Inaugural CXC Congress

April 28-30, Eau Claire (WI) – Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, host sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization’s top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Committee Meetings:

– Midwest Junior Committee
– Great Lakes Junior Committee
– Central Collegiate Ski Assn.

– WI Nordic Ski League
– CXC Youth Committee
– CXC Popular Events Committee


CXC CONGRESS: Schedule / Presenters / Registration


CXC Congress is scheduled to take place April 28-30, with special guests in attendance. All presentations and meetings will take place at the Metropolis Resort, Eau Claire (WI), free to attend and open to the public.

* CXC Congress Packet and tickets to Awards Dinner can be purchased online.

CXC Congress is an opportunity for organizational partners, coaches and officials to evaluate and plan for the coming season.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

3:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Donors & Stewardship
4:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Grant Writing
5:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Special Events
6:00 PM – Organizing Capital Campaign (Round Table Discussion)

SATURDAY, APRIL 29
8:00 AM – Presentation: Club Development and Key Elements of Successful Clubs
10:00 AM – Midwest Junior Committee Meeting
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Youth Committee Meeting (Learn to Train phase)
1:00 PM – Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Meeting
2:30 PM – Trail Kids Meeting
3:00 PM – Popular Events Committee Meeting
3:00 PM – Officials and Technical Delegate (TD) Intro/Q&A
3:00 PM – CXC/USSA Technique Clinic (accepted for Level 100 Coaches Certification)
3:00 PM – Youth Committee Meeting (FUNdamentals and Active Start phases)
6:00 PM – Awards Dinner

SUNDAY, APRIL 30
8:00 AM – Popular Event Committee Meeting
8:00 AM – Great Lakes Junior Committee Meeting
10:00 AM – WI Skiwerx Award
10:00 AM – WI Nordic Ski League Meeting
12:00 PM – Lunch

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Midwest Junior National Qualifier Schedule and Midwest Committee Bylaw Changes Review

The Midwest Junior National Team athletes will be selected based on the results of the Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) races. The distance and discipline of the JNQs will reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championship races.


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CHANGES TO-PREQUALIFICATION, POINTS SCORING AND MORE…

This past spring there were several changes made to the Midwest Junior Committee Bylaws that will effect the upcoming season of the Junior National Qualifiers. These changes include pre-qualification, U14’s racing up, points scoring and a classic wax restriction.


REVIEW CHANGES


There will be an opportunity to review this season’s race schedule, and discuss new rules at the Midwest Junior Coaches Social held during the 2016 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference on Friday, October 21 at 8 pm (Lakewoods Resort, Cable, WI). Meeting is open to all coaches!

Questions? Let us know.

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Coaches Certification and Conference – One Month Away!

The 5th annual CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference presented by Podiumwear is just one month away! Join fellow coaches from around the nation to collaborate and learn new coaching practices through the Level 100 or 200 certification and/or through the conference.

When: October 21-23

Where: Lakewoods Resort, Cable, (WI)

There are two new keynote speakers this year that will be presenting at the conference, Bjorn Ilsemann, Head Junior Coach at IL Heming, Norway and Rebecca Rick, USSA Sports Dietitian.

Ilsemann will be presenting the Norwegian Training Model and Philosophy, a strength training session as well as a ski technique training session. Rebecca Rick will be presenting about general nutrition – facts and fallacy as well as performance nutrition.


REGISTER TODAY


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LEVEL 100 AND 200 CERTIFICATION

The focus of the Level 100 certification, presented by Dr. Jim Mullen, MD at Marshfield Clinic and Head Junior Coach of the Lakeland Nordic Ski Team, is for coaches to learn the fundamentals for effective coaching in cross country skiing and to demonstrate basic knowledge in these areas.

Level 200 certification, presented by Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski Team Development Coach, focuses primarily on physiology and training methods for developing cross country skiers, while giving coaches more tools to effectively prepare their athletes for competition.


CHAIRMAN’S AWARD RECEPTION AND DINNER

The second annual Chairman’s Award Dinner will happen in conjunction with the Coaches Conference, Saturday, October 22nd. The dinner recognizes and honors individuals who have contributed so much to the sport of cross country skiing.

The awards presented include the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award and the John Hugus Leadership Award.

These awards are named after individuals who exemplified the energy, persistence, passion and commitment to carry out a vision to better the sport of cross country skiing.

Anyone can attend the reception and dinner. Invites are complementary to anyone attending the conference and certification.

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Podiumwear Custom Sports Apparel

Podiumwear is proud to support the CXC Coaches Education series. We were started as a company designed to make coaches lives easier, so they could spend their time coaching and not managing clothing orders. Supporting skiing has been a part of our mission since our founding, whether through support of CXC and the NNF, or working with elite athletes like Jessie Diggins. We strive to be the best at all aspects of custom uniforms for high school and club teams.

The CXC coaches education is the best at continuing coaches training, and we are happy to play a small part in their programming,” said Reid Lutter.

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Yuriy Gusev, CXC Athletic Director

For further information or details regarding the  Coaches Conference, contact Yuriy Gusev.

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Coaches Symposium at 2016 REG Camp | Training Philosophy, Skier Development, Central Region Topics

The Coaches Symposium at the Central (CXC) Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp in Marquette (MI) is open to coaches of all levels and is free to attend. The Symposium gives coaches an opportunity to share best practices and collaborate about topics including:

Training Philosophy, Skier Development, Communication Strategies and Central Region Topics.

When: Saturday July 9th, from 12p.m. to 3p.m.
Where:Superior Dome, 1401 Presque Isle Ave. Marquette, MI, Room B101

Coaches interested in attending should RSVP to Yuriy Gusev

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COACHES PRESENTING

Bryan Fish (Juniors/U23/Seniors) – U.S. Ski Team Development Coach

Sten Fjeldheim (College) – Head Coach of Northern Michigan University Ski Team

Andy Keller (Post-College/Junior) – Head Coach of CXC Team

Scott Putman (WI/Junior) – Head Coach of Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team

Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski (MN/Junior) – LNR Coaches

SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

Each presenting coach will have 10 minutes to speak on Training Philosophy.

12pm-1pm: Training Philosophy

a. Training Hours 

i. Annual, Month to Month and Block Break Down

ii. By Age

iii. By Level

b. Training Philosophy

i. Training Mode

ii. Intensity

iii. Strength

1pm-2pm: Skier Development and Communication Strategies

a. Targeting Athletes that are outside JNQ Pipeline

i. Contacting and Getting information to individuals

ii. Education on national training and Racing opportunities

b. Regional Camp Pipeline 

i.  Making a clear pathway for athletes and parents to follow and know what camps they should be looking to do and where they go as they progress and grow up.

2pm-3pm: Central Region Topics 

a. State of Regional Elite Group Camp

i. Qualification Criteria

ii. Camp Strengths and Weaknesses

b. Junior National Qualifier Race Handbook and Guide Update

i. Progress Report and Input

c. JNQ Race Calendar Discussion

i. Race Distance working for both College and Junior Committee


Yuriy-Gusev

Yuriy Gusev, CXC Athletic Director

For further information or details regarding the  Coaches Symposium, contact Yuriy Gusev.

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Save The Date! Coaches ‘Round Table’ Discussion at REG & Coaches Conference

Coaches are the backbone of the CXC and USSA development pipeline, providing leadership to athletes through USSA Club programs.

In addition to the great benefits that come with a CXC/USSA Certified Coaches Membership, for the second year, CXC is offering complimentary Birkie entries to 2016/2017 certified Level 100 and 200 coaches, with support of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

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Coaches ‘Round Table’ Discussion at the Central (CXC) Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp

When: Saturday July 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lobby of Meyland Hall on Northern Michigan University Campus

Topics covered at this meeting will include:

  • Current state of Central REG (REG qualification criteria review; Areas for improvement)
  • Discussion on regional skier development and looking at the direction our region is heading
  • Update on Junior National Qualifier Race Organization Guide/Handbook progress (Andy Keller, Joe Haggenmiller)
  • Review of Regional Racing Calendar (College and JNQ)
  • Open Discussion

2016 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference

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When: October 21-23, 2016
Where: Lakewoods Resort, Cable (WI)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski Team Development Coach
  • Dr. Jim Mullen, MD at the Marshfield Clinic and Head Junior Coach at Lakeland Nordic Ski Team
  • Jonathan Stone, First Aid and CPR Instructor
  • Bjorn Ilsemann, Head Junior Coach at IL Heming, Norway
  • Rebecca Rick, USSA Sports Dietitian
  • Andy Keller and Karmen Whitham, Level 100 Technique Clinicians

REGISTER TODAY!


Yuriy-Gusev

Yuriy Gusev, CXC Athletic Director

For further information or details regarding the CXC Coaches Membership structure or the events, please feel free to contact Yuriy Gusev.

2016 Spring Committees Meetings Recap

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Coaches, program coordinators and event representatives met between April 16-24, for the Great Lakes, Central Popular Events, Youth and Junior Committee Meetings, to discuss the details for the 2016-17 season.

The goal of the meetings was to develop proposals and share best practices on how to improve and grow programs, events and the sport as a whole.

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“The new formation of the CXC Popular Events Committee was an especially exciting addition to the spring meetings. There were 15 coaches participating on the Youth Committee Eau Claire, WI and a full room of coaches at the Great Lakes Junior Committee meeting in Marquette, MI as well as the Midwest Junior Committee meeting in Eau Claire.

Special thanks to the American Bikebeiner Foundation for hosting the inaugural Popular Events Committee meeting and Robert Lazaronni, USSA Domestic Program Manager, for making a trip from Park City, UT to join us at these meetings.” – commented Yuriy Gusev, CXC Executive Director.

“Exciting new format changes were brought up for the CXC Marathon Cup,” – said Great Bear Chase Race Representative, Craig Hughes. “The meeting was also a great opportunity to share ideas and best practices for hosting ski races. I brought home several ideas that will improve the Great Bear Chase.”

Record Attendance for the 4th Annual Wayne Fish CXC/USSA Coaches Certification & Conference

Cable, WI (October 27, 2015) Over 90 coaches representing 8 different states, (MN, WI, MI, ID, NM, WY, CA, CO) came together at Lakewoods Resort this past weekend, October 23rd – 25th, for the fourth annual Wayne Fish CXC/USSA Coaches Certification and Conference. This conference had the largest attendance since its inaugural year in 2012.

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Great speakers and presenters lead the conference including U.S Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish, Steve Myrland, Movement Literacy, Strength and Agility Coach, Dr. Jim Mullen, Level 100 presenter, and Jonathan Stone First Aid and CPR instructor.

The conference’s focus was on CXC/USSA Level 100 and 200 Coaches Certification. 55 coaches were certified for the CXC/USSA Level 100 certification, presented by Dr. Jim Mullen, which is designed for the coach to learn the fundamentals for effective coaching in cross country skiing and to demonstrate basic knowledge in these areas. 28 coaches were certified for the CXC/USSA level 200 certification, presented by Bryan Fish, which focuses primarily on physiology and training methods for developing cross country skiers, while giving coaches more tools to teach effectively and to prepare their athletes for competition. 6 coaches attended the conference only, which served as continued education for Level 100 and Level 200 certified coaches, presented by Steve Myrland.

U.S Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish

U.S Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish

Two new additions to the conference this year were a wax and ski selection clinic with an Estonian race serviceman, Sergei Lopuhhin and the inaugural Chairman’s Award Reception and Dinner.

Sergei Lopuhhin from Tallin, Estonia was hired by the Russian National Team in 2011 to lead the race service team and develop the best grinds for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, RUS. Sergei has outstanding experience in hand structures, glide and kick waxing, developing the best grinds in the World as well as selecting skis for the best athletes in the world.

Sergei Lopuhhin Russian National Team's race service team leader

Sergei Lopuhhin, Russian National Team’s race service team leader

The Chairman’s Award Reception and Dinner was held Saturday evening, Oct. 24, to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed so much to the sport of cross country skiing. The awards presented included the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award, Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award and John Hugus Leadership Award. These awards are named after individuals who exemplified the energy, persistence, passion and commitment to carry out a vision to better the sport of cross country skiing.

For more photos from the event, visit the CXC SmugMug page.


Mary-Kozloski

Mary Kozloski is CXC’s Communication and Media Coordinator. Mary has a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she majored in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration, competed as a member of UW-Grean Bay Nordic Ski Team and was team captain for two years.