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Skiwerx Program

2014-15 Dates and Prices

FALL: Sept 8 - Nov 20 (no MEA week) 10 meeting weeks: $275, one-day per week $150
LATE START FALL: Oct 20 - Nov 20 5 meeting weeks: $150, one day per week $90
WINTER: Dec 1 - Mar 5 (holiday break Dec 22 - Jan 3) 12 meeting weeks $325, One day per week price: $200
WINTER JANUARY START: Jan 5 - Mar 5: $275; one-day per week $175

WINTER Skiwerx graduates: For experienced skiers or prior Skiwerx athletes coming off of their high school season. Please join us for more skiing and to help mentor the younger kids. 

Winter Skiwerx will include a Skiwerx racing license, point earning priviledges in the Skiwerx Race Series, coaches support at the Skiwerx Series events, free racing in the MYSL Wednesday and Monday night Team Sprints Series, a personalized race hat and the Skiwerx Annual banquet.

10% sibling/multiple registration discount

NOTE: We are overhauling our registration system and its currently offline, so please contact Amy to register. 

Skiwerx Elm Creek
FALL: Tue/Thu 6pm
WINTER: Tue/Thu 6pm

Skiwerx Minneapolis 
FALL: Mon 4:30pm
WINTER (meets at Wirth): Mon 4:30pm

Skiwerx French 
WINTER: TBA

Skiwerx Winona
FALL:
WINTER: Tue/Thu 4:00pm

Skiwerx Affiliated Programs 
Loppet Fast Kids
 Various programs/schedules at Wirth Park and Hyland Park locations.
Endurance United Youth Team
 East metro locations.

2014-15 Upcoming Skiwerx Dates
Skiwerx Monster Camp. Dec ?? Three day camp, focusing on racing skills (including parental support tips).
Jan 14th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus CLASSIC technique
Jan 19th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (MLK Day) 9:30am location TBA
Jan 21st Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus FS 
Jan 26th Monday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus, FS technique
Feb 2nd Monday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus, CLASSIC technique
Feb 11th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Parent/Child Championships
March 6-8th Fri/Sat/Sun Midwest Junior Championships and Festival, Wirth Park
March 22nd Sunday Skiwerx Banquet

What is Skiwerx?
Skiwerx is a year-round program for active kids age 9-13 that want to learn a variety of training skills (speed, strength, endurance, flexibility). Skiwerx programs meet two or three times weekly with dedicated and qualified coaches. We've set up cooperative sessions with some of the metro area's best known ski training clubs.

Highlights
*Workouts focus on fun and include a variety of speed work, agility drills, strength and flexibility, as well as endurance training.
*Rollerskis not required or the main focus.
*Each group has a dedicated and certified coach with prior coaching/collegiate racing experience. Ratio of 1:8. 
*Session length is 1 hour 30 min.
*Formal and ongoing curriculum development specific to age group (for coaching and for parent/athlete education)
*Rollerski rental program and/or rotating fleet of rollerskis (seasonal)
*Waxable classic/skate ski rental program. WAXABLE CLASSIC AND SKATING SKIS REQUIRED.
*Ski culture/next steps/how to become a ski racer and/or stay active and healthy for life tutorials
*Waxing tutorials for parents
*Sibling discount and formal scholarship application (partial scholarships based on school lunch status).
*No online processing fee.
*All-Skiwerx events, which bring together kids from Skiwerx and Skiwrex-affiliated programs.
*Skiwerx Series winter races
*MYSL/Hoigaards Wednesday and Monday Night Team Sprint Series; youth and adult/youth categories (kids free)
*Skiwerx Banquet (March)

Requirements
*Age 9 as of Dec 31 and skier must be at or above MYSL level 5
*Younger children (that are developmentally matched) are welcome to participate, but a parent is required to attend
*For dryland training, helmets, poles and running shoes
*For on snow training, waxable classic skis (no fish scales!) and skating skis. Rentals will be available.

Methods and Research
The Skiwerx program was developed after research indicated that the Midwest region is way behind in this type of programming. Most of our youth athletes choose other, more structured sports at this age and leave skiing behind. I'm excited about the new opportunities that Skiwerx will provide to our next generation of skier.

We are using the Canadian Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Research as the basis for our training methods. See http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca for a plethora of information. The Skiwerx program fits into the "Learning to Train" stage, which is a critical time to learn "physical literacy" which gives children the platform they need to become successful athletes as well as the necessary skills they will need to remain active and healthy for life.

Questions
Contact Amy