JHSC Scholarship Applications Due October 2nd!
Comp Team Update
The crisp mornings, rain, snow, and change of colors is another reminder that ski season is right around the the corner. What comes with a shift the seasons comes a shift in training emphasis as we enter the pre-comp phase of training on our yearly cycle. Comp team athletes following a base endurance, pre-comp, comp, and recovery cycle within one yearly cycle. Base endurance starts in May and ended last week. Pre comp runs from now until the beginning of December when the important races begin. The comp phase lasts through the season right before you hit the recovery phase, just as we get ready for the cycle again. Athletes will step down the volume training ever so slightly during the pre comp phase, but are still sure to hit all of their hourly marks. Generally speaking more intensity, level 4 intervals, speed, specific strength, technique, and roller ski sessions will work their way into the weekly plans. Because it's important for a Nordic athlete to be a well rounded athlete, running, general strength training, fall sports and activities will continue to be a part of of a balance training plan. A good number of athletes that are involved with fall sports have been staying connected to Nordic with at least two strength training sessions per week and one specific roller ski technique training session per week. More fall sport Comp team athletes will work these sport specific training sessions into their weekly routine as we near the West Yellowstone Camp in November.
Summer Commitment Schoarship Recipitents
In the sport of cross country skiing, it is widely understood that the summer and fall months are designated as training months and the winter months are reserved for focusing on speed, technique and racing. Many athletes lose touch with the sport during the summer months or do not participate in cross training through other sports. We understand that involvement in other activities and sports is great for overall athletic development. We also see the value in staying in touch with technique work and more specific training as a Nordic athlete year round.
Thanks to an anymous donor, we are able to provide the Summer Commitment Scholarship. Three athletes on the Prep or Comp team that logged the best attendance over the course of the summer received this award. Congratulations to Des Concannon who made 80 training sessions, Birch Klomparens who made 76 and Annabel Haggen who made 59. Three scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to each athlete and credited toward their account at JHSC.
Prep Team Update
The Prep team was created during the 2015-16 season and was designed to help foster the U16 athletes from the Junior Team onto the Comp Team. The intention behind introducing this new team was to provide a more focused training plan that not only better fits the athletes’ biological age but also helps develop athletes so they will be ready and more capable of handling the training demands and level of commitment that is required to be on the Comp Team. Athletes are able to lease top of the line Rossignol race skis from JHSC as they continue to grow and need high quality equipment to excel in the sport. The Prep Team has been an important addition the JHSC Nordic program and has proven to be successful in the realms of enrollment, club engagement of parents and athletes, and results. The majority of Prep team athletes have been active in their respective fall sport. As we enter the pre-comp phase of training before the West Yellowstone Camp, coaches Scott Lacy and Tamsen Pruzan will be in communication with athlete and parents about working more strength training and Nordic specific training into their weekly plans.
Junior Team Update
Junior Head Coach Johnny Springer and Junior coach Tamsen Pruzan are currently working on training plans for the upcoming season. Fall dry-land will officially start October 23rd and will run four days per week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Coaches and athletes will be establishing a fundamental movement assessment routine that will include active movements and dynamic stretching with correct technique to train neuromuscular development before the athletes hit the ski trails. A fun and well balance training plan will also include ski imitation drills, distance running, light strength training, games, roller-skiing and a physical test week. Because we have included an additional day of training this year, the coaches will have an opportunity to follow up with the athletes on a more consistent basis with the goal of building closer relationships on the team. We're excited to have some veteran Junior team athletes returning to lead the charge for the up and coming athletes from the Development Team. Johnny Springer will be leading the charge again with coach Tamsen. We welcome a new coach, Lina Aslund, from Sweden to the Junior team. She grew up ski racing in Sweden and will bring a unique perspective to Junior team athletes. JHSC alumni and Middlebury skier Luna Wasson will also be helping out with the Junior team.
Development Team Update
Coach Rob Murphy will be leading the charge again for the Development team along with Calvin Wight and JHSC alumni Luna Wasson. As some Development team athletes were involved with summer training one day per week, it's only appropriate for us to being dry-land training with this group starting in November. This will be the first season JHSC has offered dry-land training for the Devo group. Training days will be November 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 28, 30, at either the Middle School, Alpine Fields, or Snow King. Stay tuned for team updates from coach Rob.
Lollipopper/Teewinot Teams Update
The Lollipopper and Teewinot teams are considered the foundation of the Nordic program. Strong enrollment, good coach to athlete ratios, and fun and varied activity is key to each team succeeding. JHSC supporters and the Nordic community has been instrumental in talking up the quality of programing, this continues to be one of our strong recruiting tools. The Teewinot roster is already looking strong with 25 athletes already enrolled. We're in the process of building up the Lollipopper roster and have been in communication with the schools with Lollipopper program details. Sevi Hagen will be back and leading both groups as the Lollipopper and Teewinot Coordinator. Over her tenure at JHSC, she has established a strong rapport with teachers and parents. Sevi will have support from a strong coaching staff consisting of collegiate athletes and parent/coaches.
Nordic Program Manual
The Nordic program manual has been updated and is current for the 2017-18 season. Check out the manual for details about how each team is designed differently to uniquely focus on the domains of General Athlete Development, Physical Fitness, Technical, Tactical, Mental and Social, and Competition
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Nordic Program In House Ski Swap - October 12th- 6:15 Snow King
JHSC Ski Swap - October 21st
Skinny Skis Team Night (discounted gear) - October 23rd 5-8p.m.
Trail Creek Clean Up - November 4th- 9 a.m. Trail Creek
Each team will meet as a group (Coaches, Parents, and Athletes) prior to the ski season to discuss the training schedule, equipment, the race calendar and more.
Comp Team Meeting - October 16th - 6:15 Snow King Lodge Room
Prep Team Meeting - October 17th - 6:15 Snow King Lodge Room
Junior Team Meeting - October 18th - 6:16 Snow King Lodge Room
Development Team Meeting- November 6th - 6:15 Snow King Lodge Room
Teewinot Team Meeting - December 19th. 6 p.m. Trail Creek
Lollipopper Team Meeting - December 19th. 6 p.m. Trail Creek