OACHES’ NOTES 12-12-13
THE RESULTS FOR RACES TODAY ARE ATTACHED.
FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY THE WAX RECOMMENDATION IS BLUE - EVERYTHING BLUE. I COULD SEND OUT THE TOKO WAX RECOMMENDATIONS OR YOU COULD LOOK AT THEM ONLINE BUT THE ANSWER IS STILL THE SAME.
ON FRIDAY QUALIFICATION ROUND STARTS AT 4:00.
HERE IS WHAT I KNOW ABOUT SATURDAY:
RELAY TEAMS AND EVENTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE ATTACHMENT - AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET. THE BOYS CLASSIC STARTS AT 10:45, THE GIRLS SKATE ATNOON. PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE VENUE NO LATER THAN ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE START OF YOUR RACE. BOYS SHOULD HAVE ONLY A BINDER APPLIED TO THEIR KICK ZONE.
I SEEM TO REMEMBER RYDER AND ONE OTHER PERSON TELLING ME THEY’D LIKE TO SKI ON SATURDAY. RYDER AND ANYONE ELSE WHO’D LIKE TO JOIN IN THE FUN ON SATURDAY PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL ASAP. I THINK I CAN GET YOU IN UP UNTIL NOON TOMORROW.
On Thursday Middle Schoolers are now able to race. Their race will begin at 4:10 and probably be done around 4:30. I strongly encourage parents of Middle Schoolers who are racing to pick up their skiers at the venue shortly after 4:30 so the skiers will be rested, fed and on time for the concert. Middle Schoolers do not have to race, but I do need to know which of them will be racing so they can be dismissed early from class. Please either email Coach Matt or have your son or daughter tell Matt at practice tomorrow whether they will be racing on Thursday.
Last call for racers who want to participate in the Westra Sprints or Holiday Relays. Westra Sprints are nearly full. We are actually looking for up to three more girl skiers for the Holiday Relays on Saturday. I have attached a Race Roster that identifies who will be racing. If your son or daughter wants to join these races let Coach Jerry know ASAP.
Come Sunday I am going to need a rest.
12/9 Hi Everyone:
Here are a couple of changes for the week.
Tuesday practice at Battle Creek will be skate, not classic.
Thursday's meet has been moved to Battle Creek.
COACHES’ NOTES DECEMBER 8, 2013
We just finished what should have been our most difficult week of the season. I say should have been because many conflicts arise in the natural course of trying to carry out a high school training plan and we experienced conflicts again this week. As we go along you will see many activities competing for your son or daughters’ time. As we all know, making choices, as-well-as incurring the benefits and consequences of those choices, is a big part of growing up.
Yes, we did have practice in the frigid cold Saturday morning. Practice was altered significantly and its primary focus became learning to adapt to the conditions. I hope our skiers took action after the practice - either making changes now or creating a file listing what they want to do differently the next time they ski in below zero weather (which might happen again as soon as tomorrow). Things we discussed were length of warmup, amount of clothes to wear, keeping feet and hands warm, and adapting ski technique to the cold and slow snow.
We will be missing Coach Jill on Thursday through Saturday so the team will be more dependent on the help of parents than normal. Ask if you don’t know what to do, or better yet, if you see a job that needs to be done just do it. Don’t forget to check out the food/timing sign-up sheets to find out what jobs are still open.
For a long time I have complained about having too many races on the schedule. I never thought racing all these events was in the best interest of the skier. Our young skiers need to learn how to ski before they learn how to race. For our more experienced skiers, too many races during the season can be deleterious to their performance in the important races at the end of the season. For those aspiring to make the Junior National team too many races hurt their high school season and their JNQ events. So we will limit our skiers to two races, including JNQ, during a calendar week running from Monday through Sunday. I will try to give the skiers their choice of which races to participate in. There will be exceptions. We may have to allow an additional race so an athlete is eligible for the conference championship or section races, but I do not foresee any other exceptions. On race day occurring Monday through Friday all skiers are expected to attend the event, but those not racing will have a normal day of training, simply at the same venue as their teammates are racing at. I have attached a spreadsheet showing who has indicated an interest in racing which non-conference events and who is eligible to ski in the conference races this week.
We are nearly done hot boxing skis. I suggest you have your skier tell me if they have skis that need hot boxing. I will be doing a batch this Wednesday, next week on Wednesday and Friday, and then “that’s all folks”.
We had to withdraw from the Winter Jamboree to be held at Wirth park on Monday December 23 due to low numbers of skiers. We needed a minimum of 12 girls and 12 boys on each team and we only had 6 boys and 5 girls commit.
Finally, and against my parental instincts, I must insist that if you are sick you not attend practice. In addition, once you become sick you will not be allowed back to practice until you are 100%. I strongly encourage you not to engage in any strenuous physical activity when you are sick - including away from our MPA practices. When I was a parent of high school athletes I would not have supported this position. However, I have learned the hard way that practicing when you are sick lengthens your recovery and exposes your teammates to getting sick. Medicine is often hard to take and this time it is hard, but necessary, for me to hand it out.