We have 13 active Bill Koch Youth Ski League clubs across the Mid Atlantic region. A total of 213 NYSSRA – Nordic members are 13 and under. That number is up from last year and up significantly from two years ago.
We all owe a big “thank you” to Lake Placid and the NYSEF BKYSL families for a well done Festival. Our youth had a great time and didn’t seem to mind that they had a limited area on which to ski.
We now have updated festival hosting criteria and guidelines thanks to Matt Cook, Eric Hamilton, Ruth Hayes, Margaret Maher, and Lori Vezendy. These criteria have not been updated since the early 1990s.
Future Mid Atlantic Bill Koch Festivals will be held in:
- Southern Adirondack in 2010 (with Shenendehowa lead);
- Central New York in 2011 (with Sunnycrest lead);
- Old Forge Polar Bears in 2012.
Each club fielding participants at a future Mid Atlantic Bill Koch Festival will be expected to provide a minimum of two volunteers to help with specific tasks like course stewards, results runners, snow shovelers, timing or vehicle parking.
Ribbons are available for prizes your club’s competitive events compliments of NYSSRA – Nordic. These are first place through fifth place and participant.
NYSSRA – Nordic will continue with waiving first year membership free for BKYSL aged youth. We want to encourage membership so that even our practices are covered by liability insurance. We also capture all participant’s names and addresses for subsequent years.
How about this for your first entry on your 2010 calendar: February 6 – the Sunnycrest BKYSL will host a youth race in downtown Syracuse.