Wednesday, 29 January 2014

B4S#2 - CNC - information for coaches

Hi folks

 Crystal Ridge has been busy organizing volunteers and baking cookies and will be providing the bulk of the logistical and volunteer efforts for the day.  Thank you to head coach Richard Vervoort and Assistant Ana McFayden for your efforts. 

you will notice a more detailed itinerary and a few changes to the day.  I want to remind everyone that the primary intent of B4S development events is to provide a positive race experience for children in the first or second year of racing or to children who are novice skiers.  As discussed at our coaches meeting in September, host clubs can decide on categories of children that they would like to include in the event they host - and that all B4S events should have as their focus the midget and minimidget age groups.

In addition to events for children born 2000-2003, Crystal Ridge has decided to include events for 2004-2007 birth years.  In addition to these two categories, in response to expressed interest, the event will include an unofficial category for 'experienced racers' (kids who are not novice skiers or kids who have raced for more than 2 years at several events per year).  This will allow experienced racers to participate.  Please note, children in the unofficial category will not accrue points to the club aggregate points in this event.  We hope this satisfies the expressed need to include all kids but still keep the focus on novice or less experienced racers as the primary focus of this event.

Registration numbers are currently at 56 kids.  It is encouraging to see that the vast majority of the kids who have registered are kids whose names you do not see at Alberta Cup Races.  This has to be considered a major success of this development event and supportive of the expressed intent of B4S development events as being events focused on developing athletes who do not have as much race experience.  The B4S event series was created with one of the major emphasis to be expanding participation of clubs from all over southern Alberta.  Bravo Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club for creating an event which has accomplished this mission! Bravo!

Please also note, that the event registration does not include trail passes.  All participants and adult skiers must have either a day pass or a season pass to ski at the Canmore Nordic Centre.  Please ensure your families know to bring extra money to pay for trail passes which cost betw $5 and $10 per person depending on age.

Please also note, that we will have a brief coaches meeting at 11am in the upstairs meeting room in the new part of the daylodge to review details.

Please also come with appropriate expectations of what this event should look and feel like.  It will not look like the Olympics or feel like a world cup or even and Alberta Cup race.  Think 'Old School'.  It will be a safe event.  A first aider will be onsite. 

Bravo Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club for the hard work you have done in pulling this event together.  We look forward to a very fun day  on Sat Feb 1 at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

If you have any questions, please let me know

Roy Strum
B4S Cheerleader
Lead Coach - T2T program, Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Race organizer mentor - B4S#2

Friday, 17 January 2014

Club Aggregate Update - club points after B4S #1 - Jan 11, 2014

Built 4 Speed is the new event series for children born 2000-2003 in Southern Alberta.  A major focus of the series is on earning points towards the club aggregate banners.  Four banners will be presented at our season ending event in March 2014 in Canmore for the top four clubs in the event series.   The intent here is to give clubs a focus on team effort and participation.

Here are the Team standings after B4S#1

Foothills Nordic Ski Club - 1824
Canmore Nordic Ski Club - 584
XC Bragg Creek Ski Club - 256
Calgary Nordic Training Group - 136

Congratulations to all the participating teams!

Join us for our next B4S event on Feb 1 in Canmore hosted by Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club. 

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Built for Speed Event #2 - hosted by Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club - Sat Feb 1, 2014 - updated Jan 29.14

Event Notice - B4S#2 - updated Jan 24.14

Hosted by Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club

The Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club is pleased to be hosting Built for Speed Event #2 at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Sat Feb 1 from 1130-3pm.  The event will include two different races – an individual time trial for kids born 2000-2003 and a mass start race for kids born 2004-2007 plus a downhill race.  in addition, we are collaborating wtih Cross Country Canada to offer a third event - Ski Cross - at the Terrain ParkThis is the first regional event hosted by Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski club, which is an enthusiastic new ski club from Okotoks, AB that offers ski programs at the Crystal Ridge Golf Course in Okotoks.

Technique - this is a classic technique event - no skating permitted.

Event Location:  Canmore Nordic Centre,  west end of Meadow area

Race Office – located in the upstairs meeting room in the Canmore Nordic Centre.  Race Office will be open at 1115am.

Who can register for this ‘development’ event?

B4S ‘Development’ Events are intended to be introduction to racing events that are aimed at children who have very little racing experience. For example, if your child is competing in the Alberta Winter Games, this event may not be appropriate.   Development events are aimed at novice to beginner racers.  Every ski club has kids who are in their first or second year of skiing/racing.  It is these kids that B4S Development events are aimed at. Please check with your coach to see if it is appropriate for your child to attend.  Registration is at coach’s discretion.  In response to expressed interest, organizers will offer an 'unofficial' category for kids who are experienced racers (more than two years of racing).


on line registrations will be accepted - $5/athlete.

Trail Passes
all participants and parents who are skiing must purchase a day pass at the nordic centre daylodge.  this is in addition to the $5 registration for the event.  Please plan on bringing an additional $5-$10 for trail passes per person.  Canmore Nordic Centre Prov Park staff will hand out $174 fines for people using the trails without either a day pass or a season pass.  Day passes are not included in the registration cost.

Registration deadline:  Thursday Jan 30, 1150pm.

Lunch - please plan to bring a bag lunch and eat it between 11 and 1145 in our room in the Daylodge of the Canmore Nordic Centre

Categories and Events 

Single year, single sex categories
bib pick up at 1130 in upstairs room in new part of Canmore Nordic Centre daylodge.

Event #1 1230pm
Event #2  130pm
Event #3 230pm
Downhill race
ski cross event at terrain park
Downhill race

Here is a more detailed itinerary for the the day

11am - coaches meeting upstairs in the new part of the daylodge
1130 - meet in upstairs meeting room of new part of daylodge to get bibs and some instructions on the B4S events - ski out to mine scar for the first two races

1230 - classic 1.5km time trial for 2000-2003 birthyears; mass start 1km time trial for 2004-2007 birth years - bring a bag lunch to eat munch on after you race.

130 - downhill race - top of wolverine trail down to meadowview for 2000-2003 birth years; top of barf hill to time trial start finish area for 2004-2007 birth years - begin skiing back to terrain park after race - bring a granola bar and water belt to munch/drink on your way back to terrain park.

230 - terrain park race - at terrain park.
315 -330 - awards and wrap up

timing results will be for official 2000-2003 categories only. 2004-2007 categories results will be by finish order only. results will be posted on zone 4 for 2000-2003 categories. 2004-2007 finish results will be posted on crystal ridge nordic ski club website -

This is a low key event and will not look or feel at all like a world cup race. The event is intended as its primary mandate to create a positive race experience for kids who have 2 years or less racing experience or who are novice skiers. In response to expressed interest, there will be an unofficial category for kids with lots of racing experience - this is at the discretion of the host club to decide on events at their 'development' event. This unofficial category will not accrue points towards club banners, but it will create an opportunity for all interested kids to participate. If you plan to register in the unofficial category, let the race officials know when you pick up your bib.


·               Finish positions will accrue points towards B4S club aggregate banners for official 2000-2003 categories.
·               Participation awards will be presented by the host club – e.g. cookies

Other information
-       we will have access to the upstairs meeting room in the Nordic centre day lodge.

Organizing Committee

Richard Vervoort – Head Coach – Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club
Ana McFayden, Warren Verkerk – Volunteer Coordinators
Roy Strum - Lead Coach - T2T program - Canmore Nordic Ski Club

Crystal Ridge Nordic Ski Club website

Course Details

There are several events on at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Sat Feb1.  Skiers participating in the B4S development event will be sharing trails with the general public. 

The interval start and mass start events will take place at the west end of the mine scar and use the Banff-Bruin- Meadowview trails.  The downhill race will take place on trails in the same general area.

Emergency Procedures

A First Aider will be present with a first aid kit.  Emergency response if a skier is injured will be to contact the Canmore Nordic Centre for emergency help.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Club Aggregate Banners - an important focus of the Built for Speed Series in Southern Alberta

Aggregate Points Assignment chart
For the 2013-14 season points will be assigned to clubs based on the finish position in each single year, single gender category according to the following chart:

1st place - 30 points
2nd place 28 points
3rd place - 26 points
4th place - 24 points
5th place - 22 points
6th place - 20 points
7th place - 18 points
8th place - 16 points
9th place - 14 points
10th place - 12 points
11th place - 10 points
12th place - 8 points
13th place - 6 points
14th place - 4 points
15th place - 2 points
16th place and greater - 1 point

After each event, a current points list will be posted on this blog site.

Banners will be awarded to the 4 clubs with highest number of points.
1st place - club with highest number of points
2nd place - club with the second highest number of points
3rd place - club with the third highest number of points
4th place - club with the fourth highest number of points

As an introductory race series, this series aims to focus less on the individual and more on the team.  B4S event host clubs can choose to award individuals in any way that they like.

Built for Speed Event #1 - Calgary - hosted by Foothills Nordic Ski Club

Hi Southern Alberta Cross Country Ski Clubs

The Built for Speed Series gets underway Sat Jan 11 at Confederation Park in Calgary.  Thank you to Foothills Nordic Ski Club for hosting our inaugural B4S event.

registration link -

race notice link -

The focus of these events are on:

- increased participation in entry level race events by southern Alberta ski clubs - we would like to increase the number of clubs who participate in these type of 'introduction to racing' events.

- club recognition - the focus isn't on individuals in this series, but instead on earning points towards being recognized with a club banner - four banners will be presented to the four clubs with the greatest number of points after four events.  All skiers will earn points for their club regardless of finish position.  We would like to take the focus away from the individual and place it instead on the team.  Host clubs can choose to present individual awards if they want.

differentiated events -  there are two different types of events in the B4S event series:
- open events - open to any skier in the age groups identified
- development events - entry at coaches discreation - focus is on novice racers - kids who haven't raced much.

Jan 11 - Calgary - Open Event
Jan 25 - Okotoks - Development Event
Feb 14 - Bragg Creek - Development Event
Mar 9 - Canmore - Open Event

- age groups - B4S events will include midget (2000 and 2001 in the 2013-14 season) and minimidget (2002 and 2003 in the 2013-14 season) categories at every event.  Host clubs can choose to include more categories than this if that fits for them.

Additional information about the Jan 11 Built for Speed Event in Calgary.

Dave Gammie (Chief of Event for B4S#1 in Calgary) and I chatted today - here is what i took away - most of the information is in the race notice - there were a few clarifications that are included below

three events - all classic technique
mass start  - 2.5 for midgets, 2 for minimidgets, 1.5 for peewees
jumps and bumps race - 900m for all categories - interval starts - three skiers in a start
relay - 6x500m - teams of 3, 4, 5, or 6 skiers

events will run concurrent 
midgets start with mass start and move to jumps and bumps, when midgets have finished their mass start, minimidgets do their mass start and then go to bumps and jumps race, etc.

warming tent - if numbers are sufficient, foothills has offered to rent a tent at their expense to act as a warming tent.  If numbers of registrants are not sufficient, clubs will need to bring their own warming tents.  A decision about renting a warming tent will be made in the middle of the week depending on race registration numbers.  Please promote this event with your clubs - it would be great to have a large numbers and a warming tent.

seating - clubs need to bring their own camping chairs to sit on in warming tents

bathrooms - Foothills will rent an appropriate number of portapotties for use by the event as confederation park golf course bathrooms are not available

water - clubs need to bring their own water to this event

results - will be posted on a few days after the event

timing - individual times will not be taken for this event - finish order will be noted

club aggregate awards - point will be assigned based on finish position in each single year, single gender age category.  club aggregate banners will be awarded on Mar 9 at the final B4S event in Canmore.