Ski jumping clubs across the country enthusiastically support one another. Contact Jed Hinkley, Sport Development Director whenever your program needs assistance. Chances are Jed can connect you with another facility that has already solved your problem.
Whether you need snow making advice, equipment sources, recruiting help, competition software, ideas for event marketing or anything else, just pick up the phone. The ski jumping community is eager to help.
- Andover, NH – Andover Outing Club: Coach Tim Norris, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brattleboro, VT – Harris Hill: Contact, Todd Einig, email@example.com
- Gilford, NH – Gunstock Nordic Association: Coach Lisa Kling, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hanover, NH – Ford Sayre: Coach Mike Holland, email@example.com
- Lake Placid, NY – NYSEF/ORDA: Coach Colin Delaney, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lebanon, NH – Lebanon Outing Club: Coach Eric Smith, email@example.com
- Lebanon, NH – New England Ski Jumping Nordic Combined: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newport, NH – Sunapee Hill School Jumping:
- North Conway, NH – Kennett High School: Coach Chip Henry, email@example.com
- Plymouth, NH – Plymouth High School: Coach Morgan Stepp, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Salisbury, CT – Salisbury Winter Sports Association: Coach Ariel Picton, email@example.com
- Cloquet, MN – Cloquet Ski Club: Coach Pat Marciniak, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coleraine, MN – Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center: Contact Sue Kavanagh, email@example.com
- Eau Claire, WI – Flying Eagles Ski Club: Contact Paul Jastrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fox River Grove, IL – Norge Ski Club: Coach Scott Smith, email@example.com
- Hubertus, WI – Heiliger Huegel Ski Club: Coach Karla Keck, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iola, WI – Iola Winter Sports Club: Contact, email@example.com
- Iron Mountain, MI – Kiwanis Ski Club: Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ishpeming, MI – Ishpeming Ski Club: Contact, email@example.com
- Madison, WI – Blackhawk Ski Club: Christine Gessner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis Ski Club: Coach Chris Broz, email@example.com
- St Paul, MN – St. Paul Ski Club: Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Westby, WI – Snowflake Ski Club: Coach Matt Keuler, email@example.com
- Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Tri-Norse Ski Club: Contact Chris Arneson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steamboat Springs, CO – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club: Contact Todd Wilson, email@example.com
Check out the NEW PAGE with resources for Coaches! On this page, we will post rule changes, technique tips, training plans, and much more!
Looking for a new coach for you Club? Or some new jumping equipment? Or maybe and idea on how to build a new K-15 meter hill??? Send any posts you’d like to see on our page to INFO@USANORDIC.org and we will post your add and connect you to the right people in our USA Nordic community! CLICK HERE to check out the message board.
Ski jumping equipment is not available at retail shops. If you’re involved in the sport, you’ll soon find out that various clubs, coaches, and organizations may pool equipment requests and place orders several times per year. As we grow the sport in the USA, we’ll probably be able to streamline this process somewhat.
Beginners on small hills can use their alpine equipment, but as skills improve and skiers move to larger hills, they’ll need equipment especially designed for jumping. Many clubs purchase boots and skis in junior sizes, and have programs where a skier can rent their equipment for a year at nominal cost. You’ll need to contact your local club to see what they have available.
The 2017 Equipment Order Form is Now Available
The new catalog is ready! 2017 SKI JUMPING EQUIPMENT 2017 CATALOG. Orders will need to be in by May June 4th. Most prices have remained the same and this year, but we will be offering Sporten Junior Skis at a lower cost than last year! As a reminder, ALL PRICES INCLUDE DELIVERY. In most cases we will try to route them to training camps for pick-up but will use UPS to your door if needed. Orders need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 603-298-8404 using USANS Equipment Pool 2017 ORDER FORM. Checks should be made out to SKI JUMPING DEVELOPMENT USA and put in the mail BY July 15 to Jeff Hastings, 114 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH 03755. Equipment should be delivered by October 1.
Questions can be directed to Jeff Hastings- email@example.com or phone 603-252-1501.
THE 2016 STORY PROJECT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS WITH OVER $190,000 RAISED!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a story and to all the people who donated. We could not do this without the support of our community and this year’s Story Project exemplifies what a great community it is!
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Check out our Physical Education Recruiting Program
We have many talented, dedicated athletes in our sport, but it is a major objective of US Nordic to continually grow Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined from the bottom up. This means recruiting more athletes and introducing the sports to more youth, particularly youth who have never been exposed to Ski Jumping or Nordic Combined.
The major recruiting effort is directed at elementary schools, where it’s possible to reach 1st – 6th grade students in a Physical Education setting. Below is a guide with step by step instructions for carrying out our recruitment program.
When interacting with schools, describe this as a “Ski Jumping Education Program.” It is best to carry this out just before a large competition or before opportunities to enroll in a Ski Jumping Program. Youth need immediate gratification when they’re excited to try a new sport. If a competition is being help or a camp/program is beginning, you have the ability to say to kids “Come on out tomorrow/next week” (or whenever it may be).
- Contact the head Physical Education teacher and describe the opportunity to run a very fun and educational program in their PE classes. Explain that you realize this is short notice and that they surely have lessons planned for the entire year. Although, you were just presented with this opportunity – that you are immediately forwarding to them. Download the “PE.Recruiting.Program” and email it to the PE teacher.
- Ask if they have any of the equipment in the attached Program.
- Quickly order any equipment that they don’t have. The Woggler, for example, could be ordered if desired.
- Recruit an athlete and or coach from your local club to help with the recruitment.
- Edit/Create a Flyer (link for generic flyer below) with any opportunities available for students. Save it as a PDF and email it to the PE teacher to forward to school administration for approval (explain that you are a non-profit organization). Ask if the school will give one to each student to take home. If yes, print one for each student and give to school administration to distribute.
For a Word Document of the Program Please contact Jed Hinkley, firstname.lastname@example.org
How Does Scoring Work?
By Ken Anderson, SkiJumpingUSA.com
Ski jumping is about distance … how far you fly through the air. It’s not about height, and it’s not about acrobatics. It’s flight, using your body and skis to help generate lift as you travel through the air, just as an airplane’s wing does. Being better at doing this makes you fly farther. Those less skilled can leave the takeoff with similar speed, but won’t fly as far.
Hill sizes are rated by the distance a good jumper should fly … a K90, or 90 meter hill, has a “par” distance of 90 meters. If it’s K120, or 120 meter hill, it has a “par” distance of 120 meters.
Flight distances are measured, then converted to points via a formula. On any size hill, a jumper gets 60 points for hitting that “par” distance, then points are ADDED on a per-meter basis for flights beyond “K” … the “par” distance, and they’re deducted for landing short of that mark. On a K90 hill, it’s 2 points per meter. On a K120, it’s 1.8 points per meter. There’s no “cap” to distance points. Fly further, get more points.
But … there’s another element, part of the tradition of the sport, and it involves judges with a scorecard, deducting points from a “perfect” score of 20 points for flaws in technique during flight or landing. There are usually three judges, so if each can award up to 20 points per flight, there are 60 points available for technique, often referred to as “style points.” That’s probably a misleading word. And there’s no “degree of difficulty” factor … it’s all about execution. But you can never get more than 60 points (3 judges, max 20 points each) per round.
Typically in a high-level meet, a lot of jumpers will get scores in the 17-18 point range. If a jumper got three 18s, he or she would get 54 points from the judges for that round. Assuming this is a pretty good jumper on a K90 jump, he or she flies 3 meters beyond K, and gets 66 points (60 for reaching K, plus 2 points per meter beyond). That earns the jumper 66 distance points. Combined with 54 points from the judges, that jump is worth 120 points. Do it twice, and the jumper has a 240 point day … a very good score on any size hill. Jumpers who roll up scores way over 240 are doing it on distance points, because there’s no upper limit!
Traditional competitions follow this two-round format. Usually the second round is run in the order of lowest first-round score to highest, meaning the leading jumpers jump last in the final round. In high-level events, usually only the best 30 after the first round will ski in the final round.
There have been various distance elimination formats, with no judges, where everybody takes one jump, the field is cut, typically in half, and the top half takes a second jump, etc. in an elimination process until a winner is declared. There are multiple variations on this theme, and they tend to be popular with skiers and fans. However, those aspiring to compete internationally need to be familiar with, and accustomed to competing in, traditional scored events with judges.
© 2010-2012 Kenneth J Anderson, SkiJumpingUSA.com