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CXC SWOT Team Meets

Wed, May  4, 2005 - By Scott Wilson, CXC

Notes from the Spring meeting organized and held jointly by the Central Collegiate Ski Assn and the Midwest Junior Committee at Telemark Resort on Saturday April 23, 2005.

Coaches in attendance included:
Joe Haggenmiller-MTU
Sten Fjeldheim-NMU
Jenny Ryan-NMU
Morrey Nellis-Macalester
Christopher Schmidt-Finlandia
Scott Jerome-UAF
Dave Johnson-St John’s/St Benedicts
Jeremy Frost-St Cloud
Bryan Fish-UWGB
Kevin Brochman-St Olaf
Jed Freidrich-Gustavus Adolphus
Lara Etnier-MW Juniors
Jack Jeffery-MW Juniors
Karen Cook-MW Juniors
Bonnie Kask-MW Juniors
Dave Kask-MW Juniors
Kevin Johnson-MW Juniors
Bill Pierce-Birkie
Scott Wilson-CXC
Dennis Kruse-CXC
Yuri Gusev-CXC

9am-12pm CCSA/MW JR Committee Joint Session:

  1. Welcome from Telemark Lodge and CCSA/MW JR executives, Call to Order/Introductions/Review Agenda
  2. 9:20 – 9:40 Issues spotting
  3. 9:40 – 11:00 Issues discussion/analysis re: Central Region Junior/College Skiing – Using SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) – 20 minutes each.
  4. 11:00 – 12:00 list and setting goals for the next 5 years, detailing the ingredients it takes to meet those goals, comparing them to our assets, and then try to find what we need and where we can improve
  5. 12:00 – 12:30 – Discuss 2005-6 Schedule for JOQs and CCSA Qualifiers (including distances and seeding)
  6. 12:30 – Break for lunch

Attendees met in joint session for the morning. They worked through a process of evaluation with comments as outlined below. Line items within categories are not in any order of priority.

Strengths:

  1. Interest
  2. Passion
  3. Commitment
  4. Venues
  5. Participation/Potential
  6. Progression/Program Infrastructure
  7. Experience
  8. Money/Can afford equipment
  9. Interest
  10. Passion
  11. Commitment
  12. Venues
  13. Climate/Terrain
Weaknesses:
  1. Direction/Organization
  2. Tunnel Vision
  3. Infrastructure/ Institution Funding
  4. Club Sport – Expensive to be competitive
  5. Standards
  6. Fragmentation
  7. Ethnocentricity
  8. Junior Fitness compared to National/International
  9. Giving Back to Sport by the experienced and retired
  10. Tapping into Funding
  11. Thought in Non-uniform
  12. We can’t relay on USST consistency and developing regional talent
  13. Shifting Tide
  14. Post College Opportunity
  15. Media
  16. NCAA/NSL Rules
  17. Fear of Trying

Opportunities:

  1. Change
  2. WI Clubs
  3. Set a Course
  4. Planning
  5. MN Cohesiveness
  6. Regional Cohesiveness
  7. Funding
  8. Raise Standards/Develop Standards
  9. Educate on Standards
  10. Pipeline & Plan
  11. Integration
  12. Tap Experience
  13. Transfer Information
  14. Personal Motivation & Initiative
  15. Compromise
  16. Focus/Loose Distractions

Threats:

  1. Distractions
  2. Climate degradation
  3. Lack of Visibility
  4. Apathy
  5. Lack of Rewards
  6. Lack of Funding
  7. Selfness/Ethnocentricity/Lack of Common Cause
  8. Talent Export
  9. Lack of Results Analysis
  10. Over Emphasis of Socializing
  11. Diluting Resources for Elite
  12. Not Seeing Big Picture

Issues:

  1. USST Funding
  2. Results Accountability
  3. Results – National for Region
  4. Meshing things together/ Program Continuity
  5. What is Success?
  6. Results don’t Match Participation
  7. Standards
  8. Focus/Priorities

Short Term Goals (12 months):

  1. CXC Training Manual
  2. Set a Course
  3. Follow Up
  4. Buy in by those not here
  5. Competition Opportunities (Improve)
  6. Media Exposure
  7. Fundraising
  8. Publish Performance and Training Standards on the CXC website
  9. Publish Available Opportunities
  10. Get U.S. Nationals in Central for 07 and 08

Long Term Goals (3 years):

  1. Teach Athletes to be Professional
  2. Lifestyle/ Priorities
  3. Elites Give Back to Community
  4. Train Consistently/Properly
  5. Know what it takes – Sacrifice & Suffering
  6. Market Selves
  7. Funding Elite Seniors (enough to make living)
  8. Raise results back up and start producing top Juniors and Seniors Nationally/Internationally
  9. Sport Marketing/Media Education
  10. Organized Long Term Fundraising
  11. Monitor Goals
  12. Accountability – Athletes + Coaches
  13. Teach Coaches to be Professional
  14. Post Collegiate Program (Park City Alternative)
  15. Exposure to Top Skiers Training
  16. Figure out Geographical Strengths and Weaknesses
  17. Support Twin Cities Snowmaking w/terrain to expose our elites to metro areas vice versa
  18. Win Alaska Cup Again/Increase JO top 10’s, 5’s, 3’s and wins
  19. Dominate U.S. Junior World Team + Scando Team
  20. CXC J1 Trip + other European Racing Opportunities
  21. Increase CCSA Membership
  22. J2/J3/J4 Championship at level to prepare for JO’s and beyond
  23. Coordinate + Recognize Volunteers
  24. Increase Number of Female Coaches
  25. Increase Female Participation on all Levels