Groups & Coaches

Groups

Children in Hayward Nordic Kids are grouped by age and skiing technique. We teach classical technique through 2nd grade and then allow children to choose to learn skate technique from 3rd-5th grade or stay with the classic technique. 

Groups are designated by age or grade. The Bunnies are 3-4 year-olds. Jack Rabbits are 4-5 year-olds. Arctic Foxes are in Kindergarten. Wildcats are in 1st grade. Timberwolves are in 2nd grade. Snowflakes are in 3rd grade, using skate technique. Blizzards are in 4th grade, using skate technique. Avalanches are in 5th grade, using skate technique. Grizzlies are in 3rd-5th grades using classical technique. 

Coaches and Volunteers

Our coaches are all volunteers, and we appreciate the time and effort they contribute each week to teach your children the lifelong sport of skiing! We always welcome volunteers and coaches at any level to help make each lesson great. Whether it’s getting out on the beautiful Birkie Trail system to coach, assisting our hard-working coaches, or joining our board, Hayward Nordic Kids is a volunteer-run organization that needs your help. Each season is fun and successful because of the great help we receive to make HNK a great experience for kids. Please consider volunteering to help a child enjoy winter and learn a lifelong sport! We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from parents, coaches and volunteers, new and old. We’re looking forward to a great season!

 

 

Hayward Nordic Kids Skills and Drills

Classic Groups

 

 

Bunnies

Jack Rabbits

Arctic Foxes

 

Typical age(s):

3-4

4-5yr

5-6yr

 

Typical grade(s):

NA

Jr K

K

 

Typical skiing ability (# of K’s able to ski):

1k 

2k

2.5 – 3k

Fundamentals

How to fall

X

X

X

How to get up without poles

X

X

X

Balance Drills – games without poles

X

X

X

Relaxed arm swing

X

X

X

Pole introduction

 

X

X

How to get up with poles

 

 

X

Downhill

Skiing down in track

X

X

X

Downhill tuck

X

X

X

Snowplow

 

X

X

Wedge turns on hills

 

X

X

Snowplow/wedge turns on bigger hills (ski around cones)

 

 

X

Uphill

Duck walk “herring-bone” uphill (bigger hills)

X

X

X

Uphill striding, stomping on ski to grip (small hills)

 

X

X

Technique

Diagonal stride walking/shuffling in track

X

X

 

Skiing in track – weight transfer without poles (toe-knee-nose)

 

 

X

Star turn/step turn

X

X

X

Activities to learn skills:

  • Everybody fall/ legs up like a bug/straighten skis
  • Elephant arm swings
  • Hot potato (with ball)
  • Simon Says (balance, side steps, etc.)
  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Red Rover, Red Rover (ski under legs or connected arms)
  • Hot Snow (hop from one foot to another)
  • Chariot Rides (pull with inner tube, stop with snowplow)
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Tag games
  • Obstacle course/ski around cones
 

 

Classic Groups

 

 

Hayward Nordic Kids Skills and Drills

Wild Cats

Timber Wolves

Grizzlies

 

 

Typical age(s):

7-8

8-9

10+

 

 

Typical grade(s):

1

2

3-5

 

 

Typical skiing ability (# of K’s able to ski):

3ks

4 ks

5 to 6 ks

 

Fundamentals

How to get up with poles

X

X

X

 

How to get up without poles

X

X

X

 

Balance Drills – games without poles

X

X

X

 

Balance Drills – Double pole in tracks with one ski lifted

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

Downhill

Snowplow/wedge turns on hills

X

X

X

 

Snowplow/wedge turns on bigger hills (ski around cones?)

X

X

X

 

Skiing down in track

X

X

X

 

Perfecting ability to step out of  track on bigger down hills 

X

X

X

 

Step turn fundamentals on small hill

 

 

X

 

Step turn on bigger hills (ski around cones?)

 

 

X

 

Uphill

Uphill striding, stomping on ski to grip (small hills)

X

X

X

 

Duck walk “herring-bone” uphill (bigger hills)

X

X

X

 

Duck walk, using inner edges (bigger hills)

X

X

X

 

Technique

Skiing in track – weight transfer without poles (toe-knee-nose)

X

X

X

 

Skiing in track – weight transfer with poles

X

X

X

 

Perfecting pole placement when striding, core crunch

X

X

X

 

Double pole

 

X

X

 

Double pole with  kick; improve technique, pick up the speed

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities to learn skills:

 

 

 

 

 

Obstacle courses   Slalom Courses   Frisbee games (soft frisbee)  Relay races   No pole drills   Tag games   Chariot games (with inner tubes) Skooter game (ski with one ski) Stop sign game (stop on hill) Jump turns (how far can you jump around, 90-180o)   Bathroom scale (stronger with straight arms or bent arms) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayward Nordic Kids Skills and Drills

Skate Groups

 

 

 

Snowflakes

Blizzards

Avalanches

 

Typical age(s):

 

8-9

9-10

10-13

 

Typical grade(s):

 

3-4

4-5

5+

 

Typical skiing ability (# of K’s able to ski):

 

3-5k

5-7k

6-10k

Fundamentals

How to fall

 

X

X

X

How to get up with poles

 

X

X

X

How to get up without poles

 

X

X

X

Balance Drills – games without poles

 

X

X

X

Balance Drills – Double pole in tracks with one ski lifted

 

X

X

X

Downhill

Snowplow/wedge turns on hills

 

X

X

X

Snowplow/wedge turns on bigger hills (ski around cones?)

 

X

X

X

Step turn fundamentals on small hill

 

X

X

X

Step turn on bigger hills (ski around cones?)

 

X

X

X

Skiing down in tuck position

 

 

X

X

Uphill

Duck walk, using inner edges (bigger hills)

 

X

X

X

Diagonal “V” – focus on weight transfer to glide during “duck walk”

 

X

X

X

V1 uphill drill poling on favored side

 

X

X

X

V1 uphill drill alternating poling from side to side

 

 

X

X

V2 uphill drill on gradual uphills

 

 

 

X

Technique

Double pole

 

X

X

X

Marathon skate

 

X

X

X

“Diagonal V” – modified herring bone/duck walk with glide

 

X

X

X

“V1” on favored side (right or left)

 

X

X

X

“V1” on non favored side (right or left)

 

 

X

X

“V2” – poling on both sides

 

 

X

X

“Alternate V” – poling on one side only, time different than “V1”

 

 

 

X

Transitions – starting into hills, coming down from hills & rolling hills

 

 

 

X

Activities to learn skills:

  • Simon Says
  • Relays
  • Scooter Ski Relay (one ski)
  • Obstacle Course
  • 360o Jump Turns
  • Falling forward w/partner (hips farthest forward on skis with heels down before you fall)
  • Extended Diagonal Motion
  • Slalom course
  • Samurai Swordsman
  • Tandem Scooter Ski (have a pair each take off inside ski and ski together)
  • Four Square (cross poles on ground, jump from one square diagonally to another)
  • Longest Glide
  • Train Ski
  • Lie Down Sprint Races