The Central Cross Country Ski Association is responsible for naming a team of athletes to compete at the yearly Junior National Nordic Ski Championships. The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes will be selected based on a points list generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races. The goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior National Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.
General Participation Tips
Whether you are new to the JNQ races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.
- Registration for JNQ races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.
- Give yourself the highest opportunity to earn a place on the Midwest team, and increase your elite racing experience, by participating in all the races if possible.
- If you are on a school team, good communication with your coach is essential. Work together to establish a plan that supports both your school team and your JNQ races.
- The Midwest team will be named after the final race in the JNQ series.
- Be prepared to pay for the full cost of the JN trip shortly after the final JNQ race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Utah in 2007 was $2,100 per Midwest team member. The required Midwest team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available.
- JN team members must have a USSA membership as well as a CXC membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this.
- Keep a close watch on the CXC website as race and JN trip details can change rapidly. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.