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Title: Nakkertok Nordic Cross Country Ski Club Learn-To-Ski Program

NakkertokNordic Cross Country Ski
ClubLearn-To-Ski Program
  • Leaders/Assistants Information Session
  • December 2013

  • Nakkertok
  • Learn-to-Ski (LTS) program overview
  • Coach development
  • Coaching tips
  • Skills and evaluation
  • Weather, safety, facilities
  • Open forum, questions

What is Nakkertok?
  • Founded in 1971 by a group of families interested
    in ski racing
  • Nakkertok is an Inuktitut word for moving
    swiftly on snow
  • Nakkertok has grown into the largest x-ski club
    in Canada
  • 1400 members
  • 80 kilometres of trails in two locations (North,
  • Various programs and events

What is Nakkertok?
  • Nakkertok is uses a co-operative approach
  • Adult members are expected to volunteer with
    various tasks
  • Trail clearing
  • Ski instruction
  • Facility maintenance
  • Race/event organization
  • Club administration/organization
  • Social activities

Nakkertok Governance
  • Board of Directors
  • President, Marten Burns
  • Past President, David Goldsmith
  • VP, Programs Director, Thom Lyon
  • Treasurer, Jon Digney
  • Secretary, Ian Mackay
  • Communications Director, Peter Hadwen
  • LTS Director, Noel Harrington
  • Racing Director, Carolyn Johnson-Grall
  • Trails and Facilities Director, Ken Lindfors
  • Competitive Events Director, Fiona Hennessy
  • Fundraising, Michael Koros
  • Nakkertok North, David Wilson
  • Governance and Volunteering, Robert Hornung

Nakkertok Programs
Nakkertok Programs
  • Learn-To-Ski
  • Bunnyrabbit/Jackrabbit 4-12 yrs
  • Mud Monsters 4-12 yrs, fall training at
    Nakkertok South
  • Adventure
  • 11-17 yrs and L3
  • Autumn (2x wk), winter (2x week)
  • Adirondacks, orienteering, back-country safety,
    winter camping, Loppets, etc.
  • Racing
  • Learn-To-Train (Racing Rabbits) 9-12 yrs and
    completed L3, 2x week
  • Train-To-Train (Midgets) 13-15 yrs
  • Learn-To-Compete, Train-To-Compete,
    Compete-to-Win 16 yrs

LTS Program Who We Are
  • Nakkertok Learn To Ski Team learn-to-ski_at_nakkertok
  • Administrator
  • François Blain
  • Director
  • Noel Harrington
  • Day Coordinators
  • Saturday AM Lisa McMurray
  • Saturday PM Luk Arbuckle
  • Sunday PM Andrew Batchelor
  • Sponsorship/Coach Nights Kelsey Robin
  • Coaches Leaders and Assistants
  • Other Helpers
  • Barn Parents, Photo Day, Birkebeiner (North
    cookout), end-of-season picnic
  • Canadian Ski Patrol
  • Parents
  • Kids

  • Paid administrator to provide a central point of
    contact and reduce volunteer requirements
  • Roles related to LTS
  • Registrar verifying and fixing data
  • Correspondence respond to administrator_at_nakkerto emails and information requests from CCC,
    CCO and SFQ
  • Order materials and goodies from CCO and SFQ

  • Spokesperson for the Learn-to-Ski programs
    (Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit, Adult, Mud Monsters,
    LTS Plus)
  • Set the goals and direction for the LTS program
  • LTS representative at Nakkertok Board meetings
  • Recruiting individuals for the LTS administrative
  • Creation and tracking of Learn-to-Ski budget  
  • Set the calendar in consultation with the
    Nakkertok Board and LTS Admin team
  • Oversee the LTS programs to ensure that they are
    running smoothly
  • Ensure trails grooming staff have trails track
    set appropriately

Day Coordinator
  • Coordination of ski lessons
  • Primary contact for coaches
  • Grooming requests
  • Class cancellation
  • Communications
  • Class List
  • Finding volunteers
  • Coaches
  • signs
  • Barn parents
  • Birkebeiner
  • Photo Day
  • End of Year Picnic
  • Be a member of the LTS Committee

Coaches Leaders/Assistants
  • Provide a fun, safe but yet challenging
    environment where young skiers can learn
    FUNdamental skills
  • Create a season plan and lesson plans
  • Know what you are instructing and how to evaluate
  • Be mindful of the safety risks
  • Communicate
  • Introduction email to parents
  • Weekly email to parents
  • Ongoing feedback to skiers
  • Responsibility
  • For the skiers while coaching
  • To cover their own absences
  • Skier evaluations
  • To complete Police Records Check

Parental Responsibilities
  • Be an active participant in the program
  • Nakkertok is a cooperative not a drop-off
  • Participate with classes (a couple of times per
  • Help out with program activities and special
  • Communicate with the leader
  • Let the leader know how your child is feeling on
    that day
  • Inform the leader if your child cannot attend a
  • Help make skiing fun for the children
  • Ensure the skiers have correct equipment,
    clothing, snacks and drinks snack for skiing
  • Ski for fun with their child(ren)
  • Arrive on time!
  • Leave enough time to have children skiing at
    lesson time
  • Pick up children on time

Other Helpers/Roles
  • Barn Parent
  • Photo Day photographer and helpers
  • Birkebeiner organizers, lighting fires
  • End-of-season picnic organizer and helpers
  • Canadian Ski Patrol

Learn-to-Ski Program Overview
Bunnyrabbits (4-5 years old)
Jackrabbits(6-12 years old)
Learn-to-Ski Program
  • Learn To Ski follows Cross-Country Canada
    athlete development
  • Bunnyrabbits ( ages 4-5)
  • enjoy structured ski fun
  • basic technique through games, and action songs
    that reinforce skiing skills
  • après-ski. (1.5 h ski 30 min après-ski till
    parents arrive)
  • Active Start
  • Jackrabbits ( ages 6-12)
  • enjoy structured ski adventures.
  • more complex ski techniques through games, drills
    and challenges.
  • explore the trail system by skiing longer
    distances each session
  • FUNdamentals
  • Wapoos ( ages 11 and up- completed L4).
  • completed the Jackrabbit program
  • comfortable with classic and skate skiing, but do
    not wish the Racing or Adventure Programs
  • Active For Life
  • Adult
  • Beginner classic (JR1-JR2 skills)

CS4L Canadian Sport For Life
  • LTAD Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • Where we fit? Active Start FUNdamentals
  • important for competitive and recreational
    (Active For Life)

CS4L - Physical Literacy
  • The learning and practice of fundamental movement
    skills is the basic building block for the
    development of physical literacy
  • Critical if children are to feel confident when
    they engage in physical activity for
  • fun and for health
  • or for competition and the pursuit of excellence.

Learn-to-Ski Program
  • Learn To Ski and Club Policies
  • Screening Policy
  • Medium-level trust positions police records
  • Privacy
  • How we collect, manage, store and destroy
    personal information.
  • Photography
  • No photos list

Coach Development
Coach Development
  • Our programs dont succeed without qualified and
    skilled coaches at all levels
  • LTS, Racing, Adventure
  • Nakkertok supports coach development
  • Intro to Community Coaching (ICC)
  • Community Coaching (CC)
  • Learn-To-Train (L2T) ages 8-12 (LTS/Racing

Coach Development
  • ICC/CC Courses
  • Games that teach technique
  • Developing successful lesson plans
  • Safety
  • Appropriate equipment
  • Skill improvement
  • Trainer/Facilitator
  • Geoff Tomlinson, Head Coach
    for our Nakkertok Train-to-Train Athletes

Coach Development
  • Coach technique sessions (tentative)
  • Free Technique Sessions with Geoff Tomlinson
    (Nakkertok T2T Coach)
  • 4 sessions in January
  • Sign-ups will happen the week before each
    session.  Maximum of 12 participants per session

Coaching Tips
  • First Day
  • Wear something distinctive
  • Arrive early
  • Select a site in the stadium and post your class
  • Name tags for kids
  • Speak with parents allergies, health concerns
  • Evaluate class skill level, speed, endurance
  • Check equipment and clothing
  • Check every child has water bottle and snack in a

Coaching Tips
  • Every Day
  • Welcome child and determine if OK/not so OK
  • Have one of the assistant coach play with kids
    while waiting to start
  • Start on time
  • Know the trails
  • One leader at front and one at back, minimum of 2
    adults with class
  • Parent volunteer to ski with class
  • Bunnyrabbit skiing ends at 1130/300 and then
    snack with coaches until 1200/330. Parent
    snack schedule.

Coaching Tips
  • Equipment/supplies
  • Extra mitts, socks
  • Socks with holes cut to fit over boots
  • Emergency blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Whistle
  • Map
  • Duct tape
  • First aid-kit
  • Wax recommended plus 1 warmer, 2 colder,
  • Bribes/treats gummy bears
  • Petroleum jelly for cold weather

Coaching Tips
  • Equipment for Lessons (Shed)
  • Ropes
  • Pylons
  • Large balls
  • Small balls
  • Hula hoops
  • Grab-n-Go equipment bags

Coaching Tips
  • Grab-n-Go Equipment Bags

Coaching Tips
  • End of Class
  • Finish on time
  • Make sure every child has found a parent
  • When appropriate, let parent know if any, good
    things or issues that arose in the class
  • Pass info along for the next week (e.g. Nak
    North, skating/classic)

Coaching Tips
  • Bored, frustrated skierwaiting
  • Prevention game for those who show up early,
    brief explanations and demonstrations, long
    enough (time) loop for drills
  • Games, Games, Games
  • Wax not working
  • Ensure wax works for the day
  • Carry extra wax
  • Educate parents, remind them of the free wax

Coaching Tips
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  • Leaders Golden Notes
  • Skill Levels and Evaluations
  • Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit Games
  • Lesson Plans

Skills and Evaluation
Sport Specific Fundamentals
 Level General Description  Primary Skills Covered     Classic  Skate
 Bunny rabbit  Ski on easy terrain (flats and slight hills), change direction, and getting up from falls  Movement on skis, falling rising, side stepping, star turn, - ski 2km during class  100 (no poles)  No
 Jack Rabbit L1  Can ski the trails below the escarpment (Charron's Chute) with some assistance  Herringbone, snowplow braking, diagonal stride, free glide, falling and rising - ski 3km during class  100 (very limited poles)  No
 Jack rabbit L2  Ability to classic ski in control almost all trails at Nakkertok South including up, and down, bigger hills such as Charron's Chute (1) and Powerline  Herringbone, diagonal stride, snowplow turn, snowplow stop, double pole - ski 5km during class  90 (with poles)  lt 10
 Jack Rabbit L3  Weight transfer and extension in all techniques. Ability to skate ski on easier terrain.  Diagonal stride, double pole,Free skate, diagonal skate, one skate - ski 6km during class 50  50
 Jack rabbit L3/4  Weight transfer and extension in all techniques. Ability to skate ski on most terrain.  Diagonal stride, double pole, Free skate, diagonal skate, one skate, two skate, skate turn - ski 7.5km during class  40  60
 Jack rabbit L4  Very high level of proficiency in both techniques  Uphill diagonal, one-step double pole,offset, one skate, two skate, skate turn, step turn,parallel side slip, - ski 10km during class  20  80
Evaluating Skills
  • Why?
  • Improvements in FUNdamentals
  • Safety
  • Evaluation Spreadsheet

Falling Rising 1) Getting up from falling on flat trails by themselves (Good level)2) IMPORTANT Intentionally falling on downhills when getting out of control. Sit down to one side of the skis. On moderate to steep slopes. (Good level)3) Getting up with assistance on downhills (help them get into the correct position with feet perpendicular to the hill and below them) (Basic level) 1) On trail 1 from Junction C to Junction B (falling on downhills)2) Bottom of Powerline (18)3) Later in year on trail 10 from trail 16 to Junction Y (Gopher Gully) with spotting by leaders at bottom only once you are confident they know how to fall safely.
Evaluation Rubric Evaluation Rubric Evaluation Rubric
Level Description Comments
Start Starting to learn skill - low success rate (can repeat motion) (lt50) - skill motion is not accurate or fluid yet No pass
Learning Has acquired basic motion of skill - Success rate (can repeat motion) moderate (lt75) - Not yet completing full motion of skill - Coordination of skill is still unsteady - With assistance No pass, but getting closer
Basic Has acquired basic motions of skill or general concept - Success rate (can repeat motion) high (gt80). - Skill motion is generally correct - Skill motion is not fully correct yet - Power is limited - With limited assistance For some skills at some levels Basic proficiency is adequate L2 double pole, L3 1 step double pole
Good Fluid and effective motion with good power - Success rate high (gt80) - Skill motion is fully correct using all muscles required in correct order - With no assistance Pass
Excellent Very fluid and effective motion with good power on differing terrain and conditions - Success rate very high (gt95) Pass
Evaluation How To
  • 1st class ensure the skiers are at the
    appropriate level
  • Safety and ability to keep up - can be moved to
    another class
  • Note There are variations in skills in each
    class and per day per child
  • Keep notes on each child for each technique
  • Strengths
  • Areas for improvement
  • Have a 100m time trial (Becky Scott Award)
  • Get an estimate on the number of hours skied
    outside class (Richard Weber Award)
  • Pierre Harvey Hat Trick Award
  • Be TOUGH but fair!!!

Evaluation How To
Weather, Safety, Equipment, Facilities
  • Class may be cancelled or delayed due to ice,
    snow, cold, etc.
  • Decision is made by the Day Coordinator
  • Communication with parents
  • It is important your lesson plans be adapted to
    the weather conditions

  • Injured skier
  • Learning how to fall, appropriate terrain, we are
    here cones
  • Canadian Ski Patrol cell phones
  • Hospital
  • Cold injuries Hypothermia, frostbite
  • Proper clothing, food, water, emergency kit,
    stay out of wind, warm-up break
  • Allergy Use of Epi-pen
  • Lost skier or coach
  • Coach at front and back ( parent), stop at
    intersections, ski in pairs, count kids
  • Know the map, carry a map, give out maps!
  • Other
  • Rocks on trail, fireplace, snow falling off
    Johannsenhus or Ostromhus

Hospital (From North, same hospitals apply)
  • Nakkertok South

  • C.H. Gatineau (10min)
  • Ottawa Hospital, General Campus and CHEO (25min)

Emergency Action Plan for Injured Skier
In the event of an injured skier.
Stay calm.
Ensure you don't endanger yourself or group
members while managing this crisis.
Secure group members.
Go to Gatineau Hospital or CHEO.
Can you call the patroller now?
Is a patroller on duty?
Get injured skier back to chalet to continue aid.
Call the patroller and let them guide care.
Immobile or unconcious?
Administer first aid and prevent hypothermia (use
emergency blanket).
Do not move the injured skier. Wait for
patroller to guide care.
Send someone to the chalet to call the pattroler
(number posted on the outside whiteboard).
Call 911. Send a skier to parking lot with
details of injuries to direct EMS.
Administer first aid and prevent hypothermia (use
emergency blanket).
Monitor airway, breathing, circulation (ABC).
Do not move injured skier if there is a risk of
head or spinal injury.
Nakkertok South 900 Gatineau Ave, Gatineau, end
of the lane Nakkertok North 139 Route du
Carrefour, Val-des-Monts
Emergency Action Plan for Lost Skier
Stay calm.
Ensure you don't endanger yourself or group
members when managing this crisis.
In the event of a lost skier.
Secure group members.
Can you call the patroller now?
Is a patroller on duty?
Quickly establish a search coordinator.
Call the patroller and let them guide search.
Go to the back of the chalet and find the file
holder with emergency procedures.
Let the patroller guide search.
Send someone to the chalet to call the pattroler
(number posted on the outside whiteboard).
Mobilize outside help. Hypothermia is a real
Share Missing Person Report Form with Police.
Coordinator to call 911 at the conclusion of
unsuccessful Hasty Search.
Follow the intructions on the front of the
Locate the envelope titled Nakkertok Missing
Person Search.
Nakkertok South 900 Gatineau Ave, Gatineau, end
of the lane Nakkertok North 139 Route du
Carrefour, Val-des-Monts
Physical Comfort
  • Cold, Hot Prevention
  • Properly sized boots
  • Non-cotton socks and undergarments
  • Mitts vs gloves when cold out
  • Snowsuit for BR, layers for older.
  • Leader emergency kit (extra gloves, balaclava,
    over sock)
  • START ON TIME!!! (coach must be early and be
  • Hungry
  • food breaks, ensure they come to class fed
  • Tired
  • Treats
  • Challenges
  • Pull rope to bring them back
  • Happy
  • Dont worry ?

  • BR, JR1, JR2
  • Ski length is child height to wrist above head???
  • Fish scales are okay (not ideal)
  • 3 Pin binding is okay (not ideal)
  • No poles needed for BR
  • Limited pole usage in JR1 and JR2 (length
  • Pole straps must be adjusted
  • JR3, JR4
  • Combi skis are fine between 5cm above head to
    wrist above head.
  • Waxable skis preferred over fish scales
  • No 3-pin bindings for skating
  • Two sets of poles (underarm for classic, chin for
  • Check equipment at first lesson!!!
  • Resource

Nakkertok Facilities
Nakkertok Facilities
  • Nakkertok South Buildings
  • Chalet (notice board and cubbies/mailboxes)
  • Learn To Ski Equipment Shack
  • Ski Patrol Hut
  • Johannsenhus
  • Owl Cabin
  • Nakkertok North
  • New chalet
  • Nakkertok South Trails
  • Class signs
  • Stadium
  • Bunny Bumps
  • Plateau
  • Play Park
  • Sprint courses
  • Owl Pond
  • Johansenhus field

Class Construction
  • Based on skill level, speed, endurance, age,
    gender, friends, previous class, which class a
    parent wishes to coach
  • Previous evaluations and parent comments used to
    put classes together
  • 14 ratio is the goal of JR
  • 13 ratio is the goal for BR
  • Class lists communicated to Leaders/Assistants

Leader/Class Communications
  • Shutterfly will be used again this year by each
    Day Coordinators
  • Each day session as a separate Shutterfly website
  • Intended restrictions have been set-up
  • Automatic reminders will be sent few days prior
    to an event
  • The idea is to reduce the number of emails and to
    ensure all the information pertaining to a
    session is available at one location
  • We encourage you to use to provide us with
    feedback and to suggest postings such as lesson
    plans that would benefit new coaches

LTS Program Schedule - 2014
  • Jan 4/5 Lesson 1
  • Jan 11/12 Lesson 2
  • Jan 18/19 Lesson 3
  • Jan 25/26 Lesson 4
  • Feb 1/2 Lesson 5, North (Birkebeiner/cookout)
  • Eastern Canadian Championships
  • Feb 8/9 Lesson 6
  • Feb 15/16 Lesson 7, North
  • Feb 22/23 Lesson 8
  • Cookie Race / Weber Loppet
  • Mar 1/2 Lesson 9, Year-end Picnic

  • Questions?? And Wrap-Up