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GREETINGS CENTRAL REGION ATHLETES & FAMILIES:

Managing Members of the Midwest Junior Subcommittee and Great Lakes Junior Subcommittee have gathered virtually on multiple occasions since the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season, most recently to discuss COVID-19 effects on the 2020-2021 CXC Cup series. The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and will continue to present challenges with hosting sporting events, including cross-country ski competitions this winter.

We trust that the US Ski & Snowboard cancelation of national level events, including US Nationals and US Junior National Champinships has been a hard hit to take for our Nordic Community.

Here in the Central Region, our goal is to soften that hit and host a robust series of CXC Cup races with mitigation plans that will follow public health mandates that minimize spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, we aim to have CXC Regional Championship Events that offer great racing opportunities in place of US Nationals and US Junior National Champinships. Overall, the CXC Cup series will offer top level racing, NRL and FIS points racing, and an avenue to make teams to represent the US Ski Team internationally.

We have delayed sharing the CXC Cup schedule as we were waiting for guidance from the US Ski & Snowboard. Now that we have a directive to focus on regional racing, the Central Region Coaches Working Group will be meeting in the next two weeks to discuss potential modifications to our initial schedule and our approach to hosting pandemic safe events.

Following this meeting we will release our CXC Cup Schedule no later than September 30th.

Stay healthy, stay safe and keep training!

CXC JUNIOR CUP

As the Regional Governing Body (RGB) for cross country skiing in the Central Region, Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is responsible for overseeing the Great Lakes and Midwest Divisions' Junior Teams qualifying for and traveling to Junior Nationals, NENSA U16 Championships and CXC U18 Championships, which are held yearly.


CXC Junior Cup


The objective of the CXC Junior Cup events is to encourage young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age divisions to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels - from beginning racers to those with International experience.

Qualifying for a Division's Junior National Team, CXC U18 Championships Team or NENSA U16 Championships Team will also be a goal for many CXC Junior Cup athletes, and can be done at CXC Junior Cup Race events that are Junior National Qualifiers (JNQ) where the best four of eight races will be scored. To score points for the CXC Junior Cup and JNQ Divisional Ranking List, you will need a membership.

The Junior Team athletes for each Divisional Trip (Midwest and Great Lakes - JNs, NENSA U16s, and CXC U18) will be selected based on the results of the CXC Junior Cup qualifier races in their division. The distance and discipline of the races will attempt to reflect the format of the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships races.


CXC Junior Cup

2019-2020 RACE SCHEDULE


CXC CUP SEASON OPENER / Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth (MN)

* This event is a Super JNQ and results will be scored to both the Midwest and Great Lakes Ranking Lists.

DECEMBER 14: Freestyle Mass Start

DECEMBER 15: Classic Sprint


Register | Event Website | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $37.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

PRE-US NATIONALS CXC CUP/ Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton (MI)

* This event is a Super JNQ and results will be scored to both the Midwest and Great Lakes Ranking Lists.

DECEMBER 21: Freestyle Sprint

DECEMBER 22: Classic Mass Start


Register | Event Website | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $39.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

MT. ITASCA INVITATIONAL / Mt. Itasca Biathlon Center, Coleraine (MN)

* This event is a Midwest Division JNQ only and results will be scored to the Midwest Ranking List.

JANUARY 18: Freestyle Individual Start

JANUARY 19: Classic Mass Start


Register | Event Website | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $37.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

GITCHI GAMI GAMES / Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI)

* This event is a Great Lakes Division JNQ only and results will be scored to the Great Lakes Ranking List.

JANUARY 25: Freestyle Sprint

JANUARY 26: Classic Individual Start


Register | Event Website | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $37.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

CXC JUNIOR CUP GREAT LAKES DIVISION FINALE
Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton (MI)


* This event is a Great Lakes Division JNQ only and results will be scored to the Great Lakes Ranking List.

FEBRUARY 15: Freestyle Interval Start

FEBRUARY 16: Classic Mass Start


Event Website | Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $37.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.


CXC JUNIOR CUP MIDWEST DIVISION FINALE
Mayor's XC Challenge
Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)


* This event is a Midwest Division JNQ only and results will be scored to the Midwest Ranking List.

(!) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16: Freestyle Sprint

(!) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17: Classic Individual Start


Event Website | Register | ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY BEFORE THE RACE AT 11:59 PM.

Registration fee: $37.85/race

* The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2019-20 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


In accordance with U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioning requirements, all non youth skiers (ages 14 and over) must be registered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard to enter the CXC Cup races.


- Skiers with a Cross Country General Membership will be provided Divisional Ranking List points, but will not receive National Ranking List (NRL) points.

- Skiers wanting U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List (NRL) points to be ranked and also seeded based upon national rank at NRL races (select regional and national events, including the CXC Cup) must purchase a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership.

Hopefully, your local club coach can help you navigate your membership questions if you are new to CXC Cup racing.

Please be sure to have your membership up to date before the first competition!

2020 JUNIOR NATIONAL NORDIC SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS


2020 Junior National Nordic Ski Championships

The cream of the crop of American junior Nordic ski racers is coming to Donner Summit/Truckee, CA from March 7-14.

Fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Team USA. Join us in a celebration of amazing young athletes striving to be the very best.

www.xcjuniornationals2020.com


GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS


Whether you are new to the Junior National Qualifying (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 your division's JN team, and increase your elite racing experience, by purchasing a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership before the racing season starts and participating in all your division's JNQ 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 Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, NENSA U16s, CXC U18 Trip) will be named after the final race in the JNQ series.

Please be prepared to pay for the full cost of the US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN) trip at the team naming that takes place after the final JNQ race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Anchorage, AK in 2019 was $2,900 per team member, exclusive of team uniform. The required Divisional team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available. The 2020 JNs will be in Truckee, CA, which will likely have a slightly lower overall cost with expenses to fly and stay in the Sierras being less expensive than traveling to and staying in Alaska.

Junior National team members must have a CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this, as lowering NRL points and getting seeded based upon the NRL at races are both important to having the best chance to compete.

Keep a close watch on the 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.

Finally, enjoy the experience of elite racing! The JNQ races, NENSA U16, CXC U18 and Junior National Championships trips are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Central Region of the country, and beyond. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.
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