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Experience, Training and Performance Camps

Team Camps

Historically, (see below) Team Camps have been run by US team pilots as development camps for other US pilots and Junior pilots in particular.  However the major challenge in the modern era is to raise the standard of the US team pilots themselves prior to attending a WGC, particularly from the perspective of team flying skill development.  This means International level coaching and considerable logistical coordination.

The US Team Committee organized the first US team member training camp at Chilhowee in the spring of 2012 with British team coach and ex World Champion Brian Spreckley. The focus of this camp was team flying skills and techniques (which are not allowed in US contests but are crucial at a WGC).

The result of this was a big improvement in overall levels of team flying particularly by the US pilots at the 2013 WGC in Argentina , and the sharing of learnings for team members of the 2014 WGC team pilots for Finland and Poland.

The goal is to continue these Team Training camps and to trickle down the learnings into more US Pilot development camps in the future.

Photo #10773 | team training photo

US Team Members at the 2012 Training Camp with UK Coach Brian Spreckley

 

 

Past Team Camps

The U.S. Team performance camps are for pilots of all levels from beginning cross county to more advanced competition level. We include special camps specifically for Junior pilots under age 25. These camps are typically taught be US team members and include a mix of dual training flights, group discussions, flight analysis and one-on-one instruction.

Want more to learn more? See past team camp reports from clicking the Camp Report link below.

  2008 Team Camps
Organization & Location Date Pilots Entry Status Download
2008 USA Team Mini Camp
Sugarbush, Vermont
June 15-21 All Open See details below
 2007 Team Camps
Organization & Location Date Pilots Entry Status Download
2007 USA Team Camp
Perry South Carolina
April 7-13 All Completed Camp Report (PDF)
2007 USA Team Camp
Warner Springs, California
May 7-11 All Open Announcement (PDF)
2007 USA Team Camp
Harris Hill, New York
Aug 20-25 All Open Camp Report (PDF)
 2006 Team Camps
Organization & Location Date Pilots Entry Status Download (PDF)
2006 Western USA Team Camp
Warner Springs California
April 23rd April 24-28 All Completed Camp Report
 2005 Team Camps
Organization & Location Date Pilots Entry Status Download (PDF)
2005 USA Team & Arizona Soaring Association
Intro to X-C Weekend, Phoenix, AZ
March 4-6
 
All Completed Camp Report
2005 USA Team & Philadelphia Glider Council Cross Country Course, PGC, PA May 31 - June 4 All Completed Camp Report
2005 USA Team - Junior Camp
Moriarty, NM
June 13-16 Junior Completed Camp Report
2005 USA Team & Harris Hill - Junior Camp, Harris Hill, NY July 6-9 Junior Completed Entry Link
 2004 Team Camps
2004 Sugarbush, VT June 15-26
2004
All Completed Camp Report
2004 Moriarty, NM July 11-16
2004
Junior Completed Camp Report

 

Posted: 6/1/2010


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