Creating something where nothing has existed is challenging. The Bill Koch Youth Ski League Leader Manual (email [email protected] for your copy) walks you step by step through the process of starting a Bill Koch League club. But you need to be aware that there is help available from a number of other resources as well.
Where To Get Help
The NENSA Administrative Office is a great general resource and should be your first call any time you have questions. The Operations Manager at the office can help you with club registration and membership. Kait Miller is the Youth Program Director ([email protected]) who is on hand to supply you with contact information concerning the Chairperson for New England Bill Koch League, BKL District Chairs, and other BKL Club Leaders, along with basic advice such as how to timeline your start-up efforts with other clubs in region. Click HERE to find a listing of BKL District Chairs, BKL Club Leaders, and Club Contacts.
New England Bill Koch Youth Ski League Personnel
The New England Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKL( is staffed by volunteers whose love for the sport has led them to work for its success. The BKL is structured in this way:
- New England Bill Koch Youth Ski League Chairperson: heads the New England BKL Committee- Currently Kate Koch.
- BKL District Chairpersons: constitute the BKL Committee and represent the clubs in their area.
The Districts in the East currently consist of:
Northeast Vermont – NEVT
Northwest Vermont – NWVT
Central Vermont– CEVT
Southern Vermont – SOVT
Eastern Massachusetts – EAMA
Western Massachusetts – WEMA
Maine – ME
Northern New Hampshire – NONH
Southern/Central New Hampshire – SO/CENH
New York – NY
BKL Club Leader: within each district there are a varying number of clubs. Each club has a club leader. You can find a list of Club leader contacts HERE. They will share their experiences with you and help you with any questions you might have.
The Role of The Club Leader
The BKL Club Leader plans, organizes, and directs BKL activities at the local, or club level. Skillful leaders appreciate the benefits of delegating responsibility, so not all of the tasks listed below need to be done directly by the leader him/herself— but all come under the broad job description of a BKL Club Leader:
- Plans or supervises planning of indoor and outdoor activities of the club
- Arranges the schedule and meeting place for club sessions
- Involves and coordinates parent’s participation in the club
- Supervises/assists with enrollment and registration at the local level
- Registers club with NENSA
- Provides liaison with District Chair and NEBKL Chairperson
- Conducts and evaluates club sessions
- Awards prizes or patches at end of season