BHS NORDIC INFORMATION PAGE
Sign up on Form ReLeaf well before the start of the season!
Be sure you have also signed up for weight room clearance.
NOTE: All athletes need to have a physical on file that has happened within the last 2 years. If you don’t have this up to date, try to schedule it right away – many doctors’ offices are very busy. Let them know you specifically need a sports physical – this is not as long an appointment as a full physical.
Nordic Coaches: Head coach Kirsten Berggren– [email protected] 802-310-1950
Assistant coaches: Keith Brown, Eli van Buren
Skier/Parent/Family Information Night – Thursday Nov 1, 6PM, BHS cafeteria – important meeting, lots of information will be covered.
First day of practice: Monday Nov 26th
The first day of Practice: Monday, November 26, 3:30 PM. Meet inside by the trophy case. Bring shoes and clothes for running outside. All forms will need to be submitted before this date to start practice.
Where to find things:
- BHS Nordic Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/432965333430305/
- You need to request to join
- The CALENDAR! (the last word on what happens when): https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=1l575mop1t7jsko6nae8dbvfek%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York. That’s a lot of letters. Link to it from the Facebook page, the general info page, or the link I emailed out. Add it to your Google Calendar and always know what’s happening with BHS Nordic! The race schedule will be on the calendar.
What you need before the season starts:
Before Thanksgiving, track down your EQUIPMENT – you will need the following for a successful season. And please, PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR STUFF!!!!
- Running shoes
- Ski lease packages – see below.
- Ski boots – Each skier should have classic boots and skate boots or one pair of combi boots, and have boots that fit well is probably the most important piece! Find the boots first and then be sure that the boots match your bindings on your skis.
- Classic skis – Waxable (aka no fish scales) Weight dependent, have someone help you get the right pair.
- Skate skis – Weight dependent, have someone help.
- Classic poles – Length should hit at or near the top of the shoulder. Looking for light poles – stay away from the ones with the big baskets.
- Skate poles – Length should hit between the chin and nose. Looking for light poles – stay away from the ones with the big baskets.
- Ski bag (ski rack has a good bag at a team discount)
- Headlamp – There is not much light for practice in November and December!
- Water bottle with belt holder (we’ll have these for sale)
- Synthetic or wool base layers, running/ski pants, jacket (one that keeps you warm but allows you to move, we will be selling team coats again this year), hat, wool socks and TWO pairs of gloves. Gloves should be light weight insulated gloves. Check the vast selection at SkiRack to see the kind of thing I’m talking about. Some people wear very light gloves, others need a heavier glove, but you’ll want something that lets you have a good grip on the poles and isn’t too bulky to fit in straps.
The team does have some skis, poles, and very limited amount of ski boots to loan to skiers. We will assign team equipment in the first two weeks of practice to those who need it. There are lots of great ways to buy equipment (Ski Rack (new and lease package), ski swaps, from older skiers), please let Kirsten know if you need suggestions.
SkiRack lease packages are a great deal for high school racers:
Complete Skate and Classic Racing Package: $219 (used) or $329 (new).
Single Set of Skate or Classic Racing Equipment: $129 (used) or $199 (new).
Trail fees: Check for $80 to BHS Nordic
Fundraiser: Check to BHS Nordic (any amount is appreciated!)
Send in with your student, or mail to Kirsten Berggren, 60 Beachcrest Drive, Burlington 05408
Financial aid available – please contact Kirsten.
Communication is primarily through email. At the information session Nov 1, we will have an email sign up sheet. All scheduling is through Google Calendars. All practices and races will be on the calendar. If you’re not sure what to bring to practice, check the calendar!! It will be updated for the coming week no later than 7pm on Sunday evening.
Additionally we have a BHS nordic Facebook page. If you would like to be added to the page, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/432965333430305/ and request to join.
There are no tryouts for the Nordic Ski team. All skiers who commit to the season schedule are welcome on the team.
Practices will be held every school day at 3:30-5:00 pm. After the snow flies, we will travel to snow by bus twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Catamount Family Center, Sleepy Hollow Nordic Center, Bolton Nordic Center, or the Range in Jericho. On these bus to ski days, we will return to school between 6:30-7. There will be a trail pass fee depending on where we ski; the cost estimate for this is $80 for the season. There are trail fee scholarships available, please contact Kirsten
The race season is a mix of Classic and Freestyle races, and many of the races fall on Saturdays. Each race will have a Varsity race (about 5 kilometers), and Junior Varsity race (about 3 kilometers). The coaches will decide who races Varsity and JV, this will be based on when a skier is physically and mentally ready to race the 5k distance. By the end of the season, all races will be varsity distance.
For any weekday races, skiers will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to bus departure to get all their gear together. It is the skier’s responsibility to communicate with their respective teachers about his/her absence and make up the required work.
There is a good amount of standing in the cold, cheering on your teammates at races, and skiers should be prepared with ample amounts of clothing AND FOOD so that these days can be a success!
Skiers are responsible for their own food at all races, though we are often supplemented by parent volunteer contributions!
There are two state meets at the end of the season, a Classic State meet and a Freestyle State meet. Eight Varsity girls and eight varsity boys will compete in these events. The coaches will determine who competes in these events and we will use the season’s races to make this decision. Please note that the first state meet falls on the Monday of February vacation. All Varsity athletes should plan on being in Vermont for the start of February vacation!
Always remember that you are ‘STUDENT-athletes’ and academic commitments take priority over athletic ones. We are willing to be flexible about altering training schedules when it comes to academic work. However, it is important to remember that being a student and an athlete requires efficient planning of time an excellent work ethic. We expect all skiers to be at all ski functions and practices unless prior arrangements have been made. This leads us to the next topic…
To reach our individual and team goals this year, attendance is extremely important. Skiers who are late on a regular basis, or who miss a practice without a coach’s previous approval, will not be allowed to race for that week’s race. (This does not apply to skiers who are ill, have an unexpected emergency, or any other excused absence.) If you have to miss practice, it is your responsibility to notify the coach. If unexcused absences are a pattern that persists, and a skier’s commitment to the team is called into question, then we will meet with the skier and their parents; if the problem continues, we may need to ask that person to leave the team. We do not expect this to happen, but would like to be sure that everyone understands the seriousness of attendance and the possible consequences.