NENSA is excited to support a full weekend of coaching and leadership training for coaches of all ages. This weekend will support U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) Level 100 and Level 200 certification options and offer NENSA Bill Koch League Coach Education. Participants cans also shadow the L100 In-Person clinic, as a technique refresher and earn USSS continuing education credits.
Continued participation in education elevates the quality of our member clubs experience. NENSA also acknowledges the key added benefit of conferences as they bring together a wide range of coaches for collaboration and socialization outside their respective courses.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to creating coaching standards and creating safe environments for athletes via their certification pathway (please note some events already require these certifications to be “inside the fence” and more will in the future). “We are excited to have you embark on your coach certification pathway. Your investment in creating a coaching standard is ensuring that all of our athletes receive the best training experiences and outstanding support during competitions. Thank you for helping U.S. Ski & Snowboard achieve our vision to be Best in the World in Skiing and Snowboarding!”
Please note if you are pursuing L100 or L200 Certification — you register for the the In-Person part of the course through U.S. Ski & Snowboards website — and are expected to fulfill several requirements and a significant amount of Portfolio work prior to your attendance. Please click the links below for more information.
NENSA will facilitate U.S. Ski & Snowboard L100 and L200 certifications in Dublin, New Hampshire. The L100 in-person practicum / Technique Clinic will be Saturday from 10:00am – 1:30pm. The L200 course will have classroom time on Saturday afternoon and the in-person practicum on Sunday.
L100 will be led by Kathy Maddock, DublinXC and U.S. Ski & Snowboard L100 Coach Developer
L200 will be led by Bryan Fish, Cross Country Sport Development Manager, U.S. Ski & Snowboard
More information on the L100 In – Person / Technique Clinic: This one-day clinic is open to anyone looking to improve their ski technique, and learn ways to teach others effectively. We will cover both classic and skate techniques. This clinic is part of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard (USSS) L100 certification process but you do not have to seek certification to participate. The clinic will be led by Kathy Maddock, Dublin XC.
To receive USSS L100 credit you must signup through the USSS website, complete the prerequisites and sign up for the in-person assessment. If you cannot complete the prerequisites before the deadline please select the USSS L100 In-Person Assessment category so we can best keep track of attendees.
During the 3 hour technique clinic, coaches on the L100 track will participate in coaching demonstrations.
Participants are encouraged to rollerski during the technique portion of the clinic. However, rollerskiing is NOT required. We will be staying in the parking lot of Yankee Candle so you can easily stay with the group on foot and learn about how to coach ski technique.
All clinic participants will have access to our fleet of Swenor skis and we will also have Swix poles to demo.
Saturday L100 Schedule:
9:45 a.m. – Arrive, get equipment, get ready.
10:00 a.m. – Classic Technique work – starting on foot and moving to rollerskis
11:30 a.m. – Break for Lunch
12:00 p.m. – Freestyle Technique work – mostly on rollerskis
1:30 p.m. – Clinic Wrap Up
What to bring:
– running shoes
– poles (skate and classic)
– roller skis (skate and classic)
– helmet (mandatory for rollerskiing!)
– water, and snacks
– high visibility vest, shirt, or jacket
– a penchant for having fun!
There is a lot of information to cover so please arrive early and be ready to start the clinic at 10:00am.
Bill Koch League Coach Education:
9am-12pm | Dublin School, Dublin, NH
Join NENSA’s Youth & Introductory Program Director, Kait Miller, for a morning of Bill Koch Youth Ski League Coach Education! This workshop is intended for club leaders, parent/caregivers, volunteers, and youth ski coaches from all across the Northeast. If you have old skis you don’t mind using in grass, please bring them along with boots and poles!
9:15am: Indoor presentation on BKL Philosophy & Long Term Athlete Development followed by Q&A
10:15-10:30am: Break and transition outside
10:30am-11:30am: Outdoor clinic
11:30-11:45am: Break and transition to rollerskis at the Yankee Magazine parking lot
11:45am-12:15pm: Optional opportunity to try rollerskiing
Presentation on BKL Philosophy & Long Term Athlete Development
This presentation will cover a variety of topics including an introduction to the Bill Koch League; BKL Philosophy; a case study on youth sports today; models, methods, and best practices for coaching; and coaching for long term development and success. We will wrap up with a Q&A session and open discussion.
We will cover some basic drills and exercises for building general comfort on skis followed by some games.
Optional Rollerski Opportunity
Anyone curious about rollerskiing is welcome to try it out using rollerskis from NENSA’s fleet. NENSA staff will be on hand for basic guidance and instruction. We will meet at the Yankee Magazine parking lot.
What to Bring
rocks skis/ski you don’t mind using on grass
ski boots (classic, combi, or skate)
helmet (mandatory if rollerskiing!)
water and snacks
More details to follow. Direct questions to [email protected].
More information on L200 In Person:
2:00 pm – Introductions, Welcome and Course Overview
2:30 pm – Engaged Portfolio Questions
9:00 am: Gear up for skiing/rollerskiing.
9:15 am: Dynamic Warm Up / Skate Technique Progressions
9:30 am: The Games Approach
9:45 am: Agility on skate skis/rollerskis
a. Have each coach practice each element for 5-10 minutes and discuss the value of each
b. Adjust distance between cones to change the stimulus of each element
c. Assess each candidates’ ability to demonstrate skills
11:15-11:45 pm: Lunch Break
11:45 pm: Small Group Assessments
2:15-3:45 pm: The “Games Approach” for Classic skis
3:45-4:00 pm: Wrap-up