• Date
    Sunday January 23, 2022
    to
    Sunday January 23, 2022
    past event
  • Type
    Race
  • Activities
    Nordic Ski
  • Location
    , Massachusetts United States
    26 Ashfield Rd
Race Details:

Presented By: Mass Nordic Program & Eastern Mass Cross Country

Thank you for registering for the Massachusetts U16/EHS Qualifier, below is information you need to know about the race and pertinent links to bring to the race if you qualify and make the team.

U16/EHS Team Registration Requirements for the 1/23/2022 Qualifier


The team will be announced the day of the qualifier. ALL Skiers that may qualify must be present with their parent or guardian.
Skiers & parents must have determined prior to the qualifier which team (or both) they will participate on if named.
U16 and EHS team forms MUST be completed prior to leaving the qualifier on 1/23/2022. 
U16 Team Sign Up Form Link, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GzF1YazByMXKEZILbmHk2cuql0X-4pLG/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103301252199791418208&rtpof=true&sd=true
U16 Event Information, course maps, schedules and rules, https://nensa.net/u16-championships/
EHS Team Sign Up Form Link, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pbERhr3XIKXUjhNBnExU90zXh3HvFYjDmkKuHKdMlz0/edit?usp=sharing
EHS Event Information, course maps, schedules and rules, https://www.nensa.net/eastern-hs-championships/
Team fee of $475 will be collected if you qualify for the team.
If this is not followed the skier will forfeit their spot on the team and the next skier list will be selected.
ANY exceptions to this process are subject to the approval of the team leaders:

U16 Team – Joe Miller & Peter Rayton
EHS Team – Susannah Wheelwright


Skiers must be COVID-19 vaccinated to participate on the MA U16 and/or EHS teams per NENSA requirement.  Proof of vaccination must be provided.


Race Information

Location: 

Mohawk HS
26 Ashfield Rd
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Itinerary:

8:30am - Registration opens for bib pick up
9:30am - Registration CLOSES
10:00am - Girls Classic Start, ~4km
11:00am - Boys Classic Start, ~4km
12:00pm - Girls Skate Start, ~4km 
1:00pm - Boys Skate Start, ~4km.

U16/EHS Qualifier Wax Policy:

The Massachusett’s Quailfier will be a NO flouro glide wax race. The use of any fluorinated glide waxes and top coats is prohibited. The purpose of going to a NF race is three fold, the first and foremost is the reduce any long term health issues caused by PFOA and PFAS found in waxes. Secondly, if we don’t want these substances in our bodies, then we should not be putting them into the environment. Lastly, we are looking to build the best possible team for the U16 and EHS Championship. 

In addition to the NF wax policy, all the coaches will be making a coordinated effort to apply the same kick wax/klister to all athlete’s skis. All skiers will be required to check their race classic skis in at the designated waxing area the morning of the Qualifier

Technical Zones, No Double Pole Zone:

There will be “Technique Zones'' on various parts of the course. In these zones, classic/diagonal technique must be observed. They will be marked on the course map as well as marked on the course.

Waivers – https://forms.gle/C4m8AGhCuxheBohW9

Waivers must be filled out prior to the event, we have created a Google Form for you to file a waiver.

DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION WILL BE $70

Qualifying For Team Massachusetts

The top 24 U16 boys and 24 girls in Massachusetts are appointed to the U16 team based on the combined times of both qualifiers. 

The top 24 EHS boys and 24 girls are appointed to the EHS team based on the combined time of both qualifiers.  

Qualification for the teams requires participation in both the 1/23 freestyle race and the classic race.  There may be discretionary picks for athletes that have filed a waiver by the Mass Team Coaches. If a racer cannot race, he/she MUST file a waiver PRIOR to the race for an exception to be considered by the Mass Team Coaches.

https://forms.gle/C4m8AGhCuxheBohW9

Teams will be announced at the 1/23 qualifier at which time team forms and fee must be submitted. If you would like to be on the team, you must commit once team announced on 1/23/2022. Please be prepared to stay around for a few hours after the last race to fill out paperwork and to submit payment. A NENSA membership is REQUIRED to participate at the UJ16 and EHS Championships.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available from two sources for U16 and EHS athletes: EASEF (Eastern Amateur Ski Educational Foundation), and the NENSA athlete fund.  If the cost of the event(s) is prohibitive to an athlete’s participation, please visit http://easef.org/apply/ or contact Hilary Greene of Mt Greylock HS.  If you would like to make a contribution to EASEF, please visit http://easef.org/donate/.  Contributions may not be designated for individuals but may be designated by discipline – in this case XC skiing. Please use the Contact Event link at the top of the map for more information.

U16 Information

The U16 Championship is for those skiers 14 & 15 year old born in 2006 and 2007 who are Massachusetts’s residents or who are attending school in Mass. The U16 Championship will be held at Ft. Kent, Maine on March 10th - 13th.

https://www.nensa.net/u16-championships/  

The team will be staying at the Northern Lights.
https://northerndoorinn.com/

The cost per team member will be $475.  This fee includes lodging, breakfasts, dinners, racing fees and team jacket. Mass Nordic has made arrangements for a Charter Bus to provide transportation to, at and from the event. The bus will pick kids up at 2 designated locations on each side of the State. Lunches Saturday and Sunday will be from a team table, with food donated by parents. Skiers should also bring their favorite snacks. This will be a FOUR-day commitment with travel on Thursday (3/10) the first race on Friday afternoon (3/11), two races on Saturday (3/12), and a final race that ends midday Sunday, 3/13. . PLEASE NOTE THAT SKIERS WILL NEED TO TAKE OFF THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM SCHOOL FOR THIS EVENT. 

EHS Information

The Eastern High School Championship is for those currently in 9th to 12th grade, who are Massachusetts residents or who are attending school in Mass. Post-graduates are not eligible.  The Massachusetts athlete commitment for the event is March 13th - 15th. The EHS Championships will be held at Titcomb Mountain: Farmington, Maine on March 18th – 20th. 

The team will be staying at the Comfort Inn, Farmington, ME.
WEBSITE.WEBSITE.COM

The cost per team member will $475. This fee includes lodging, breakfasts, dinners, racing fees, and team clothing.Mass Nordic has made arrangements for a Charter Bus to provide transportation to, at and from the event. The bus will pick kids up at 2 designated locations on each side of the State. Lunches Saturday and Sunday will be from a team table, with food donated by parents.  Skiers should also bring their favorite snacks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunches. Parents are responsible for their own lodging. This will be a three-day commitment with the first race on Friday afternoon, 3/18, two races on Saturday 3/19, and a final race that ends midday Sunday, 3/20.  PLEASE NOTE THAT SKIERS WILL NEED TO TAKE OFF FRIDAY FROM SCHOOL FOR THIS EVENT.

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