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Online Entries Closed

Online Entries for the following 2019 Interschools Snowsports Championships have closed:

  • Travelplan Ski Northern NSW & QLD Interschools Snowsports Championships (July 9-13 at Perisher)
  • Travelplan Ski Sydney Interschools Snowsports Championships (July 16-20 at Thredbo)
  • Subaru NSW & ACT Interschools Snowsports Championships (July 24-26 at Perisher)

School Coordinators can still log on to the Online Entry System to download team lists, start lists, tax invoice and check completed waivers.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM

 

Entries for the SSA Northern States Interschools Championships will open on Monday July 29 and will close August 12. This includes Cross Country, Slopestyle and Multiclass entries.

 

We highly recommend that you use Google Chrome as your web browser when registering and completing your school entries. You may experience difficulties If you do not use Google Chrome as your web browser. Click Here to download Google Chrome for Free

For help completing your entries, please read the online entry guidelines within the Interschools Handbook.

High Fluoro wax rule

The use of High-Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays is not permitted in all disciplines

Following the ban of High Fluoro wax in Cross Country skiing events in 2016, the National Interschools Committee (NIC) and subsequently the NSW / ACT / QLD (SSA Northern) Interschools Committee together with the Victorian Interschools Committee (VISC), have adopted a rule banning applying High Fluoro and Fluorocarbon wax additives to equipment during all ski and snowboard Interschools events and locations. This includes HF wax applications such as; Powders / Liquids / Blocks and Sprays.

The contributing factors to this rule coming into place are:

Recommendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia National Discipline Committees on:

  • National focus shifting to skill development achievements and not competition results at early stages of athlete development.
  • Reducing the cost to families of participating in snow sports in early years.
  • Desire to create a more even playing field in an entry level event such as Interschools.
  • North American and European countries shift away from High Fluoro wax at Junior levels.
  • Minimise the possible environmental and health impact of using High Fluoro wax.

Maintaining equipment by brushing and tuning edges is still an acceptable practice during Interschool events and locations.

Whilst the rule will be based on an honour system and peer group review, event organisers reserve the right to inspect or test waxing practices in the interest of fairness.

The National & State Interschools Committees have every confidence that participating schools and competitors will respect this new rule.

Perisher Interschools Competitor & Team Manager Lift Tickets

Interschools Competitors 15 to 18 years and Team Managers are entitled to discounted lift tickets at Perisher on the day they are competing/are a team manager. 

Lift tickets can be purchased online. Load your tickets onto a Perisher Card or pick up their Perisher Card from any Perisher Ticket office. 

Click Here to purchase the competitor and team manager tickets online.

Competitor tickets for students 5 to 14 years are available here.

Part Day / Twilight tickets are available from 2pm and valid into the night.  Child $56  / Adult $97

 

How to purchase Competitor and Team Manager Tickets at the Event

Competitors and Team Managers who do not order tickets online can purchase tickets from the Bullocks Flat Ticket Office from 7.00am and Perisher Valley Ticket Office from 7.30am on the day of the event only.  For Team Managers to receive a discounted lift ticket, their name must be assigned to the team/individual they are looking after when entries are completed in the online entry system. 

 

Online Waivers - All Participants and Volunteer must complete

All participants and volunteer course officials must complete an online waiver once for the season. A parent/guardian or the competitor (if over 18 years of age when signing the waiver) MUST complete the Online Participant Waiver. Please make sure that you select the correct school from the dropdown list to ensure that the waivers will match up correctly with the participants and volunteers. If you are volunteering for more than one school, a volunteer waiver will need to be completed under each school.

PARTICIPANT WAIVER FORM

VOLUNTEER COURSE OFFICIALS WAIVER FORM

2019 Rules of Racing

The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2019 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print.  Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.

2019 Interschools Rules of Racing

 

Here is a list of the major Rule Changes for 2019 (changes in bold):

1.16 - In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events. 1.16    In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events.

4.4 - If a competitor loses one or both of their skis, and/or comes to a complete stop, they must pull off to the side of the course and not complete the rest of their run. They will record a DNF for that run.

4.5 - If a competitor misses a gate but does not come to a complete stop, they can ski/snowboard back to the missed gate and both boots must cross the imaginary line to record a time for the run.

7.1 - From the NSW Regional Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top five NSW placed teams and the top fifteen individual NSW competitors from Divisions and disciplines will be eligible to race in the SSA Northern States Championships (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.5 - From the ACT-Southern NSW Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.6 - From the SSA Northern States Cross Country Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT, QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines will be eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.7 - From the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.14 - If a competitor is unable to attend a Regional or State event due to a clash with training or competition commitments, an exemption to compete at the National event may be considered. Applications will only be accepted by individuals who are currently part of an SSA Emerging Talent Program (ETP) and/or NSWIS Scholarship program or higher. No exemptions for medical reasons will be accepted.

An exemption application must be submitted to the National Interschools Committee prior to the close of entries for the Regional or State event.

Exemptions are discipline specific. For example, a Snowboard competitor will only receive an exemption for Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross and/or Snowboard Slopestyle.

Once an exemption has been verified by the SSA Performance Manager and approved by the National Interschools Committee, the individual can enter the National event as an individual entry for the discipline the exemption has been approved for, or the individual can be entered into a school team for any discipline that has already qualified as per Rule 7.8.

7.15 - Competitors must compete in the division that they qualified in.

7.16 - From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships. There are no team invites. For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition. Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45/100) and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55/100). The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field.  No National Championship points will be awarded to Slopestyle event results and only individual medals will be awarded at the National Event. 

9.13 - Alpine Race Suits are permitted in Divisions 1-4 only. No Race Suits are permitted in Division 5 and 6.

The use of High-Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays is not permitted in all disciplines

Interschools Handbook 2019

The Interschools Handbook has been updated for 2019. The handbook includes helpful information on what to expect at Interschools events, and information for school coordinators, volunteers, team managers and parents. 

2019 SSA National Snowsports Participation & Development Conference

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th + Friday 8th November

This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Since mid-2018, a small development group has worked on the Conference program and objectives. We anticipate a conference attendance of between 200 to 250, with the intended audience being school Snowsports Coordinators from across Australia, and industry representatives/leaders from the Resorts, the Clubs, the SIA, the APSI, and private providers servicing the Snowsports industry in Australia. The Conference dates are structured to coincide with the new Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards event to be held on the Thursday evening – 7th November.

The Conference Outline.

Day 1 – Thursday 7th November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm

  • Framing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry, including SportAUS, AOC, AIS, OWIA, SSA, NSWIS, Resorts, Clubs, Coaching, Training.
  • Developing Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance, including OWIA, SSA, Previous Athletes, Interschools, Schools.
  • Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm

Day 2 – Friday 8th November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm

  • Planning Participation: Keynotes, Panels and Workshops on Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, and Participation Event Rules & Guidelines, including SSA, Interschools, Schools, Resorts, Snow Sports Research Academics.
  • Inspiring Participation: Keynotes and Panel Presentations on the Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympics, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.  

The Conference and Awards evening dates are confirmed. The SSA working group is currently working through the finalisation of conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. Costings for the full 2-day Conference package, to include all Conference sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at the Thursday evening Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards, are between the $350 to $450 per participant, with the final cost to be released with the initial registration papers due out to schools in early May – the beginning weeks of School Term Two.

2019 Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7th November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Established to compliment the Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards being held in Melbourne on Wednesday May 1st, the Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards have been established to acknowledge and recognise athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs at the development and pathway level of snow sports. We anticipate a National audience of between 300 to 350 attendees.

The timing of the Community Sport Awards ties in with the end of the domestic winter season in Australia, is held outside of school holidays, and before many athletes and presenters depart for training and competitions in the Northern season. They are also being held during the 2019 National Participation Conference, also being held at the same venue in Canberra, with many attendees of the conference likely to also attend the awards.

An SSA working group will manage the development of this major initiative, with the wider Snowsports community now being consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.

This event is planned to develop into an annual and very significant Awards and Celebration evening that enables us to promote and acknowledge SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. There will also be a legacy component of this event, which will recognise previous and high-profile members of the Australian Snowsports community, in a National Snowsports Hall of Fame, a Legacy List, and enduring Life Membership.

Further details will be released mid-year.

2019 Calendar of Important Dates

CLICK HERE for the Calendar of Important Dates for the Interschools Championships The dates include the entry open and close dates, course officials training dates and coordinators meeting dates in Sydney and Canberra.

Interschools Promotional Videos

Interschools Promo - Shorter - 2:21 minutes

 

Interschools Promo - Extended - 5:45 minutes

 

Interschools Promo - Short and Sweet - 0.48 seconds