With consideration to growing the sport, and tournament participation specifically, scheduling Nationals into August does not help. I understand this is how it's always been, however the world has evolved, and scheduling Nationals needs to as well. Schools are now starting as early as the first week of August. School sports start practice/tryouts the first week of August, and these cannot be missed. Colleges are starting earlier. If we are to grow the sport, having participants choose between Nationals and making the school sport team, or missing the first week of classes and impression that gives, is not helping. School starting the week following Nationals is enough to discourage someone from attending, it's just too much going on. It also hinders non-skiing family members, as the summer in society is winding down if not done by this time, and it's time to prepare for school. Most other summer sports conclude by the end of July, or very first of August. Moving Nationals to the final weekend of July is my recommendation, when many Regionals are usually held. I understand the history of the Nationals dates, and that it is actually earlier nowadays than it has been in the past, as well as the theory that it allows Northern skiers more time to prepare. School and sports start just as early in the North, and how many skiers are being lost, or will be in the future, because the dates of Nationals are not accommodating with the way school and society has shifted, and it is becoming unfeasible to many.
Thoughts? Just trying to provoke conversation and consideration moving forward.