Overview of the Night Glider Ski Program
Registration is closed for the 2018-2019 Season!!!
We are a Nordic Ski Team called the Wausau Night Gliders. We are a club based program sponsored by the Wausau Nordic Ski Club and Membership in the Club is required to participate. The Program prepares athletes for middle school and high school competitive teams. We have two components within the Night Glider Program – a Development Team called DEVO (early stages of learning technique) and a Racing Team (skiers ready for competition). As skill levels increase the expectation is athletes will move into the competitive group of skiers. The Structure Chart contains the expectations for each group. We set our roster in spring based on number of coaches we have to manage and run a quality program. We accept youth age 9 to 13/14 provided the older 14 year olds are in the 8th grade and 9 year olds are turning 9 by the time the season begins. Generally children progress from our Snow Strider program, but may be considered even if totally new to Nordic skiing. We use performance equipment (skate skis and waxable classic skis) and athletes are taught both techniques. We have four skill levels called Levels of Proficiency within the Program with criteria for each group. Athletes are placed in the group that best fits their abilities from the basics of learning to ski to being highly competitive skiers. The club assists parents in learning how to care for and maintain Nordic skis by offering beginning waxing instructions during the season.
During the summer we sometimes have ski opportunities for the Racing Team. In mid- September the Night Glider registration form is sent out to those on the Spring Rosters to confirm registration and pay fee(s). In October there is a Mandatory Orientation Parent/Athlete Meeting and Dryland training starts for the Racing Team.
We hand out equipment in November. Our regular schedule is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-6:45 PM with an additional day for the Racing Team. Athletes have to be ready for “coaching” and learning technique. Attendance is taken at practices and we expect them to be there on time. We expect even first year skiers to participate in our home events/races (The Snekkevik and Badger State Games) and if technique progresses rapidly enough they may also ski out of town events. The Racing Team is expected to participate in all races on the racing schedule – again see the Structure Chart for expectations for each group. We use a lot of emailing to notify of schedule changes and flexibility is needed due to our dependence on weather. You must consistently check for communication messages as changes occur frequently.
If you have any questions please call 715-355-0821 to speak to either Greg or Rachel Kresse. Even when registration is closed for the winter season, we can add you to our spring contact list.
** Note – All of our Coaches undergo background checks by an outside agency.