In the U12 program children continue to develop, adapt and refine their basic skiing skills and begin expanding their racing skills by training for and competing in Slalom as well as Giant Slalom. Physical training and conditioning focuses on agility, balance, co-ordination and speed skills (ABCs) with the introduction of some strength and endurance training.


Age: 10-11 years of age as of December 31 of the current race season.

Membership: To race in NCD-OSZ Series and Championship events, U12 racers from OSZ clubs must be registered for membership with Ski Québec Alpin and racers from NCD clubs must be registered for membership with Alpine Ontario Alpin.

Equipment Standards

Racers who are not properly equipped will not be permitted to start a race. Parents and racers are encouraged to discuss equipment selection with the racer‟s coach to ensure that athlete has the appropriate items:

Skis: There are no restrictions regarding ski length and radius for NCD-OSZ events. The racer‟s physical development, ability and skills must be considered in selecting appropriate and safe equipment.

Helmets: At all events, competitors must wear full hard-shell helmets specifically designed and manufactured for the particular event.

Boots: Maximum boot height (distance between the ski boot sole and the base of the heel including all hard and soft parts) – 43mm

Bindings: Maximum standing height (the distance between the bottom of the ski‟s running surface and the ski boot sole) – 50mm.

Clothing: Downhill and other suits designed for alpine racing are permitted.

Race Format

U12 events in the regular OSZ-NCD Series consist of one race of two runs.

Race Entries

All registered U12 racers are automatically entered in every OSZ-NCD Series race. The list of registered racers is published on the Outaouais Ski Zone Web site (www.skioutaouais.qc.ca) and updated, as necessary, beginning in early January. Coaches and parents are encouraged to consult the published lists to verify that the entry list is complete and that the information for each racer is accurate. Any errors or omissions should be immediately reported to Jim Coflin ( jcoflin@ca.inter.net) or the club’s U12 coordinator.

Race Fee

The entry fee for each race is $30.00 per competitor payable to the host club the morning of the race. The entry fee covers the cost of the athlete’s lift ticket.

Start Order

National Capital Outaouais regional Start order randomization system 2023-24 season. 

Blocks:  Number of groups and number of subgroups is set to the number of races; 3 races means 3 groups and 3 subgroups in each group … (4 races means 4 groups and 4 subgroups in each group).

For U8, randomization for each race and run before the U10 group.  For the second run, a full reverse also U8 go before the U10 group.

For U10, blocks for SL (no GS in U10) with a full reverse for the second run (after the U8 group).

For U12, blocks for SL and different blocks for GS. The second run is a flip 30 plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U14, blocks for SL, different blocks for GS, and different blocks for SG.  For the second run, a flip 30 will be used, plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U16, blocks for SL, different blocks for GS, and different blocks for SG.  For the second run, a flip 30 will be used, plus all DNF & DSQs.

For U18+, randomization for each race and run after the U16 group.

A full reverse second run includes DNFs and DSQs.

The cancellation of a race means that the start order will not be used. It is lost. If a race is postponed the “Start List” for that event remains with that event, at whatever date it is held.

The postponement of a race means the start order follows that race to its re-scheduled date and place.

Here are the category sizes.

Sex / sexe TOTAL Number of Race events /

Nombre de courses

Blocks / Blocs
Category /


U8 1 6 7 4 N/A 4 (ABCD) N/A
U10 38 55 93 4 4 (ABCD)
U12 71 67 138 4 2 N/A 4  (ABCD) 2 (AB) N/A
U14 59 72 131 3 3 2 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 2 (AB)
U16 45 61 106 3 3 4 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 4  (ABCD)
U18 18 15 33 3 3 4 3  (ABC) 3  (ABC) 4  (ABCD)
232 276 508

OTHER issues:

  • Second runs: Full reverse for U8 and U10 and flip-30 for U12/U14/U16. DSQs & DNFs at the end or in bib order.
  • Where numbers are few like U8 & U18 the group as a whole will be randomized.
  • Out of region athletes, at u14, U16 & U18 local series events like  SG races (not the camps) would be handled as follows:
    • The out of region athletes:  In the SG example, the blocks would be created in the week before the race.  If they had registered before that, they would go in with everyone else from our region.  If they register after that, they will go in their own block at the end.


The safety of competitors, officials, and spectators is of paramount importance. At each race, the Jury is charged with the responsibility of taking all reasonable steps to ensure that safety and, to that end, has the authority to cancel, postpone or annul a run or race if necessary.

Course Tear Down

All competitors and coaches are required to report to the start area after the last run of the day to assist with course tear down – failure to so may result in sanctions for both competitors and coaches.

Race Results

Medals are awarded for each race.

The results for each race are determined by the combined times for the first and second run. If a racer is disqualified (DSQ) or does not finish (DNF) one of the runs, his or her combined time is not calculated. Series points are calculated for each run and are used for provincial selection and series awards.

If two racers tie in their combined times, the tie stands and medals are awarded as follows:

  • a tie for first place – two gold medals and a bronze
  • a tie the second position – a gold medal and two silver; and
  • a tie for third place – one gold, one silver, and two bronze.

Reporting Results

A copy of the results for each U12 race will be posted on the Outaouais Ski Zone Web site within 48 hours of the race.

In addition, series points (see Section 4) will be calculated for each run and the results posted on the Zone Web site by Thursday following a race. The series points are used for the determining year-end awards for OSZ and NCD Series Results. They are the basis for selecting the athletes who will participate in provincial championship events.

NCD-OSZ Championships

A U12 championship series will be held at the end of the season. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each of GS and SL. Medals will also be awarded for the “Combined” event. The combined medals will be determined by adding the series points for each racer‟s best slalom run and best GS run. Note: For the combined medals, each age category will be scored independently and racers awarded series points according to finishes within their age group.

Twelve (12) sets of medals (six for girls and six for boys) will be awarded.

Ontario Provincial U12 Events

Each year AOA sanctions provincial-level events for 11 and 12 year old racers. The details about these events (dates, fees, quotas, etc) and the criteria that will be used for team selection can be obtained from the NCD club U12 coordinators.