Each season the New York State Ski Racing Association – Nordic reward their youth members for their motivation and dedication during the ski season. Within this Bill Koch Youth Ski League program, the “Ks for Kochers”, our youth keep track of the number of kilometers that they cross country ski with their BKYSL Club, with their family, or on their own. They record the number of kilometers they ski every week, every month, and add up the kilometers for an end-of-the-year total. NYSSRA awards a certificate that says, “I went the GOLD distance”, or silver, or bronze. The chart below shows the thresholds for the “K” award according to age and the number of kilometers skied. That way EVERYONE WINS! Your local club may also have an award…ask your coach or leader.
Since a majority of youth skiing is done on other than formal groomed trails NYSSRA – Nordic uses an approximate calculation of 10 kilometers an hour and allows a substitution on this basis. As youth get into competitive aspects of the sport they may find a more precise conversion.
The purpose of the program is to start young skiers keeping track of the skiing they do. As they progress to the next competition level (an to a different coach) it serves as a record of their accomplishments. It also establishes the cause and effect relationship of effective training to good results in endurance sports.
NYSSRA recognizes the following for their accomplishments this past 2010 – 2011 season [name/youth class/distance/local club]:
- Jen Broderick J3 613 k RXCSF
- Katelyn Broderick J4 572 k RXCSF
- Laura Broderick J5 542 k RXCSF
- Andrew Carpentier J6 250 k RXCSF
- Hannah Collinsworth J5 428 k Tug Hill Screamers
- Nathan Collinsworth J5 438 k Tug Hill Screamers
- Amy Duclos J3 1040 k Shenendehowa
- Sarah Duclos J3 1040 k Shenendehowa
- Jackson Koziol Lollipop 125 k Shenendehowa
- Travis Koziol J6 240 k Shenendehowa
- Bailey Moore J4 501 k Shenendehowa
- Chandler Moore J3 633 k Shenendehowa
- Tyler Koziol J5 247 k Shenendehowa
- Alex Carpentier J6 73 k RXCSF
Look for information about the Ks for Kochers this coming season as the snow starts to fly.