- Support and foster a positive experience, working together with coaches (most of whom are parents and volunteers).
- Be supportive of the coach and help him/her when you can. Coaches give their time and
resources to provide skill development and ski activities for your child.
- Let coaches know if an athlete has any relevant allergies or medical conditions
- Remember that all classes begin on time so that athletes don’t get bored or cold waiting around
- All personal equipment should be labelled, and athletes should be dressed for the weather
- Provide (rent/buy) appropriate and properly fitting equipment and clothing for cross-country skiing
- Athletes should bring a snack and a drink for a mid-lesson break
- The majority of classes have two coaches (more for Bunnyrabbits), and willrequire additional assistance in the first few lessons
- Participate with classes when coaches request help, in case some athletes prefer to doddle or need extra help (coaches will do their best to keep the team together)
- Parents need to notify the coaches when they take their child, especially if they are planning on taking their child before the end of a lesson
- If your child is sick, please them home to recover.
- At the end of each class be ready to pick up your athlete on time, although please be patient as lessons may run late depending on how far they ventured
- Assist with scheduled and unscheduled program activities, like setting up team signs, starting a fire in the chalet, bringing in wood, or anything requesting volunteer help
- Time on snow is the most important determinant of success, to practice what is learnt and enjoy the great outdoors, so get out and ski for fun!
- Encourage skill improvement, sportsmanship and an honest effort by recognizing
achievements in these areas.
- Cheers all the competitors. Recognize and applaud a good effort when it is deserved. Be
supportive and positive to all the children competing in the event. Praise the efforts of all
the young skiers after a competition, especially if they did not do well. Be sincere!
- Encourage your child when he/she is competing, but be careful what you say. Yelling
instructions can make children nervous. Shout only general encouragements or key words
that have been previously discussed with the coach and your child.
- Teach your child that the rules of the competition are mutual agreements, which no one
should evade or break. Encourage your child to respect the rules and the officials who make
decisions on rulings.
- After the competition, give your child peace, quiet, dry and warm clothes and a drink. In
addition to a pat on the back.
- Be supportive of and thank organizers and officials. They are volunteering their free time to
provide your child an opportunity to participate in a competition. Encourage your child to
say thank you to at least one official before they return home.
- Remember to keep competition in perspective. It isn’t a World Cup, or an answer to world
hunger, or the Olympics. Let it just be fun!