Here are some reasons to register for the JSA of LIS Midwinter Meeting and Program Management Sessions on Saturday 0830 to 1230 March 7 at Larchmont Yacht Club.
1) Meet and share ideas with JSA board members, other junior sailing program leaders and providers of sailing products and services. Please forward this invitation to others at your club, including Flag Officers, Junior Program Delegates, Chairs, Sailing Committees, Program Directors and Coaches. They are all welcome to exchange ideas and receive updates on JSA initiatives to help prepare for the 2015 junior sailing season.
- If you are a new program leader, you’ll meet your peers from nearby clubs, whose knowledge can be a valuable resource for you.
- 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.
- Has your club had success introducing a new programming concept? If so, join other junior program leaders as they discuss new ideas to keep programs thriving. If you’d like to share your club’s success story during the meeting, please contact the JSA office.
2) Free to all who register in advance for the Saturday morning meeting 0830 - 1230. After the meeting, share ideas with neighboring program leaders during optional lunch.
You may register the representatives from your club’s junior program at this link.
Featured presentations during the morning include topics that excited us during the recent US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium. Each year JSA of LIS representatives attend the NSPS to share and learn best practices with program directors, instructors and volunteers about running, maintaining and improving sailing programs. We look for ideas that may be applied to the junior sailing programs in the Long Island Sound region to make them better and help them grow. These ideas are then shared during the pre-season JSA program-member and instructor-training meetings.
3) Alternative program curriculum ideas: how to encourage on water activity, beyond the race course, presented by Nevin Sayre of Vineyard Haven YC and Joel Labuzetta of Indian Harbor YC (previously at Annapolis YC). Nevin and Joel will describe the need for alternatives to keep all juniors excited about sailing and go thru ideas that have proven successful at the junior sailing programs they have managed.
4) 360 degree risk management for your program: what you need to know to assure safe activity ashore and on the water, beyond having an emergency action plan. Presented by Bob Boehringer of Stamford YC, who managed safety during 2014 Optimist Team Trials, and by Kellie Crete of Gowrie Group, who heads the Safety & Loss Control practice for her insurance group.
5) Linking Inspiration to Aspirations - the Volvo Ocean Race 2015: Brad Read, executive director at Sail Newport, will present “Linking Inspiration to Aspirations: The Volvo Ocean Race 2015 - access the race with education and environment.” His keynote will feature a highlight of the Volvo Ocean Race and the online educational tools sailing programs can access to get their junior sailors involved in the race. Brad will also discuss the plans for the VOR Newport stopover and provide junior programs with the tools to connect STEM and sailing through the race.
We look forward to seeing many junior program leaders on March 7th.