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Title: Nakkertok Nordic CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB

  • Learn To Ski (LTS)
  • Coach Information Session 2014

  • Nakker-what?
  • Learn to Ski (LTS)
  • Coaching with LTS
  • Coaching Tips and Tricks
  • Skills and Evaluation
  • Weather, Safety, Facilities
  • QA

Nakkertok the Club
  • Nakkertok is an Inuktitut word for moving
    swiftly on snow
  • Club founded in 1971 by a group of families
    interested in cross country ski racing
  • Nakkertok has become the largest cross country
    ski club in Canada
  • Over 1,400 members and 80 km of trails
    concentrated in two sectors, South and North

NakkertokPowered by Volunteers
  • Adult members volunteer at least two days
    (sixteen hours) to help make Nakkertok a success
    for everyone!
  • We work together in a variety of ways
  • Trail clearing, facility maintenance
  • Coaching (leaders and assistants) in the fall and
  • Administration and organization (director,
    coordinators, etc.)
  • Races and events
  • Social activities
  • Board of directors http//

Learn to Ski (LTS)
  • Develop a love of cross country skiing for life
  • Strong foundation for younger cross country
  • Mud Monsters (fall)
  • Bunnyrabbits and Jackrabbits (winter)
  • Learning opportunities for all ages and levels of
  • Adult novice
  • Coach development
  • Feeder to other programs
  • Adventure (recreational)
  • Racing Rabbits (competitive)

Nakkertok Competitive Recreational
Racing Rabbits
Train to Train
Learn to Compete
Train to Compete
Adventure (Fall/Winter)
Novice (Classic)
Mud Monsters (Fall)
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Adult
Competitive (Fall/Winter)
LTS Programs (Fall/Winter)
  • Mud Monsters (unique to Nakkertok, fall)
  • Get muddy on the trails at Nakkertok!
  • Bushwhacking, games, orienteering, hiking
  • Bunnyrabbits (CCC)
  • Introduce cross-country skiing
  • Healthy lifestyle associated with it
  • Organized activity and active play
  • Jackrabbits (CCC)
  • Learn basic cross-country ski skills
  • Instill a lifelong interest in the sport
  • Enhancing their quality of life and health

Adventure Programs (Fall/Winter)
  • Wapoos Adventurers, and Adventure II
  • Backcountry touring, ski orienteering, telemark,
  • Bushcraft, backcountry safety, winter camping
  • Ongoing development of classic and skate
  • Twice a week, fall/winter, increased comradery
  • Leadership development (Adventure II)
  • Organizers of the Fall Fun Run, Webber Loppet!
  • Key events
  • Adventure Race, Fall Camping, Fall Fun
    Run,Biathlon, Winter Camping, Ski Marathon,

Racing Programs (Fall/Winter)
  • LTS
  • Similar to MM/LTS but twice a week
  • Mostly for siblings of Racing Rabbits
  • Racing Rabbits (Learn to Train, CCC)
  • Refine basic cross-country ski skills
  • Further develop fundamental movement and
    fundamental sport skills
  • Twice a week, fall/winter, increased comradery
  • Organizers of the Cookie Race!
  • Even more Racing!
  • Train to Train, Learn to Compete, Train to Compete

LTSPowered by Volunteers
  • Parents
  • Coaches (lead and assist)
  • Coordinators
  • Lisa Sheehy and Megan Cumming, Mud Monsters
  • Lisa McMurray, Sat AM
  • Scott Hall, Sat PM
  • Andrew Batchlor, Sun PM
  • Benjamin Campin, North
  • Director (a voice for LTS on the Board)
  • Luk Arbuckle

LTS Director
  • A voice for (fall/winter) LTS programs on the
  • Recreational programs with young kids
  • Monthly board meetings to discuss club strategy,
    goals, ambitions
  • Set goals and direction for the season
  • Stronger relationship with other programs
  • Automate more tasks
  • Support Coordinators, that support the volunteers
    and coaches, that support the athletes

LTS Coordinators
  • Coordinators herd parents and coaches!
  • Attend a few meetings to plan for the season
  • Create teams
  • Make changes to teams
  • Communication
  • With coaches motivation/support
  • With members events, volunteer help
  • Odds and ends
  • Grooming requests and class cancellations
  • New equipment purchases and any facilities issues

LTS Teams
  • Based on age, 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
  • 13 ratio between coach and kids for Bunnyrabbits
  • 14 ratio between coach and kids for Jackrabbits
  • Class lists communicated to leaders and assistants

LTS Coaches
  • Provide a fun, safe yet challenging environment
  • Lesson plans ready, with extra games on hand!
  • Know the skills, how to evaluate, and be aware of
    safety risks
  • Communicate feedback to kids, keep parents

LTS Coaches
  • Supporting documentation and instruction
  • Lesson plans and games
  • http//
  • http//
  • Levels and evaluation (especially the bottom of
    this page)
  • http//
  • Golden notes (tips and tricks from past coaches)
  • http//
  • Coach development (ICC/CC coaching instruction)
  • http//
  • Coach Technique Development Sessions
  • Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm, Jan 7/14/21, with Geoff

LTS Parents
  • Get involved with Nakkertok!
  • Help us make this a great program and club
  • Support the volunteer coaches, and the kids
  • Its all about the kids
  • Kids need the right equipment, a snack, backpack
    for extras
  • Communicate absences or issues to coaches
  • Get some time on snow
  • LTS is as good as we make it
  • Arrive early to add some wax to skis, chat with
  • Offer to ski with the team

LTS Parents
  • Volunteer opportunities with LTS
  • Barn/Chalet parent
  • Photo day
  • Birkebeiner (bon fires, hot chocolate)
  • End of season picnic or potluck
  • Ski patrol
  • Volunteer opportunities with the Club
  • Facilities (chalets, trail clearing in the fall)
  • Events (organization, course marshal, food)
  • Cookie race, Easterns, Theas
  • Board of Directors (volunteers, governance, etc.)

LTS Parents
  • Supporting documentation
  • Guide to equipment and clothing
  • http//
  • Guide to ski equipment
  • http//
  • Volunteer duties
  • http//
  • Wax guide (really you only need Swix
  • http//

LTS the Program
  • Bunnyrabbits (4-5) Jackrabbits (6-12)
  • Active Start FUNdamentals

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)
  • Improving the quality of sport and physical
    activity in Canada
  • Long Term Athlete Development Model

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

LTS Birkebeiner
  • Save the baby Norwegian prince!
  • Annual backcountry ski and bonfire at North
  • Same date as Easter Championships
  • Provided by LTS
  • Fire starter log, matches
  • Marshmallows, chocolate-covered cookies
  • Provided by parents
  • Hot chocolate (warm for little ones), paper cups
  • Sites to be determined

Club and LTS Policies
  • Screening Policy
  • Medium-level trust positions police records
  • http//
  • Privacy
  • How we collect, manage, store, and destroy
    personal information
  • Photography
  • LTS on Shutterfly, for personal use only
  • Club no photos list

Coach Development
  • Success through qualified and skilled coaches
  • LTS, Adventure, Racing
  • Nakkertok paid support
  • Intro to Community Coaching (ICC)
  • Community Coaching (CC)
  • Learn-To-Train (L2T)
  • Technique Improvement Sessions

Coach Courses
  • 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

Coach Technique Development Sessions
  • Free Technique Sessions with Geoff Tomlinson
  • Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm
  • January 7, diagonal stride
  • January 14, double pole
  • January 21, skate
  • Limit of 12 coaches per sesssion, plus 2 reserve
  • Sign ups will be emailed to coaches
  • iVolunteer website 
  • Games 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 after 90 mins, and snack
    and games with coaches for 30 mins.

Coaching Tips!
  • Equipment/supplies
  • Extra mitts, socks with holes cut to fit over
  • Emergency blanket, hand warmers, whistle
  • Fire starting kit you now how to use
  • Map
  • Duct tape for repairs
  • First aid-kit
  • Wax recommended plus 1 warmer, 2 colder,
  • Bribes/treats gummy bears
  • Petroleum jelly for cold weather

Coaching Tips!
  • Equipment Shed (to the left of the chalet)
  • Ropes
  • Pylons
  • Large balls
  • Small balls
  • Hula hoops
  • Polo kit
  • Grab-n-Go equipment bags

Grab n Go Equipment Bags
  • Seven bags at South, two at North suitable for
    BR, JR1, JR2

Grab n Go Equipment Bags
  • Lesson supplies
  • Cones (tip the cone, boundaries, slalom)
  • Balls (ready position, coordination)
  • Tow ropes (chariots and horses)
  • Short ropes (stomp, snakes)
  • Stuffed toys (two hands, garbage pickup, Tony
    Knows, hill pickup, scavenger hunt)
  • Emergency supplies
  • Emergency procedure flowcharts (laminated)
  • Basic first aid kit, plus hand warmers, emergency
    blanket, whistle (in front zippered pocket)
  • Open-toed wool socks over booties

Coaching Tips!
  • End of Class
  • Try to finish on time
  • Make sure every child has found a parent
  • Feedback for parents, good and bad
  • Pass info along for the next week (e.g. Nak
    North, skating/classic)

Coaching Tips!
  • Bored, frustrated skier waiting
  • 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 free wax cliniques

Skills and Evaluation
Skills to Teach
 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
Evaluation of Skills
  • Improvements in Active Start and FUNdamentals
  • Safety (falling and rising, going down hills,
  • Evaluation spreadsheet (very detailed

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
  • 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!!!

Natural Progression
  • If the child starts in Bunnyrabbits (BR) or
    Jackrabbit (JR) early
  • Bunnyrabbit at age 4 and 5
  • Teamed mostly by age
  • Jackrabbit Level 1 at age 6
  • Intro/Experienced
  • Jackrabbit 2 at age 7
  • Jackrabbit Level 3 at age 8
  • Jackrabbit Level 3/4 at age 9 (or Racing Rabbits)
  • Jackrabbit Level 4 at age 10 (or Adventure, or
    Racing Rabbits)
  • Jackrabbit Level 4 at age 11 (or Adventure, or
    Racing Rabbits)

Weather Considerations
  • Class may be cancelled or delayed due to ice,
    snow, extreme cold, etc.
  • Decision is made by the Coordinator
  • Communication with parents
  • It is important your lesson plans be adapted to
    the weather conditions

  • Please Remember Whats First
  • Be prepared
  • Know the protocols
  • Use your best judgement

Please Remember Whats First
  • P Protection
  • From danger, against the elements (clothing,
    shelter, fire)
  • R Rescue
  • Determine the best way out, self-rescue or SOS
  • W Water
  • You can survive three days without water
  • F Food
  • You can survive three weeks without food

Safety Considerations
  • Injured skier
  • Learning how to fall, appropriate terrain, we are
    here cones
  • Canadian Ski Patrol cell phones, nearest
  • 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!
  • Rocks on trail, fireplace, snow falling off cabins

  • Also the Ottawa Hospital, and CHEO (25mins)
  • Nakkertok South

  • C.H. Gatineau (10min)

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 and 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
  • Energy
  • Food breaks, ensure they come to class fed
  • Tired
  • Treats

  • 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, very heavy)
  • 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
  • Waxable skis preferred over fish scales
  • No 3-pin bindings for skating
  • Two sets of poles (shoulder for classic, lips for
  • Check equipment at first lesson!!!

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

  • Shutterfly Team Sites
  • Restricted to individual groups
  • Calendar and automatic reminders
  • So you know whats coming, and reminders will
  • LTS News Feed
  • http//
  • Give us your feedback!

  • LTS lessons start January 3/4
  • 9 weeks, 2 hours per lesson
  • See you on the snow!