CROSS COUNTRY NORDIC SKIING - GRADES 5-8

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CROSS COUNTRY (NORDIC) SKI PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL SKIERS
Grades 5-8

***MANDATORY Parent-Skier Informational Meeting at the Parks and Recreation Office on November 2nd - 7-8 pm.  ALL Parents must attend prior to first practice session. 
 
The focus will be to introduce cross country ski technique in both skate and classic ski disciplines, embrace the life-long winter sport of Nordic skiing and to discover the joy of being outside in the winter on Nordic skis.  Skiers will be encouraged to participate in weekly ME Jr. Ski League races held in Southern Maine to help them develop a strong sense of camaraderie, a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and introduce athletes to cross country ski racing at the MS Level.  The goal is to empower skiers, some who?ve who have never been on skis, to fully enjoy the sport for many years to come in a traditional Maine outdoor winter sport.
Additionally, skiers are encouraged to join the Agamenticus Ski Club.   Agamenticus Ski Club (ASC) is a new regional ski club which will be offering additional ski coaching, ski programming, clinics, events and trips for local skiers.  Please see the Agamenticus Ski Club website at: http://agamenticusski.org for more information about membership.  A list of club programs will be posted in December 2012. 
Coach Laura Creagan, will be leading Middle School Nordic Ski Program.  Laura is a Professional Ski Instructor of America and New England Nordic Ski Association Level II - Certified Ski Coach.  She is ACSM certified Personal Trainer.  Laura has over her 15 years of cross country ski coaching experience in Maine and New Hampshire (at the Jr. High/High School and College level).  She has coached three times on the New England Junior National CROSS COUNTRY Ski Team.  In 2009 - she qualified and competed in the World Winter International Triathlon Championships in 2009 in Austria - placing 2nd overall. Laura has a very supportive attitude, a willingness to share and learn, and a desire to have fun.

Equipment/Rental Needed
Proper cross country ski equipment is necessary.  In December - equipment rental will be made available through the Healthy Hometown ski rental program through the York Parks and Recreation Department.  DO NOT PURCHASE ski equipment until after the Mandatory meeting on November 2nd.   Having the proper gear from the very start is important.
Transportation to and from local practice locations, weekly races will be by parents/guardians and/or carpooling.
STARTS: Dry land Practices: November  26th Monday 3:15pm.
On-Snow? Practices: January 4 - February 15th - Mondays and Fridays: 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
 (NO PRACTICES DURING THANKSGIVING WEEK, WINTER
 BREAK & MLK DAY)
ENDS: February 20th, 2013
COST: $130 per skier - includes all coaching and race entry fees into the Maine Junior Ski League Races 
DAYS: Schedule above in start dates
TIME: November 26th - December 17th - 3:15pm- 4:30 pm
 January 4th - February 15th - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LOCATION:  Middle School - Dry land Practices / Highland Farm
    Conservation Trails - York Land Trust (Rt. 91) for on-snow practices

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