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NENSA Fall Coaches Symposium

September 26, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Registration is now OPEN here.

Join NENSA, guest speakers, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard staff for a full weekend of coaches education and information sharing.  Due to the pandemic we will be offering a resourceful blend of virtual and in-person programming.  Please note these are NENSA programs and the in-person clinic does not count towards U.S. Ski & Snowboard L100 certification at this time. We will continue to post updates and guest speakers on social media over the next week – stay tuned!

We are confident you will find this programming engaging and we are pleased to be able to bring our community together in this way.  You will also see we’re working to create a small competition to kick off the weekend.  We see hosting events as a crucial learning experience for NENSA as an organization as we prepare for the upcoming season.  During our coaches panel we will have time to share our findings and a recap of the morning’s events.

Please note: We will be monitoring state and county guidelines and all in-person clinic attendees will need to adhere to our Covid Guidelines in order to participate.  EVERYONE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE IN-PERSON EVENTS MUST FILL OUT THIS HEALTH SCREEN BY 5PM ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH OR THEY CANNOT ATTEND!!  If you are from outside the state of Vermont you will need to reside in a “green” county on this map.

Saturday 26th:
AM – Club Rollerski XCX Competition & SMS Uphill Run Test
– 2 timed runs of XCX course
What is this? Watch this video!

Learn to Ski Clinic
12 pm – Classic Technique
– Ball Mountain Dam (Led by Alex Jospe, SMS and Kait Miller, Bowdoin and Craftsbury GRP alum, NENSA)
2 pm – Skate Technique and Ramps – Stratton Sun Bowl Parking Lot (Led by Justin Beckwith, NENSA and Bill Harmeyer, UVM alum / SMS T2)
– Potential to run two sessions with 15 skiers each.
– Skiers will have access to our Swenor classic and skate skis and should note intent to use them on registration.

Virtual Coaches Presentations – via NENSA Zoom (You will receive link via email after registration)
5 – 6 pm – Ludvig Søgnen Jensen will join us at 5pm for Discussions on Speed Training.
6 – 8 pm – Share and discuss recorded content from the Equinor International Junior Camp.  High quality content crafted into a weeklong coaches panel paralleling the Norwegian Junior National Camp this August. 
6 – 6:45 pm  –  Coordination and Mobility / Injury Mobility 
Followed by Panel Discussion with Pete Dickinson 
PT, MPT, SCS and Brie Beckwith DPT – both have worked extensively with the US Ski Team
6:50 – 7:30 pm  –  The Female Skier / Seminar 
7:30 – 8 pm  –  Rollerski Agility / Technique

Sunday 27th:
via NENSA Zoom (You will receive link via email after registration)

2 pm – An Overview of L100 Coaching Certification: Content and Process
– Adam St. Pierre, U.S. Ski & Snowboard – XC Sport Coordinator
4 pm – Building Comprehensive Community & Club Engagement & FAQ’s about North American Fluoro Free Policy
– Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard – XC Sport Development Manager
5 pm
 – Virtual BKL Parent/Leader Presentation on Long Term Athlete Development
– Kait Miller, NENSA – Youth Program Director

Symposium Weekend Details:

1. Learn to Rollerski Clinic – Saturday September 26, 12pm and 2pm
This clinic is geared towards coaches and masters skiers. Participation is capped at 15 people and all attendees need to comply with the New England Cross Country Promise and Vermont State guidelinesAll attendees must fill out our NENSA Health Screening Tool HERE on September 25th by 5pm or they cannot attend!! 

This is a great opportunity to brush up on some new technique cues, “Learn to Rollerski,” and experience the bicycle ramp -a new concept of teaching the feeling of pressuring-your-ski.  Everyone will have the opportunity to try the bicycle ramps, learn  progressive teaching concepts, and try NENSA’s fleet of Swenor rollerskis.

2.  Virtual Coaches Presentations – Saturday September 26, 5-8 pm
Come to listen to the fastest cross country skier on the planet discuss his speed training philosophy and training concepts.  Luddeyo is excited to reconnect with his American ski family after his trip to the East a few years ago.

We will also screen insightful content from the Equinor International Junior Camp coaching webinar series and follow each segment with guided discussions.

3.  Group Discussion of L100 Coaching Knowledge – Sunday September 27, 2pm
This 90-minute discussion based format with Adam St. Pierre will present L100 coaching principles and answer any questions you about U.S. Ski & Snowboard programs and updates.  All are welcome to join this discussion and those who are actively pursuing U.S. Ski & Snowboard L100 are encouraged to share their portfolio and provide feedback.  Link to U.S. Ski & Snowboard course information and sign up.

4.  Building Comprehensive Community & Club Engagement & FAQ’s about North American Fluoro Free Policy
The first 40 minutes of this conversation will revolve around guidance from, Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard – XC Sport Development Manager, on engaging not only your coaches and clubs, but also creating robust event staff and engaging community members to make cross country skiing more inclusive.  In the last 20 minutes Fish will elaborate on FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard protocols and best practices for a fluoro-free 2020. 

5.  Virtual BKL Parent/Leader Presentation on Long Term Athlete Development – Sunday September 27 at 5pm
This presentation will cover the BKL Philosophy and Long Term Athlete Development with a special focus on mental health in the time of COVID.  Please reach out to Kait Miller, [email protected], about possible in-person clinics with your club (as state, local, and NENSA guidelines allow).

** Please note:  Technical Delegates (TD’s) & Event Organizers Training Weekend will take place later in the fall after FIS meetings (most likely virtual).


Please contact Justin Beckwith, [email protected], with any questions about the event.

Membership questions? Contact Preston Noon, [email protected]


September 26, 2020
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