Bill Koch League (Youth) Resources

Bill Koch League Leader Recommended Resources

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NENSA BKL Distance and Terrain Guidelines.doc
NENSA Temperature Guidelines
NENSA Low Fluoro Glide Waxing Policy.docx
NENSA Transgender Policy

NENSA Is proud to be a Community Olympic Development Program for cross country skiing in New England. A few benefits NENSA receives & passes along to our community from the CODP designation include access to SafeSport for all our NENSA members & Coaches. Link to SafeSport on USSA

The US Ski and Snowboard Training Systems: Training Systems Overview (scroll down and click on Cross Country)

Canadian Sport For Life Long Term Athlete Development 2.1– resource paper on the Canadian framework of Long-Term Athlete Development, a training, competition, and recovery program based on developmental age – the maturation level of an individual – rather than chronological age.

Sport for all, Play for Life: This 50-page report from the Aspen Institute and Project Play, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. This document is a call to all stakeholders, parents, policy makers and coaches to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience.  Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Outdoor Sports Institute’s XC Ski Curriculum Guide:


  • Bill Koch League Parent/Leader Manual (email to purchase)
  • Long-Term Athlete Development 1st Edition by Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, Colin Higgs  
  • Coaching Young Athletes  – September, 1981 by Rainer Martens
  • Coaching with Heart: Taoist Wisdom to Inspire, Empower, and Lead in Sports & Life by Jerry Lynch Ph.D. (Author), Chungliang Al Huang (Author)
  • Quicksilver by Steve Butler and Karl Rohnke
  • Cowstails and Cobras by Karl Rohnke
  • Silver Bullets By Karl Rohnke
  • No Props: Great Games with No Equipment by Mark Collard
  • Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation by Jennifer Stanchfield  


Changing the Game in Bill Koch League Skiing: This video was created by NENSA and John O’Sullivan (author of the #1 bestselling books Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids and Is it Wise to Specialize?) about youth sports and the Bill Koch Youth Ski League. This video has been created as a resource specifically for BKL parents and coaches.

2017 BKL Workshop at the Woodstock Elementary School in Woodstock, VT
Jamie Hannon, Professor of Adventure Education at Plymouth State University Adventure to Excellence: An Adventure Approach to Creating a Positive BKL Team Culture  

Poppet Boswell Agility, Balance and Coordination

2015 BKL Workshop at Holderness School, Holderness, NH
Garrott Kuzzy & Katrina Howe GMVS BKL Progression Ideas Worksheet

Jim Stock Racing and the U14-U16 Transition

John Ogden Leadership Philosophies In BKL Coaching To All Abilities


Roy Strum, Alberta Ski Team Director from Canmore, AB Canada writes about his coaching experience with 12-13 year old Cross Country skiers:

Parent Resources:


Changing the Game Project:

Canada’s Sport for Life, A Sport Parents Guide to LTAD:


Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids by John O’Sullivan

Let Them Play: The Mindful Way to Parent Kids for Fun and Success in Sports Paperback – September 6, 2016 by Jerry Lynch (Author), Steve Kerr (Foreword)