment and jacket coordination and fitting, on-snow shadows and support, Falcons athlete mentor organization, etc.
In addition, the board is constantly looking for new recruits. It is especially important to gain board representation from parents with younger athletes, since the younger programs construct the majority of the Falcons program, and since the current members tend to have older athletes that are about to phase out of the Falcons program. We encourage all of our parents to get involved – both in their athletes’ skiing careers and in the organization that is working so hard to support them. Please take a look at the board positions that we are hoping to fill with new faces, and let us know if you may be interested in slowly taking over a position. Everyone is welcome to join us at our meetings held the second Thursday of every month, regardless of if you are thinking of taking a position on the board or not.
Board Position Descriptions
- Represent NYSEF as primary spokespersonOrganize and preside over Board meetings
- Vice President
- Represent NYSEF in the absence of President
- Past President
- Assist current President as requested
- Recording Secretary
- Record and post meeting minutes
- Facilitate the financials with accounting firm
- Facilitate the NYSEF fiscal responsibilities with accounting firm
- Present monthly financial status
- Information Officer
- Facilitate the distribution of NYSEF information to membership
- Members-at-Large (7)
- Non-Voting Members
- Mt Rose representative
- Head Coach
- Banquet and Special Events
- Organizing end of year Banquet
- Organize volunteers to collect donations
- Uniform Coordinator
- Purchase uniforms
- Inventory uniforms
- Distribution and retrieval of uniforms
- Facilitate the annual cleaning and inventory of uniforms
- Organize and reconcile annual lease payments
- Create and maintain web site
- Create and maintain Facebook page
- Facilitate the scholarship applications
- Organize and facilitate the distribution of funds
- Community Outreach
- Facilitate the relationship with the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
- Organize and facilitate the Snowriders Program with Mt Rose and NYSEF athletes
- Facilitate fund raising
- Sweatshirts Organizer
- Design, order, and facilitate the selling and distribution of our yearly Falcons sweatshirts and soft shell jackets