The DXC junior program offers a comprehensive and individualized year-round training program for high school aged athletes looking to take their skiing to the next level. Approximately a third of our athletes qualify for the New England Junior National Team each year; 100 percent of them qualify for the New Hampshire U16 or Eastern High School Championship teams. DXC graduates are currently skiing on the Middlebury, Williams, St. Lawrence and UNH ski teams.
Our program supplements and works in conjunction with high school teams, and is designed to allow athletes to continue to ski with their high school team in a way that they (and their coaches) see fit.
DXC strives to develop athletes who are focused on doing well and having fun. Our club is currently relatively small (we typically have 8-10 skiers) which allows for personal and individualized coaching. While as many as half of these athletes may attend the Dublin School, DXC is a regional club, and includes public school, private school, and home-schooled students, and is distinct from the Dublin School’s high school team.
Our year-round program starts up in August. In April and May we take a break from ski training. Most DXC athletes play school spring sports so they are appropriately busy and active. During this time we may have an occasional weekend hike or afternoon activity but we do not ski train specifically. In May we typically rollerski a few times, schedules permitting. In April or May Head Coach Kathy Maddock meets with skiers to discuss goals for the upcoming season and to develop a training plan that will enable athletes to train effectively, both with the team and on their own.
In June we begin our group training. Our summer schedule is typically based around athlete (and coach) availability; coach-led practices are typically available 3 – 5 times a week.
DXC athletes are encouraged to attend summer training camps, including the Cambridge Sports Union’s camp in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and the Dublin Devo Camp, offered at the Dublin School at the beginning of August. (Kathy coaches at both of these camps.)
In the fall DXC athletes typically join their high school cross country (or other) team and supplement high school workouts with DXC workouts. The DXC schedule includes a Tuesday afternoon gym strength session, Friday afternoon rollerski specific strength workout, and a Sunday distance rollerski.
For the winter season (November through March) DXC athletes attend afternoon weekday workouts at the Dublin School Nordic Center on a schedule that fits best with their high school program. On non-race weekends they will train as a group either at Dublin or another ski area. On Eastern Cup (Junior National Qualifier) race weekends athletes are provided with wax and coaching support; parents are expected to volunteer for any number of necessary roles, including joining the wax team (no prior experience needed), and helping staff and provide for the DXC/CSU lunch table. DXC does not arrange transportation nor lodging during Eastern Cup race weekends.
Perspective DXC skiers are encouraged to train with us for up to three workouts to see if the club is right for them. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.