Beginner Roller Skiing

An initial schedule of Beginner Roller Skiing sessions has been posted  on Doodle.  Once you are cleared for sport and wish to attend sign up in advance.  The session will only be held if at least two athletes sign up.  You must bring your own helmet (bike helmet OK) that fits.  Also recommend you bring some gloves to protect your hands (bike gloves work OK, but anything to avoid skinned knuckles will work).  A water bottle is also useful.  On your first session please be on time as we need to find the right sized boots for you.

Some athletes are comfortable after a couple of sessions.  Others may need more practice.  These clinics will meet in Room B-3 and stay on the school grounds.   If there is demand we may schedule some advanced sessions that may go out on the roads.

Sign-Up for NU Nordic Team

If you plan to ski this winter please get the first two parts of the sign-up process started immediately.   Before you can take part in a team practice or clinic you must be cleared for sport by the school.   This requires physical exam which often takes a while to schedule.  Do it now.   If you are already cleared for sport please log in and add Nordic Skiing as your Winter Sport.  We do not see your clearance till you do this.

Important Team Meeting Tuesday Sept 18 (lunch)

We will meet in Room B-3 during lunch on Tueday September 18.   Please spread the word to those who don’t listen to the Daily Bulletin at School or read their email.  There are a number of changes this season in particular the new on-line Sports Sign-Up.

Also try and bring new team members so we know what numbers we are dealing with.   We can handle a team of up to 30 athletes.   Season officially starts October 29  and six weeks will go very quickly.

4th Annual Zett’s Tri

On Sunday 3rd of June the NU Nordic Ski Team will be running the 4th Annual Zett’s Triathlon.   This is our main fund raiser for the team and we need everyone to either take part in the event or to volunteer to help run it.  Please do everything you can to spread the word about this fun race – our goal this year is reach 150+ participants.  It is a Sprint Triathlon with a 2 mile run, 6 mile mountain bike and 350 yard swim.  The order of events is different than most triathlons so that the swim event does not bottleneck in the pool.

Go to the webpage for more details and a link to the registration page.

First On-Snow Practice

We are planning to have our first on snow practice tomorrow Wednesday Nov 29.   We will be leaving NU at 3:45 pm and returning to school by 8:30 pm.  You should bring food to eat immediately after practice before we drive home.  You must sign up on Doodle if you plan to attend.   If you are a parent driver who is cleared by the school and can drive tomorrow please sign up on Doodle also and indicate the number of seats you have for athletes.

You must have your paperwork complete and your equipment ready to go.  Remember you cannot take team equipment off campus until we have a signed Equipment Form.  You also need to have a Season Trail Pass from the Auburn Ski Club Training Center before we can take you to the snow.   This Trail Pass application needs to be done by your parent or guardian (unless you are 18) as it involves a Release of Liability Waiver.

Contact coaches if you have any questions.  It looks like it will be cold with a light wind tomorrow evening so dress accordingly.  Returning athletes may want to bring a headlamp in case conditions allow them to leave the lighted stadium area.

Season Starts November 6

First practice is after school Monday November 6.  Be in room B-3 ready to practice by 3:45 pm.   Make sure you have a helmet for roller skiing (returning athletes may have left their helmet at end of last season).   You also need footwear to run and exercise in. You must be cleared for sport (see Debbie in Student Store) and bring a completed Consent to Treat Form to the coach.   There are no more before school conditioning or beginner roller skiing sessions after the October Break.

Till there is snow the practice schedule is:

Collaboration Days:  2:45 – 5:00 pm

Regular Days: 3:45 – 6:00 pm

Optional Sunday Roller Skiing for Road Ready Athletes (check with coach if you are unsure).

Please make sure that we have up to date contact information and athlete size information by filling in form on website.

Parent Meeting Update

Because school was canceled again today, I have had several queries about the Parent Meeting  tonight.

Meeting will go ahead as planned on Tuesday October 10 at 6 pm in Room J-109.

I realize that there may be a number of people that are unable to attend this evening because of the situation caused by the fires.  I will also  hold a back-up meeting next week during the break when hopefully the major disruptions will be behind us.   Unfortunately, I have travel plans in the period following the break, so an alternative meeting date has to be during the break.

Alternative meeting will be held on Wednesday October 18 at 6 pm in Room B-3.

If you are unable to attend on either of these occasions please contact me directly.

Parent Meeting

With unfortunately not a lot of participants in the Doodle Poll  the most favored time slot is

Tuesday October 10 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  Meeting will be in room J-109 at Nevada Union.

If you cannot make this meeting but are still interested in the Nordic Team please contact Coach Derek McKay directly.

Parent Meeting

We will hold a meeting for parents of all interested athletes during the week of Oct 11-14.  The exact date and time will be the most popular preference in the Doodle Poll.   Please vote by indicating all of the dates and times you are available.   We will do our best to get through the material in an hour but will be available afterwards for any questions that may still remain.

The original notice said that the poll would close at 5 pm Wednesday October 4.   NOTE CHANGE:  Poll will close at 11 pm Tuesday October 3.   It was necessary to move this time so that details of the meeting could be published in the NU Daily Bulletin before the end of the week.

While aimed at parents, all athletes are most welcome to attend and particularly newcomers who want to learn about the sport.