Far West Nordic is currently accepting applications for coaching staff for Junior Nationals 2011 in Minneapolis MN, March 5-13, 2011.
This is a new process from previous years and reflects the protocol every other division in USSA is doing to choose their coaching staff for Junior Nationals. Far West has adopted this process inorder to be as fair as possible to all coaches, to be less expensive for attending athletes/parents, and to provide the best possible staff.
Many of the job descriptions overlap but what we are looking for is 5-8 coaches (depending upon team size) to provide: Age Group Supervision and Coaching, Wax Technicians and Testers, Wax Slaves (brushing and scraping and etc), Administration, Team Van Drivers, (tho this year we will have race organized Team Shuttles), All Purpose Units (APUs), and General Mayhem Controllers. Far West Head Coach, Ben Grasseschi, will be the Queso Grande for this trip this year. Any questions about what is expected, basically a ton of work on your part, contact him directly.
If you feel you would like to be part of our team- it is a lot of work; but very rewarding-please fill out an application.
Deadline to send in applications is January 20, 2011. Applications will be reviewed by the Far West Junior “Super” Committee and you will be notified by January 25, 2011.
If you want to know more of what we do or is expected of you, we encourage you to attend one of the Far West camps/trips/JNQs, this year or in future years, on your own dime, before attending Junior Nationals. As an FYI- We anticipate this application process will be in effect from now on. Not all applicants will be chosen and you will have to re-apply for this opportunity every year.
Chosen applicants will receive expenses paid trip to Minneapolis. This includes lodging, food, coach fees, and your USSA license (if chosen you will have to apply for this right away and expect a background check. FW will re-imburse you for this license, 125$+ late fee, with receipt). These expenses, may or may not, include airfare depending upon team size and fundraising for the year.
Additionally, you will not receive a stipend/wage from Far West. We are doing this to keep it fair and to provide a more cost effective trip for athletes/parents. We are also hoping clubs will be more proactive in their coach education/experience by making the club(s) take ownership and responsibility for their coaching staff(s).
If you really want to attend and not having a stipend is an issue, Far West Nordic has some Coaches Education money available to you. Please exhaust all other sources before applying for this funding. You can apply for this Coaches Education Funding in roughly the same way athletes need to apply for the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship. See http://farwestnordic.org/beauchamp.html for more info.
We look forward to your application,
Far West Nordic Junior Committee