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Ontario Cup Bids for 2020/2021 now being accepted!

Event hosts:  Please see the Officials page for details on the Ontario Cup bid package!  Deadline for bids submissions is Monday July 13, 2020.

5 Ontario athletes representing Canada at the 2021 FISU Games

Congratulations to our Ontario athletes who got selected to represent Canada at the FISU Games in Switzerland, January 21 – 31, 2021.

Ryan Jackson – Barrie Cross Country – University of Boulder Colorado

Aidan Kirkham – Nakkertok Nordic – Carleton University

Shaylynn Loewen – Georgian Nordic – Lakehead University

Alec Maclean – Team Hardwood – University of Guelph

Alexander Maycock – Mono Nordic – Nipissing University

Rowan’s Law Phase 2 delayed

Rowan’s Law Phase 2 has been delayed until January 1, 2021.  Phase 2 requires sport organizations to establish a Removal from & Return to Sport Protocol.   Clubs should take the necessary steps to ensure compliance before January 1, 2021.  Please see our Rowan’s Law webpage for more information.

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ON-QC Border Training Guidelines

Directives regarding training in our neighboring province of Quebec.   More information

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UPDATE on Stage 1 of Ontario’s Re-opening

On May 19, 2020, the Government of Ontario provided more details on the phased in approach to re-opening Ontario and announced the extension of the current COVID-19 State of Emergency to May 29th, 2020.

As a provincial sport organization recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI), Cross Country Ski Ontario and our member clubs are impacted by the latest information regarding the easing of restrictions due to COVID-19.  We are currently consulting with the MHSTCI, Nordiq Canada and other sport partners for clarification and guidance on these impacts .  We have developed a draft Return to Play Protocol, however, until we fully understand the parameters by which we can resume our activities and work to mitigate risks to our athletes and coaches, we ask that clubs and teams to continue maintain the status quo.

We thank all clubs, coaches and members for their patience and understanding as we all continue to navigate our new reality. The return to training will be done in phases and clubs should continue to consider how to best implement public health guidelines with respect to COVID-19 in your training environment.  There will be a multi-level phased approach to get back to “regular” activity.

The choices each of us makes in the days ahead will be reflected in how the 2020/2021 season will  unfold for the entire Ontario ski community. We encourage everyone to be mindful of that as we move forward. 

Thank you!

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Officials Training – Level 1 Certification Course available online

Does your club have sufficient officials to run a club race, a district race or even a provincial race? Is your club growing the pool of officials?  This is a perfect opportunity to get your volunteers trained at the Level 1 online.
Please spread the word and get your parents/coaches/administrators excited about this certification.
 
Successful completion of this course containing text, video and links to Nordiq Canada resources will certify you at

Level 1. This will enable you to do individual tasks at ski competitions under the supervision of an experience Chief.

There are 8 sections and 6 quizzes on the way. Each section should take 30-40 minutes but take all the time you want. Your success is our success in gaining new trained volunteers.

If you have already taken officials training, make sure you keep your events log up-to-date on
If you have any questions please contact our Alan White, Officials and Events Chair, XCSO Board of Directors; [email protected] or myself; [email protected]

 

 

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Stage 1 of Ontario’s Re-opening

On May 14, 2020 Premier Ford announced modifications to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This is great news for all of us, as we enter Stage 1 of Ontario’s re-opening over the next week or so.

Training for cross country skiing, as an individual sport is included in this phase and MUST include a Return to Play Protocol.  XCSO is currently working on a Return to Play protocol which will follow the Emergency Order guiding this stage of Ontario’s re-opening.  The specific Emergency Order is not published yet and we expect this to be available sometime today or over the weekend.  This information is critical to developing a comprehensive Return to Play Protocol and we ask that clubs and teams maintain the status quo until we have this in place.  It is also important to note that the return to training will be done in phases and clubs should start to think about those potential phases and how to best implement public health guidelines with respect to COVID-19 in your training environment.  There will be a multi-level phased approach to get back to “regular” activity.

The choices each of us makes in the days ahead will be reflected in how the 2020/2021 season will  unfold for the entire Ontario ski community. We encourage everyone to be mindful of that as we move forward. 

Thank you!