Nordiq Canada Race License Update

Purchase your 2020/2021 Nordiq Canada race license until Dec 9 at 12:00 pm.  Read more HERE.

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Meet OLLI the Ontario Otter!

Thanks to everyone who voted.  OLLI will #see you on the trails this season!

 

 

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Cross Country Ski Ontario Competition Vaccination Mandate Policy

Cross Country Ski Ontario’s Board of Directors has approved a Vaccination Mandate Policy for all Ontario Cups, Youth Championships and District Series events.  The full policy is HERE.

Background information:

Cross Country Ski Ontario’s Board of Directors has passed a motion that all coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers who are eligible to be vaccinated (ages 12 & older) will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate at all XCSO  competitions.  Competitions affected include Ontario Cups, Youth Championships and District Series.  XCSO also strongly recommends that all clubs follow this vaccination policy at interclub competitions.  

XCSO continues to follow indicators from the government, public health guidance, and other sports organizations. While predominantly an outdoor sport where risk is lower, our sport has a significant reliance on indoor spaces due to inclement weather, cold temperatures, and wax facilities.  It is incumbent on XCSO to mitigate risk and maintain the safety of all participants including those who have health issues, and those who are unable to be vaccinated due to eligibility or a medical exemption. This is supported by Nordiq Canada.

Accommodations will be made based on direction from the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy statement on Vaccination mandates.  Medical exemptions will be accommodated based on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Medical Exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination.

Comments/feedback should be directed to Liz Inkila.

 

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Skill Development Program (SDP) Vaccination Guidance

The Cross Country Ski Ontario Board of Directors passed the following motion regarding Skill Development Program leaders, coaches and volunteers.

Cross-Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) continues to encourage its member clubs to diligently follow the government of Ontario and local public health guidelines in the delivery of their programming. With our youngest members newly eligible for vaccination, XCSO recommends that all coaches, program leaders, volunteers and athletes be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that clubs remain diligent with physical distancing, masking when 2 metres cannot be maintained, hand hygiene, and to follow existing mask and vaccine mandates for indoor spaces. Furthermore, all clubs should develop contingency plans in the event any program leader or volunteer contracts COVID-19, or public health guidelines change in order to minimize the effect on program delivery. XCSO also recommends that clubs ensure that all eligible athletes, coaches, volunteers and parents be vaccinated against COVID-19 for team travel to out-of-town events.

Questions or feedback should be directed to Liz Inkila.

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Please help us name the XCSO Mascot

We are thrilled to welcome XXX the Ontario Otter to the XCSO ski community.  Please help us chose a name for the mascot.

Vote HERE by 23:59 December 1st.

 

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21-22 SFQ-XCSO NF Wax Protocol

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and Nordiq Canada are working toward a complete fluoro ban in the near future. Problems with the fluoro detection unit have delayed implementation for FIS level races.

This coming season (2021-22) is a year of continued transition from fluoros to no-fluoros. We acknowledge that residual fluoros will be present in everyone’s wax rooms and tools for some time to come. Cross Country Ski Ontario (XCSO) and Ski de Fond Quebec (SFQ) do not have tests readily available and expect coaches, technicians, parents, and athletes to do their best to
follow and respect the guidelines outlined below.

High fluoro (HF) waxes will remain in use at FIS sanctioned events for the U20 and Open categories, at least until 2022-23. Tier 2 events (OCups/Regional CPL races) however, will be no-fluoro (NF).

XCSO and SFQ will also impose further NF restrictions to lessen the number of waxes required for purchase and to uphold the intent of the past Low Fluoro (LF) policies. These include but are not limited to, more coaching time with athletes rather than waxing, less investment in waxes and different wax types & healthier wax room environments.

Protocol: 211104 – XCSO-SFQ Wax Protocol – Final (1)

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Join XCSO’s High Performance Committee as Athlete Rep

Are you passionate about cross country skiing? XCSO is accepting Expressions of Interest from athletes across Ontario to bring the athlete’s voice to our High Performance Committee. Must be 16 years of age or older.  Deadline to apply is December 10.  More details about the role and the application process are HERE.

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Cross Country Ski Ontario Competition Vaccination Mandate

Cross Country Ski Ontario’s Board of Directors has passed a motion that all coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers who are eligible to be vaccinated (ages 12 & older) will be required to be fully vaccinated to participate at all XCSO  competitions.  Competitions affected include Ontario Cups, Youth Championships and District Series.  XCSO also strongly recommends that all clubs follow this vaccination policy at interclub competitions.  

XCSO continues to follow indicators from the government, public health guidance, and other sports organizations. While predominantly an outdoor sport where risk is lower, our sport has a significant reliance on indoor spaces due to inclement weather, cold temperatures, and wax facilities.  It is incumbent on XCSO to mitigate risk and maintain the safety of all participants including those who have health issues, and those who are unable to be vaccinated due to eligibility or a medical exemption. This is supported by Nordiq Canada.

Accommodations will be made based on direction from the Ontario Human Rights Commission policy statement on Vaccination mandates.  Medical exemptions will be accommodated based on the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Medical Exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination.

Full details will be released in due course.  Comments/feedback should be directed to Liz Inkila [email protected].

 

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2021-2023 Team Ontario Programming

Team Ontario Programming document now available.  Full details HERE.