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  • Full Service Club Structure

    A full range of quality programs draws members to your club and keeps them there. To assist your club in developing the necessary support structure to deliver cross country ski programs to a broad cross section of your community and a progression of athlete development opportunities for skiers of all ages and skill levels, a model of a Full Service Club is provided on this page.

    Points to note are:

    • this is a generic model - each Club will have its own special programs, names for programs, and a way of "grouping" responsibilities for each committee;
    • this is an ideal model - few Clubs are sufficiently developed to offer the full range of programs outlined here;
    • this is a model of a volunteer driven, amateur sport club that is, through membership in a Division of Cross Country Canada, a part of the Canadian cross country ski sport system:
      • it does not address the management of paid staff, although paid staff are becoming an important consideration with regard to trail & facility maintenance, coaching and program delivery in larger Clubs;
      • it distinguishes between CCC/Division "programs" and club "partnerships". For example, a CCC/Division 'program' would be a loppet, a junior racing team, a NCCP course, etc. A Club 'partnership' would refer to an organization with an independent mandate, such as the Ministry of Forests, a commercial ski area, or the Federation of Mountain Clubs. Arrangements with other organizations, whether formal or informal, play an integral role in the operations of any cross country ski club. However, they have not been included on this chart if they are distinct organizations;
    • a 'Coach' is - an individual who helps athletes (skiers) of any age or skill level to have a better sport experience;
    • an 'Athlete' is - anyone from the age of 5 to 105 who wishes to improve their fitness level and develop their ski skills;
    • a Full Service club would provide a clear progression of skier development opportunities (especially critical is the vertical integration of the programs for youth, so each child can clearly see the next program they graduate to);
      • it would have ONE athlete development program, ONE overall plan, ONE head coach, and a good integration of the components;
      • the club coaches would work as a unit, including planning the exchange of a skier from one level of a program to the next;
      • older racers would work with the youngest skiers at least once a week;
      • athletes of all ages would share in some sessions, even if it is only the first 15 minutes of one session a week.
    Club Organization Chart