Clubs & Coaches Update: Camps, Required Reading List

I hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys some fireworks!!!


Central REG and Dream Camp start the 8th of July. Congrats to our athletes who qualified and their home clubs.

CXC Youth and Junior Camps are in full swing. We hope your athletes are getting in great training with your home club/team’s summer programing. If summer training programs are beyond your clubs coaching resources, feel free to supplement your programing with CXC Summer Training Camps.

Our Igor Legacy Camps are for youth ages 10-13 (and high energy 9 year olds). We have spots left at our Mora, MN weekend, camping at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center and our Ironwood, MI weekend based on the Gogebic CC campus and sleeping in the dorms.

The week prior to the Ironwood Igor camp will be the last of our 3 Junior Summer Training Camps also at Gogebic CC. We’d love to have your skiers join us if it supplements what they are doing with your club well. If you want to come as a coach with many members of your team, we can accommodate that as well.

More info is available at this link:



At the CXC spring congress we had a great club development talk from Rick Kapala. In his talk, he referenced his required reading for new coaches. He has shared that with us and here it is:

– Solid Foundations of Sports Psycology: In Pursuit of Excellence Terry Orlick

– Foundational Work of Training Planning and Organization, Theory and Methodology of Training, The Key to Athletic Performance, by Tudor Bompa

– Physiology Of Cross Country Skiing, With Special Emphasis On The Upper Body, by HC Holmberg

– Endurance In Sport, Published by the IOC; Edited by R.J. Shepard and P.O. Astrand

– Becoming A Supple Leopard, by Dr. Kelly Starrett

– The Art and Science of Functional Sports Conditioning, Athletic Development, by Vern Gambetta

– Coaching For Character, by Craig Clifford And Randolph Feezell

– Raising Our Athletic Daughters, by Jean Zimmerman & Gil Reavill

– Children And Sports Training, How Future Champions Should Exercise to be Healthy, Fit and Happy, by Jozef Drabik

– Lactate Threshold Training, by Peter Janssen


Here are some I would add to the team/club’s Library:

– Serious Training For Endurance Athletes, 2nd Edition, by Rob Sleamaker

– Outliers: the Story of Success, by Malcom Gladwell

– Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard, by Keith Livingstone

– Daniels’ Running Formula, by Jack Daniels (The book is in the 3rd edition, I still prefer the chart lay out of the 1st edition. Also note, if you want a simpler discussion of the physiology of endurance sport, try Road Racing for Serious Runners by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas instead.)

There you have it. If you have a coach that has read all these books and is able to put their principles to use, you should have a great leader for your club and they deserve a bachelors in cross country ski coaching.

I’ll be busy with training camps until mid August. If I don’t get another update out before I am done with camps, everybody stay cool through the dog days of summer.


Joe Haggenmiller | Director of Athletics
U.S. Ski & Snowboard – Central Cross Country Skiing
Community Olympic Development Program

Phone: (906) 281-1214

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