Websites, Videos and Presentations
Changing the Game in Bill Koch League Skiing This video presentation has been created as a resource specifically for BKL parents and coaches by NENSA and John O'Sullivan, the author of the #1 bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes.
Changing the Game Project Blog Frequent updates from John O'Sullivan on issues related to youth sports and Long Term Athlete Development
Roy Strum XC Coaching, Alberta Ski Team Director writes about his coaching experience with youth skiers.
Adventure to Excellence: An Adventure Approach to Creating a Positive BKL Team Culture Presentation by Jamie Hannon, Professor of Adventure Education at Plymouth State University
- Long-Term Athlete Development 1st Edition by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs
- Coaching Young Athletes – September, 1981 by Rainer Martens
- Coaching with Heart: Taoist Wisdom to Inspire, Empower, and Lead in Sports & Life by Jerry Lynch Ph.D. (Author), Chungliang Al Huang (Author)
- Quicksilver by Steve Butler and Karl Rohnke
- Cowstails and Cobras by Karl Rohnke
- Silver Bullets By Karl Rohnke
- No Props: Great Games with No Equipment by Mark Collard
- Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation by Jennifer Stanchfield
- Changing the Game: The Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids by John O'Sullivan
- Let Them Play: The Mindful Way to Parent Kids for Fun and Success in Sports Paperback – September 6, 2016 by Jerry Lynch (Author), Steve Kerr (Foreword)
- Adult athlete members of Member Clubs, except Short Term Athlete Members due to their limited participation and Master Athletes who do not i) have regular contact with minor athletes or ii) have authority over minor athletes
- Adult members (who are not athletes) of Member Clubs who i) have regular contact with athletes, or ii) have authority over athletes
- Employees and Board Members of Member Clubs
- Individuals providing services to Member Clubs, including but not limited to contractors, volunteers, interns, who i) have regular contact with athletes or ii) have authority over athletes
- More info here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/
Our mission at NENSA is to sustain a healthy cross country ski community in New England. We support our clubs, who in turn work with the young skiers who are the future of our sport. Clubs range in size from large to small, from fully staffed to run by volunteers, and everywhere in between.
As an umbrella organization for clubs, NENSA is not able to be involved in the hiring and screening of every coach and volunteer. However we do believe that screening candidates who are coming into contact with young athletes is of paramount importance. We strongly urge all of our clubs to implement a background check procedure for incoming candidates, whether they are coaches or volunteers. Anyone who is coming into contact with children on a regular basis need to be screened.
There are many affordable resources available for background checks through state agencies, and other companies that search the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) database. If you need help finding the right place to look, please feel free to contact our Youth and Introductory Program Director at [email protected] Below is a list of some of the screening resources that are available.