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SNSC News — October 28, 2009
Oct 29th, 2009 by admin

A Big Weekend for Strathcona Nordics

This weekend is the annual launch of the active season for most of our members, with the Ski Swap/AGM on Sunday, November 1st.  Further details are below, and this event is always a good opportunity to not only find great deals and unload unwanted gear, but also a fun way to reconnect with other skiers and club members as the temperatures start to drop.  Organizers have done a great job of putting the event together, and the Board of Directors hope to see a solid turnout at our AGM on Sunday.  This year Ski Tak Hut will have a display booth, and as always there will be lunch and snacks available.  See you there!

Rob Grantham

Club Veep

Ski Swap and AGM This Sunday!
Don’t miss the Ski Swap and AGM this Sunday November 1st at Queneesh Elementary School – 2345 Mission Road (near the Aquatic centre)

If you are looking for used equipment or wanting to sell some this is the time to do it!

Schedule of events:

Saturday:

10:30 to 12:00 Gear drop off

Sunday:

10 – 12 Gear drop off
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 2 (or earlier) AGM
2 – 4 ski swap
4 – 4:30 pick up unsold equipment
Ski Swap details:

  • People attending the AGM get to go first into the ski swap!
  • You decide how much you want to charge and the club takes 15% of all gear sold.
  • Gear includes skis, boots, poles, clothing and accessories.
  • Cash or cheque only – no credit cards.
  • Anything unsold must be picked up by 4.30 pm. The club is not responsible for any gear left behind.

Equipment should be in reasonable condition, and includes skis, boots, poles, and clothing.

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help. We could still use a few more volunteers so if you can help, or for more information email sueblox@live.com or call 250 334 3267

Sue Bloxsome

Club and Program Membership

For those athletes currently doing any dryland training (and soon to be on snow) the new club year starts on Nov 1 therefore you need to become club members for the 2009/2010 season and register for the winter program(s) in order to be covered by insurance.  To clarify for some people, the devo, jr racers and masters racers have two programs dryland which goes from May 1- Nov 1 and the winter program for which we are currently registering. You can register on Zone 4.

Rabbits

Registration into the Rabbits program, as always, will be limited by the number of coaches.  We are in desperate need of new coaches this year.  There are only 11 coaches returning or joining the Rabbits Program this year, but we need 24 coaches to run a program the size of years past.  We need at least 13 more people to contact Laura Johnston at dl_johnston@shaw.ca by November 23rd to indicate their interest in supporting their child’s ski program this year by taking the Introduction to Community Coaching course on Saturday Dec 5th (7 hrs) and Sunday Dec 6th (3hrs) and then many of those to also take Level 1 Community Coaching course on the evening of Friday Jan 1st and all day Saturday Jan 2nd and Sunday Jan 3rd.  Parents, please consider coaching this year.  A high level of skill is not required, only enthusiasm, as there could be opportunities to pair you with a more experienced coach for mentoring or co-coaching with another 1st year coach.  Thank you.

Laura Johnston

Rabbits SDP Coordinator

Racing Team Fundraisers
The racing teams are already working hard to get to the Nationals in Whitehorse in March 2010. They are training several days a week, and they working on a few fundraisers to offset the cost of air travel. You can support your Junior Racers by:

  • Ordering a wreath ($25) and an 18-foot cedar rope ($10) to decorate your house for the holidays, Barb 250-339-1904
  • Saving your empties for the November 7th bottle drive, Marilyn 250- 338-9345
  • Buying some Hot Chocolates chocolate bars ($3/bar), Sue 250-334-3267

Go racers!


SNSC News — October 21, 2009
Oct 22nd, 2009 by admin

 
2009-2010 Club and Program Registration
Club and Program Registration is now live, go to Zone4 . Early bird program fees are available until November 30, 2009.

 
Strathcona Nordics Annual AGM / Ski Swap 
Sunday Nov 1st at Queeneesh Elementary School 

Only 10 days left until the AGM and Ski swap! It’s time to dig out your ski equipment and decide what you need to sell and buy! We are looking for Nordic ski gear in reasonable condition including skis, boots, poles, gloves, jackets and other clothing. The club takes 15% and you get the rest. The schedule is as follows: 

    10-12 — Drop off gear, Socialize, tea and coffee
    11.30 — Lunch, chili and baking for sale 
    12.15 — AGM Members who attend the AGM get in to the ski swap first!     
    2 – 4  –  Ski Swap 
    4-4.30 — Equipment pick up

You can also drop off Equipment on Sat 31 Oct between 10.30 and 12.00
We still need a couple of people to help with set up and drop off on Saturday between 10 and 12, even if you can help for just one hour that would be good. Please email sueblox@llive.com if you can help.

Website
The new Strathcona Nordics website is up! Many thanks to Jamie McCue of Architexture for being our emergency air traffic controller during lift-off.  The new site has web 2.0 capability. Right now, it’s set up so coaches can share information on the Coaching & Officials page. You can also easily add nordic gear items to the buy/sell/trade area on the Gear page.  In setting up the new site, it was necessary to rethink the presentation and the information architecture. Apologies if you find that something is missing or incorrect. We’re working on it! The new site is set to grow and evolve with the club needs, so let us know if you have some ideas for using the dynamic new web platform. Many thanks to Val Wootton for doing such a great job for many years on the previous website! 

Vancouver Island Loppet
We are looking for a coordinator for the 2010 Vancouver Island Loppet. If you can take on this job (it comes with a binder of information to help you) or would like more information please contact Susan Bloxsome at: sueblox@live.com

Racing Team Fundraisers
The Racing Teams are already working hard to get to the Nationals in Whitehorse in March 2010. They are training several days a week, and they working on a few fundraisers to offset the cost of air travel. You can support your Junior and Senior Racers by:

  • Ordering a wreath and cedar rope to decorate your house for the holidays
  • Saving your empties for the November bottle drives
  • Buying some Hot Chocolates from them
  • Call Barb for more details 250-339-1904

    SNSC News — October 15, 2009
    Oct 16th, 2009 by admin

    Club and Program Registration

    Club and Program Registration should be available next week, stay tuned. Sorry for the delay!

    Rabbit parents and guardians can click the Rabbit volunteer button on the sidebar to choose a volunteer position and fill in the form.

    Dessert Party for the 850Race Team

    Most people said it couldn’t be done but our own “Coach Dave” Battison and Brian Culbert recently accomplished the “impossible” physical feat of running 600 kms in six days, supported by local physiotherapist Eddy Betinol. Come out to a Dessert Party on Friday October 16th to hear their incredible story, and how the 850Race Team raised over $110,000 in support of HealthyKids International’s Global Child Health Program, a SickKids initiative designed to improve children’s health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Check out their website www.the850race.com.

    The Dessert Night on Friday, October 16th at 7pm at Queneesh Elementary School will feature some delicious desserts and coffee or tea for $10 per person, $30 per family, with all proceeds going to help achieve their fundraising goals. For information marilyna@shaw.ca

    Strathcona Nordics Annual AGM / Ski Swap

    Don’t forget the ski swap and AGM on Nov 1st. Trade in your equipment, find something new and find out more about your club at the AGM. Rabbits parents may want to make this their first stop for gear. Ski Tak Hut will be attending the swap this year with some used gear for sale and samples of new gear in case you don’t find anything used.

    We need volunteers to help with the ski swap and the lunch; so please email sueblox@live.com to sign up. Remember – volunteers that make these events happen!

    Two New Programs This Year

    Learn To Loppet Program

    The Learn To Loppet course is for people that have never been in a Loppet before and for people who are looking to improve their experience. There will be five on-snow sessions leading up to the March 27th Vancouver Island Loppet. Topics covered will be technique and course management including warm up and start, proper nutrition and hydration, ski preparation and selection. Each session will consist of at least one hour on snow training and 45 minutes of in-lodge work. It will start at 6:30 pm at Raven Lodge. The coach will be Rick Morson, our Club Sponsorship and Fundraising Director who is also a Level 2 certified coach, with Head Coach Dave Battison making guest appearances. The cost is $99.00 which includes the Loppet entry fee; participants are responsible for their own trail fees.

    Powder Pack

    This program is for skiers who have graduated from the Rabbit Program and wish to continue to spend their Sunday’s skiing and improving their skills with friends. Fun and social skiing are the main focus, while exploring the mountain trails. The program will run Sunday’s, 10:00 to 12:00.

    Rabbits

    The Rabbits program is in need of 12 new coaches this year. If you think you might be interested sharing in your child’s ski experience in this way either as the primary coach for a group, or co-coaching, please consider taking the Introductory to Community Coaching Course on Saturday Dec 5th, and the morning of Sunday Dec 6th. This classroom based course will allow you to coach the Bunny groups. The next step, allowing you to coach in the Jackrabbit Level 1-4 groups is the Level 1 Community Coaching Course. This course is a combination of classroom and on snow instruction, held the evening of Jan 1st , and all day on the 2nd and 3rd. Enthusiasm is the most important criteria for getting kids moving on skis, so come learn to refine your own ski techniques and how to teach these skills to the kids. Please contact Laura Johnston at dl_johnston@shaw.ca for more information.

    Rabbits early bird registration deadline is Nov 30th, and regular priced registration deadline for Rabbits is Dec 31st. Please be sure to check out the Rabbits Volunteer Opportunities section of the club website before you begin your registration process on Zone 4 (check next week).

    L2T Coaching Courses

    The L2T program provides tools and develops skills that a coach can use to (1) create a fun, team oriented environment that will motivate children to achieve their personal goals in sport and develop a lifelong interest in the fitness and health benefits of cross country skiing, and (2) deliver a well rounded sport program with an emphasis on skill development to children 9-12 years of age. The prerequisite is Introductory to Community Coaching Course and Community Coaching Course.

    In the L2T Dryland component (16 hours) coaches are taught about developmental age, physical literacy, team building, athletic components (aerobic fitness, speed, etc) nutrition, how to design their own sport program, adventure based activities, roller skiing, and planning a practice. Prerequisite: Community Coach. The dates are November 13th (6-9pm), 14th (8-4pm), 15th (8-2pm). We will be scheduling the L2T On Snow component (16 hours) in January (tentatively set for Jan 8, 9, 10th). This workshop is designed to train coaches on team management, supporting athletes at a competition, teaching and learning, equipment selection, ski preparation and how to effectively teach ski technique. Prerequisite: L2T Dryland component. For more info contact Tim McGrady at tim.mcgrady@gmail.com

    Weekly Update Mailing List

    We have a new email club policy, past members will receive the weekly update until December 30, if members have not renewed their club membership they will no longer received the weekly updates but will be able to view them on our web site.

    SNSC News — October 7, 2009
    Oct 8th, 2009 by Strathcona Nordics

    Welcome to the 2010 season!

    To all Strathcona Nordic Ski Club members,

    While the summer weather has been sublime, anyone who saw the first dusting of snow on the Beaufort’s felt their pulse quicken last week. The Club Directors have been meeting and planning and program organizers are strategizing in advance of what is sure to be an eventful and exciting season for our club.

    This year we are offering two new programs, a Learn-to-Loppet for adults and a recreational program for young skiers who have completed the Rabbits program and want to continue skiing in a group setting. Several of our Junior Racers have set high goals through their summer training with head Coach Dave Battison, and it will be exciting to watch them race for the club this season. This winter is a BC Winter Games year, and Devo Coach Marilyn Atkinson will be taking eight 13-14 year old skiers to Terrace in March to represent the Vancouver Island region in that competition. And of course the excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will culminate in this season’s events in Vancouver and Whistler. Bear in mind that Mt. Washington has several international teams coming to train pre-Games this season, giving us a chance to see up close some of the world’s finest athletes in final preparation for the Games in our own back yard. And our very own Racing Director, Rob Trainor, will be an official Torchbearer in the Olympic Torch Relay on November 2nd.

    Regrettably the club has taken a hit financially with recent provincial cutbacks, as described by our treasurer below. This will effect membership and program fees which we have always attempted to keep as low as possible. As always we are organizing our Club AGM and Ski Swap this Fall, at which you can learn more about the upcoming season, this year on Sunday November 1st (more info below). We hope to see you there and here’s looking forward to a great season of skiing!

    Rob Grantham
    Club VP

    A message from our Club Treasurer
    Unfortunately the downturn in the global economy is also affecting the budget of the Strathcona Nordics Ski Club. For the past five years, we have funded our Club Head Coach primarily from various government grants. As many of you may have read recently in local papers, because of reduced provincial revenue, monies garnered from BC Lottery are now being used to fund poverty-related concerns, and all B.C. not-for-profit sports groups, and school sports have had this gaming funding severely reduced or removed. This year SNSC received about 1/3 of our past gaming funding, and although we increased some grants from other sources, SNSC is projecting a shortfall of about ~$11,000. We are attempting to raise these funds by: increasing program fees, introducing a new program, and conducting general fund raising projects. Your support would be appreciated to keep the SNSC a robust club, having a highly qualified head coach.

    Thank you,
    Georgina Price
    SNSC treasurer

    Club and program registration
    Club and Program Registration will be starting soon on Zone 4. Stay tuned, we will let you know when it is up and running. We are also in the process of redoing our website and adding a few more features.

    New in 2010:
    Learn To Loppet
    The Learn To Loppet course is for people that have never been in a Loppet before, or are looking to improve their experience.
    It will be five on-snow sessions, likely on Thursday nights (exact schedule tbd) leading up to the March 27th Loppet. Topics covered will be technique, course management, including warm up and start, proper nutrition and hydration, ski preparation and selection. Each session will consist of at least one hour on snow training and 45 minutes of in-lodge work. It will start at 6:30 pm at Raven Lodge.
    The coach will be Rick Morson, our Club Sponsorship and Fundraising Director who is also a Level 2 certified coach, with Head Coach Dave Battison making guest appearances. The cost is $99.00 which includes the Loppet entry fee; participants are responsible for their own trail fees.

    Powder Pack
    This program is for skiers who have graduated from the Rabbit Program and wish to continue to spend their Sunday’s skiing and improving their skills with friends. Fun and social skiing are the main focus, while exploring the mountain trails. The program members will decide what the challenge of the ski will be. The program will run Sunday’s, 10:00 to 12:00.

    Annual AGM and ski swap
    The Strathcona Nordics annual ski swap and AGM will be held on Sunday November 1st this year. If you are looking for used equipment or wanting to sell some this is the time to do it! AS a bonus you get to socialize with your ski buddies, eat lunch AND attend the AGM !! So mark Nov 1st on your calendar and come and talk skiing! Venue is Queneesh Elementary School (formerly Courtenay Middle School) 2345 Mission Road (near North Island College)
    Schedule of events:

    10:00 – 12:00 Equipment drop off
    11.30 – 12.00 Lunch
    12.00 – 2:00 (or earlier) AGM
    2:00 – 4:00 ski swap
    4.30 pick up unsold equipment
    Setup on Saturday Oct 31st 10-12.30
    People attending the AGM get to go first into the ski swap!

    Equipment should be in reasonable condition, and includes skis, boots, poles, and clothing.
    There will also be a drop off on Saturday Oct 31 10.30 to 12.00.

    Volunteers are needed to help with the ski swap, so please signup! People are needed for the following:

    Setup on Saturday Oct 31st 10-12.30
    Finishing set up – Sunday 1st 8.30 – 9.30am
    Receiving and tagging equipment – 10-12
    Making a large amount of food (has been veggie chili in past ) for lunch
    Preparation of lunch at the venue and serving 10.30 – 12.00
    Helping at ski Swap 2-4pm
    Helping clear up 4-5pm
    Junior racers and Devos are asked to please bring baked goods – always a popular item!
    If you can help please call Sue Bloxsome at 250 334 3267, or email sueblox@live.com

    The Devo program is a developmental group for keen skiers in the 10-14 age range and is presented in a fun format. We focus this group on skiing, ski technique development, and as an introduction to racing. We present the idea of racing as a personal challenge, helping young skiers to see the steps involved in preparing for a race.

    In the fall we are having group dryland training after school on Wednesday afternoons, and we participate in weekend all-club hikes or workouts that are planned. Dryland activities include light run sessions, games, with strength and balance exercises. In the winter we ski after school on Wednesdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    DevoDryland-Oct08

    Devo Dryland Training has started! Anyone who thinks they may be interested in the Devo program can join us for some fun active sessions this fall. This year we are holding dryland training sessions after school on Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:30 at the Vanier track in Courtenay. Please contact us to discuss your childs participation.

    If you have any questions please contact Marilyn at 338-9345 or reply to marilyna@shaw.ca

    BC Winter Games
    Terrace, BC March 4-7 2010

    Were you born in 1995 or 1996? If so you are eligible to try out for the BC Winter Games in 2010! The trial race for the Vancouver Island Zone is on Saturday January 2nd. Mark your calendar for the dates of the trial race and the Games. Join other skiers your age from communities throughout British Columbia for a weekend of cross-country skiing competition and fun. There will be 8 zones represented – Kootenay, Okanagan, Lower Mainland (3), Vancouver Island, Northwest and Northeast. At least 8 skiers from YOUR zone can take part in the cross-country skiing events, and possibly more. You can find our more about cross-country skiing and the BC Winter Games by visiting the CCBC website at: http://www.crosscountrybc.ca/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=2634.

    The cross-country ski events at the Games will include:
    Interval Start Race: 15 second intervals, classic technique, 3.5k (Midgets) & 5k (Juveniles)
    Individual Sprint Race: free technique, distance TBD
    Zone Relays: 2 guys, 2 girls, mixed techniques, combined age categories, 4 x 2.0k

    For further information about YOU and the Games contact Marilyn Atkinson 250-338-9345, marilyna@shaw.ca .

    Congratulations to Andrea Lee
    Andrea Lee has been selected by Cross Country Canada to be a member of the cross country skiing forerunner teams for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Forerunners will have the important job of pre-skiing the competition course prior to each Cross Country and Nordic Combined event. Their task ensures that the ski course is skied in and fair for all competitors.

    Learn to Train coaching course
    It is time to sign up for the Dryland component of the Learn to Train Coaching Course. The L2T (Dryland) (16 hrs) program is the third step in the L2T progression. This workshop provides essential training for coaches delivering a well-rounded sport program with a skill development emphasis to children ten to twelve years of age. The course runs November 13 to 15th. For more information contact: Tim McGrady at: tim.mcgrady@gmail.com

    Dessert Party for the 850Race Team
    Most people said it couldn’t be done but our own “Coach Dave” Battison and Brian Culbert recently accomplished the “impossible” physical feat of running 600 kms in six days, supported by local physiotherapist Eddy Betinol.

    Come out to a Dessert Party on Friday October 16th to hear their incredible story, and how the 850Race Team raised over $110,000 in support of HealthyKids International’s Global Child Health Program, a SickKids initiative designed to improve children’s health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Check out their website www.the850race.com . The Dessert Night on Friday, October 16th at 7pm at Queneesh Elementary School will feature some delicious desserts and coffee or tea for $10 per person, $30 per family, with all proceeds going to help achieve their fundraising goals. RSVP to marilyna@shaw.ca .

    Racing licence tips
    All skiers competing in the National Championships are required to have a current CCC Racing Licence.
    Skiers are encouraged to purchase a licence before the start of the season, so that the results of all the sanctioned races they compete in this season will be reflected on the Canada Points List (CPL). The CPL is used for provincial and national team selections, eligibility for CSC PacificSport Athlete Carding, etc.
    CCC Racing Licences are available online: http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=669&lan=0
    Use the following link to generate a report of all competitors who have paid for a CCC Racing License to date: http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=reg&id=4&lan=0.
    For more information about each type of licence see the following:
    1. FIS Licence:
    An FIS Licence is required in order to compete in internationally sanctioned competitions such as the World Cup or World Championships. It is also required in order to compete in the “open category” at the Nor Ams and be eligible for FIS points. Available only to CCC Racing Licence holders. This licence is issued through the National Office. For more information click on: http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=2985&lan=0.
    2. CCC Racing Licence:
    A CCC Racing Licence is required in order to purchase a FIS Licence and/or compete in a nationally sanctioned competition such as the National Championships, Canada Winter Games or the open category at the Nor Ams.
    It is optional for the BC Cup Series (excluding the BC Championship relays, which do not require a licence), Western Canadian Championships and other CPL competitions. However, it is required for these competitions if the skier wishes to receive the full benefits associated with them – for example preferred seeding and eligibility for the CPL.
    The licence is issued through the National Office for a $55.00 charge for skiers born in 1990 or after, and $65.00 for skiers born in 1989 or before. Applicants must be a member of a CCC/CCBC club, and a club signing authority must endorse the application.
    This requirement is for individuals competing in the Juvenile age class and older. Skiers competing in the Midget age class and below who are members in good standing with a CCC/CCBC club do not require a CCC Racing Licence. However race organizers are responsible for ensuring these younger participants are members in good standing with a CCC/CCBC club.
    3. CCC Day Licence:
    A CCC Day Licence (also called a CCC Supporting Member Day Licence or SMDL) confers upon the holder competition-day eligibility to compete in a CCC sanctioned competitions such as the Western Canadian Championships, BC Cup Series and other CPL competitions. This licence is valid only for the competition for which it is issued. CCC Day Licence holders do not get preferred seeding and are not eligible to have their race results included on the CPL.
    Note this requirement is for individuals competing in the Juvenile age class and older. Skiers competing in the Midget age class and below who are members in good standing with a CCC/CCBC club do not require a day licence. However race organizers are responsible for ensuring these younger participants are members in good standing with a CCC/CCBC club.
    Day Licences are sold to race organizers by the CCBC Office. Skiers obtain them from the race organizer as part of event/competition registration.

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