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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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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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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.

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XCSO Workshop & Apply It Weekend

Re-connect with the XCSO ski community on October 22-24 for a Workshop & Apply It Day (COVID-19 permitting).  Registration is now open!

Strict adherence to public health guidelines will be in place for all sessions and activities.

Updated schedule is HERE.

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XCSO Community Update

Join XCSO in a Community Update on Monday, October 18th at 8pm.

Agenda:

  1. XCSO Workshop and Apply It Day
  2. District Development Coordinators Programming/Plans update
  3. Ontario Team Programming for 2021/2022
  4. Competition calendar
  5. Return to Sport Protocols

XCSO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Community Update
Time: Oct 18, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Provincial Coaching Experiences Opportunity – Para-Nordic & Team ON

Looking to expand your experience as a coach and make a difference in the athlete experience at a training camp?  XCSO is seeking coaches for two Provincial Coaching Experiences (PCE) – Para-Nordic dryland camp and Team ON on snow camp in Morin Heights, QC.   Deadline to apply is October 9th.  More details.

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XCSO Return to Sport Protocol updated with Proof of Vaccination Guidelines

Please continue to visit this website for up to date information as we continue to manage our sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thank you to our ski community for their continuing support and adherence to public health guidelines.

Please refer to our COVID-19 page which is now updated with information about:

  1.  Return to Sport including the Government of Ontario’s Proof of Vaccination program
  2. Updated Return to Training
  3. A sample Safety Plan for training camps will be re-published

Ministry of Health Q & A for proof of vaccination.

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XCSO Workshop & Apply It Weekend

Re-connect with the XCSO ski community on October 22-24 for a Workshop & Apply It Day (COVID-19 permitting).  Strict adherence to public health guidelines will be in place for all sessions and activities.

Schedule at a glance is HERE.  More details to follow.