THE FUTURES TOUR FAQ

Created: 21 October 2019

 


The Futures Tour calendar has been set and registration is now open. 

Rocky Mountain Series Copper Mtn HP 12/5 SB & FK Closed Practice - 12/6SB & FK Comp
Southern Vermont Series Mt Snow SS 1/21st SB - 1/22 FK
New Hampshire Series Loon SS & HP 1/24th SB SS - 1/25th SB & FK HP - 1/26th FK SS
The Unbound Series  Mammoth SS & HP 2/11th SB SS - 2/12th FK SS - 2/13th SB & FK HP
Rocky Mountain Series Copper Mtn SS 2/24th Open Practice - 2/25th FK - 2/26th SB Comps
Big Mountain West Series Park City HP & SS 2/27th Open Practice - 2/28th SB & FK HP - 2/29th SB SS - 3/1st FK SS Comps
Upper Midwest Snow Series Spirit SS & HP 3/5th Open Practice - 3/6th SB SS - 3/7th FK SS - 3/8th HP Comps 


*All HP Days are Combined SB=Snowboard FK=Freeski


You may only register for a contest in your home series region for the first two weeks. USASA, US Ski & Snowboard and FIS memberships are required to register for an event.  Minimum age is 13. Event will be scored Open for FIS and age groups for USASA. Breakers will not receive Regional USASA points. (12 yr olds are not allowed to compete per FIS rules.)

The Futures events are in Western, Central and two each in Rockies and New England. Those athletes in Eastern will be able to register across any event after November 14th. If you register for a Futures event outside of your region during the early registration time (Nov 1-Nov 14) and the event becomes oversold you may be removed from the start list and will not be refunded. *Exception- Podium winners at the 2019 USASA National Championships in pipe and slope in Age Group or Open will have priority and may register for all events in advance.


Start Lists

  • If the event becomes full before the registration close date, the Organizing Committee will fill the field based off of FIS Points or USASA NR rank (age class or open) whichever FIS or USASA is higher. The final start list will be named on site at the TC meeting the night before the event per FIS rules. All athletes must be represented at the TC meeting or they will be pulled before the field is set.

Refunds

  • Will not be given except in a medical emergency with a letter from the physician.


Points and Ranking

  • Athletes will receive USASA Regional and National Ranking points in your age group* and FIS points. * 13 year old Breakers will not receive USASA points. The events will be scored on an open range and then age group points will be assigned for the USASA result. The FIS result will not reflect age groups. All results will also be scored on the WSPL.

Rev Tour Qualification

  • Slopestyle
    • Top 2 Men / 2 Women from 2020 Futures Tour events (6 Tour stops) - locations TBD
      • Athletes qualify for the remaining 2020 events and 2021 Rev Tour season
    • Spots will be handed down if athlete is already qualified from another criteria or is held by International athlete.
      • Any handed down spot will only be valid for the 2020 season.
    • Handed down spot will not exceed Men’s 10th place and Women’s 5th place
  • Halfpipe
    • Top 3 Men / 3 Women from 2020 Futures Tour events (6 Tour stops)- locations TBD
      • Athletes qualify for the remaining 2020 events and 2021 Rev Tour season
    • Spots will be handed down if athlete is already qualified from another criteria or is held by International athlete.
      • Any handed down spot will only be valid for the 2020 season.
    • Handed down spot will not exceed Men’s 10th place and Women’s 5th place

Daily Schedules

  • Will be available per each event on the respective USASA Series website by Nov, 14th. FIS rules will be followed and USASA rules respected. Finals formats will be determined at the TC meeting prior to the event.

FAQ

1. Who should sign up for these events? The events are open to those with both USASA, and US Ski & Snowboard memberships and are holding a valid FIS license who are 13 or older, however athletes should consider if they are ready to step up to an open style format with bigger features and a higher level of difficulty.

 2. How do these events qualify me to the Rev Tour/NorAm events? FIS points are averaged each points cycle and you can move up the rank to be next in line for the Nor-am. Additionally, the top 2 finishers from each Futures Tour Slopestyle and top 3 from halfpipe will be eligible to register for any remaining Rev Tour events in season and next year. Spots handed down up to 10th or 5th position for men and women respectively. 

3. How do I qualify for the USASA National Championships now? The same way as always. These six events serve as both USASA qualifiers and allow athletes to stay in their age group and begin to work on their FIS point profile. Keep in mind USASA has lowered the qualification number for the bigger age groups to 68 max field size at the 2020 USASA National Championships.

4. Do I have to move to open class? No, you do not, you can stay in USASA age class and compete in age class at National Championships. These events have no bearing on movement up to Open and will help you earn FIS points to be considered for the Rev Tour or bigger events in the future. If you want to compete in the FIS finals event at National Championships you will have to choose either age class or Open. 

5. Where do I register? You register at USASA.org and find the event in each series where they are represented. You must sign up for each event separately. Reminder: You may only sign up in your region for the first two weeks. You may forfeit your entry if you register out of region before November 14th. 

6. How come Breakers don't get USASA points? Due to FIS age being 13, only the older half of the USASA breaker (12-13) age group can compete. Therefore it wouldn't be fair to assign regional/national USASA points without the entire age group represented. 13 year olds can work on their FIS point profile and utilize traditional USASA events to qualify to nationals with the rest of the breaker group.

7. What if I am an international competitor? You only need a USASA membership and your FIS license.

Futures Tour Events are operated independently by USASA Regional Series and sanctioned by USASA and FIS in co-ordination with US Ski & Snowboard.

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