Bill Koch League (BKL) Nordic – Grades K to 8

BKL group in powder snow

Ford Sayre BKL Mission Statement:
Ford Sayre’s Bill Koch League (“BKL”) Nordic Program seeks to develop in all participants a life-long passion for cross-country skiing.  It introduces participants to the fun and excitement of skiing fast and supports its young athletes who
desire to pursue ski racing in local and regional competitions. The Program teaches ski skills and training methods based on the USSA Long-Term Development model.

Registration for the 2017-18 season is open for kindergarten to second grade skiers (Registration closes on November 21st)! Click HERE to register. Registration for 3rd to 8th grade programs closed on October 31st. Late registrations will be accepted only with permission from the program directors. Please contact them at the e-mail addresses below.

For questions about our program, please contact Aricca at juniorbkl@fordsayre.org for Grades K-4 and Jane at bkl@fordsayre.org for Grades 5-8.


Whether this is your introduction to the sport or you’re a competitive skier already, the emphasis will be on having fun and developing a lifelong love for Nordic skiing.

As Bill Koch remarked, “A love of sport, competitive or recreational, opens the door to fun, play and joy. Positive skiing experiences for all our children are paramount. Not everyone can come in first, but everyone can challenge him or herself, learn from experiences, encourage each other, and celebrate together”.

Descriptions below:
BKL K-2
BKL 3-4
BKL 5-8 Adventure                    BKL 5-8 Development/Racing
BKL 5-8 Friday Race Clinics    BKL 8th Gr Weekend Add-on

Important Notes – Please Read:

  • Children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will participate in a program with ski practice on Tuesday afternoons;
  • Children in 3rd to 4th grade will participate in one program with ski practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons;
  • Children in 5th through 8th grade will have two program choices that have practice on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The programs have different emphases, objectives, and equipment requirements.
  • A subset of children in the 5th to 8th grade development/racing program may participate in the Friday Race Clinics & the 8th grade Weekend Add-on.

Location of practice can vary, but will primarily occur at:

  • Oak Hill: Oak Hill Drive, Hanover, NH; top parking lot of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area
  • Garipay Fields: 9 Reservoir Rd, Hanover, NH; near the Dartmouth Rugby Fields

These locations are within walking distance of the Ray School and Richmond Middle School. Verification of location will be sent by e-mail and posted on the Ford Sayre BKL website the night before practice.

Cancellation of practice: Practice will be cancelled if the Dresden School District is closed, including snow days, early dismissals, or school vacations, OR if conditions are dangerous to children (cold temperatures, unsafe or icy trail conditions).

Practice times: Weather and trail conditions permitting, duration of practice may be extended by half an hour in February to coincide with the longer daylight hours.

Questions: Please contact the BKL Program Directors should you have any questions about enrolling your child in the Ford Sayre nordic programs for the upcoming season.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available to support program costs. Please see our Scholarships page, contact your Program Co-Directors, or e-mail Scholarship@FordSayre.org if you have any questions.

Refunds: Please note that $40 of the program fee is non-refundable. Refunds of the remaining program fee will be issued at the discretion of the Program Director. Refunds cannot be granted for sessions not attended or canceled due to weather or safety factors.

Co-Program Directors:
Aricca Van Citters, 603-715-7233, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org (Grades K-4)
Jane Phipps, 802-359-3868, BKL@fordsayre.org  (Grades 5-8)


Bill Koch League: Kindergarten thru 2nd grade (BKL K-2)

This program is geared toward our youngest children who are in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Children will learn fundamental skiing skills of agility, balance, and coordination with a focus on ski play and fun.

  • Prior Experience: None
  • Grades: Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • Technique: Classic
  • Equipment: Waxless classic skis
  • Practice Schedule: Tuesdays, November 28th thru March 6th, 3:30-4:30pm & Saturday, March 3rd End of Season Ford Sayre Silver Fox Festival
  • Location: Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee: $100
  • Trail Pass: Our program fee covers the cost of using Dartmouth’s XC trails during practice. If you wish to ski outside of practice, please purchase a daily or seasonal trail pass from Dartmouth.
  • Program Director: Aricca Van Citters, 603-715-7233, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org

Registration for the K-2 program closes on November 21st. Late registrants must contact the Program Director to apply, and will be subject to a $35 late fee.


Bill Koch League: 3rd thru 4th grade (BKL 3-4)

Our 3rd and 4th grade program teaches fundamental skills for the classic and skate skiing techniques. Having fun, while developing skills through play, will be an integral part of practices. For children interested in racing, Ford Sayre coaches will provide encouragement and support at local and regional races.

  • Prior Experience: None
  • Grades: 3-4
  • Technique: Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis; 2 sets of poles (classic & skate lengths) & 1 pair of Combi ski boots.

NOTE: We highly recommend 2 pairs of skis for 3-4 grade skiers (one pair of classic skis and one pair of skate skis). Technique-specific skis often lead to more rapid skill progression, and reduce the time needed to wax and maintain skis. If cost is an issue, skiers may select 1 pair of combination (“combi”) skis that work for both classic and skating technique. However, please be aware that this option requires extra time and skill to clean and re-wax the skis for different techniques (on a practice-to-practice basis.) Refer to the Fordsayre.org website for more detailed information on equipment and contact the Program Directors with any specific questions.

  • Practice Schedule:Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 9th thru March 6th, 3:30-4:30pm & Saturday, March 3rd End of Season Ford Sayre Silver Fox Festival
  • Location: Oak Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee: $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail Pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Purchase separately. Individual junior season pass: $70 (or, family pass: $315), if purchased prior to 12/15/17; Starting 12/15/17 price increases to $95 (or family pass: $345). Application & info at: http://www.fordsayre.org/nordic/bkl/dartmouth-trail-passes/
  • Program Director: Aricca Van Citters, 603-715-7233, JuniorBKL@fordsayre.org

Registration for the 3-4 program closes on October 31st. Late registrants must contact the Program Director to apply, and will be subject to a $35 late fee.

 


BKL 5th-8th grade, Adventure

This program is designed for skiers and families who prefer the recreational approach of skiing, the ease of waxless classic skis, and the opportunity to readily access and explore our local wilderness. The program will include skiing adventures on and off the groomed trails. The program emphasizes adventure, exploration, fun and skill development. Practice may also include learning about wilderness safety, orienteering, leadership skills, and exploration of the skate skiing technique. This program promotes skiing for health and fitness and as a lifelong sport.

  • Prior Experience: None
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Technique: Classic, with optional exploratory skate skiing
  • Equipment: Waxless classic skis required for classic technique days and may also be used on the exploratory skate technique days. Additional pair of Skate skis or combi skis are optional for the skate technique days.
  • Practice Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 9th thru March 6th, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Location: Oak Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee: $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail Pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Purchase separately. Individual junior season pass: $70 (or, family pass: $315), if purchased prior to 12/15/17; Starting 12/15/17 price increases to $95 (or family pass: $345). Application & info at: http://www.fordsayre.org/nordic/bkl/dartmouth-trail-passes/
  • Program Director: Jane Phipps, 802-359-3868, BKL@fordsayre.org

Registration for the 5-8 Adventure program closes on October 31st. Late registrants must contact the Program Director to apply, and will be subject to a $35 late fee.


BKL 5th-8th grade, Development / Racing

The Development/Racing program is dedicated to the teaching and improvement of proper classic and skate techniques, and emphasizes foundational skiing skills such as balance, speed, and agility, while also building fitness and having fun. The various levels of skier abilities will be accommodated by smaller groups. Skiers will be strongly encouraged to participate in local and regional races. Coaches will support skiers through races, including individual goal setting, waxing skis on race day and cheering. Skiers and families are expected to learn to wax and maintain two sets of skis (classic and skate).

  • Prior Experience: None
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Technique: Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (waxable classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis; 2 sets of poles (classic & skate lengths) & 1 pair of Combi ski boots. * Waxless classic skis are not appropriate for skiers participating in this program.
  • Practice Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 9th thru March 6th, 3:30-4:30pm & Saturday, March 3rd End of Season Ford Sayre Silver Fox Festival
  • Location: Oak Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee: $220, plus $25 NENSA membership (New England Nordic Ski Association)
  • Trail Pass: Dartmouth XC ski center season trail pass is required. Purchase separately. Individual junior season pass: $70 (or, family pass: $315), if purchased prior to 12/15/17; Starting 12/15/17 price increases to $95 (or family pass: $345). Application & info at: http://www.fordsayre.org/nordic/bkl/dartmouth-trail-passes/
  • Program Director: Jane Phipps, 802-359-3868, BKL@fordsayre.org

Registration for the 5-8 Dev/Racing program closes on October 31st. Late registrants must contact the Program Director to apply, and will be subject to a $35 late fee.

* NOTE: We highly recommend 2 pairs of skis for 5-8th grade skiers (one pair of waxable classic skis and one pair of skate skis). Technique-specific skis often lead to more rapid skill progression, and reduce the time needed to wax and maintain skis. If cost is an issue, skiers may select 1 pair of combination (“combi”) skis that work for both classic and skating technique. However, please be aware that this option requires extra time and skill to clean and re-wax the skis for different techniques (on a practice-to-practice basis.) Refer to the Fordsayre.org website for more detailed information on equipment and contact the Program Director with any specific questions.


BKL 5th-8th grade, Friday Race Clinics

The Friday Race Clinic program is designed for children enrolled in the Development/Racing program who are motivated to ski fast and interested in racing. The Friday Race Clinic program provides an additional day of practice to focus on race-specific techniques and strategies, and dedicated time to train and prepare for upcoming weekend races. Coaches will support skiers through races, including individual goal setting, waxing skis on race day, and cheering.

  • Prior Experience: Must be enrolled in the Development/Racing Program, have experience in both classic and skate techniques, AND have previous racing experience.
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Technique: Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (classic & skate skis) OR 1 pair of combi skis; 2 sets of poles (classic & skate lengths) & 1 pair of Combi ski boots.
    *Waxless classic skis are not appropriate for skiers participating in this program.
  • Practice Schedule: Fridays, November 17th thru March 2nd, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Location: Oak Hill or Garipay Fields (Hanover, NH)
  • Program Fee: $100 additional to BKL program fee
  • Program Director: Jane Phipps, 802-359-3868, BKL@fordsayre.org

BKL 8th grade Weekend Add-on

For 8th grade skiers who are passionate about ski racing and who desire a more focused training regimen, we are offering a 4th program day on weekends this winter.  This additional day (either Saturday or Sunday each week, depending on race schedules) will include over-distance training on land (roller skiing, running, hiking), on snow (skiing!), and some extra race opportunities (citizen racing and/or Eastern Cup).  Skiers will work with coaches to develop and maintain a training log that will include elements of distance, intensity, and strength. Families will be responsible for transportation to practice and races, and any additional trail passes & race fees.

  • Prior Experience: Program is open to 8th grade skiers who participated in the 8th grade summer program. Other interested 8th graders must have a conversation with the Head Coach (headcoach bkl@fordsayre.org) to discuss participation.  Must be enrolled in the Development/Racing Program AND the Friday Race Clinics.
  • Grades: 8
  • Technique: Classic & Skate
  • Equipment: 2 separate pairs of skis (waxable classic & skate skis)
  • Practice Schedule: 1 weekend day/week, November 11th thru February 25th, time and location will vary each week
  • Location: Variable
  • Program Fee: $150 additonal to BKL fee
  • Program Director: Jane Phipps, 802-359-3868, BKL@fordsayre.org