The NJDT program has been developed to serve the needs of athletes that are 18 years of age and older. We welcome athletes with the following goals:
those who are more oriented to University racing yet want to train at a high level to compete at the Ontario University Championships, Ontario/Quebec Cups and Nationals,
those athletes who have chosen to focus primarily on skiing and wish to pursue competition opportunities at the highest level in North America and who will travel to competitions in the Haywood NorAm circuit, US Super Tours and at other designated FIS races. In general these races will include a Canadian NorAm race in BC/Alberta and potentially FIS races occurring in the eastern US. The expectation is that they are committed to skiing on a full time basis and either working or going to school on a part-time basis in order to be able to attend weekday practices. Significant travel and time away, sometimes on short notice will be part of the program.
Junior Development Team (T2C) – committed to skiing and be able to compete at the Haywood NorAm level. Prior acceptance to the program is required.
Skate and classic roller skis, Skate and classic skis, poles, and boots!Rock skis. Access to weight room and separate race and training skis. Road bike, Heart rate monitor. Racing licences for all athletes.
Participation in training camps, local, provincial, and national level races will be extensive. Travel and accommodation costs are estimated to be $5,000 to $7,000. For all participants in the NJDT program, the Nakkertok travel policy is modified, and for those 18+, the code of conduct policy is also modified.
Non-coaching parents (primarily affects those who live in Ottawa) will be expected to contribute significantly to training camps organization, race travel, registration, administration, communications, wax team, equipment management, race organization support and other opportunities as identified. Each family is expected to contribute 4 more days above the basic member contribution for a total of 8 days per family.
Must participate in club volunteer opportunities – trail work especially
continue to participate in trail clearing and facility cleanup days, Nakkertok Open House, club and team fundraising activities, trip reports
act as responsible representatives of the club – on and off trails
are encouraged to begin their coach training and development so that they can begin to provide support and act as role models for the younger programs
Assist with T2T and L2C skiers at combined practices
NJDT – Year-Round Program
Tues & Thurs mornings, one weekend morning from early May to end of March (snow permitting)
3 practices a week (two week day mornings and one weekend morning)
Additional small group technique sessions weekly including video evaluation when appropriate
individualized training programs
Weight routines with strength coach
At least one T2C specific 4-5 day Summer Training camp
internet training log and evaluation
Up to three review session meetings with coach including end of season evaluation and assessment in April
Aerobic testing, strength testing and other performance monitoring throughout the year
Early on Snow Camp
Coaching and wax support for Major Races, specifically a Western Norams race in Dec, World Junior Trials, Eastern Canadian Championships, an Eastern Norams and Nationals. In the case of Easterns, Eastern Noram and Nationals the T2C group will have their own support separate from the larger Nakkertok team, however race organization will be done as one large group.
Other races outside of the Provincial cup races are possible but they will need to be athlete organized. Provincial cup races are possible but the T2C program will need to be with the larger Nakkertok team.
Coaching provided by professional coaching staff. The coach may be away at times – at this level athletes are expected to be able to make training arrangements on their own when the coach is away
Training Camp costs are extra
NJDT Summer Program – May to August
Tues & Thurs mornings, and one weekend morning from early May to end of August
Program description same as for year-round
NJDT Fall/Winter Program – Sept to March
Tues & Thurs mornings, and one weekend morning from early Sept to end of March (snow permitting)
Program description same as for year-round
Program pricing information for the current racing year can be found here