When USSA racers reach the U16 category, they can register with USSA as a “Competitor” and start earning USSA national points. These points are used to determine race start positions in national (post-season) events. USSA points are NOT used in positioning for SARA races or to determine the SARA Champions and State Team.
For more information about USSA points, there is a complete explanation at Points Explanation, The Race Points Mystery on the USSA “Far West Skiing” website.
You can also refer to chapter 2 of the USSA Alpine Competition Guide.