Grades 5-8 – Middle School XC Ski Program
2017/2018 MS SKI REGISTRATION Will OPEN in September 2017.
Deadline for registration: TBD. 2017
The Middle School Ski Program is open to all regional skiers in grades 5-8.
2017 Cost TBD includes: coaching, ski race entry fees, ski training passes (when training on weekends), ski wax, Agamenticus Ski Club Membership, club race suit (returned at the end of the ski season), plus an end of season recognition celebration. Does not include transportation costs. A bus or van rental may be required.
PRACTICE DATES FOR 2016 Ski Season:
November 17 – December 21st, 2016: M & Fridays
January – February: “On-Snow”: M, Th, Fridays
Race Days: Th or Sat (Jan – Mar)
NEW in 2016 – “Step-it-up Practice with a Partner” – Jr. Skiers will Shadow Older skiers, ask questions, learn and have a great practice day!
***MANDATORY Parent-Skier Informational Meeting at York Middle School on November TBD at 6:00pm.
At least 1 Parent & the registered skier must attend prior to first practice session.
Open to participants in Grades 5-8 and is a York School Sanctioned Program. This program is designed to introduce and improve (for returning skiers) participants in grades 5th-8th (U12-U14 classes) to train and try nordic skiing & racing. The program focuses on developing and improving ski technique, general on-ski skills and continuation/development of classic & skate skiing. Skiers can also look forward to an occasional fun “backcountry ski” and optional weekend longer day ski trips at significantly discounted rates.
The goal is to empower new and returning skiers to truly enjoy the sport for many years to come in a traditional Maine outdoor winter sport.
Skiers are highly encouraged to compete in MPA Sanctioned Maine Middle School sanctioned races (age appropriate distances) and to carpool/travel weekly events. Please note: 5th grade skiers will NOT be allowed to race in MPA Sanctioned Maine Middle School sanctioned races, but instead have the opportunity to practice and compete in any “open” ski race opportunities (typically on Saturdays).
Ski training begins the first week of December through the beginning of March. We provide the opportunity for Jr. Athletes to learn the benefits of long-term commitment to a challenging set of skills that involve self-discipline, outdoor preparedness, and a love of the outdoors. At the finish of the ski season we celebrate with an on snow family barbecue and recognition of all skiers!
XC SKI RENTAL EQUIPMENT – REGISTRATION Deadline Nov. 30, 2016
Registration for rental ski equipment here at –> York Parks and Recreation website (type “Rental” in the search box and hit enter to find the ski rental program details and register. Deadline is Nov. 30 – please register early! Equipment goes fast!!!
The Maine Winter Sports Center Healthy Hometown Equipment Rental equipment program is the perfect way to start xc skiing for skiers ages 6-14. The cost is exceptionally low for the entire season. $65 for skis, boots, poles.
Laura Creagan, is a US Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) Coach, Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA) and New England Nordic Ski Association member coach. In 2014, Laura also served as the U16 New England JR. National Girls XC Ski Team Coach in the USSA Jr. National Championships in Stowe, Vermont. Previously, Laura served as New England Jr. National XC Ski Team Coach in 2003 Alaska, 2004 NY and 2009 Utah.
Additional Coaches include: Sean Creagan, Gabi Hughes (2nd Year ASC MS Coach), Heidi Taracena, Scott Doughty
Extra Ski Coaching Sessions
Extra ski coaching is available to expand on basic Nordic skiing skills (classic and skate skiing). Providing more intermediate to advanced coaching in classic and skate technique, racing guidance, more technical knowledge of ski maintenance/waxing theory and practice + coaching guidance on regional racing opportunities. Please contact us for more detail.
SKI for K’s and Win Prizes!!!
For racers and non-racers alike, this exciting program allows you to keep track of your kilometers as you have fun skiing! Here’s how it works: At the beginning of the ski season, those who choose to participate set personal goals they wish to achieve in terms of distance (or time) on skis. If you ski enough Ks, at the end of the season you’ll receive a special award recognizing your accomplishment.
Keep track of your Ks using the below logsheet. Don’t worry if you don’t know how long a kilometer is, just estimate the time you spend on skis each day, whether at Agamenticus Ski Club practices, skiing on weekends, touring with your family, playing in the woods, jumping, or racing. Then convert time to kilometers according to the table on the logsheet.
Download the ASC Ski for ks log sheet
Programs are organized by Agamenticus Ski Club, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit regional ski club which provides educational ski coaching & programming, locally groomed XC ski trails and opportunities for regional skiers. Agamenticus Ski club is also NENSA affiliated ski club and provides an early link into regional youth XC ski racing opportunities within New England and additional coaching opportunities for those children and families interested. Please see the Agamenticus Ski Club website at: http://agamenticusski.org for more information.