Skiing (Cross Country)
Secondary - Interschool 2023
- For more information, consult OSBIE/OSRA’s School Board/Snow Resort Safety Guidelines for Out of school Trips for Winter Sports Education Program.
- Skis, boots and poles must be in good repair and appropriate size for skiers.
- When equipment is provided by the school/board or rented from a commercial facility, the following must be provided:
- Skis and poles appropriate for the size and ability of the student.
- Skis with edges in good condition.
- Boots and bindings that are compatible.
- Prior to initial use of the trail, coach or convenor must do a safety check “ski through” in order to identify potential hazards which must be brought to the attention of the coaches, convenor, athletes and officials.
- In practices, define specific routes to the athletes so they are aware of the boundaries.
- When choosing a site the following conditions must be taken into consideration: sun, wind and snow conditions as well as suitability of terrain.
- When selecting a non-commercial site the facility must have:
- practice tracks skied in by the coach/ convenor or competent student skiers under coach/convenor direction for traditional event
- proximity to warmth, food, waxing and other facilities
- The competition route must have marshals stationed throughout, and all hazards must be well marked or padded.
- Trails must be clearly marked, intersections must be roped off for trails not in use, and turns must be wide and safe.
- Coaches must determine that competitors are adequately prepared and all equipment is suitable for the difficulty of the race and practice courses.
- Coach basic uphill and downhill manoeuvres on a very gentle slope.
- Review with students safety precautions to take when working close to others with their sharp-tip poles.
- Communicate to students the importance of being aware of the location of other skiers, around them, to avoid interference and collisions.
- Instruct students to check that boots are secure in bindings.
- Emergency procedures must be established and communicated to the students.
- A system must be in place to keep track of athletes during practice (for example, buddy system).
- In-the-area supervision is required for all sites.
- Duties of supervisors must be clearly outlined.
Information for Parents/Guardians
- When their students use their own personal equipment or borrows equipment their parents/guardians must be informed:
- of the importance of an equipment inspection prior to the activity to ensure
- that skis and poles are appropriate for the size and ability of the student
- that all bindings are in working order and set to the proper tension
- that all bindings meet current manufacturer's guidelines
- that boots and bindings are compatible
Fri, 08/25/23 09:51 am