Eastern Cup & Vermont Cup Primer – 2020-21 Season
Resilience, ingenuity and compliance will be the mantras for the winter of 2020-21. NENSA, alongside venues throughout the East are committed to making the Eastern Cup Series happen by providing safe competitions. State and institutional guidelines will continue to shift throughout the winter and the proposed Eastern Cup and Vermont Cup is designed to give us the best chance for success. Athletes will need to be resilient as challenges arise, and use ingenuity to stay focused on the overall goal of development through the season. Perhaps the keystone in the puzzle is compliance to Health Protocols – we ask that athletes, coaches and parents adhere to the high standards we have created to insure the health of not only participants, but the communities we visit throughout the season.
Vermont guidelines dictated the creation of a “Vermont Cup” within the traditional Eastern Cup framework. All 15 races listed on the proposed schedule will be run to the same high standards of a typical Eastern Cup and used to score points for the Junior Ranking List. We encourage athletes and clubs to be judicious in their planning and travel – giving priority to race starts in close proximity to their homes. Athletes will be ranked on their “Best 3” races this season to help support this guidance. As the final details and disciplines of our newly calendared races occur we will publish guidelines on qualification for Eastern Regional Championships, scheduled to happen at a similar time to Junior Nationals.
Read on below to learn how the 2020-21 Eastern Cup season will be conducted.
All Eastern Cup (EC) & Vermont Cup (VC) race registrations are hosted by SkiReg.com and will be open by December 1st. Please note all competitors who intend to attend multiple EC, VC or FIS races should purchase a bib and rent a chip – this page is open now and will close December 1st.
- All racers must have valid NENSA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) membership to race – please note a $10 daily NENSA membership is available on individual race registration pages.
- **Due to our expanded calendar there are several EC’s and VC’s that will not require a USSS membership – EC’s: January 24, February 7. VC’s: January 24, February 6-7.
- Purchase or renew your your NENSA membership here.
- Purchase or renew your U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership here.
- Foreign membership options updated (11/26/2019).
- Purchase both your NENSA & U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships early to ensure proper validation at registration.
- All EC & VC racers will be listed in the overall race results, regardless of your U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership type ($20 general or $115 competitor). If you want to be listed on the National Ranking List (NRL) you need to purchase a U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitors membership. Competitors 17+ (who will turn 18 during the 2020-21 season need to purchase a Competitor membership to comply with SafeSport regulations.
- For the 2020-21 Season all junior competitors from New England will be ranked to the NENSA Junior Ranking List (best 3 races for both U16 and U18/U20). This list will serve as the qualification list for the Eastern Regional Championships.
- You can upgrade to a U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitors license later in the season (points may not retroactively apply to previous races).
- Each Eastern Cup has a Virtual Team Captain’s Meeting (VTCM) an information page for updates: on venue, times changes, and important racer/coach information.
- Registration will close at 5pm on the Wednesday before each Eastern Cup weekend. Please note all competitors must also fill out a Health Screen Form on this day in order to compete – the form will be sent via SkiReg to all competitors and coaches on Wednesday.
- Seed lists will be posted on Thursday (using points from the current NRL / FIS lists)
- Start lists will be posted on Friday by 6pm for Saturday and Sunday races.
- Final Eastern Cup race results can be found here. Live results links will be made available on the EC event pages.
- Eastern Cup and Vermont Cup races will be scored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard (except for the 5 races listed under #1 above), and updated to the NRL. Races marked as (FIS/NRL) are also scored by FIS.
- NRL and FIS listing dates can be found in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide.
- SEEDING: All racers will be seeded by their best of either, NRL or FIS points. If you have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard general membership, or have 990 points you will be seeded randomly at the end of the field.
- U18/U20 Junior Ranking List: Best 3 EC or VC races. Scored by USSS points **see 2. Junior Ranking List Points.
- U16 JN Junior Ranking List: Best 3 EC or VC races. Please note for the 2020-21 season U16 will be scored by USSS Points – the same way as U18/U20.