What is Skiwerx?
Skiwerx is year-round programming for active kids age 9-13 that want to learn a variety of training skills (speed, strength, endurance, flexibility) to help them become successful and healthy endurance athletes in the future.
MYSL Clubs run Skiwerx programs that use a combination of volunteer and paid coaches and in the metro are supported by our SkiCraft Clubs (young adult social and service-oriented clubs)
MYSL organizes the Skiwerx Race Series as well as many other supporting events
MYSL organizes a Youth Racing License with CXC and manages the CXC Youth Cup regional race series
MYSL co-hosts the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival
2014-15 MYSL Skiwerx Club Dates & Locations
WINTER: Dec 1 - Mar 5 (holiday break Dec 22 - Jan 3) 12 meeting weeks $200
(new lower price as we will be using SkCraft volunteer coaching to support the program)
One day per week price: $200
WINTER JANUARY START: Jan 5 - Mar 5: $200
LATE 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. FREE.
Skiwerx Elm Creek
WINTER: Tue/Thu 6pm
WINTER (meets at Wirth): Mon 4:30pm
Skiwerx Lake Elmo
WINTER: Thu 6:30 and Sun 2:00pm
WINTER: Tue/Thu 4:00pm
Winter Skiwerx Club Membership Includes:
- CXC/Skiwerx Youth Race License; which includes point earning priviledges in the Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup
- Coaching support at the Skiwerx Series events
- Free racing in the MYSL Wednesday night Team Sprints Series
- Personalized Skiwerx race hat
- Skiwerx Annual banquet
2014-15 Skiwerx Dates
Jan 7th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints (coach Kellen)
Jan 14th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus CLASSIC technique (coach Luke, Kellen)
Jan 17th King Boreas Ski Race (Skiwerx Series) (coach Amy)
Jan 19th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (MLK Day) 9:30am location TBA (no Mon night Skiwerx session) (coach Amy)
Jan 21st Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Skiwerx focus FS technique (coach Luke)
Jan 24th TC Championships (Skiwerx Series) CLASSIC technique (coach Luke, Sarah)
Jan 28th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints (coach Luke)
Jan 30th Loppet Sprints (Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup) (coach Luke, Kellen, Sarah)
Feb 4th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints (coach Luke)
Feb 11th Wednesday MYSL Team Sprints Parent/Child Championships (coach Luke)
Feb 14th Mayors Challenge (Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup) (coach Sarah)
Feb 16th Monday All-Skiwerx Ski (Presidents Day) 9:30am location TBA (no Mon night Skiwerx session) (coach Amy)
March 6-8th Fri/Sat/Sun Midwest Junior Championships and Festival, Wirth Park (coach Amy and ??)
March 22nd Sunday Skiwerx Banquet
Highlights of Skiwerx and affiliated programming
*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 (varies by club)
*Waxable classic/skate ski rental program.
*Ski culture/next steps/how to become a ski racer and/or stay active and healthy for life tutorials
*Waxing tutorials for parents
*Age 9 as of Dec 31.
*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 are available.
*Attendance at some Skiwers Series or Team Sprints events
Methods and Research
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.
See the MYSL Program Options PDF below for our version of the LTAD matrix.
|See the MYSL Program Options|