United States Federation of
Sleddog Sports (USFSS) Background and Mission Statement
United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (formerly known as Mushing USA, and
the United States Sled Dog Sports Federation), traces its roots back to 1988. It
was formed then in order to present representation for US mushers to the
International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) and the US Olympic Committee (USOC).
In 2001 it was reformed under the name, Mushing USA, and then in 2013, as United
States Federation of Sleddog Sports. It was officially incorporated in 2003 in
the state of Alaska and gained non-profit status in 2007.
United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (USFSS) is involved in all dog
powered sports. This includes Nome style (practiced with a dog sled), Nordic
(skijoring and pulka) and dryland (canicross, scooter, bikejoring), and weight
pull. Recreationalists as well as the elite of the sport are equally important.
Competitive racers and weekend sled dog campers are all part of USFSS.
USFSS also solicits sponsorships for US National Championships and acts as a
clearing house for information and referral. It is the selection body for
sending US teams to compete in the World Championships.
mission of the United States Federation of Sleddog Sports is to promote,
support, coordinate, and develop mushing activities in the United States, to
promote and encourage the welfare of sled dog and human athletes and to foster
appreciation for the traditions and history of the sport. As the national
governing body of sled dog sports in the United States, the United States
Federation of Sleddog Sports is further committed to the ideals and guidelines
of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Your membership and sponsorship
dollars are important!
USFSS is the national governing body of sleddog sports in the USA. As such it is
the nationally-recognized representative to the International Federation of
Sleddog Sports (IFSS).*
USFSS’s annual dues to IFSS of $1,000 helps foster international development and
the health and well being of the human athletes and their canine partners.
USFSS dues further the goals and mission of USFSS. In particular, membership and
sponsorship contributions help organize World Cup races and the USFSS National
Championship. They help US athletes attain their dream of being a member of Team
USA and participating in the IFSS World Championships.
as with most sports, the needs are many and resources few. USFSS is an
all-volunteer organization, so every bit of help counts. Unlike most countries,
the US government does not contribute any monetary support to USA sports.
Therefore, every dollar of membership and sponsorship is important. Each
membership and contribution has a direct impact on efforts to provide programs
and assist US athletes.
Contributions are also significant for training and certifying officials, i.e.,
race judges and doping control personnel. Contributions encourage research in
the areas of sports medicine and sports safety for both the human and the canine
Sponsorship and membership are not so much about philanthropy as about branding
the ideals of our sport to the athletes and their canine partners. Your
membership helps to fund the IFSS and all its programs as well as USFSS national
promotion and programming. IFSS membership affords USFSS the opportunity of
voice and participation in the national and international world of sport. Of
prime importance are the fight against doping and the development of youth
programs. Your membership contributions help to foster growth among the elite of
the sport as well as newcomers, recreationalists and youth and handicapped
join to help our wonderful sport. USFSS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.
Membership is annual, and it begins on October 1st and ends September 30th each
There are many levels of membership --- however, please note that Non-USA
citizens, Juniors and Associate Organizations are not eligible to vote.
Join USFSS, or renew your USFSS Membership using PayPal
you would prefer to pay by check, please complete the USFSS application found
and send a check payable to USFSS to:
312 19th Street
Golden, CO 80401
There is a PayPal merchant services transaction fee associated with joining and
renewing a USFSS membership online, and USFSS is not in the financial position
to absorb these fees. This online transaction fee is therefore passed on to the
individual members. The fee is minimal – for example, a $35.00 annual
membership will cost you $36.09 if you join or renew online via PayPal.
addition, we cannot accept credit cards over the telephone or via email. Credit
cards and Debit cards can be processed online through PayPal, and you do not
need a PayPal account.