Canada Snowboard Riders Event Series vs. Riders Training Program
There has been a little confusion surrounding the grass roots development programs Canada Snowboard has implemented to increase the number of entry level competitive snowboarders. Two separate divisions with a similar name have been created, one an event series, hosted by the PTSA's, and the other a fundamental snowboard training program hosted by snow schools.
The C~S Riders Training Program is a snowboard training program designed with the CSCP and CASI to assist snow schools in introducing riders to the competitive snowboard disciplines while developing strong fundamental snowboard skills. The program is targeted for ski areas without a developing club structure to assist in maintaining attendance in snow schools while starting a path towards competitive snowboarding. Participants receive training in all three competitive disciplines. The ski school must train the instructors running the programs as coaches or hire existing licensed coaches to run the program. There are three levels of training, Green, Blue and Black. The programs are run over an eight or twelve sessions. When a snow school signs on with the program they are given the curriculum and provided with appropriate training. All members of the programs become members of the respective PTSA and C~S.
It is Canada Snowboard’s objective to work with the PTSA’s to implement the C~S Riders Training Program in ski areas where existing club structures are not in place. Before any ski area is approached the C~S Riders Coordinator will contact the PTSA for clearance to contact an area.
C~S Riders Event Series is a National event series based around athlete skill development. The event series is designed to introduce participants to competitive snowboarding through a fun, athlete centered competition. The event can be a slope style, or snowboard cross event or the two events can be combined. Ideally the competition course is designed to challenge freestyle, snowboardcross and alpine skills by running athletes through a course with gated turns, jumps, rollers and berms.
PTSA's are responsible for the implementation of the series in their respective provinces. Canada Snowboard will provide the event framework, equipment and a takeaway for participants. The PTSA’s will be supported as needed in regards to organizing and with potential funding. Another organization can host the event series, as long as participants are members of the PTSA and Canada Snowboard. Trained official(s) must be present, and it is recommended to have licensed coaches on hand to lead training and help coach the participants.