Cross Country Skiing (Male) - Technical Package

Technical Packages for the NLGames are developed by the Provincial Sport Organization governing each respective sport. Questions should be directed to the Technical Chairperson as noted in Section 1 below, or to the SportNL Games Coordinator Patti Thorne by email pthorne@sportnl.ca or phone 709-576-4629.

1. TECHNICAL CHAIRPERSON
Will Fitzgerald
fitzw@hotmail.com
(709) 725-5503

2. CONVENER
Brian Dunphy
briandunphy00@gmail.com
(709) 214-5399

3. ELIGIBILITY
Participants must be registered members of Cross Country Newfoundland and Labrador and must have competed in Regional Qualifiers.

4. AGE CLASSIFICATION
11 – 18 years old as of December 31, 2018.
Para-Nordic Athletes under 21 years of age as of December 31, 2018.
Special Olympians must be under 21 years old as of December 31, 2018.

5. PARTICIPANTS PER REGION

5.1 ATHLETES
Female Team
4 female athletes
1 female Para-Nordic athlete
1 female Special Olympian athlete

Male Team
4 male athletes
1 male Para-Nordic athlete
1 male Special Olympian athlete

5.2 STAFF
1 Coach
1 Manager
1 Personal Attendant per Para-Nordic athlete (same gender)
1 Personal Attendant per Special Olympian athlete (same gender)
Coach and Manager must be of opposite genders

6. STAFF SELECTION
All coaches and managers must be at least 19 years of age as of March 1, 2018. Coaches must be active NCCP Competition Coaching Introduction (CCI – L2T) “in training” (see following link):

http://www.cccski.com/Programs/Coaching-Development/National-Coaching-Certification-Program.aspx

7. REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
Regional qualifying races must be completed in time for regional teams to register by the registration deadline as per Section 9. Qualifiers must include skate and classic and must be based on combined performance. Para-Nordic and Special Olympian participants must participate in regional qualifiers.

8. REGIONAL CONTACTS
St. John’s North – Colin Taylor colin@tamarackgeographic.ca or Erik Charron erikcharron@gmail.com
Mount Pearl South – Colin Taylor colin@tamarackgeographic.ca or Erik Charron erikcharron@gmail.com
Avalon – Colin Taylor colin@tamarackgeographic.ca or Erik Charron erikcharron@gmail.com
Eastern – Blaine Pearce blaine.pearce@nf.sympatico.ca
Central – Paul Collett pmcollett@gmail.com
Western – George Pink george.pink@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or Brian Moores brianpammoores@gmail.com
Labrador – Gerry Rideout rideoutg@crrstv.net
Host – TBD

9. REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Each regional team must be registered with the Host by February 8, 2018 through an online registration system that will be provided by the Host.

10. GAMES-TIME MEETINGS
One coach or staff representative from each region and each sport is required to attend the following meetings in the Host region at the commencement of the NLGames:

Coach / Manager General Meeting – date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by SportNL and including brief presentations from the Host Committee – will cover logistical information on transportation, accommodations, food services, entertainment, venues, etc.

Sport Technical Meeting – date, time and location to be confirmed
Chaired by the Technical Chair of your sport – will cover sport-specific technical information for your competition.

11. SANCTION
The competition is sanctioned by Cross Country Newfoundland and Labrador. Rules for this competition will be governed by Cross Country Canada.

12. SCHEDULE
Cross Country Ski is a FIRST HALF Sport in the 2018 NLGames from March 10-13.

Final schedules will be posted on www.nlgames.ca/schedule in February after regional teams are selected and registration is completed.

Contingency plan for all races in the event of diminished snow conditions.
Leading up to event, close attention of weather/snow conditions will be adhered to. In event of diminished snow, Technical Delegate with consult of race committee will evaluate options for racing onsite. If necessary an adjustment to the number of races, distances, techniques, ski courses, formats (eg: substituting with interval start races) and scheduling to best suit conditions and safety of competitors will be made. Every effort will be made to schedule all events, however, sequence of priority will be individual distance, relay then sprint. If no satisfactory skiing is available at the Pasadena Ski and Nature Park other venues within vicinity may be considered.

13. VENUE
Pasadena Ski and Nature Park

14. MEDALS
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented in each event to the first, second and third place individual finishers and relay teams.

15. TECHNICAL INFORMATION

15.1 Competition Format

Males:

Mass Start, 5 km Classic Technique
Sprint, 600m-800m Free Technique
Relay, 4X2.5 km, (2xClassic;2XFree)

Females:

Mass Start, 5 km Classic Technique
Sprint, 600m-800m Free Technique
Relay, 4X2.5 km, (2xClassic;2XFree)

Para-Nordic MALE SITTING:

Interval Start 1.5 km
Sprints 600-800 meters (top 8 to semi-finals)
Interval Start 2.5 km

Para-Nordic MALE STANDING:
Interval Start 2.5 km Classic Technique,
Sprint 600-800 meters Skate technique (top 8 to semi-finals)
Interval Start 5 km Free Technique

Para-Nordic FEMALE SITTING:

Interval Start 1.5 km Para-Nordic
Sprint 600-800 meters (top 8 to semi-finals)
Interval Start 2.5 km Para-Nordic

Para-Nordic FEMALE STANDING:

Interval Start 2.5 km Classic Technique,
Sprint 600-800 meters Skate technique (top 8 to semi-finals)
Interval Start 5 km Free Technique

Special Olympian Male

Interval Start 500m Classic Technique
Interval Start 1km Classic Technique
Interval Start 2.5km Classic Technique

Special Olympian Female

Interval Start 500m Classic Technique
Interval Start 1km Classic Technique
Interval Start 2.5km Classic Technique

15.2 Rules and Regulations

Cross Country Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL), the sport governing body for Cross Country Skiing in Newfoundland and Labrador, is furthermore tied to the rules and regulations of Cross Country Canada (CCC). Therefore the Cross Country Events will be governed by:

FIS ICR – CCR (Canadian Competition Rules)
CCC Official Manual
CCNL Adaptation to the rules which are noted within this section.

Seeding of sprint qualifiers are the discretion of the regional coaching
and support staff. Seeding of mass start races are derived from the results of sprint event.

Sprint Heats will be run in Kings Court Format. Kings Court format – Following Sprint Qualifier, everyone in the race competes based on their qualifying time in heats of 6 with all categories racing in the rounds with the best 2 skiers moving up to faster heat, finishers 3 and 4 will remain in the same heat, and finishers 5 and 6 move to a slower heat. This provides good quality racing in each heat, and lets all skiers have a solid race experience.

Unofficial relay teams are permissible comprising of athletes of opposing regions, mixed teams (male, female, Para-Nordic and/or Special Olympian) or teams of less then allocated number of team members.

Unofficial team results are not eligible for medals. Each participant of a team who finishes the relay will be awarded 1 point for their respective region.

Calculation of Premier’s Cup Points
A specified number of points shall be awarded to each regional team according to placement within the overall sport competition:

1st place finish – 8 points
2nd place finish – 7 points
3rd place finish – 6 points
4th place finish – 5 points
5th place finish – 4 points
6th place finish – 3 points
7th place finish – 2 points
8th place finish – 1 point
9th place finish – .5 point

The calculation of the Premier’s Cup ranking with the Cross Country Skiing Events is as follows:

5 points for a gold medal,
4 for silver;
3 for bronze;
2 points for each person who finished in 4th place; and
1 point for every participant who finished the event.

This scoring system shall be used regardless of the number of regional teams competing in a particular sport. For example, if six teams are competing in a particular sport, the sixth place finisher shall receive 3 points.

In the case of a first place tie, the region which has accumulated the greatest number of first place wins shall be declared the winner. If the tie persists, the region accumulating the greatest number of second place wins shall be declared the winner, and if necessary, a determination of the number of third place wins shall determine the winner, continuing until a winner has been declared.

Officials Eligibility
Major Officials, (Chef of Competition, Stadium, Course, Timekeeping and Results) must all be level 2 Certified.

16. NLGAMES POLICIES

Sport policies have been updated as of June 2016 and are available at:

NLGames Sport Policies (June 2016)