Don't mess around. Now is the time. Info inside.
Know how to go: USSA Education, Training Info, Olympic Criteria, Points List all linked below.
This is the less important stuff (points, criteria, etc):
The new FIS list at www.fis-ski.com or go straight here http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/cross-country/fispoints.html. Click on 2009 6th list.
USSA points: http://www.ussa.org/ go to Quick tools on the right side of the page, click and scroll down to cross country.
Qualification criteria: http://www.ussa.org/ go to Sports > Cross country > advancement and then scroll down the page for all sorts of criteria.
This is the important stuff (training, coaching):
Training and Education:
http://www.ussa.org/ go to Sports > Cross country > Development and check out Elite Development Pipeline, Long-Term Athlete Development, Athlete Competencies, Agility Training and Johnny's Ski School
http://www.ussa.org/ go to Sports > Cross country > Education and check out a lot of training and technique infomation as well as submit articles for publication.
And be sure to check this out down the same link: Cross Country Coaches Education Certification System
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has launched a cross country coaches Level 100 certification. This is the first level of a multi-level cross country-specific coaches education certification system. The curriculum is based on up-to-date practices used by the U.S. Ski Team in the quest for Olympic medals. The course material comes directly from the Team's coaches and several of their key partners. The rollout of the certification system will occur throughout the next several seasons, and course content will continue to evolve with the sport via updates to the manuals.
Have no excuses. Harbor no illusions. You are either on track and have to fight to stay that way, or you better get on track starting yesterday.
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