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SNSC News — October 27, 2011
Oct 27th, 2011 by admin

Swap & AGM

It’s all happening this weekend at the Comox Rec Centre. Learn what’s going on in your ski club, find some quality used gear, get your skis snow-ready, attend a waxing clinic, buy some tasty baked goods, and more!

Here’s the schedule for the day:

9:00 – 11:30 –Drop off sale items
10am – 3pm — Ski waxing (For $8/pair let the JR team get your skis ready for the snow!)
11:00 – 11:30 — Waxing clinic with Coach Dave (free!)
11:30 – 12:00 — Chili lunch for a small fee
12:00 – 1:00pm — AGM (Everyone Welcome!)
1:00 – 3:00 — Swap/Sale
3:00 – 4:00 — Pick up unsold items

Note: The ski club will retain 15% of all equipment sales at the swap.

Also note: Those attending the AGM get in first to the swap.

Our resident ski expert, Coach Dave, will be at the swap to answer your gear questions. Al from Ski Tak Hut will also be there to answer questions and show a sampling of new nordic gear.

Don’t forget to bring some change because you’ll want to buy some delicious baking from the Devos who will be raising money for their exchange with the ski team from Quebec.

See you at the Swap & AGM at the Comox Rec Centre on 1855 Noel Avenue, Comox!

SNSC Devos at the Perserverance Creek Trail run last year!

Coaches & Officials

There is still time to sign up for next week’s awesome courses!

Coaching–The L2T Dryland coaching course will be held at Comox Rec Centre 1855 Noel Avenue in Comox with times as follows:

  • November 3 from 6-9 pm
  • November 4 from 8- 5 pm
  • November 5 from 8-1 pm

Contact Doug for more info dhrecreation@shaw.ca

Officials Level 1Become a certified Level 1 Race official! This course will be held all day Saturday, November 5 (totalling 10 hours) in Courtenay. Contact Alison for more information and to register andyalisonbrown@yahoo.ca

Recreational Masters

Come out to learn some ski-specific dryland exercises that will help your skiing this winter! These sessions are especially for participants in the Strathcona Nordics Recreatonal Masters programs (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) and for any keen Masters Strathcona Nordics Club members.

Join us for one or two special dryland sessions at 7:30pm at Valley View School gym in Courtenay on:

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, November 16

The exercises will focus on coordination, balance, core strength, and ski technique for both skate and classic skiing.

  • Please wear athletic clothing suitable for active exercise and clean dry shoes for the school gym.
  • Bring an exercise or camping mat for some of the floor exercises.
  • Come to one or both sessions. Arrive a bit early, please, so we can start promptly at 7:30.
  • There will be a $5 charge just to cover costs.

For further information, contact Marilyn Atkinson marilyna@shaw.ca

Rabbit News

This weekend, you can begin getting ready for the ski season with the AGM and ski swap. It’s a great place to find skis in good shape for those growing Rabbits! Here are some tips for finding the right sized skis for your child:

  • Skis: Children just starting out in the sport (i.e. Bunny Rabbits) require a ski that allows the most maneuverability while restricting speed. The skis should be roughly the same height as the child. For older, more experienced children, classic skis should reach just below the wrist of the child, standing with an arm stretched overhead. Skate skis should be 3-4 cm taller than the child. Avoid the temptation to buys skis longer than needed; it is much better for a child’s ski development to grow out of skis rather than to grow into them.
  • Bindings and Boots: The two major systems on the market are NNN and SNS, which are not compatible - be sure the boots you pick up match the bindings on the skis you’re buying (or vice versa). Whichever system you choose, the boots must be comfortable! If too big, they will be awkward to ski in. If too small, they will be too restrictive, making it hard to keep feet warm. Consider having children wear the socks they plan to ski in when trying boots on.
  • Poles: Classic style poles should hit between the armpit and mid-shoulder when the tip is on the ground. Skate type poles should come up to the child’s chin. Bunny Rabbits and early Level 1 Rabbits do not need poles and actually benefit from not having them at all.

There will be many experienced SNSC club members on hand at the swap who are happy to help out with fitting.

Perserverance Creek Trail Run

Join your fellow club members on the Perserverance Creek Trail Run in Cumberland this Sunday. Registration is open until 11:59pm on Friday, October 28. Visit their website for more information and to register.

SNSC News — October 20, 2011
Oct 20th, 2011 by admin

We have many exciting opportunities coming up in the next few weeks: recreational masters skiers can get ready for the snow with Marilyn, anyone can become a Level 1 Race Official or take a new coaching course, join in an all-club run/hike, and more!

Ski Swap and AGM

Only one week to go until our annual nordic gear swap and AGM on Saturday, October 29. It’s time to check through your gear and set aside items (that are in good condition) that you want to sell at the swap. It’s also a good time to make your list of items you hope to buy at the swap. Contact Sue to volunteer sbloxsome@gmail.com Here’s the schedule for the day:

  • 9:00 – 11:30 –Drop off sale items
  • 10am – 3pm — Ski waxing (Let the JR team get your skis ready for the snow!)
  • 11:00 – 11:30 — Waxing clinic with Coach Dave
  • 11:30 – 12:00 — Chili lunch for a small fee
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm AGM (Find out what’s going on in your club, and get in first to swap!)
  • 1:00 – 3:00* — Swap/Sale
  • 3:00 – 4:00* — Pick up unsold items

*Note: The times are slightly different than advertised last week. Our organizers want us out of the Comox Rec Centre a little earlier.

Our resident ski expert, Coach Dave, will be at the swap to answer your gear questions. Al from Ski Tak Hut will also be there to answer questions and show a sampling of new nordic gear.

Don’t forget to bring some change because you’ll want to buy some delicious baking from the Devos who will be raising money for their exchange with the ski team from Quebec.

See you at the Swap & AGM at the Comox Rec Centre on 1855 Noel Avenue, Comox!

Register

Registration is open for membership and programs. Earlybird pricing continues until November 30. Members in racing programs must register by October 31. You can register on Zone 4 by clicking button on the sidebar.

Coaching courses

Register for one or more fall coaching workshops below:

  • Waxing clinic — at the Swap on Saturday, October 29
  • Learn to Train (Dryland) Workshop — part 1 of the Level 1 coaching course on November 4 (evening), 5 (day), and 6 (day) (ICC and CC are prerequisites)
  • Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) Workshop — November 18 (evening) and 19 (day) (No prerequisites!)
  • Community Coaching (CC) Workshop — December 9 (evening), December 10 (day), and December 11 (day) (ICC is a prerequisite)
  • Coaching refresher for new and returning coaches — December 17-18, refresh your skills on snow and learn some new tricks with Coach Dave
  • Learn to Train (On Snow) Workshop — part 2 of the Level 1 coaching course on January 6 (evening), 7 (day), and 8 (day) (ICC and CC, L2T Dryland are prerequisites) The dryland courses will take place in Courtenay and the on snow components will be on Mount Washington. Contact Doug to register dhrecreation@shaw.ca

Officials Course

Become a certified Level 1 Race Official! This 10-hour course provides an overview of cross-country ski competition. Len Apedaile, SNSC president and international race official, will present the course and focus on the duties of minor officials for both Olympic style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and Loppet style (mass participation) competitions.

This course will be held all day Saturday, November 5 (totalling 10 hours). Contact Alison to register andyalisonbrown@yahoo.ca

Recreational Masters

Attention all recreational masters skiers — beginner, intermediate, and advanced! We are having two special sessions on:

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, November 19
  • 7:30pm
  • Valleyview School Gym, Courtenay

Come out to learn some ski-specific dryland exercises that will help your skiing this winter! These sessions are especially for participants in the Strathcona Nordics Recreatonal Masters programs , and for any keen Masters Strathcona Nordics Club members.

The exercises will focus on coordination, balance, core strength, and ski technique for both skate and classic skiing.

  • Please wear athletic clothing suitable for active exercise, and clean dry shoes for the school gym.
  • Come to one or both sessions. Arrive a bit early please so we can start promptly at 7:30.
  • There will be a $5 charge just to cover costs.

For further information contact Marilyn Atkinson marilyna@shaw.ca

Rabbits

A huge warm welcome to our Sunday Rabbit co-ordinator Liz Girard! Liz will be the go-to person for all Sunday Rabbits and will work with the Head Hare to ensure the season runs as smoothly as possible.

Registration for all Rabbit programs is open, and early bird pricing remains in effect until the end of November. Don’t forget to sign up for a volunteer position after completing registration – it only takes a minute and all volunteers are vital to the program! We are always happy to have new coaches, and this year Sunday especially is in need. Remember that coaching courses are free with SNSC membership.

Racing teams

Attention racers, here’s the schedule for the next week:

  • Saturday October 22nd – Roller Ski, 10:00 am Royston Raceway (check the weather-call Coach Dave)
  • Sunday October 23rd – Run/Hike, 10:00 am Nymph Falls (All Club welcome)
  • Tuesday October 25th – Strength/Run, Vanier Track, 4:00 pm (JR Racers)
  • Wednesday October 26th – Strength/Run/Pre-Plyo, Vanier Track, 9:00 am (Masters)
  • Thursday October 27th – Plyo, Seal Bay, 4:00 pm (All Racers welcome)

All-club run/hike

On Sunday, October 23 join your fellow club members on a fall run/hike at Nymph Falls Park on Forbidden Plateau Road in Courtenay. Meet in the parking lot at 10am ready for 2 hours of activity. Join the faster running group or the slower hiking group. Remember to dress for the weather and bring your own hydration.

SNSC Update — October 7, 2011
Oct 7th, 2011 by admin

Contact Sue Bloxsome sbloxsome@gmail.com to volunteer at the swap!

SNSC News — October 16, 2011
Oct 6th, 2011 by admin

Register

Registration is open on Zone 4. You can register for membership and programs. Additionally, you can buy club t-shirts, and you can sign up for free coaching and officials workshops! Why not end the year 2011 with a new NCCP certification or Race Official certification?! Remember to register before November 30th to take advantage of early bird pricing. Register

Thanks to Chris Nagle and Investors Group!

Chris Nagle of Investors Group presents Program Director Alix Wilson and Rabbits Wren and Vance from the Strathcona Nordics with a donation of $500 for the club's Rabbit Skill Development Program, which teaches children the FUNdamentals of cross-country skiing.

Coaches

All new and returning coaches are required to attend an important information meeting on October 16 from 10am to 12pm at Queneesh Elementary in Courtenay. Learn about exciting new developments in coaching theory and practice, and learn some fun, new dynamic warm up exercises!

Fall coaching workshop schedule:

  • Waxing clinic — at the Swap on Saturday, October 29
  • Learn to Train (Dryland) Workshop — part 1 of the Level 1 coaching course on November 4 (evening), 5 (day), and 6 (day) (ICC and CC are prerequisites)
  • Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) Workshop — November 18 (evening) and 19 (day) (No prerequisites!)
  • Community Coaching (CC) Workshop — December 9 (evening), December 10 (day), and December 11 (day) (ICC is a prerequisite)
  • Coaching refresher for new and returning coaches — December 17-18, refresh your skills on snow and learn some new tricks with Coach Dave
  • Learn to Train (On Snow) Workshop — part 2 of the Level 1 coaching course on January 6 (evening), 7 (day), and 8 (day) (ICC and CC, L2T Dryland are prerequisites)

The dryland courses will take place in Courtenay and the on snow components will be on Mount Washington. More details soon. Contact Doug to register dhrecreation@shaw.ca

Rabbits

We are gearing up for another awesome winter of Rabbits Skills Development!  The 10-week program is dependant on the number of coaches available on Saturdays or Sundays. Because the program is run by volunteer power alone, we always require new coaches this year. We are in great need of coaches for the Sunday program in particular.

Becoming a coach takes relatively little time and all course costs are covered with your SNSC membership. If you, or someone you know, are interested in becoming a full time coach, a co-coach, or an alternate coach, please get in touch with Alix Wilson (headhareWilson@gmail.com) for more information.

We are also still looking for a Sunday Rabbit Coordinator to help the Head Hare facilitate all Rabbit activities on Sundays. If you can write an email, then you can do this job!

AGM & Swap

Organizers are busy finalizing details for the Annual SNSC Swap and AGM! You can mark Saturday, October 29 on your calendar, and start taking inventory of your cross-country ski gear. We will follow the same format as last year with morning equipment drop-off, lunch and AGM, and the afternoon swap. There will also be a waxing clinic, bake sale, and perhaps those Junior Racers will help us get our skis ready for the snow with a hot-wax.

Powder Pack

Our youth recreational program is ready to go on Sundays this year! If you are 12-17 years old and want to ski with a group of peers for fun and fitness–be sure to register for Powder Pack. The program will run on Sundays from 10-12.

Racing this winter?

If you are planning to register for a race program this winter, take note of the new race suit policy,Strathcona Nordics racers are required to wear the new suit at all races. You can still wear your old suit for training!

This year, you have the option of either borrowing a suit (for free) or buying a suit ($130). In order to borrow a suit, you must register for a racing program and give us a deposit cheque for $100. When you return the suit in good condition at the end of the season, we will tear up your cheque.

To order:

  • Use the sizing kit and order form at a team workout in Courtenay over the next 10 days and give your cheque (deposit or payment) to Georgina or Jae Yon
  • Use the race suit information and sizing chart on the Racing Program webpage and email us your sizing information and put your cheque (deposit or payment) in the mail. Find the addresses on the webpage

Let us know by by October 15.

Congratulations Len!

Congratulations to the SNSC’s Len Apedaile on his appointment by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as Technical Delegate for Nordic Skiing events at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. ??????? ??????? to you, Len!

Attention Shoppers

If you shop at Thrifty Foods, contact Berend to pick up an SNSC smile card. At no extra cost to you, Thrifty’s will donate 5% of your purchase to our ski club uniform program and help our racers represent our club and island as they travel across the province and nation. bhenckel@telus.net

The Bola Man from http://www.bolarein.no/Engelsk.htm

Did you know people have been enjoying cross-country skiing for at least 6,000 years? In central Norway, there is a rock carving known as “The Bola Man,” which depicts a figure cross-country skiing. The rock carving has been dated to 4,000 BC. It looks like the figure is double-poling.

Register for winter 2012 programs!
Oct 3rd, 2011 by admin

Registration is open on Zone4.ca for SNSC membership and programs! We are experiencing technical difficulties today in getting the registration button to work. However, you can reach the Zone 4 registration page by clicking this link!

A regular issue of SNSC news is due out this Thursday.

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