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Pittsford Nordic is the Cross Country Ski
team for the Pittsford Central School District. The team serves both Mendon
High School and Sutherland High School as well as both the middle schools -
we train and race Varsity boys and girls, JV boys & girls and Modified boys
Most people know Cross country skiing as a form of skiing that looks
rather like brisk walking or striding on skiis. This "Classic or Diagonal"
technique still forms the basis for a good technical skier. However in the early 1980's an
new technique was introduced, the "Skate" or "Free Style" technique.
This ski form resembles a skating action on snow, quite different to the classic
technique. Both classic and free style are now accepted ski techniques, and nordic
skiers need to learn both techniques.
Team training begins about mid november. Until the snow arrives training consists of running, building up to distances of 12K, dry land training on hills and the track for plyometric exercises, roller skiing and roller blading. All the running, roller skiing and roller blading is done with poles. Safety is a serious consideration and all the athletes wear team provided reflective vests for any workouts on the road, and those athletes that roller ski or roller blade must wear helmets. The athletes do need to provide their own helmets as they will not be allowed to roller blade or ski with out a helmet.
As soon as the snow arrives dry land training changes to skiing! The
majority of the snow training is done on the fields at the back of the Pittsford
Middle School on a 1.6K ski loop that provides an excellent training area. Two
years ago the team raised money to purchase a snow groomer which allowed us to deign the
training loop which is groomed regularly, providing good tracks for both skate
skiing and classic skiing and at the same time greatly reducing travel time
searching for reasonable snow conditions. The athletes simply walk over to the middle
school with their equipment from Mendon High school where the team room is located.
For dry land training weather related running clothing is adequate -shorts, running tights, t-shirt, good running shoes, wind pants and wind breaker jacket, inexpensive ski poles for running, water bottle, roller blades if you have them, a helmet. The team does have several pairs of roller skis, but the more serious skiers do purchase their own.
For snow training the clothing requirements change significantly. Contrary to what is the norm in cold weather, for cross country skiing you really need light layered clothing. The body will generate incredible heat while training, even on the most bitterly cold days.
The athlete needs to be able to take layers off, but at the same time
the athletes need to be able to layer up as soon as they stop because in the winter
cold you cool down so much faster. Any wicking type of clothing including fleece wear is
perfect, wind breaker running pants worn over running tights will be great for practice,
and generally the athletes will train in tights alone with a long sleeved shirt and
probably a sleeveless fleece vest on top. A good close fitting hat is essential,
preferably one made from some type of wicking fabric. The Swix ear muffs are great and can
be work under a close fitting hat or alone. Socks do not have to be thick and warm,
regular running socks will be fine, but the athletes should always have dry socks
available to change into immediately after practice. Wet feet will chill very fast and
affect the rest of the body! Gloves are also important - a thick winter pair
are fine for those times you are standing around, but for training thin Ploy- pro gloves
are sufficient, and for racing there are many different varieties of gloves available.
|This sport is not cheap - we won't even begin to fool you - however the
cost needs to be balanced against the mental and physical health of the athlete. The
equipment is well built and with good care will last well and has a very good second hand
resale value. At the start up meeting parents and athletes are provided with
information about equipment needs and requirements. There are 3 main sources
of equipment locally - SNOW in Pittsford Plaza, Park Ave Bikes on Monroe Ave
and the HFL Ski Swap and Sale held annually usually the saturday before
There are numerous Internet sources as well - some links are available on this web site but many good sites abound we can always help you find those in addition to doing Google searches!
Ideally a cross country skier should have 2 pairs of skis and boots for the 2 different ski disciplines - skating and classic. However for a rookie skier who is trying the sport for the first time we usually recommend a combination set of skis and boots but encourage the purchase of 2 sets of poles as the pole length does make a great difference in the two techniques, shorter poles are used for classic technique and quite a bit longer poles are used for skating technique.
Equiping your athlete with cross country skis and poles can be a
rather intimidating aspect of this wonderful sport, don't feel that you have
to go and buy equipment immediately, your coaches are always available
for advise and indeed we encouarge you to seek help from us before purchasing
equipment so that we can ensure you are buying the correct and appropriate equipment that
will make the experience so much more fulfilling.
Ski meets are scheduled from the second week in December. Unfortunately this sport is dependant on the weather, but as soon there is decent snow for grooming meets will be held.
There are 3 main venues for racing: Mount Pittsford at Barker Road Middle School; Bristol Mountain Summit Nordic Center at Bristol Mountain; Mendon Ponds Park at the North Meadow or the West Meadow; and Harriet Hollister State Park at the south end of Honeoye Lake.
The school provides bus transportation to the meets and all the athletes
are required to travel both ways on the bus. Bus time is important part of team
preparation for both the coaches and the athletes. Reasonable exceptions to this
requirement can be made with the coaches. One of the most important aspects of meets is
FOOD! Please encourage your athlete to bring good wholesome snacks and plenty of
fluid to drink, water is best. Cross country skiing generates tremendous thirst and
hunger. And of course we encourage as many parents as possible to come to the meets and
cheer the team. Just make sure you bring warm clothes and boots for standing
around. Your athletes will thank you for cheering them on!
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