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Southern ON District (SOD) is at the Toronto Snow Show

Representatives from clubs in Southern ON District (SOD) are at the Toronto Ski + Snow Show.  Give roller skiing a try! Learn more about cross country skiing – the best family sport around!  Visit our friends at Booth #1004 near the food area if you are in the neighbourhood.

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Understanding HF & LF wax

An interesting and informative Op-Ed on HF & LF waxes in cross country skiing.

By Erik D. Mundahl, P.E.

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ON Cup & ON Team Programming Info now available!

Please check out these links for information on Ontario Team Programming & Development Opportunities and ON Cup Formats/Techniques

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Free NCCP online training for National Coaches Week September 21 – 29

National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. It’s an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.
For more information or promotional materials, please visit: http://coach.ca/national-coaches-week-s17020
The online multisport modules will be free during that week: access the eLearning page in the Locker<https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning> to take NCCP Making Head Way in Sport, NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability, NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport, NCCP Emergency Action Plan free of charge!
If you are a new coach, take advantage of the free Coach Initiation in Sport module. This is the first step in coach education.

Nordiq Canada updated competition categories

Nordiq Canada competition model is updated with new ‘U-(age)’  nomenclature for competition categories for the 2019-2020 ski season.

Rowan’s Law Implementation (Concussion safety)

The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport (MTCS) very recently provided Cross Country Ski Ontario (and other provincial sport organizations) information and resources related to the implementation of Rowan’s Law on July 1, 2019. Rowan’s Law, the legislation and the regulation, is about concussion safety. This has implications for clubs and sports offering programs to athletes under the age of 26. Q & A from MTCS webinars.

From the MTCS website:

Ontario is a national leader in concussion management and prevention. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  1. Ensure that athletes, parents of athletes under 18, coaches and officials confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s concussion awareness resources by July 1, 2019
  2. Establish a removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol by July 1, 2020
  3. Establish a concussion code of conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention by July 1, 2019

Concussion Awareness Resources

Links to age specific resources:

Ages 10 & under

Ages 11 to 14

Ages 15 & older

2020 Ontario Winter Games selection criteria

The 2020 Ontario Winter Games selection criteria is now available.  Orillia is the 2020 Ontario Winter Games host society.  The dates and location of the cross country skiing event will be communicated once finalized.

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XCSO Coaching Seminar, Club Workshop & AGM Presentations are now available!

Our Coaching Seminar, Club Workshop and AGM was held in Ottawa May 31st – June 2.  Check out our Annual General Meeting page for Saturday and Sunday’s presentations.  Thank you to U Ottawa Nordiq for hosting our coaching seminar.  Check out U Ottawa Nordiq for  coaching seminar presentations and additional resources.

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Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award – Kieran Jones

Cross Country Ski Ontario is pleased to announce Kieran Jones of Nakkertok Nordic as the recipient of the Heinz Niederhauser Outstanding Coaching Award.   Kieran’s passion for coaching  is demonstrated through his dedication and commitment to athletes of all abilities.  “Kieran is human embodiment of the quote ‘a good coach can change the [race], a great coach can change a life’. Kieran has had an indescribable impact on the lives of his athletes. Kieran has worked with athletes across the whole development spectrum. He promises every athlete he’d do what he could to help them achieve their goals; and in the process, he’d guided many to realize that cross-country skiing and cross-country ski racing is a large part of their life and something, no matter what the results sheet looked like at the end of the day, that they would continue.”  Heinz would approve!