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CROSS COUNTRY TECHNICAL GRID SKILLS


Push-off Weight Transfer Glide


Level I/ beginner skill level


Level II/ intermediate skill level Ski and pole push create forward movement of ski Ski and pole push increase speed of ski


Center of mass (COM) moves briefly over the base of support (fore/aft and side to side)


Glide on one ski


line with major efforts afoot at the national level to align the divisions so that the educa- tion process in any division follows a similar process and certification candidates are all held to the same standards. A good example of this kind of alignment is


the growing use and acceptance of the Cross Country Technical Grid, a resource developed at the 2016 Fall Conference that lays out the basic skill levels needed for Level I, II, and III certification within three of the main cross country technical model skills: weight transfer, push-off, and glide. Compared to the current National Standards for skiing, which provide greater detail and guidance toward specific skill development, the Cross Country Technical Grid has shorter, broader statements about what’s expected at each level. At first, participants struggled to fit their understanding of certification standards


Center of mass (COM) consistently moves over the base of support (fore/aft and side to side)


Demonstrate control of ski glide duration


into this simpler framework, trying to let go of set ideas to make room for new ones. They were animated while discussing how the new ones might work, or not work, for education and certification purposes. As understand- ing increased, and examiners and trainers wrapped their brains around new concepts and ways of discerning differences in ability levels with regard to fundamentals, the group became increasingly adept at fitting what they know and how they assess into the new model. This Cross Country Academy brought to


light some of the latest and greatest play- ers in PSIA-AASI’s cross country discipline. It’s become established as a national gath- ering point for instructor and trainer devel- opment, networking, and idea sharing. The camaraderie was charged – connecting kindred colleagues from many divisions and disciplines – and stands to increase in value


Level III /advanced skill level


Control power application of ski and pole push to optimize speed of ski


Center of mass (COM) moves over and beyond the base of support (fore/aft and side to side)


Demonstrate consistent control of ski glide duration


Don’t miss out on connecting with your cross country comrades in 2019 at West Yelllowstone!


and participation with time and reputation. Hope to see you there next year!


J. Scott McGee is the former coach of the PSIA Nordic Team, and serves as an Intermountain clinic leader and examiner for the alpine, telemark, and cross country disciplines.


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