BBSEF Parent-Athlete Handbook

2021 US Ski & Snowboard Development Club of the Year

About Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation (BBSEF)

BBSEF (formerly Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance) was founded in 1967, to provide training and competition programs for aspiring young ski racers. Today BBSEF has grown to include freeski, snowboard and mountain bike programs. BBSEF provides programs for ages 6 -19 who want to compete in alpine ski racing, freeskiing & snowboarding and an alpine masters program for adults.

Our focus is the development of the athlete as a whole. We believe the overall impact of sports goes well beyond the athletic results, instilling: sportsmanship, accountability, building character and confidence. Sports bring opportunities to make new friends, dream and work toward the future. It’s no surprise that the Athletes of BBSEF have gone on to become collegiate scholars, Olympians, and leaders in their communities.

Our Mission

To provide access to competitive Mountain Sports programs for the youth of the Treasure Valley; encourage our athletes to achieve their academic and athletic goals while learning sportsmanship, building self-esteem, developing a strong work ethic and creating a lifelong love of an active lifestyle.

Core Values

Sportsmanship * Fun * Integrity * Grit * Teamwork 


Building healthy communities through competition


To be the Treasure Valley’s premier mountain sports program


Welcome to Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation (BBSEF). This handbook is written to provide you with a basic understanding of our programs, philosophy, equipment needs and team rules along with a broad overview of alpine and freeski competition.

BBSEF Rules And Policies

Skier's Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.

  • Ski under control and in such a manner you can stop or avoid other skiers or objects.
  • When skiing downhill or overtaking another skier, you must avoid the skier below you.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • When entering a trail or starting downhill, yield to other skiers.
  • All skiers shall use devices to help prevent runaway skis.
  • You shall keep off closed trails and posted areas and observe all posted signs.
  • This is a partial list. Be safety conscious!


Officially endorsed by National Ski Area Association Ski Area Rules

Without the generous support of the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, we would not have a place to ski or train.

Please become familiar with and abide by these guidelines. Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation fully supports these policies and is committed to upholding them.

  • Carry your season pass with you at all times when skiing and training 
  • Have your pass ready to show to the lift attendant.
  • Say, "Thank you" when you get on the lift
  • Be cordial and respectful of all area employees and other skiers. The general skiing public always comes first.         
  • Cutting lift lines is not allowed
  • Observe all ski area signs
  • No tucking on any slopes, unless designated by the coach
  • Use a "spotter" when jumping. Do not jump blindly.
  • No foul language
  • In case of an emergency or accident, contact a ski patrol or go to the lift attendant at the bottom or top of any lift
  • BBSEF members are highly visible. You represent BBSEF and through your positive actions, the ski area, and all skiers will be proud to support ski racing.
  • Do as much positive promotion of Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area as you can

Competitor Responsibilities

Every participating member of BBSEF agrees to:

  • Represent themselves, the sport of Alpine, Freeski, Snowboard, and BBSEF with the highest level of integrity. This reflects the professional attitude that our program and all enrolled athletes will work to achieve.
  • Represent him or herself in a respectful manner at all times. This includes but is not limited to all team activities, training on and off the hill, at home and away races, camps, and any other related activities.
  • Maintain a high level of personal responsibility.
  • Be courteous to and respect the decisions of the coaching staff, race officials, and all ski area employees and personnel.
  • Follow and uphold the rules and code of conduct set forth by BBSEF, the ski area, and USSA and the USSA Intermountain Division.
  • Understand that participation with BBSEF is a privilege and can be revoked. Each athlete will know and respect all rules and will understand that violations of rules and policies will result in disciplinary action imposed by the BBSEF Program Director and the coach.
  • Treat all BBSEF athletes as teammates.
  • Understand that unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Mandatory drug testing for all U16 & older travel team athletes. Refer to Drug Testing Policy.

Code of Conduct

Athletes will:

  • Not use alcohol or illegal drugs while participating with the team.
  • Abstain from the use of any tobacco products.
  • Not use profane or abusive language
  • Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. No stealing or misrepresentation whatsoever.
  • Show self-control and have consideration for others. 
  • Respect other people's belongings. Tampering with other athletes' equipment and personal belongings will not be tolerated.
  • Have the inherent right to learn

Daily Training Rules

Every participating athlete of a BBSEF Team will:

  • Be on time for designated training sessions and team activities.
  • Notify your coach if you are unable to attend practice or any scheduled team activity.
  • Dress in a responsible manner for the day's weather.
  • Always carry their season pass.
  • Maintain personal ski equipment on a regular basis to ensure personal safety and optimum performance.
  • Observe Training Center rules.
  • Observe ski area rules.
  • Inspect all training and racing courses unless otherwise instructed.
  • Wear goggles while training. Sunglasses are not allowed.
  • Assist with set-up and tear down of training and racing courses unless otherwise instructed.
  • Return equipment where it was found. If something is broken please notify your coach, so that it may be fixed.
  • Do your part to keep the pole bin in an orderly fashion.
  • Never yell at a public skier who might cut in front of you or happen to ski a team training course.
  • Be prepared for contingencies and changes of schedule.
  • Bring your best attitude and behavior.

Guidelines for BBSEF Rule Violations

Consider the following a Minor Offense:

  • Misbehavior
  • Breaking Curfew at an away race
  • Lying             
  • Violation of ski area rules
  • Violation of Training Center rules or daily training rules


Punishment for a Minor Offense:

  • 1st Offense- One-week suspension from all team activities
  • 2nd Offense- Three-week suspension
  • 3rd Offense- Indefinite suspension

Consider the following a MAJOR OFFENSE:

  • Breaking the law while participating with BBSEF
  • Use of illegal drugs
  • Use of alcohol
  • Use of tobacco
  • Persistent lack of respect for fellow team members and competitors, especially younger members of the team. Backstabbing, critical comments, bullying and abusive language toward others that can interfere with another athlete's right to learn and/or lead to diminished participation in the program.

Punishment for a Major Offense:

  • 1st Offense- Two-week suspension from all team activities
  • 2nd Offense- Indefinite suspension from the team and team privileges, return of loaner equipment.

Any rule infractions endangering yourself or others may result in a 1-year suspension.

Appeals - All punishments imposed by the rules and policies of the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation are subject to appeal by the athlete. A BBSEF Board of Directors approved Appeals Committee will review, evaluate and recommend action to be taken by the Board based on a case presentation by the athlete through a formal hearing.

Jason Harper Training Center Rules

The Jason Harper Training Center is located at Bogus Basin and is designated for coaches, staff and BBSEF travel team athletes ages 11 and above as of December 31 of the competition season. Athletes will be removed from the training center if they do not abide by these rules.

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Travel Team Training Van Protocols

Transportation to midweek travel-team trainings are provided for BBSEF athletes who register in advance. Registration for Travel Team Vans will be available on a per-training-day basis through

  • You will sign up starting with van #1 until it reaches capacity, then van #2 and so on.  
  • Registration will close 24 hours before the day of departure. This ensures we have the correct number of drivers, and all van riders have seatbelts. 

  1. The driver will have a rider list to check off athletes. 
  2. All athletes must ride up and back down in the same van, meaning there will be no switching vans. 
  3. The vans will load at the office at 3:30 p.m. and will depart promptly at 3:45 p.m. 
  4. Our targeted return time to the office is 8:00 p.m.   

In the situation where parents drive their athlete to the mountain and plan to have them ride down in a van, the parent must personally speak (no texts or voicemails) with the van driver(s) before the start of training to determine if there is an available seat on a van. If there is not an available seat, then the athlete in this circumstance cannot ride in the van and will need to ride back with the parent or have other available transportation.  

Please read and follow the above protocols to help us provide a top-notch transportation program for everyone. 

Academic Policy

BBSEF has a policy to monitor and support the academic progress of travel team athletes by requiring a minimum 2.5 GPA (no F's allowed for participation in either team training or racing). Grades will be requested throughout the season. Athletes will be expected to rectify the situation as quickly as possible and demonstrate through school review that grade requirements are being met. Athletes who need time to make up work missed due to travel will be allowed ten days to complete unfinished schoolwork. Athletes who are unable to bring their grades up to meet minimum standards will be issued refunds according to the published refund policy.

Drug Testing Policy

BBSEF is a youth oriented athletic organization that believes wholeheartedly in providing a drug-free environment for all of its participants. BBSEF will strive to be a positive force in each and every athlete’s life and will help athletes reach their goals by providing a positive and healthy learning environment. In order to achieve our goal of creating a drug-free environment, the BBSEF has mandatory drug testing for all Travel Team athletes 13 & older traveling with the team. These athletes must return proof of a clean drug test with their completed registration forms. If an athlete has a positive test, they may not participate with BBSEF until they provide us with a negative test at their own expense. BBSEF will also provide the name of a drug counselor in order to help an athlete who has tested positive to become drug-free. Random tests will be given two additional times during the season and the athletes will be selected by Drug Test West. Athletes who have previously tested positive will be automatically included in the random tests. BBSEF will test 10% of the total eligible athletes during the random tests. The BBSEF will take steps to keep the results of all drug testing confidential. If an athlete has a second infraction during the season, this will result in a suspension from the team and all team activities for the remainder of the season.

Controlled Substances

The following may be tested through urinary samples for the purpose of compliance with the drug testing regulations as outlined in this policy: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP). Alcohol will be tested through the blood using the Alco Screen 02 swab, breath testing device or blood draw (whichever is available) The following is a table regarding the screening levels:

Type of Drug

Screening Level

Confirmation Level

Marijuana (THC)

100 ng/ mL

15 ng/ mL


300 ng/ mL

150 ng/ mL



1000 ng/ mL

500 ng/ mL


2000 ng/ mL

2000 ng/ mL

Phencylidine (PCP)

25 ng/ mL

25 ng/ mL


(Blood alcohol level)



Testing Procedures

The collections of samples shall be performed by trained personnel under reasonable and sanitary conditions. Samples shall be collected and tested with due regard to the privacy of the individual being tested and, in a manner, reasonably calculated to prevent substitutions or interference with the collection or testing of reliable samples. A clear and well-documented procedure for collections, shipment as accessioning or urine specimens to be tested will be maintained. Sample testing shall conform to scientifically accepted analytical methods and procedures.

An initial screening process will be performed. Testing shall include verification or confirmation of any positive test results by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/ MS), an independent method based on a different analytical principle that the initial screen, before the result of any test will be used as a basis for any action by Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation.

Diluted Specimen

In an event where there is an abnormal reading indicating a diluted specimen, Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation reserves the right to collect and test a second sample without advance notice


If an individual tests positive, that person will be given an opportunity to discuss all prescription and non-prescription medications to adequately establish a legal basis for the use of any drug or controlled substance. If no legal basis can be established, the positive test will constitute a violation of this policy.

If an individual is undergoing prescribed medical treatment with any drug or controlled substance that may impair his/ her physical or mental ability, it is that individual's responsibility to report this treatment to his/ her supervisor so that temporary changes in the individual's job assignment can be made if necessary, during the period of treatment.

Confidentiality/ Privacy

The fact that a test has been requested or administered, the results of that test, and communications regarding substance use and abuse are considered private and will be kept confidential. This information will not be disclosed except to the extent necessary to administer and enforce this policy. 

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