Notes from Head Coach Jim Stock

Wed 3/21: No formal practice but LJM will be grooming – enjoy the unending snow….

Sat 3/24: Supertour finals in Craftsbury with USST. BK race late morning after senior race. Hard-to-find event link for the supertour (for spectating):
https://supertourfinals.com/
BK race at Craftsbury, skate. Registration here:
https://www.skireg.com/18-spring-fling

Sun 3/25: End-of-season banquet (see post below)

Updated 3/20 5:30am

End of season banquet

• when: Sunday, MARCH 25, 5pm-7pm
• what: Dinner and Celebration with Graduation (8th graders) starts at 5pm
• where: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, cafeteria

Food
• We will provide pizza and drinks.
• If your last name begins with A through J, please bring dessert for about 6-8 people
• If your last name begins with K through Z, please either a side dish or a salad for about 6-8 people.
• Gluten sensitivity or allergy? Please notify us at EMBKskiclub@gmail.com if anyone in your family as a gluten sensitivity or allergy. We will order gluten free pizzas if there is a need. Please let us know no later than March 21st.
• Contributions will be accepted at the door—$5 per person or $20 per family.

Great Job at the Festival!

I am really proud of the great job that EMBK skiers did at the Bill Koch Festival. You were good sports, skied hard, and had fun with our guest skiers from around New England. You showed them what a great time we have skiing with our friends at LJM!

Our many parent and non-parent volunteers also deserve a special thanks for taking on the important jobs that made the Festival a big success. We received a lot of compliments for ensuring that out guests had a great time on snow and off, and that success is a result of our terrific volunteer team. And it was really cool to have Rob Bradlee and the CSU juniors running our classic waxing on such a complicated waxing day!

We are especially indebted to Kris Scopinich and Philip Walton, who put in countless hours organizing this event over the last nine months. Thank you Kris and Philip for you enthusiasm, managerial skills, and dedication to this project. You and your team should feel proud of all the happy skiers and parents who had a great weekend of skiing and play in Eastern Mass.

Jim Stock
Head Coach

EMBK Sprints update

Conditions look good for the sprints! Some reminders:

Technique: Skate
2 Rounds – everyone skis twice (except lollipop). Best time counts.

8am Bib pickup opens
9am Lollipop race
Round 1: First race wave starts immediately after end of Lollipop race
Round 2 begins 15 minutes after end of round 1

Wax: This is a low fluoro race. Use low or no fluoro, Toko yellow or Swix CH8 or LF8

Sign-up for Jan 21st EMBK Weston Sprints by Jan 19

Please register here for the Jan 21st Sprints Now!  Registration closes on Jan 19 at 7pm.  No day-of registration.

On Jan 21st, check-in begins at 8 am and races start promptly at 9am.  See you there!

Practice 12/9 – update

The snow won’t be coming in time, so we will hold dry land practice as posted below. But forecast is promising so it looks like we will be on snow 12/16!

Dec 9 Practice, Waxing Clinic & Volunteer Discussions!

EMBK Updates:
Dec 9 Practice Details
Waxing Clinic (Dec 9, 9:15am)
Haven’t volunteered yet? Join Country Parent & Games Info Meeting (Dec 9, 10am)
Ski Lessons for Parents! Sign up Now
Winter Trail Day – Jan 6 (free lessons with registration)

Dec 9 All-Club Practice

We look forward to seeing all of our EMBK skiers and families at our second all-club practice at Leo J. Martin Ski Track this Saturday, Dec 9, from 9am – 10:30am. Please look at our website before all practices to get the final call on practice type (e.g. dry land, skate, classic or combo) easternmassnordic.org/ .

Also, please remind your kids to dress in layers, wear good running shoes, bring the appropriate ski gear (per website instructions) and bring their water bottles.

Overall Schedule:

8-9 am Roller ski (returning skiers only, age 11+)
8:30 am Pick-up trail passes in the cafe (for pre-register) or submit applications
9 am All-club practice: Break into country groups for training

Waxing Clinic

We will hold another waxing clinic for parents during practice on Saturday. We plan to focus on on the art of kick wax and klister application, followed by “frustration free removal.” If you are new to skiing or just have questions, please stop by the wax tent at 9:15 am.

Parent Volunteers are Essential: Test the Waters With Easy, Fun Volunteer Opportunities (Info Session, Dec 9, 10am in Cafe)

Our club is entirely parent-run. We need all families to donate a parent’s time and skills to keep EMBK running smoothly. We still have vacancies in a number of simple, but critical volunteer roles.

As examples, being a Country Parent or helping with weekly games at practice, are great ways to jump into the EMBK volunteer waters! Come learn more about various volunteer opportunities in the Cafe at 10am on Dec 9.

Also, if you selected “country parent” as your potential volunteer interest during registration, please join us for this discussion for more details about your responsibilities. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Josie Petersen, our Country Parent Coordinator.

Our first All-Club Practice is this Saturday!

We look forward to seeing all of our EMBK skiers and families at our first all-club practice at Leo J. Martin Ski Track this Saturday, Dec 2, from 9am – 10:30am. There may be patches of ski-worthy snow tomorrow, but this is dependent on whether the ski track managers can make more snow tonight. So, please be prepared for both skiing and dryland training. If we do have the opportunity to take advantage of the small areas of snow, our skiers will take turns skiing. The remainder of the session will be dryland training. Please note that USA will have a dryland only practice.

Also, please remind your kids to dress in layers, wear good running shoes and bring their water bottles.

Overall Schedule:

8-9 am Roller ski (returning skiers only, age 11+) or on-snow ski (depending on conditions)
8:30 am Pick-up trail passes in the cafe (for pre-register) or submit applications at the front desk
9 am All-club practice: Break into country groups for training

If snow is ski-worthy:

  • 9-9:30 am Scandinavia on snow
  • 9:30-10 am North American on snow (USA will have a dryland only practice)
  • 10-10:30 am Western Europe on snow

Country Assignments Are Available to View!
Our country assignment process aims to group skiers with similar ages, interests and skills and match them with the right coaches. If you want to request an assignment change, please contact Jim Stock . Although, please know that we will rarely make a change until after coaches have seen your child ski on snow.

View Country Assignments Here

Leo J. Martin Ski Track Season Pass Instructions
This year, we will try to minimize long lines at the Leo J. Martin Ski Track front desk by setting-up a table for EMBK pass pick-up in the Cafe area. Please follow the instructions below based on whether or not you pre-registered for your individual or family trail pass:

If you submitted your paper trail pass application and check at the Opening Dinner on Nov 19th: Your trail pass will be ready for pickup in the cafe on Dec 2 between 8:30am – 9:20am.
If you mailed in your paper trail pass application and check after the dinner: If you mailed your paper application and check prior to Wednesday, Nov 29th, please let us know by filling out this Pass Pick-up Reques t  and we will have your passes pulled and ready for pick-up in the cafe between 8:30am – 9:20am on Dec 2.
If you have already registered online, or would like to register online: The online trail pass registration link is now working. If you register for your trail pass HERE before 9am on Friday, Dec 1, your pass will be ready for pickup in the cafe between 8:30am – 9:20am on Dec 2. Please let us know if you registered online by filling out the Pass Pick-up Reques t  .

Finally, you can still submit a paper application by printing and completing the applicable attached form. Please take the paper application and your payment to the front desk on Dec 2.

Download DCR Leo J. Martin Ski Track Family Season Pass Application

Download DCR Leo J. Martin Ski Track Individual Season Pass Application

Waxing Clinic
We will hold the first of two waxing clinics for parents during practice on Saturday. We plan to focus on glide waxing this weekend and kick waxing next weekend. If you are new to skiing or just have questions, please stop by.

Calling All Interested Country Parent Volunteers!
Being a Country Parent is a great way to jump into the EMBK volunteer waters! If you selected “country parent” as your potential volunteer interest during registration, or if you are interested to hear more now, please join Josie Petersen, our Country Parent Coordinator, at 9:15 on Dec 9th in the cafe to learn about this fun way to get involved! You can also email Josie.

Announcing a Julia Kern roller ski clinic

Upcoming event: Julia Kern, EMBK 2006-2011, now on U.S. Ski Team, will lead a clinic for EMBK roller skiers at the Nov. 12 roller ski practice.

Photos: Julia in the EMBK sprints in 2008 (blue suit, second from right)

Julia (far right) and her relay team after getting Bronze at World Juniors, 2017.

Hoffman leads EMBK roller ski clinic

Photo: Olympian Noah Hoffman leads a roller ski clinic for EMBK, Oct. 29, 2017

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