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Bay Nordic News October 2014

Bay Nordic News October 2014

  • Bay Nordic waxing skis at the YMCA Ski Sale this Saturday
  • Project Illumination: Lighting 4km of trails at the Reforestation Camp
  • Masters, Youth, and Middle & High School racing team now open!
  • New Trail Maintenance group forming due to Brown County Parks budget cuts
  • CXC Nordic Rocks program comes to North East Wisconsin!
  • Ski-Erg mini-fundraiser for the West YMCA

Bay Nordic is waxing skis at YMCA Ski Sale this Saturday, November 1st and 2nd to raise funds for the 3-12 Youth program and the Middle & High School race teams.  You can bring your skis in and have them waxed or buy skis or snowboards at the sale and we will wax those too!  If you want to volunteer, sign up at:
Waxing:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca 
Floor Walking/Front Desk: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca2 
Ski Sale Set Up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9AF2DA64-ymca1 
 Don’t miss it!!!  You can find great deals on all types of ski equipment and have your skis waxed by the Bay Nordic Ski Team.  This is a great fundraiser!

Bay Nordic is proud to announce that Project Illumination has been approved by the Brown County Parks and we are now raising funds to light 4 Kilometers of trail at the Reforestation camp.  The Birkie Foundation has verbally agreed to sponsor the very first light; thanks to the grant application submitted by Catherine Egelhoff! Early cost estimates put the project at approximately $250,000.  Donations of any amount are desired.  Lights may be sponsored for $1000 each. If you’d like to sponsor a light, donate toward the project, or join the fund raising team contact Paul Egelhoff at Paul.Egelhoff@foth.com. This project will have a immeasurable and lasting effect on our ski community; allowing skiers to enjoy the trails well into the evening hours and perhaps developing future Olympians.

Master’s News: Don’t miss out on these events: 

  • In Competition Sports’ hillbounding is moving from Tuesday evenings to Saturdays at 9:30am due to Daylight Savings and loss of night lighting at Triangle Park starting November 8th. (No hillbounding November 5th).
  • Mark your calendar: The Bay Nordic Masters group has announced their Adult Ski Clinic at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya January 9-11, 2015.
  • Once the snow flies, look for Adult Skis every Monday night and fun races every Wednesday night!
  • Yoga & Ski – Super popular last year, watch for dates to be announced.
  • Join Bay Nordic Masters and share the fun

The Middle and High School teams have begun dryland training this week under the direction of Head Coach Nick Reckinger.  Nick leads the High School team and Noel Versch leads the Middle school team with the much appreciated help of many volunteer assistant coaches.  New team members (prep team) are learning to roller ski while experienced members (race team) are building the skills and strength to compete this winter. New this year is the expansion of the team to younger skiers ages 10-11.  It’s not to late to join, just complete the registration form today!

Youth registration is now open.  The Youth program is for beginning skiers ages 3-12.  If you are receiving this email, likely you are already a Bay Nordic Family and we encourage you to forward this email to your friends!  Those interested can learn more by visiting our website and are highly encouraged to register all their children for the season!!!

A new ‘Friends Group’ is currently forming to help maintain the Reforestation Camp Ski Trails. The Brown County Parks department has had their budgets slashed to 1989 levels.  While they are committed to provide grooming and trail maintenance for the 2014/2015 season, they will need the ski community’s help for the 2015/2016 season.  They have encouraged the formation of a new ‘Friends of the Reforestation Camp Ski Trails’ group to provide trail maintenance, improvements and grooming to address the shortfall. On a positive note, the County has replaced one of the worn out snowmobiles with a John Deere Gator with tracks for grooming purposes this year.  All parties who would like to help or simply care about having properly maintained and promptly groomed trails should contact Brian Gustin at blg.gustin@gmail.com.  Brian will add you to the email list so you know when the next meeting is and learn of the latest actions taken to form the new friends group.

CXC Nordic Rocks Program:  Bay Nordic is implementing this innovative learn to ski program at the Glenbrook Elementary school.  Several volunteers will be needed. The school will be supplied with skis with step in bindings for kids to use during the school day.  Read about the program: Nordic Rocks  and contact Catherine Egelhoff at cathegelhoff@gmail.com if you are excited to volunteer and make this awesome program a success!

I can’t help but post this mini-fundraiser by Bay Nordic Masters member Jessie Sharp to raise $1150 for a Concept 2 ski erg to donate to the West YMCA (where the Bay Nordic ski teams will be strength training). Let’s make this happen!!!  Probably the best cardio machine for the money available!!!  Click this link to see the description and donate. 

Thank you to all the many volunteers, skiers and families working together to help Bay Nordic change the landscape of Nordic Skiing in North Eastern Wisconsin!   -Ryan Jennings, Editor

Bay Nordic Newsletter #1 Spring 2014

Thank you to everyone involved with Bay Nordic this year! We started as a youth program just a few years ago and made the jump this year to expand programs for the Green Bay area. Thanks especially to all the coaches and our team manager who worked together in a great collaborative way to organize and conduct the training for all the programs this season. The Green Bay Nordic Community is alive and well!  Our goal is to provide the organizational support to grow the sport by improving the skiing trails and infrastructure. Our core programs include our youth group, middle and high school skiers, masters, and community outreach.

2013-14 Successes

Our Bay Nordic Youth group this year had over 150 kids ages 3 to 12 register and 859262_567604559997097_1409477604_oparticipate.  Over 100 rental sets of skis, boot and poles went out for these kids.  A whopping 55 coaches, assistant coaches and floaters worked together to make the year an overwhelming success. We also had dedicated volunteers at the check-in/out table and in the warming hut along with wonderful families donating tasty treats each session! Although we had one of the coldest winters in a long time, we were able to hold all six sessions! Click here for photos.

Our brand new Junior MS/HS Race Team attracted 38 middle and high school athletes, far surpassing our initial hopeful estimate of 25 skiers. Fund raising events and donations helped us purchase uniforms, boots, poles, roller skis, classic skis, and skate skis needed to meet the demand. It was great to see some of our past youth members move on to the MS/HS team. Our team consisted of athletes new to skiing as well as experienced racers who brought home some great results:

Bay Nordic Team photo

  • 22 skiers competed in over 90 races
  • Trophies and medals were earned
  • Over 14 skiers surpassed the cumulative 50k end of year challenge
  • 2 head coaches and 8+ assistant coaches contributed their time and expertise
  • Parents were deeply involved throughout the season
  • Definition: A SUCCESSFUL YEAR!!!

Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/baynordic to see more photos.  <Click here to read the Coach’s Blog of successes and plans>

Local Master skiers are key to Bay Nordic’s success including program coordinators and coaching the youth & junior programs. A few new Master’s events included Wednesday Night Races and Yoga & Ski. The Stump Farm Ski Race returned in February under Bay Nordic leadership. Kudos to our rookie Race Director- Dave Hess! Click here for the Stump Farm race results.

Our Partnership with Brown County Parks & Recreation began this year with usage of the Pines building for our Junior Team and Yoga & Ski. This year’s Christmas Eve event was a huge success with family members of all ages taking part in the ski and hot chocolate event in the Pines Building and out on the trails.

We look forward to expanding our “Friends Agreement” with the County as our club begins to grow. We also enjoyed some press on the local news as Channel 5 and Fox 11 both featured Bay Nordic during their morning news casts.

Next Year and Beyond

The board and dedicated volunteers are hitting the ground running for next year. We feel way ahead of schedule already! We will continue to call on our Nordic community to help grow Bay Nordic and provide the opportunities available in other ski communities. Our immediate goals for next year include:

Installing 3 to 4 KM of lighting at the Reforestation Camp trails. To obtain this goal we will need to obtain financial support, perform project planning, and continue to develop the partnership with Brown County.

Expand programming for 9 to 12 year olds and/or 5th Graders. We would like to keep our Youth kids skiing through middle and high school. We feel we can help accomplish this through adding a weekday session to bridge the gap between to the MS/HS program. Coaches & Trail Lighting needed!

Enhancing the MS/HS Race Program – Summer camps are being scheduled and a fleet of race skis are already on the way. <Click Here to read about the Race team Successes and plans for the new year>

Coaching Clinics – Planning for youth and MS/HS coaches. Look for announcements as plans are finalized.

Adult Program (Masters) – Planning a roller ski summer clinic and adding to the programs already in place. Next year we will be looking to organize events and outings for Adult program members to pursue outings to emphasize ski touring and group fun, such as candlelight skiing at venues like Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, Wolverine Village or ABR trails.

Long term strategic planning for the Nordic Community – Let us know how you want to see your ski community grow and how you want to help.  See the form below!

Immediate Needs for Next Year

We need help for next year! Please let us know ASAP your level of interest. Simply email us at baynordicski@gmail.com

Youth Group Program Coordinator(s) – After 5 years of running the program, the core group is moving on to help with the MS and HS programs. The structure is in place….we need someone passionate about the program to help keep it going!

Youth Coaches – Please consider coaching in our Youth Program. A great way to be exposed to coaching and ignite a love for skiing for kids of all ages. We will be holding clinics for all inexperienced and experienced coaches.

“Tweener” Program Coordinator & Coaches – We really want to offer additional programming for our older Youth group kids that want to ski more. We need help though!

MS/HS Coaches – Help appreciated anytime. Watch for coaches clinics.

MS/HS Team Manager– Catherine Egelhoff will assist in the transition.  Please see Catherine’s write-up of this important role.  < Click Here>

Adventure Program Coordinator – We struggled with the adventure program this year. To establish the program we need a Coordinator committed to the program.

Adult/Master Team Leaders – Any ideas for coordinating activities for adults or masters? If you are willing to lead, we will support.

Fund Raising – We are a 100% nonprofit organization (501c-3) dedicated to enriching our members by offering training and skiing experiences. We are committed to helping build better ski trails and improving the health and wellness of our community. Our fund raising efforts will be dedicated to this cause.