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Cross Country Projects & Race Announcements

Cross Country Projects & Race Announcements

U. S. Ski & Snowboard provides a number of Cross Country Projects and corresponding Race Announcements, and project position announcements, to further develop athletes through the Cross Country Pipeline. To learn more about Projects and Race Announcements, please refer to the reference links.

Dear Cross Country Ski Racing Community,

We’ve just posted the World Cup Selection Criteria for the 2018-19 season.

A working group that included eight senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Committee, a non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representative, and four of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself, created these criteria. 

Here are some of the main ways in which this year’s selection criteria differs from past criteria:

  • We’ve changed the standard by which men advance from one World Cup period to the next from top-30 to top-40 to reflect the greater depth in the men’s WC field.
  • We’ve added SuperTour leaders as guaranteed starts to the Tour de Ski.
  • We’ve added language to the past criteria for selecting a World Cup Finals squad in Quebec City, including:
    • Top-30 individual performance at the Seefeld World Champs (the previous standard was top-25).
    • Created a best 11 of 14 SuperTour results selection to round-out the WC Finals team, to encourage athletes to continue to race in Europe mid-season, rather than feeling the need to attend every SuperTour competition.
  • We’ve created a discretionary selection review group that includes an athlete rep to evaluate and approve our discretionary World Cup nominations.

We are excited about these changes.  We feel these criteria do a better job than ever before of selecting the right athletes to represent the USA in World Cup competition. 

If you are an athlete or a coach that is impacted by these criteria, and you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to contact me directly.  My contact info is below.

This same working group is also currently working on updated selection criteria for the 2019 Seefeld World Championships, and we will have that posted this summer. 

Sincerely,
Chris Grover
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

National U16 Summer Camp

The National U16 Summer Camp brings together the top U16 athletes from across the country for a week of intensive training and education as one of the first steps in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Development Pipeline.

Regional Elite Group Camp

The Regional Elite Group Camps (REG) brings together the top juniors in each region to train and receive feedback, educational materials, and a glimpse at the bigger picture of Nordic ski racing.

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January 2-7, Houghton, Mich.
Dates for this summer's NTG & REG camps and coach education conferences
The 2020 Cross Country Junior National Championship, hosted by the Auburn Ski Club, take place March 7-14. Event information, schedules, etc. Divisional Competition Athletes compete at Junior Nationals as part of 10 divisional teams. Each Division can bring up to 25 male and 25 female athletes spread across the U16, and U18/20 age groups. Divisions may self-elect to compete as a “small division” and limit their quota to 18 male and 18 female athletes as per Rule 73. Each division sets its' own Selection Criteria: Alaska Far West Great Lakes High Plains InterMountain Mid Athlantic Midwest New England Pacific Northwest Ski Association Rocky Mountain Pre-Qualification for Junior Nationals There are a few ways an athlete may pre-qualify for Junior Nationals and not count towards the quota of their respective division. The goal of Pre-Qualification is to ensure that the fastest junior skiers in the country are able to compete at Junior Nationals. Per the 2020 Comp Guide and athlete may pre-qualify by: Rule 69.1.2- Skiers ranked in the first 20 men or the first 20 women on the final ranking list at the Junior World Championships team trials are automatically qualified to enter the Junior Nationals but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 73. Rule 69.1.3- Skiers who qualify for and attend the U18 Scandinavian Cup with the U.S. Ski Team are automatically qualified to enter the Junior Nationals as a part of the team from their home division but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 73. Rule 69.1.4- The top-5 U.S. juniors, excluding foreign competitors, on the final NCAA East, NCAA West, or NCAA Central ranking lists are automatically qualified to enter the Junior Nationals but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 73. If one of those identified top-5 U.S. Juniors declines to attend they will not be replaced; there are no alternates for this group. Rule 69.1.5- Members of the World Junior Championship Team in Biathlon or Nordic Combined, are automatically qualified to enter the Junior Nationals as a part of the team from their home division but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 73. Rule 69.1.6- Members of the USOC Youth Olympic team in Cross Country, Biathlon, and Nordic Combined are automatically qualified to enter the Junior Nationals in the same year as YOG as a part of the team from their home division but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 73.
The 2019-2020 Super Tour Poster
A spreadsheet view of the 2019-2020 XC NRL Calendar
The most current SuperTour Standings

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