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Team Summit Colorado earns USSA honors at Club Excellence Conference

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Team Summit Colorado coaches at the USSA Club Excellenve Conference in Park City on May 13 (l-r): Jay Long, Erik Leirfallom, Bruce McLennan, Jerry Karl and Brian Krill.

Team Summit Colorado had a successful season for its athletes across all sports, with many club alumni winning awards across the globe.

Under the leadership of executive director Jerry Karl, TSC was recognized on May 13 at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association's Club Excellence Conference in Park City, Utah, for achieving the Silver level of podium certification.

This is the second year USSA has performed these certifications. Out of 400 USSA clubs, TSC is one of just 26 to attain podium certification since the program's inception.

"Club certification is confirmation TSC is providing our athletes, and the community, an elite program guided by the best practices and principles with our entry level programs on through the board of trustees," Karl said. "This distinction helps the team to ensure long-term growth and stability. The true benefit of going through this certification process is it allows us better access to tools benefitting our members."

The podium certification process not only recognizes high-level clubs, but also allows clubs to become stronger organizations.

"This process has been a valuable experience for Team Summit Colorado," said Jay Long, president of TSC's board of directors. "We are proud to have achieved the Silver level of podium certification. We are now more confident than ever that we are headed in the right direction in our drive towards excellence in all areas of our club as we continue to get even better."

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According to Brian Krill, USSA club development manager, the certification process is not quick. Programs are assessed on 135 elements, and the process itself is similar to that utilized in registering schools and colleges. These elements can be used as a roadmap to best practices for other clubs.

"Operating at four major Colorado resorts — Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort, Breckenridge (Ski) Resort and Arapahoe Basin — Team Summit Colorado has been innovative in offering more multi-sport oriented entry points to their sports and teams," Krill said. "In the last several seasons, the club has focused on building a stronger base of participants, families and athletes, which has resulted in record numbers and strong programming. The club is continuing to work toward the best staffing, programming and venues in each sport at every level of development."

Several TSC coaches and executives attended the Club Excellence Conference in Park City to receive the recognition: executive director Jerry Karl; Jay Long, board president; Bruce McLennan, board vice president; and Erik LeirFallom, alpine director.