Eastern Tryouts/Dev Teams

Are you a Level III instructor who would like to take it to the next level and join the Education Staff? The Dev Team is a group of highly skilled Level III instructors that are training to become members of the Board of Examiners. They are chosen by way of a demanding and competitive exam. They receive training that focuses on sharpening their skiing or riding skills, their teaching skills, their people skills, and their professional knowledge. The goal is to develop highly effective clinicians to deliver a wide range of educational events to the membership. Development Team members are required to attend an annual training event and to understudy members of the Education Staff at various events throughout the season. The training provided will improve your skiing or riding and your teaching, but more importantly, you as an individual and instructor.

Alpine Development Team Candidates:

To be eligible for the PSIA-E Alpine Development Team you must be a current member of PSIA-AASI Eastern Division, Level III Certified, and actively teaching skiing for an accredited Snowsports School.

Alpine Development Team members serve a term of four years.  Each of those years requires a commitment of 15-20 days. Those 15-20 days consist of two days of education staff training, the required understudies, and potentially working as the leader of a group at educational events. Once you have completed the required training days and understudies, you will become eligible to try out for the Alpine Examiner Training Squad (ETS).

This year the tryout for the Alpine Development Team is scheduled for March 3-4, 2022 at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. The tryout will test all of your skills in the three triangles of the Learning Connection Model.

 


Application Requirements for the Development Team Tryout:

To be accepted to the tryout for the PSIA-E Alpine Development Team you must register for the exam no later than 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022.

In addition to registering for the exam, you must submit a registration packet no later than 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022, consisting of:

  1. A ski industry related resume, no longer than two pages.
  2. A 600 word or less cover letter that includes the following:
    • Why you want to be a part of the PSIA-AASI-E Education Staff.
    • A description of how a mentor, coach, family/friend, student or an experience has shaped who you are as a ski teacher.
    • A brief comment on a skill or skills do you want to improve while on the Development Team.
  3. A photo from your personal ski teaching world that has an emotional connection to you. Please caption the photo as you would if you were going to post on a social media platform. Also, please write a brief description, roughly four sentences as to why this has an emotional connection to you.

The registration and application packet must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022.

Please submit all written materials in Word, or as a PDF.


Alpine Dev Team
Exam Registration


Alpine Dev Team
Packet




Advanced Children’s Educator (ACE Team) Candidates:

Thank you for your interest in the PSIA-AASI Eastern Division ACE Team. To be accepted to the tryout for the ACE Team you must register for the exam & submit a registration packet no later than 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022. More specific details on format, scoring process and expectations will be provided prior to the tryout.

1. Previous relevant experience (300-500 words): For example, life experience teaching children’s snowsports and/or managing a children’s program, coaching a sport, running clinics, etc. This does not have to be a resume, although it can be.

2. Personal Essay (300-500 words): Why are you interested in joining the ACE team? What unique qualities and skills make you suitable for the ACE Team as opposed to another education staff position such as Development Team?

3. “Myth Buster” Writing Sample (500-750 words): Identify a widely accepted belief, theory, or approach to teaching children snowsports and dispute its merit. Please include any outside reference sources. If relevant to the argument, include the age range or development stage of the children. You are welcome to use photos, video, or drawings to support your opinion.

The registration and application packet must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on January 31, 2022.

Bonnie Kolber
ACE Team Coach

Please submit all written materials in Word, or as a PDF.


ACE Team
Exam Registration


ACE Team
Packet

AASI Eastern Team tryout Candidates:

The AASI Eastern Team tryout is a tryout for people that are interested in National Team tryouts in 2024. The main responsibilities are simply committing to the AASI Eastern Team tryout, being committed to all the fees and timelines associated with trying out for the PSIA-AASI National Team in 2024, and generating similar content that will be needed for the National Team tryouts (writing samples, videos, etc.). The Eastern Team tryout will be competing for spots to be endorsed by the Eastern Division to represent at the National Team tryout. The Eastern Team tryout is not an event where you come "see how you stack up" or come to "see what it is all about". You should have your mind made up that you are trying out for the PSIA-AASI National Team in 2024 prior to signing up for the Eastern Team tryout. It is not currently a requirement to be on the Eastern Team to apply for National Team tryouts. It is a strongly suggested way to prepare for the process and start to organize your content needed for National Team tryouts for both on snow and off snow. Being a member of the Eastern Team will help an individual have the opportunity to secure a Divisional Endorsement to attend the National Team tryouts, however an endorsement is not guaranteed for all Eastern Team members. The Eastern Team tryout is a 2-day tryout.

Membership/Certification/Experience requirements to attend the tryout for the AASI Eastern Team and the National Team Selection process:

  • Current PSIA-AASI member
  • U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. resident
  • AASI Level 3 certification
  • Children’s Specialist 2 accreditation
  • Snowboard educator skilled in training, assessment, and evaluation of PSIA-AASI National Certification Standards and learning outcomes.
  • Encompass a broad, diverse, technical knowledge of skiing/riding, teaching, professional development, and learning theory relevant to snowsports instruction.
  • Superb and inspirational communication skills.
  • On Snow: Master of group handling, creative, innovative, and relevant content, and accurate demonstrations.
  • Writing skills: Skilled in writing and able to contribute to relevant ideas for communication topics. Have reasonable command of all communication channels including Social Media.
  • Public speaking confidence and inspiration for education content and association message.
  • Athletic, inspiring, and accurate rider and role model.
  • Team Player focused on the vision and organizational Ends/Objectives of PSIA-AASI and its membership.
  • Passion for providing exceptional guest service.

Please Note: If you plan to attend the AASI Eastern Team tryout, you will need to meet all the above listed Membership/Certification/Experience requirements.

To be accepted to the tryout for the AASI Eastern Team tryout you must register for the tryout no later than 11:59 PM on March 1, 2022.

In addition to registering for the try, you must submit a registration packet no later than 11:59 PM on March 1, 2022, consisting of:

  • Cover Letter (Less than 1000 words)
    • Share how you see your contributions and experience will benefit the team and association.
  • Resume (two pages maximum)
    • Include professional key milestones (E.g. presentations, authored materials, relevant activities outside of ski or snowboard teaching, foreign language competencies, special credentials, etc.)
  • References
    • Names and contact information, including phone number and e-mail address of 3 professional and 2 personal references.
  • A video (Less than 5 minutes in length, edited and produced by you)
    • Please answer / speak to the following:
      • Introduce yourself and explain what makes you who you are.
      • Share your commitment to snowsports instruction and why you want to serve on the National Team.
      • Share what you believe to be the team’s purpose, and how you will contribute on the team to the association’s success.
      • What does a successful team member look like?
    • Specifications: Upload to YouTube as an unlisted video and send link with application
    • Please note: The video needs to be of sufficient quality to be viewed comfortable (in focus, clear sound at a sufficient volume) on a desktop computer or laptop.
  • Writing sample of one instructional tip (Less than 500 words)
    • Highlight the application of a specific technique, movement, or teaching strategy.
    • Audience: PSIA-AASI membership reading national publication.
    • This is to be an original, unpublished work.

All files are to be named according to the following protocol: (member name)_(member number)_(file name).(file type)
Example: Jerry McJibbons_110000_Cover Letter.docx

The registration and application packet must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on March 1, 2022.

Please submit all written materials in Word, or as a PDF.


AASI Eastern Team
Tryout Registration


AASI Eastern Team
Packet