A Parent’s Survival Guide to USASA Nationals

Meg Goldberg

“Experienced snowboard parent Meg Goldberg (mom of Sheshreds.co ambassador Lexi Goldberg) shares her advice for parents headed to USASA Nationals.

As a parent, you have a lot of time on your hands.

I don’t know why it surprised me at how much time I had once Lexi was out the door, whether it was before competition days or during the events.  Because parents are out looking after and watching their own kids we didn’t often see each other during the day.  We had some drinks and dinners together, but for the most part I was on my own.  I would go out and watch Lexi compete at each event and timed my day around that.  Another thing I liked to do was be an event volunteer. 

Volunteering is great because for every day you volunteer, you get a free lift ticket!  Yeah – I like free things and it kept me busy.  I volunteered to assist on practice day and at the courses that Lexi was going to be on that day.  It’s pretty easy with a central point to sign in, get your lunch, and get instructions.  Your volunteer bib serves at your lift ticket.  You get your free lift ticket when you turn in your bib at the end of the day.  It’s good for an entire year so if you don’t use it at this year’s competition, there’s next.  You can register to volunteer now on the USASA Nationals website page.  If you don’t ski or ride, there are inside jobs like stuffing packets and registration.  They go pretty fast though.

Tip #1

Volunteering gives you something to do, earns you a free lift ticket, and allowed me to see a course that I might not have total access to as a bystander.  I was also able to be a fly on the wall to see how Lexi set herself up and interacted with her coach as well as how other coaches/athletes did things.”....

Read 8 more tips to keep you sane during Nationals this year HERE: https://sheshreds.co/blogs/news/a-parent-s-survival-guide-to-usasa-nationals

Posted by Diana on 03/25/17

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