RECENT DEVELOPMENTS


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. At this time of the season each athlete and team should be focused on the training that is preparation for the future.

Stay healthy, stay safe and keep training!
Junior Nationals


This trip is canceled for the spring of 2021, aspiring athletes are encouraged to train for and compete at the CXC Cup Finals March 5-7 at Wirth Park. We look forward to a strong team competing at the 2022 Junior Nationals scheduled to be held March of 2022 in Sun Valley, ID.

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The Midwest Division (MW) Junior Committee is the governing body of Midwest Junior National Team and responsible for naming a team of athletes to compete at the yearly U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships (JNs).

All criteria, operating procedures and rules for Midwest Junior skiing are developed and set forth by the Midwest Junior Committee. This includes but is not limited to the governance of the Midwest Junior National Team and Junior National Qualifying Races.

The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes are selected based on a Regional Points and Rankings List generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races.

The CXC Junior Cup's Goal is to provide an opportunity for junior racers to be exposed to high level regional and national level racing. The Junior Cup events should offer junior athletes an opportunity to improve their U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List and possibly FIS profiles. The Junior Cup should be welcoming to all and even those not aspiring to make a JN team are encouraged to compete against their top peers in the region. But, it is not necessary for all junior skiers to be involved in series wide, trying a race in your home area for an introduction to CXC Cup racing is a great way for a junior skier to test themselves and see where their competition is at. More importantly, racers should have non-series races available to them locally to make a sound schedule. The Goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.



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.