FAQ’s

Updated 9/21/16

Q.   We weren't happy with the reliability of the USSA Live Timing service used in CYSL last season.  Will we stilll be using this seavice again?

ANS.  The USSA reached an agreement with Split-Second Timing and Vola Timing to offer approved timing software to USSA clubs.  Both software companies will utilize the USSA Live Timing site.  All of the kinks in the service were worked out last season and the service should be reliable this season.  Go to http://USSAlivetiming.com to see timing data of our races.


Q.    Will we be using the same online registration as last season?

ANS. We will be using AdminSkiRacing.com for our registration again this season.  The family account that you set up last season is still on file.  All you need to do is log on to register for races.


Q.  Can racers from Eastern Mass Youth Ski League or Western Mass Youth Ski League enter and race in CYSL races?

ANS.  This season (2015-16) a limited number of spots will be available to TriState Members from Eastern and Western Mass.    Last season, only one racer from outside CYSL elected to participate in our series.


Q.  What does it cost to become a CYSL member?

ANS. The annual cost for CYSL Membership is $35 (plus the registration website convenience fee).  You also need to register with USSA ($85) and Tristate Alpine Ski Racing Assn ($25) which is automatically done with your USSA registration.


Q. What type of USSA Membership is required to race in CYSL?

ANS.  USSA has new membership categories. U10's, U12's, U14's and U16's all have different fees associated with their memberships.  You cannot race in CYSL with the $15 General Membership.


Q.  How do I register to become a member of CYSL?

ANS.  Registration is done exclusively online.  Registration is set up as a "Race" event on AdminSkiRacing.com.  You can reach the registration site through the "How to Register" Page on this site,   There is a convenience fee which is added to your membership to pay for the online registration fees.


Q. Are there any other costs?

ANS.  Yes, you need to pay for each individual race and your race club may have additional costs to participate in their programs.


Q.  What does my membership in CYSL include?

ANS.  YOUR CYSL Membership gains you ACCESS to the race series and a race bib to use at each race.   Entry in each race, requires an additional entry fee ($50 per race), which covers the mountain’s lift ticket and the hosting club’s expenses.


Q.   If we keep our race bibs all season, what happens if we forget our bib on race day?

ANS. THE RACER WILL BE ISSUED A PAPER BIB TO USE THAT DAY.  HE WILL STILL HAVE THE SAME START NUMBER.


Q. How do I enter my racer into a race?

ANS. Race entry is also done through the AdminSkiRacing.com, online registration system.    Each race must be entered separately.  You must pay for your entry with a credit card (THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL CONVENIENCE FEE).  You can check to see that your child is registered by checking the “Roster” for the race after you complete the registration.  This is a good idea!!!!!


Q.  What if something prevents us from attending the race, but we don't discover it until after completing an online registration - can I get a refund?

ANS.  Yes, if the request is made before registration closes for that race, you will be given a credit card refund for the cost of the race (you will lose the convenience fee)  To be considered for a refund, you must email your request to ra@cysl.org BEFORE 12:00 noon on the Friday before the race.


Q. What happens if we miss the race but we already registered and paid online?

ANS.   It is CYSL policy not to refund race fees unless the request is made before registration closes.  If you make your request after that point, you will be offered a Race Credit for another race in the same season.  That's the policy!!!


Q. Since we already have a season pass for my home mountain, shouldn’t races at our home mountain be discounted?

ANS.  Yes, they may, and each CYSL race on AdminSkiRacing.com has a second race event with a discounted price for passholders.  The amount of the discount varies by ski area.  Some clubs collect activity fees through their home race fees.


Q. If we register online, what do we need to do on race day?

ANS. While this means that you don’t need to pick up your bib, you still need to pick up your lift ticket for the day and check in with your coach.  The exact procedure will vary by mountain.  We will post this information under the Specific Event Information for each race in the AdminSkiRacing.com site.


Q. Can I enter and pay for a race on the day of the race?

ANS.  Yes, but not easily  Since registration is available up to the day before the race, anyone who registers on race day will have to register with the hosting mountain sales window and pay a $25 late fee.


Q. How old do you have to be to race in CYSL?

ANS. You should be at least 7 years old to race in CYSL, but racers as young as 6 have participated.  If your race program will accept you as a 6 or 7 year old, then you may participate in the CYSL race series.  The upper limit is 13 -  the oldest racers are customarily 8th grade students.  Older racers race in the Tri-State Ski Racing U16 and U18-U21 leagues. (CT, Mass, RI).


Q.  What are the age new classes in USSA?  How does that affect the racers this year?

ANS.  The new age classes are U16, U14, U12, U10/U8.  The U16’s will be competing in a separate race series in TriState, while the U14, U12 and U10 will compete within the CYSL.  For more information see the following USSA Publication Click Here


Q.  What are the eligibility requirements to race in the CYSL series?

ANS. You must train with a CYSL member Club, hold a USSA Membership, TriState Membership, and be a registered member of CYSL.  You may only belong to ONE Youth Ski League.


Q.  Do I have to be a resident of CT to race in CYSL.

ANS.  No, you just have to participate in a race club program at one of the four mountains that are CYSL members and Join CYSL.


Q.  Can you belong to another race league (like VARA in VT) and CYSL at the same time?

ANS.  No.  You can belong to only ONE Youth ski league.  If you do the majority of your training in VT,  you should belong to VARA and if you do the majority of your training in CT you should belong to CYSL.   You must choose only one youth ski league.