From all of us at Central Cross Country Skiing, we hope the start of the 2017-2018 season has gotten off to a great start for you and your programs. Some of you may be completing your recharging from last season and planning for the coming season, while others have already been tackling this coming season with great zest for some time. Wherever you are in the ski-planning spectrum, we wish you well going forward with 2017-2018!
Coaches serve a vital role in our sport, as you are the “boots on the ground” providing the day to day needs of our skiers, from the young skiers making their first tracks through the woods to those who are butting heads with the world’s best. Certified coaches are also critical to keeping our athletes safe and building a culture of credibility to our community so that our sport is a trusted, safe and secure environment. Parents need to know cross country skiing will help their children to develop core life values, such as, excellence, respect, friendship and a joy for outdoor activities. If parents know their children are participating in a safe environment they will support their child’s choice of sport. Good coaches area critical element to this paradigm.
As you proceed with this season we would like to have you as an integral part of Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski and Snowboard. We trust that your enthusiasm and hard work for the sport of cross country skiing will line up well with investing in CXC’s vision to inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of cross country skiing and in life.
Here are a few updates that may be of interest.
1. We are in full swing for the 2017-18 season. Online registration opened May 1. As a reminder, Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships for both clubs and individual members expire on June 30 annually.
2. We’re excited to bring a wide array of benefits to our coach members: http://cxcskiing.org/membership.html#Coach
Don’t delay with your membership! Get these benefits coming your way as soon as possible to help you become a better coach and get a complimentary American Birkebeiner entry (if you are a certified Coach) before your wave fills up!
3. You can begin the process of renewing or becoming a CXC Club by contacting me, Joe Haggenmiller (firstname.lastname@example.org), and requesting a PDF of paperwork for U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership either with or without CLIP insurance.
If you are interested in CXC Club membership only, please follow this link: http://www.cxcskiing.org/membership.html#Club-Membership. Feel free to follow up with me if you have questions about what type of membership is right for your club.
4. U.S. Ski & Snowboard will again offer club liability insurance through its CLIP program. For more information see this link: http://www.americanspecialty.com/ussa_cov/. This is a great option to protect your club and its membership.
5. The CXC Junior Cup Schedule has been set. Please mark your calendars to plan to attend: http://cxcskiing.org/pages/events/cxc-junior-cup.html
6. CXC will be holding its annual Wayne Fish fall coaches symposium and certification opportunities October 20-22, 2017. Please put on your calendar and check in here to sign up and get updates: http://www.cxcskiing.org/pages/events/cxc-coaches-conference.html
7. CXC has a closed facebook page to our coaches/key club contacts to communicate with each other. It is on facebook as “Central Cross Country Skiing Clubs”. If you get an invite, please accept it.
8. The USSA Bi-Annual Coaches Symposium will be in Park City this year on October 27-29. If you can make one or both symposiums, you will find many useful insights to move your program forward: http://ussa.org/cross-country-programs/coaches/clinics
Good luck with your programing and enjoy some fun this summer!
Joe Haggenmiller | Director of Athletics
Central Cross Country Skiing
Community Olympic Development Program
“I have now been with CXC for over two months. Learning more about all the initiatives CXC is working on has been exciting. Many of our membership I have known for years, others are new faces for me. Either way, I look forward to getting to know each of you better and helping your programs achieve their aspirations. I know each club’s goals and needs are unique. My experience of 30 plus years in cross country skiing programing run by both clubs and educational institutions and my experience working with all levels and ages from youth to masters, whether it be first time skiers looking to enjoy some time in the woods or elite junior and senior racers looking for ways to race their best, involves so many different aspects of our sport.
This experience should allow me to be a helpful resource for each of you and your programs. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions. I’ll try to get you answers as quick as I can.”
– Joe H.