Cross Country Skiing for
kids aged 5 to 14...
The Bill Koch Ski League emphasizes fun while teaching cross country skiing skills through drills, games, and races including our end of season Olympic festival and promotes cross country skiing, a lifelong sport with many recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities. Run by the New England Nordic Ski Association (www.nensa.net), the BKL thrives with over 40 local clubs in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.
The Great Brook Bill Koch Ski League meets Saturdays mornings from 8:45-10:30 during December, January and February at Great Brook Ski Touring Center (www.greatbrookski.com) at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle. Directions. When natural snow cover does not exist, the club still conducts “dry land training” exercises and activities, and occasionally may travel to other locations to reach snow.
Skiers in the club wear numbered bibs, issued at the start of practice and collected at the end of practice, and will be grouped according to these age categories:
Lollipop – new and less confident skiers through 2nd grade
J6 – Grade 1&2
J5 – Grade 3&4
J4 – Grade 5&6
J3 – Grade 7&8
Generally, the following schedule will apply: check-in at 8:45, warm-up exercises, 30-40 minute lessons/practice, 30-40 minute period of games and activities. Groups will usually remain in the area of the Lantern Loop and High Meadow with the more advanced groups taking advantage of the whole park.
Clothing & Equipment
Skiers should dress appropriately to stay warm and dry. Multiple layers of either stretchy or loose synthetic blend clothing are best for physical activity in winter weather since they allow easy adjustments to maintain comfort. Parkas and snow pants are generally not appropriate for cross country skiing unless it is severely cold. Hat, gloves/mittens and sunglasses are recommended. Skiers must have their own skis, boots and poles. Mark names on all items!
Any family needing to rent ski equipment may use NENSA's online ski program directly or any area ski shop. Please note, NENSA is ending its ski rental program this year but selling off its equipment.
The Great Brook Bill Koch League is extremely fortunate to have access to the Great Brook Ski Touring Center and to have sponsorship of NENSA and its programs access. As you register on-line you will be asked to approve waivers for all and your child becomes registered with NENSA. Questions? contact: email@example.com
The club uses a Yahoo Group for communication. Every family should have at least one email address in the group. Sign up on our contacts page. To unsubscribe send an email (to Yahoo) from the account you want removed using the link in the bottom of any message or here.
Parents are required to remain on-site (and encouraged to ski). In case of emergency we need parents or another responsible adult available. Parents of Lollipop Group skiers are expected to ski with the group. The club is volunteer-run and interested parents are needed to lead, coach, assist and chaperone and provide administrative support. The size of the group is directly related to the participation of parents for coaching, support and event assistance. Every parent of a club member is expected to do something.
Parents on skis are also required to participate as Sweepers to assure the club rule of "two sweepers" on every group.
Skiers and/or their parents are responsible for [learning how and their family's] ski waxing, the club has a wax box and provides training during early season practices.
Great Brook Ski Touring Center has generously donated trail time for Club Members during the Saturday's 9:00-10:30 Program hours. If you plan to extend your day or use the facilities outside the program hours you must also purchase a day/season pass. This is a very significant savings for club members, please respect this. Be sure to check out the Touring Center night skis and other impromptu opportunities to explore on your own with day/night with many club members opting for a season pass!
We celebrate snow! But use your own judgment. Should a wild weather event occur a message may be sent via the yahoo group, but if it is unsafe to drive, don't.
All parents and their children must follow traditional "rule of two" philosophies. (Two adults/two children). While we are in no way connected to scouting, they have excellent policies to use as guidelines for all parents including:
No adult should put themselves in a one on one contact situation with another parent's child at any time.
Skiers and "Sweepers" should work in teams and any injured or otherwise early returning skiers should return with a buddy and a sweeper, or two sweepers at minimum. No "one on one" contact.
Each ski group requires two sweepers available before setting out on the trail.
Parents are expected to participate and take an active role in protecting all the children in the club.
There are no "secretes" or "special outings" etc.
As we have no formal leadership, you as an adult have an explicit obligation to report any questionable behavior to the appropriate authorities.
Coaches and Skiers - Sweepers have no special training, guidance or qualifications that empower them to recognize or avoid predators.
Fee Schedule (See Registration page for this season's fees) which go towards:
Parking/Park fees for Saturday mornings
Trail fees for Saturday mornings (Waived! thanks to our sponsor Great Brook Ski Touring Center!)
NENSA registration fee
Site administration/registration direct fees
Wax, promotion, supplies and sundries
Other costs you may incur that are not included in the registration:
Ski equipment rentals or purchases
Trail passes outside the program hours