JSA of LIS Midwinter Meeting March 5, 2022

Meeting attendees discuss junior programming during a break

JSA’s Midwinter Meeting on Saturday March 5 at the Larchmont Yacht Club is your opportunity to exchange junior sailing program management ideas. Remote participation will also be available via Zoom video. The detailed agenda with background of speakers may be viewed here.

The meeting is free to all who register in advance using this link.
– Doors open at 0815 with coffee/tea and bagels.
– The morning sessions of the meeting will run from 0900 to 1200.
– The afternoon sessions will commence with lunch at 1200 and will end by 1500 (lunch fee is $30 for JSA members who prepay).

An important benefit of coming to this meeting is the people you will rub shoulders with during breaks, or find yourself sitting next to during the lunch. The JSA will offer two door prizes, valued at $150 each, for US Sailing Instructor Training Course fees or US Sailing Training Publications, to representatives of JSA Member programs who are present in-person during the lunch.

A short introduction about JSA business and the summer event schedule will be followed by junior sailing program presentations, including these examples:
– US Sailing Teaching Resources: Recently updated resources for teaching sailing are available from US Sailing. Each resource (Level 1 Instructor Manual, Little Red Book and Skill Up digital app) uses a common curriculum that is designed to create a healthy sport experience and support a sailor athlete’s advancement based on their physical, mental and emotional level, and potential for growth. (John Pearce, US Sailing youth department). 9:20 to 9:40
– Keynote: Sharing our passion for sailing, wide and far and without barriers (Dawn Riley, National Sailing Hall of Fame and Oakcliff Sailing). 10:00 to 10:40
– Build Sailing Skills with Team Racing: experienced team racing coaches discuss how to create a fun culture of team racing within junior programs (Pepe Bettini, LISOT Sailing Team; Aubrey Mayer, Bahia Corinthian YC; Clinton Hayes, US Sailing team racing committee). 11:00 to 11:40
– Junior Big Boat Sailing: learn how to make use of a borrowed big boat with coaching by volunteer-club-members or paid staff to encourage experienced junior sailors to apply their small boat sailing skills to a new challenge that is fun, social, and full of teamwork (Gregg Clark, Riverside YC; Iris Vogel, Huguenot YC; Doug Reynolds, Larchmont YC). 13:00 to 13:40
– Adventure Sailing: learn how to offer a fresh perspective on engaging young sailors and keeping sailing fun by teaching sailing and seamanship to inspire a lifelong love for our waters and the Corinthian spirit (George Catallo, Port Washington YC; Doug Reynolds, Larchmont YC; Alicia Martorella Poole, Cedar Point YC; Nevin Sayre, Vineyard Haven YC). 14:00 to 14:40

Stay for the informal lunch after the morning curriculum, keynote and team racing sessions to share your own programming ideas with other junior sailing leaders. Then, remain for the junior big boat and adventure sailing sessions.

Club representatives are all welcome, including Flag Officers, Junior Program Delegates, Chairs, Sailing Committees, Program Directors and Head Instructors. If you are an experienced program leader, bring along a new member from your junior committee or an enthusiastic parent volunteer to spread knowledge within your club’s junior program leadership. Each person may register in advance using this link for themselves or a group.