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Updated 2017-2018 Equipment Specifications posted 5/18/17

APPLICABLE AGE GROUPS: U14 / U16 / U19+

This past year USSA saw many issues with equipment rules and their implementation throughout all of the regions - not just Eastern and not just PARA!  Knowing that they needed to review the rules, USSA assembled a very talented group of individuals and formed the "2017-2018  Equipment Task Force".  See the 2017-2018 Equipment Task Force's recommendations here.  During the May USSA Congress, their recommended set of equipment rules for U19 and above in USSA races (not FIS) was approved by both the USSA Alpine Sport Committee and the USSA Board of Directors.

Essentially, the rules for U16 athletes will now apply to U19 and above athletes.  There are no changes to the U16 and U14 ski radius and length specifications from this past season.

Here is a link to the USSA Equipment Rules posted 5/18/17:  http://alpine.usskiteam.com/sites/default/files/documents/athletics/athleticsexecutive/2014-15/documents/2017-2018-Equipment.pdf

This is a significant change for U19 and older athletes.  The new rules are minimum requirements only.  There will be cases where athletes will choose to use a longer ski, or a ski with a greater radius than the minimum based on size, level of conditioning and skiing skill level.  These new equipment rules only apply to USSA racing.  Athletes racing in FIS races will need to comply with FIS equipment rules.

Be aware that USSA releases updates to the rules (a.k.a. precisions) throughout the year.  We will communicate changes to equipment rules as we become aware.  However, please refer to USSA.org for the latest rules.

To find the latest USSA rules, go to USSA.org, click on "Alpine", then click on the "Athletes" icon, and refer to the "Rules" thumb tab.  Here is a link directly to the page:  http://alpine.usskiteam.com/alpine-programs/athletes/rules

Please contact Jim DiBiase (jcdibiase@gmail.com) or Charles Donnellan (c_donnellan@hotmail.com) should you have any questions regarding the equipment rules.