Nov 282010

NYSSRA Nordic Inc, offers several support programs to its racers, coaches, and sanctioned clubs. Grants are available to active NYSSRA members to help promote and encourage Nordic ski racing during the upcoming racing season. If you are not yet an active member for the 2010-2011, sign up online now. Then, perhaps you can take advantage of one of the following programs.

As a demonstration of NYSSRA’s support to Nordic racers, 24 $100 grants will be awarded (12 to women, 12 to men) on an application basis for each Nordic ski race season. Criteria for selection of grant recipients will include (1) the proposed use of the grant, (2) past racer performance, (3) geographic balance of applicants from regions of the state. Applicants must be current NYSSRA members and submit a letter of application, which states specific reason for request and cites racer performance with examples of past results. Deadline to submit the application is January 1, 2011. Please enter your application using this online form.

A program for reimbursement of coaching expenses for up to $200 is available to coaches who are NYSSRA members and who demonstrate a year round commitment to training Nordic skiers. Coaches must be current NYSSRA members and submit an itemized post race season expense account with receipts, if possible. Funds are limited to taking racers to Empire State Games (ESG) qualifiers and /or Junior National qualifier races. Coaches should submit a cover letter with a detailed expense account by or before the spring meeting to NYSSRA-Nordic President Darwin Roosa. This may be submitted via email

In memory and honor of the achievements and contributions of one of NYSSRA Nordic’s finest athletes, a fund was established in cooperation with the family of Brian E McDonald. Brian started with the Bill Koch Youth Ski League and competed throughout high school in both cross country skiing and biathlon. He competed primarily in biathlon after high school and had developed into a genuine international competitor and Olympic hopeful. The Memorial Fund awards a stipend of $100 to the highest finishing scholastic biathlete at the New York Empire State Winter Games who goes on to participate in the U. S. National Biathlon Championships.

In memory of Bill Thayer and his many years of outstanding grass-roots contributions in Cross Country Skiing in New York State, NYSSRA-Nordic would like its member clubs to designate a race in his honor. To assist, NYSSRA will provide a grant to reimburse a local club for the initial costs of hosting a competitive event to honor our memory of Bill Thayer. Reimbursement up to $500 would be for 100 printed logo bibs, course marker flags, and promotional material. The initial $50 sanction fee will be waived, but it is the local club’s responsibility to enter into a sanctioning agreement with the landowner and NYSSRA-Nordic, Inc. The Bill Thayer Memorial Citizen’s Race grant will be awarded annually to the first club, which has never previously taken advantage of this grant, which applies in writing to Eric Hamilton, NYSSRA Secretary, 67 Pico Rd., Clifton Park, NY 12065.

This grant awards $200 each to the first five NYSSRA Clubs who apply. To be eligible for the grant, the Club must be active and sanctioned for the current ski season, and the club must be hosting a NYSSRA race, with all paperwork and fees submitted. The $200 is to be used by member clubs for promotional materials. These materials may promote the club and/or the club’s NYSSRA race. Promotional materials include, but are not limited to, items like stickers, banners, t-shirts, water bottles, ski ties, etc. Applications for this grant must be completed online, and will be accepted through the season until all five grants are awarded. This grant application will be evaluated by the President, Secretary and Race Sanctioning Chairman. Awarded grants will be paid by the NYSSRA treasurer. Please complete this online application form here.

REMEMBER, in addition to the other qualifications, you must be an active current NYSSRA member to be eligible for these programs. Many of the programs are first-come, first-served, so don’t delay, get your active NYSSRA membership NOW!!! (link to online membership)


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