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GREETINGS CENTRAL REGION ATHLETES & FAMILIES:

We trust that the U.S. Ski & Snowboard's 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.

We are excited to be moving forward as a region. We urge each of you to both remain vigilant in following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus so we can safely have competitions and to be flexible in your ability to change plans given conditions in each local community as our ski season progresses.

U18/WJC/U23 Qualifying - the US Ski Team discretionary committee will likely look at outstanding performances in the Central from the Duluth Super CXC Cup and the Super CXC Cup Holiday Championships. To make one of these teams an athlete will have to have an eye popping performance or more than one. One race winning by a minute and a half is better than winning 4 age group races by 5-10 seconds. Jrs who are skiing with known quantity professional level seniors will get a look.

The CXC Cup Schedule remains "Tentative" and should be approached knowing there is a need for flexibility based upon health & safety.

- Formats or locations could change based upon health and safety risk mitigation.

- Accommodations reservations should only be made with a "hold" that will not result in charges if canceled the week of the event.

CXC and our partner Race Organizations are dealing with a constantly changing pandemic and all race formats, distances, schedules, etc. are tentative and will not be able to be finalized until the week leading into the race.

Stay healthy, stay safe and keep training!

SALOMON 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 Spring Championship Trip, which are held yearly.


CXC Junior Cup

The objective of the Salomon 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.


For the 2020-2021 Season, there will not be CXC teams from GLD or MW going to JNs, NENSA U16 Championships, or a U18 Spring Championships Trip. Instead, athletes are encouraged to focus on traveling to the Salomon CXC Cup Finals at Wirth Park March 5-7. CXC Cup Events will not be JNQs. Instead, they will be designated as CXC Cup Divisional Events (aimed at only one division) or Super CXC Cup Events (aimed at both divisions).


CXC Junior Cup

2020-2021 RACE SCHEDULE


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


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

DECEMBER 12: Classic Distance Individual Start

DECEMBER 13: Freestyle Distance

CANCELLED | REASON: MINNESOTA EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COVID MITIGATION

CXC CUP HOLIDAY CARNIVAL / Mt. Itasca Biathlon Center, Coleraine (MN)


This event is a Midwest Division CXC Cup Event only and results will not be scored to any ranking lists. Great Lakes Division and non-member athletes may participate. It is not scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is not sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, no membership is required to enter a race.

DECEMBER 19: Classic Sprint

DECEMBER 20: Freestyle Individual Start

CANCELLED | REASON: MINNESOTA EXECUTIVE ORDER ON COVID MITIGATION

CXC CUP HOLIDAY CHAMPIONSHIPS / Michigan Tech, Houghton (MI)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 2: Classic Sprint

JANUARY 3: Freestyle Individual Start

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

GITCHI GAMI GAMES / Birkie Trailhead, Cable (WI)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 16: Classic Mass Start (Distance)

JANUARY 17: Freestyle Individual Start

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


HICKORY HILLS CLASSIC / Hickory Hills Rec Area, Traverse City (MI)


This event is a Great Lakes Division CXC Cup Event only. Midwest Division and non-member athletes may participate. It is not scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is not sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, no membership is required to enter a race.

JANUARY 30: Freestyle Distance

JANUARY 31: Classic Distance

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

MAYOR'S XC CHALLENGE / Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the FIS Points and National Ranking (NRL) Lists. The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

FEBRUARY 20: AM - Classic Individual Start; PM - Freestyle Sprint Qualifier

FEBRUARY 21: AM Classic Sprint Heats

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

CXC CUP REGIONAL FINALS / Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis (MN)


This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2020-21 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ membership is required to enter a race.

MARCH 5-6-7: Hosted by LNR - Mini Tour

Friday Mar 5 - Prologue Freestyle Sprint Qualifier
Saturday AM Mar 6 - Classic Distance Mass Start
Saturday PM Mar 6 - Freestyle SkiX ** (Sprint Qualifier with technical elements)
Sunday Mar 7 - Freestyle Distance Pursuit Start *

* Based upon times from the Prologue Sprint Qualifier and the Classic Mass Start, bonus seconds will be subtracted from start times for top SkiX results. Those not racing the full Mini Tour will still be able to race for a time of day result, starting in a wave in the back of the field.

** Ski X (Freestyle course with obstacles): the course will be interval start sprint distance (less than 1km) with uphill and downhill obstacles. The courses vary from venue to venue, but small jumps, 180 and 360 degree turns on the flat, narrow paths with quick turns, slalom up and down, and other agility testing elements common.

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

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 Super CXC Cup races sanctioned by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.


- Skiers with a Cross Country General Membership will be provided entry to Super CXC Cup Events, 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 CXC Cup Events 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!


CXC Junior Cup

GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS


Whether you are new to the CXC Cup races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

Registration for CXC Cup races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.

Give yourself the opportunity for preferential seeding, 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 CXC Cup 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 CXC Cup races.

The Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, NENSA U16s, CXC U18 Trip) will not be named after the final race in the CXC Cup series this season.

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 CXC Cup details may change rapidly this season. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.

Finally, enjoy the experience of elite racing! The CXC Cup events 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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