SALOMON CXC JUNIOR CUP
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), serving as the Regional Governing Body (RGB) for cross country skiing in the Central Region, takes on the responsibility of overseeing the qualification process for the Junior Teams representing the Great Lakes and Midwest Divisions in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships. Additionally, CXC organizes the annual CXC U16 and CXC U18 Championship Trips for these divisions.
The primary goal of the Salomon CXC Cup events is to foster a love for cross country skiing and enhance the skills of young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age categories. Whether they are newcomers to the sport, high school skiers, ambitious junior athletes aspiring to compete at elite national and international levels, or anywhere in between, these events aim to cater to all skill levels. Combining Olympic-style competition with educational elements and enjoyable experiences, the events cater to a wide range of participants, from novice racers to those with significant international experience.
For numerous Salomon CXC Cup athletes, the objective is to secure a spot on their Division's Junior National Team, CXC U18 Championships Team, or CXC U16 Championships Team. This accomplishment can be pursued at CXC Cup events designated as Junior National Qualifiers (JNQs).
The selection of athletes for each Divisional Trip will be determined by the outcomes of the Salomon CXC Cup qualifier races conducted within their respective divisions. These races will strive to mirror the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships in terms of distance and discipline.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships in 2024 have been awarded to Lake Placid, NY as the host destination. The historic Mt. Van Hoevenberg will serve as the venue for the event. The typical size of the team is 40 athletes and 10 coaches. The event website is not yet created, but click here to find a schedule of events.
Junior National Team Qualification Rules:
- Midwest Division
- Great Lakes Division
- To comply with U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioning requirements, participation in the CXC Junior Cup races is reserved for non-youth skiers (U16+, 14 years old and older) who hold membership.
- To participate in U.S. Ski & Snowboard sanctioned events, athletes in age groups U16 and older must have an active membership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard and should not have a membership application that is still pending. The membership status with U.S. Ski & Snowboard will be automatically confirmed as part of the registration process. For information relevant to membership categories and types, please visit www.cxcskiing.org/membership.
- The Divisional Ranking Lists for the Midwest and Great Lakes regions are utilized to determine qualifications for the Junior National Team and the U16/U18 CXC Championship Trips.
Remember to update your membership before the first competition to ensure a smooth process. If you are new to CXC Cup racing and have questions regarding your membership, please contact CXC member services for assistance.
GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS
- Make sure to plan your races and register in advance, as registration for CXC Cup races generally closes on the Tuesday preceding the race. By doing so, you can ensure timely registration and avoid any last-minute complications.
- Normally, you can find a tentative schedule on each race organizer's website. After registration closes, an official Registration List is published on the timing contractor's website. On Friday, following the Coaches meeting, a comprehensive Start List with specific start times will be made available.
- To enhance your racing experience and secure preferential seeding, it is recommended to purchase a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership before the racing season commences. Participate in all the CXC Cup races within your division, if feasible. This approach will allow you to maximize your chances for preferential seeding and gain valuable racing experience.
- Good communication with your school team coach is vital. Establish a plan that supports both your school team and CXC Cup races.
- The Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, CXC U16 & U18 Teams) will be announced following the conclusion of the final race in the CXC Cup series.
- A Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership is required for participation in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Junior National Championships. It is advisable for serious competitors not to delay obtaining this membership until February. Lowering NRL points and being seeded based on the NRL are crucial factors for maximizing the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
- Stay vigilant and regularly check the website for any rapid changes in race and CXC Cup details throughout the season. The website will also serve as your primary source of information regarding summer camps and clinics, and other important updates.
Lastly, make sure to savor the experience of ski racing! The CXC Cup events provide an incredible chance to connect and ski alongside some of the most exceptional skiers in the Central Region and beyond. It's an inspiring, and truly enjoyable experience. So, embrace the excitement, stay motivated, and have a blast!
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