IFSA Junior Series Community Updates + Series Changes
Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer advisory boards and their proposals to our Board of Directors, we've made some changes to the IFSA Junior Series to address a few issues and work towards a smoother competition season for our IFSA Junior Series. Please read this article to be informed!
Please take time to familiarize yourself with changes made to our Junior Series for the 2018 season and help us spread the word to fellow parents, coaches, teams, and athletes. Cheers to a great season in 2018! For a complete rundown of all information pertinant to the IFSA Junior Series, please refresh yourself by reading our Junior Event Series Guidelines.
Age Division Cutoff Dates Have Been Simplified
In order to prevent mistakes when uploading rankings information after each competition and minimize confusion the age parameters for each Junior Division in 2018 have been simplified.
- Athletes 11 years of age or younger on December 31, 2017 will compete in the U12 category for the 2018 season.
- Athletes 12-14 years of age on or prior to December 31, 2017 will compete in the 12-14 age category for the 2018 season.
- Athletes 15 years of age or older on December 31, 2017 will compete in the 15-18 age category for the 2018 season.*
*Info For 18-Year-Olds: As an 18-year-old, you are allowed to compete in the IFSA Junior Series until you turn 19 OR you may declare your intent to graduate and enter the IFSA/FWQ adult series. As an FWQ Adult, you can continue to participate in our amazing Freeride community and possibly qualify for the Freeride World Tour.
Know that if you wish to compete as an adult at the FWQ level, you cannot then go back and compete as a junior. At the beginning of the season, you must decide if you’d like to compete as a junior or adult. The day you turn 19, you are no longer eligible to compete in the IFSA Junior Series.
Should you compete as a 15-18 junior and receive an invitation to our NorAm Championship in April, if you turn 19 before that date, you will not be eligible to compete.
Calculation of Regional Finishes & Out-Of-Region Finishes for Athlete's Overall Ranking
Based on feedback from our Coach's Advisory Board and a vote among the IFSA Board of Directors, an athlete's OVERALL ranking will be calculated as follows:
The best TWO of THREE Nationals Series finishes will be counted. (Same as last year)
The best TWO of an athlete's FIRST THREE Regional Series finishes will be counted. (New Rule)
Athletes are welcome to compete in Regional Series events outside of their region. HOWEVER, only the FIRST out-of-region finish will count toward an athlete’s ranking. This finish must also be one of the athlete’s FIRST THREE finishes of the season in order to count toward the overall ranking. Athletes may compete in as many Regional Series events as they like (EXCLUDING the Far West and Rockies Regions -- which have their own policies.)
Alaska To Be Part of PNW Region
Alaska has been merged with the Pacific Northwest Region. Due to the low densities of athletes and events our Board of Directors made a motion that was approved to merge AK with the PNW region.
Selection Process for NorAm Championship Remains Unchanged
The selection process for invitations to the IFSA Junior North American Championships remains unchanged for 2018. Please see the IFSA North American Junior Event Series Guidelines for a complete explanation and insight into this process.
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