Overview of the Night Glider Ski Program

We are a Nordic Ski Team called the Wausau Night Gliders (NG). We are a club 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, cost of program, and many more details. We set our in the spring based on number of coaches we have to manage and run a quality and safe program. Eligibility for these programs is primbarily based on the athletes grade level.

2020-2021 NG Racing Team

*3rd graders might move from SS into DEVO if motivated and there is room in the DEVO program.

4th graders will have priority over third graders to join DEVO if space is limited.

The Racing Team eligibility is based on both grade and Coach Evaluation.

Skiing at Granite Peak

Decisions for placement on the Two Night Glider Teams for the following season are made in spring.

Generally children progress from our Snow Strider program to Night Gliders, but may be considered even if totally new to Nordic skiing. We provide 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 and a parent ski lesson during the season.

In September there is a Mandatory Orientation Parent/Athlete Meeting for all Night Gliders. Both Membership and Program Registrations are required at this time. Those on the Spring/May Roster will be notified in August of the due dates for Registrations and instructions/links to accomplish this. Athletes will receive their equipment and Team clothes in November.

We will communicate on a regular basis with participant families. Our sport is unique in that we often have changes in the schedule due to the weather and snow conditions. Your flexibility is needed and appreciated. The various types of communication will be discussed at Orientation.

Devo Team Expectations:

  • Practice is Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Arrival at 5:15 PM, Practice is 5:30-6:30. An occasional Saturday or Sunday extra daytime session may be offered.
  • Athletes have to be ready for “coaching” and learning technique and are expected to attend all practices as scheduled.
  • Please refer to the Structure Chart for the complete list of expectations and cost.

Racing Team Expectations:

  • Fall Dryland Practice with roller skiing has a varied schedule (Coach conveys to Team)
  • On Snow practice is Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Arrival at 5:15 PM, Practice from

5:30-6:30 PM.

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.

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