NYSSRA – Nordic has a good policy in place with membership fees waived for first year new members age 13 and under. 29 youth took advantage of that this season. That roughly equates to those that “graduated” or aged out of the youth program.
Even though it was completed some 15 years ago the BKYSL Leaders Manual, still serves as a reference for those days when inspiration for a fun lesson or ski game doesn’t come to mind when planning a practice. This document is available as a PDF that can be downloaded from the NYSSRA web site.
We had a highly successful Bill Koch Festival at Bristol Mountain, with a clever theme “Festival in the West”. Many followed the theme with western hats, bandanas and a few mustashed youth. There was a great turn out by Genesse Valley youth and sparse turn out from Old Forge, from Syracuse, from the Shenendehowa BKYSL, From Cayuga Nordic, and one from the Higley Ermines. There was a great showing from Erie PA area and I will add their contact information to the on-line listing of BKYSL local Clubs. Alex Carpentier came closest to the mystery time to win the Secretaries Cup.
NYSSRA does maintain a supply of ribbons for local BKYSL events to which other regional clubs are invited. That supply must be replenished.
The southern Adirondack region will host a Bill Koch Festival in March 2014 at Lapland Lake. The theme will be, “It is time for a new generation of Super Heros!”
The Ks for Kochers logs were due by April 1, 2013. There are two Gold medal seasons one for 410 kilometers by J4 skier Adam Bollt of the Higley Ermines, and one for 243 kilometers by J5 skier Alex Carpentier of RXCSF.
My thanks to Heidi and Bill Broderick who recently started a Mid Atlantic Bill Koch Group on FaceBook. This should help greatly with communication between divergent coaches through out the Mid Atlantic region!
Nominations remain open for a BKYSL Committee Chairman for the 2013 – 2014 season.