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NENSA early winter Gaining Ground Clinic

Fri, Nov  14, 2008 - By NENSA

This year's NENSA Gaining Ground Clinic will take place at the fabulous setting of Trapp Family Lodge and will continue the tradition of offering educational presentations for those looking to broaden their coaching knowledge.

Started by Fred Griffin and Zack Caldwell in 1998, the Gaining Ground series begins its 10th year of educating coaches across New England.  It's amazing the way that these three-day clinics help both new and experienced coaches open their eyes to new ideas while reinforcing the fundamentals of coaching communication, technique, and physiology

This clinic will also offer Level 1 and Level 2 NENSA Certification options and will also satisfy the USSA Technique requirement. Current NENSA Certification requirements can be found at For more information on USSA Certification go to

Presenters will offer insight into the three major components of NENSA's Coaches Ed Curriculum: Physiology and Strength; Technique, and Communications. In addition there will be other informative topics designed to encourage coaches (or athletes!) to delve further into the development process. The newly revised NENSA Coaches Resource and Training Guide will also be available at this clinic.

Clinic Cost: For full weekend w/ lodging: $250 for NENSA members; $280 for non-members. For Day Participants (No Lodging): $150 for NENSA members; $180 for non-members.

Full weekend package includes lodging at Trapp Family Lodge Friday and Saturday night, Lunch Sat and Sun, NENSA's Level 1 Training & Resource Guide, and Clinic. Day Participants will receive the Guide, Lunch Sat and Sun and Clinic.

Tentative Schedule:

Gaining Ground- An Approach to Building Ski Speed through Efficiency

Friday, December 5

2:00 – 2:30 p.m- Registration - Trapp Family Lodge- conference room

2:45 – 4:45 p.m. - Ski technique -skating (on snow)* - Patrick Weaver, UVM leads. (Trapp’s Nordic Ctr)

5:00 p.m. -Welcome and Clinic Introduction by Janice Sibilia, NENSA Competitive Program Director- conference room

5:30 p.m. -Dinner break

7:30 p.m. - Discussion of building speed in Nordic skiers –Pete Phillips, Burke Academy (conference room)

9:00.p.m. -Optional Group Discussions- Topics TBA (Conference Room)

Saturday, December 6

7:30 a.m.- Optional Run and Mobility Stretch (Janice Sibilia)

9:00 a.m.- Youth Skiing: The BKL Philosophy w/ MaryAnne Levins, Mtn Top Nordic (conference room)

10:00 a.m. - Classic Technique Discussion – Janice Sibilia- (conference room)

10:15-12:00 p.m.- Classic Technique On-Snow*- Janice Sibilia with All Instructors (Trapp’s Nordic Ctr)

12:00 PM -Lunch break

1:30 – 3:30 p.m- Speed Development, A learning Model (On-Snow) – all Instructors

3:45 -5:00 p.m. -Recovery and Nutrition – Donna Smyth (Conference room)

5:00 p.m.-Yoga with Donna – (conference room)

6:00 p.m.- Dinner break

7:30 p.m -Initiating Club Development & Growth- Abby Weissman, NENSA (conference room)

8:30 p.m. -Optional Group Discussions- Topics TBA (conference room)

Sunday, December 6

7:00 a.m. -Optional Run and Mobility Stretch- Janice Sibilia

8:15 a.m. -Discussion of Coaches Education Certification, Evaluations, (conference room)

8:30 a.m.-Importance of Strength Training for Nordic Skiers- Rob Bradlee, CSU (conference room)

9:15 a.m. -On-Snow Specific Strength – A learning Model- Led by Rob- All Instructors

11:00 a.m.- Planning Training (conference room)

12:00 p.m- Lunch break

1:15 p.m.- Technique critique-learn by doing.

2:30 p.m.-Camp wrap up

* If temps are cold enough Trapp’s will make enough snow for us to ski on for progressions. If Mother Nature cooperates there may be more. If neither temps nor Mother Nature cooperate we will do dry land training. Special lodging rates for participants will be available at Trapp Family Lodge. Details to be posted shortly.
Registration: Contact Janice Sibilia at for more information.

Contact: Janice Sibilia,, (914) 475-5494
Register: Link to Registration Page