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National Coaches’ Symposium

Ski Leaders and Coaches,

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Biennial National Coaches’ Symposium September 27-29, 2019 is being held at St Louis Park, MN Recreation Center (Minneapolis, MN).

The focus this year is best practices for Junior and Youth development as well as Women in Sport.

Keynote presenters include Brit Baldishol – Cross Country Skiing Development Manager for the Norwegian Ski Federation and Dr. Nicole LaVoi – Director of The Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. In addition, ten contributing presenters will discuss key areas in building lifelong passion and excellence in the sport of Cross Country skiing.

The cost of the 2.5-day conference is $300.00. The conference agenda, presenter biographies, conference location, and hotel information can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sMYLdzN5s_3mT1opXlfDHEuYGFohf3ox/view

There is seating for up to 100 coaches. The first 75 coaches receive a U.S. Ski & Snowboard backpack. First preference goes to U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 and Level 200 certified coaches, however, all coaches are encouraged and welcome!

Updated and Final 2019-20 World Cup Criterion

Dear Cross Country Ski Racing Community, We’ve just posted an updated and final version of the World Cup Selection Criterion for 2019-20, which captures recent calendar changes in the SuperTour and World Cup schedules, and it can be found here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sites/default/files/files-resources/files/2019/2019-20%20Cross%20Country%20World%20Cup%20Criteria%206-25-19.pdf This criterion was created by a working group that included 8 senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee, 2 non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representatives, and 4 of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. The criterion was then reviewed and approved by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee. Here are some of the main ways in which this year’s selection criterion differs from past criteria: • We have a special selection for the Sprint Tour in Quebec City and Minneapolis. Our quota for this Tour will be 15 men and 15 women. • We have a…

World Cup Discretionary Selection Dates and Procedures

Dear XC Community, Here are the approximate dates when the World Cup Working Group will be making discretionary selections to the different periods of World Cup: June 11, 2019: World Cup Period 1 (see previous post) Dec. 16, 2019: Tour de Ski (WC Period 2) Selection Jan. 3, 2020: WC Period 3 Selection Jan. 27, 2020: WC Period 4 Selection Feb. 17, 2020: WC Period 5 Selection Selections for the Sprint Tour (Quebec City – Minneapolis) and the Canmore WC Finals will not utilize the World Cup Working Group for discretionary selections, but will rely solely on following the World Cup 19-20 Selection Criterion, which is undergoing final draft modifications and review by the World Cup Working Group, and will be sent to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Committee for their review before publication this summer. The World Cup Working Group is comprised of 15 members. Please see…

World Cup Period 1 Team Selection

Dear Cross Country Community, We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 of the 2019-20 season: Ruka, FIN Triple Men Kyle Bratrud – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader Simi Hamilton – Objective – 17th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19 Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 36th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19 Andy Newell – Discretion – 30 World Cup Points 18-19 David Norris – Discretion – 22 World Cup Points 18-19 Kevin Bolger – Discretion – 17 World Cup Points 18-19 Scott Patterson – Discretion – 12 World Cup Points 18-19 Logan Hanneman (alternate) – Discretion – 10 World Cup Points 18-19 Women Julia Kern – Objective – Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader Sophie Caldwell – Objective – 4th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19 Jessie Diggins – Objective – 7th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19 Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 8th World Cup Sprint…

FIS Meeting Notes

Dear USA XC Community, Here are a few notes from FIS meetings. FIS Meeting Notes – Cavtat, CRO May 29-31, 2019 World Cup 2019-20: Updated World Cup calendars can be found here: https://www.fis-ski.com/en/inside-fis/document-library/cross-country-documents The Planica, SLO individual sprint in December was changed to skate to provide technique balance in sprint events for the season and to better compliment course design. Tour de Ski: Dramatic change in Tour race formats for this season. 2-day pursuit in Toblach with pursuit based only on results from day before to keep competition tighter on TV and make the event more exciting. Normal overall Tour standings are not impacted by this change. Tour de Ski Final Climb on Alpe Cermis is Mass Start (not Pursuit). This means that the first person across the line may not be the winner. TV graphics (virtual standings) will be key for telling the story of what is happening. Lots…

U.S. Cross Country Women’s Coaching Fellowship

Male cross country ski coaches outnumber female coaches by a 2:1 ratio in the United States. When observing head coach and other leadership positions, this ratio becomes even more exaggerated. To help address this disparity, the U.S. Cross Country Team is creating a fellowship to provide female coaches an opportunity to share experiences alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches and athletes. Who: Four female cross country coaches, accepted through the below application process. What: A one-week coaching fellowship to take place at the October U.S. Cross Country Team training camp. Accepted applicants will work alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches to assist and learn from athletes in a camp setting. All expenses will be covered thanks to the generosity of the HerRay! Foundation. Where: The October U.S. Cross Country camp will be split into two locations, Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. Two fellowship applicants will be selected to attend the…

2021 U.S. Ski Team Criteria

Dear Cross Country Community, We have recently posted a first draft of the 2021 USST selection criteria here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/us-cross-country-team-criteria The criteria for 2021 is almost identical to the criteria for 2020. The one significant change is this wording for A-Team selection: · Any athlete achieving one top-6 finish and one top-12 finish in FIS individual distance or sprint World Cup races in the 2019-20 season, excluding “Winner of the Day” performances in pursuit events. Here we clarified that the intention was to select athletes finishing in the top-6 in a non-“Winner of the Day” World Cup race, and that the athlete also must back-up that performance with an additional top-12 performance to ensure that the top-6 performance was not a one-off, but indicative of true potential or progress towards a medal standard. When we have the date range for the 8th FIS points list of 2020, which is used to…

Development Coaching Position

Dear U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coaching Community, U.S. Ski & Snowboard currently has an open position for Cross Country Development / D-Team Coach. If you, or someone you know, are interested in this opportunity, please use this link for a detailed description of the position: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/about/careers/xc-development-coach-d-team-coach Please help us circulate this notification. The application period will tentatively close on April 1, 2019. Thanks, Chris Chris Grover Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team U.S. Ski & Snowboard https://usskiandsnowboard.org/ +1 435 640 8545 chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

World Cup Period 5 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community, We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 5: Oslo, NOR 50/30 km C Men Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader Erik Bjornsen – Objective – 39th World Cup Distance Standings David Norris – Discretion – 33rd Cogne 15 km C Scott Patterson – Discretion – Historic 50 km results Adam Martin – Discretion – Historic distance results Ben Lustgarten – Discretion – Historic distance results Women Kaitlynn Miller – Objective – SuperTour Leader Jessie Diggins – Objective – 6th World Cup Distance Standings Sadie Bjornsen – Objective – 14th World Cup Distance Standings Rosie Brennan – Objective – 20th World Cup Distance Standings Rosie Frankowski – Discretion – Historic distance results Caitlin Patterson – Discretion – Historic distance results Drammen, NOR Sprint C Men Kyle Bratrud – Objective – SuperTour Leader Simi Hamilton – Objective…

World Cup Period 4 Nominations

Dear Cross Country Community, We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 4: Lahti, FIN Sprint F Men Kyle Bratrud, Objective, SuperTour Leader Simi Hamilton, Objective, 25th World Cup Sprint Standings Andy Newell, Discretion, 15th Otepää Sprint C, 25th Dresden Sprint F Kevin Bolger, Discretion, 21st Toblach Sprint, 29th Dresden Sprint F Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 24th Otepää Sprint C, Historic Team Sprint C Results Logan Hanneman, Discretion, Top Sprint F Qualifier U.S. Nationals Women Julia Kern, Objective, SuperTour Leader Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 6th World Cup Sprint Standings Ida Sargent, Discretion, 15th Otepää Sprint C, 36th World Cup Sprint standings Hannah Halvorsen, Discretion, 35th Dresden Sprint F, 23rd Lahti U23 Champs Sprint C Kelsey Phinney, Discretion, 3rd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint F behind Halvorsen and Kern. Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 41st Dresden Sprint F, 24th Lahti U24 Champs Sprint C Cogne, ITA Sprint…