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Changes to scoring, new races in 2018 Michigan Cup

Tue, Sep  5, 2017 - By Mike Muha

Representatives from each Michigan Cup team meet this past weekend for the annual Michigan Cup Committee meeting, to review last season and to plan out the new cross country ski racing season.

The Michigan Cup Series saw large growth last season, with a 13% increase in the number of skiers over the 2016-2017 season, from 532 to 603.

TeamSkiers
Vasa Ski Club 226
Cross Country Ski Headquarters 164
Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team 66
Team NordicSkiRacer 63
Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Headquarters 48
Straits Striders 36

TOTAL

603

From a budget perspective, the Michigan Cup Series is in great shape, consistently maintaining a positive balance with enough funds to survive a rainy day. The Committee decided to continue funding the Nordic Rendezvous program and to slightly increase the funding of skiers who attend Junior Nationals.

Two team rosters, One check

In previous years, team captains were to send in a preliminary team roster by Dec 31 and the final roster by January 31, along with checks. To reduce paperwork, team captains are asked to send one check with the final roster for the 2017-2018 season.

Change in scoring for women

For the last many years, men's scoring started at 200 points for a first place, 199 points for second, 198 for third, and so on. Because there were far fewer women racers, women's started at 200 points for a first place, then dropped to 196 points for second, 192 for third, as so on, a gap of 4 points between place.

The Committee received a request to reexamine the points given to women. Unfortunately, none of the requesters were at the meeting nor did they provide details around a specific proposal. The Committee did go through a number of different ideas and decided to adjust the scoring based on recent increases in the participation of women in races. For the 2017-2018, the gap has been reduced to 3 points. First place will continue to get 200 points, but second and third will get 197 and 194.

Participation points increase from 1 to 10

The Committee long ago promoted the idea of having one or two races each season to focus on participation rather than individual points. Anyone participating would receive the same number of points, taking all the pressure off "performance". The Committee decided to increase the number of points received in such races from 1 to 10 points.

Changes in awards

There are a changes changes to awards. First, both classic and freestyle awards will be given to the the top three men and top three women in each category to recognize specialists. Second, the overall top women and man will be removed from age group awards.

New "Mike Seaman Road Warrior Award"

Mike Seaman was known for attending every race he could, winning, on several occasions, the distinction of having the most points in the Michigan Cup Series across all races. In recognition of his enthusiasm and in memorial of his untimely death, the Committee will reward the "Mike Seaman Road Warrior Award" to any senior skier who finishes every race in the series. As an added bonus, Andy Liebner of US Ski Poles will give Award winners a free pair of ski poles - any model!

Founders College Cup

Andy Liebner proposed a Founders (as in the beer) College Cup to get a little fun collegiate competition going. You belong to the "team" of the college or grad school you attended or are attending. Details are being worked out.

Race changes

Treetops in Gaylord is back after a long absence. The new Mike Seaman Memorial Classic10km is scheduled for Sunday February 4, the day after the White Pine Stampede.

Andy Liebner and Bill Kaltz are organizing the Tour de Michawaye, a race weekend unique to the Michigan Cup, and perhaps anywhere. Over two day, skiers will do four events that are not duplicated at other races, things like a pursuit and a skills course.

The Boyne Grinder is renamed The Boyne Vistas and losses the fast downhill finish. It will now finish at the top of Boyne Mountains.

To increase the number of points available to juniors, the Michigan High School Championships will be counted as four races: Classic, Freestyle, Pursuit, sprint. In the past, the Freestyle wasn't counted on its own.

Tentative Michigan Cup Calendar for 2017-2018

Notable non-Michigan Cup races have been added to this list.

2017

Sat Dec 16 Lakes of the North Winterstart
Mancelona
Freestyle
Sun Dec 17 Forbush Time Trail
Forbush Corner, Frederick, MI
Freestyle
Fri Dec 29 Tour de Michawaye
Michawaye, Gaylord, MI
Mixed
Sat Dec 30 Tour de Michawaye
Michawaye, Gaylord, MI
Mixed

2018

Sat Jan 6 6-Hour Michigan Cup Relays & Potluck
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI
Freestyle
Sun Jan 7 OPEN   
Sat Jan 13 Frosty Freestyle
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI
Freestyle
Sun Jan 14 Krazy Klassic - Michigan Senior Olympics
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI
Classic
Fri Jan 19 Northbound Outfitters Kids Race
Northbound Outfitters, Grayling, MI
Freestyle
Sat Jan 20 Cote Dame Marie Loppet
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI
Freestyle
  World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Mid-distance classic
Sun Jan 21 World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Mid-distance skate
Mon Jan 22 World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Short distance classic & skate
Wed Jan 24 World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Relays
Thu Jan 25 World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Marathon Classic
Fri Jan 26 World Masters
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN
Marathon Freestyle
Sat Jan 27 Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Ishpeming, MI
Classic & freestyle
Sun Jan 28 OPEN   
Sat Feb 3 White Pine Stampede
Mancelona, MI
Freestyle & classic
Sun Feb 4 Mike Seaman Memorial 10k Classic
Treetops, Gaylord, MI
Classic
Sat Feb 10 North American Vasa
Timber Ridge, Traverse City, MI
Freestyle
Sun Feb 11 Vasa Classic
Timber Ridge, Traverse City, MI
Classic
Fri Feb 16 Michigan High School Championships
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI
Classic, Freestyle, Pursuit, Sprint
Sat Feb 17 Forbush Freestyle - Meijer Winter Games
Forbush Corner, Frederick, MI
Freestyle
  Michigan High School Championships
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI
  
Sun Feb 18 Hanson Hills Classic - Meijer Winter Games
Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling, MI
Classic
Sat Feb 24 Boyne Vistas
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI
Freestyle
  American Birkebeiner
Cable to Hayward, WI
Freestyle & Classic
Sun Feb 25 Muffin Race
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI
Pursuit
Sat Mar 3 Black Mountain Classic
Cheboygan, MI
Classic
Sat Mar 4 Black Mountain Freestyle
Cheboygan, MI
Freestyle
Sat Mar 10 OPEN   
  Great Bear Chase
Calumet, MI
Skiathon
Sun Mar 11 Michigan Cup Relays
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI
1 leg classic + 2 legs freestyle