Skiing (Cross Country)
Secondary - Interschool 2019
- Consult Risk Management.
- This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Outside Activity Providers.
- 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.
- Instruct participants to keep a safe distance from each other (for example, 2-3m) to prevent interference/tripping one another.
- 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
Thu, 06/11/20 02:36 pm