Joining XC Oregon

Note: XC Oregon is an elite development organization targeting adult athletes typically 20+ years of age. For post-high school athletes over the age of 18, but still interested in Junior Nationals OJ racing, we welcome creating a partnership package for you with our excellent local junior ski program MBSEF.

XC Oregon Program — Three Different Ways To Be Involved

1.) Funded Team Status 

Typical Requirements…

  • Demonstrated ability or future potential for international/domestic excellence. Results from major domestic/international XC ski events are the primary evaluation method but results/lab tests involving other endurance sports are also used.
  • Demonstrated resolve towards personal excellence and XC Oregon program philosophy. The latter includes–multi-year commitment to living in Oregon the majority of every year; meeting volunteer requirements; investing in academic or career development; investing of yourself in the greater Oregon community.
  • Personal and Athletic Plan. A written outline covering a minimum of 2 years and including progression of athletic development, academic plan (if any), career skill development, goals, objectives, financial plan, etc.. Basically -- how do you plan to pay the bills, train, race, live?
  • Personal Health Insurance Policy. XC Oregon has connections to help with some medical expenses, but each athlete has to maintain your own basic health insurance.

What you can expect from XC Oregon…

  • Year-round Coaching; team/individual workouts; training program design/guidance; testing; team camps/trips; access to local education, residence and career development network; full support of team sponsors and community partners.
  • First priority for direct program support in sports science, travel, training, competitions, etc.. (Support amounts vary on a case-by-case basis.)
  • First priority with product/service sponsorship benefits.
  • Included in all program activities, camps, trips, etc. suitable for age and ability level.
  • Eligibility for Individual Travel Grants based on performance schedule and availability of funds.

2.) Associate Status

Requirements…

  • Athletes unable to meet full member performance requirements but still interested in working with XC Oregon program on a part-time or full-time basis. Amount of involvement of Associate athletes will be determined on a case-by-case basis with XC Oregon staff.
  • Demonstrated resolve towards personal excellence and XC Oregon program philosophy. The latter includes–multi-year commitment to living in Oregon year round; meeting volunteerism requirements; investing in academic or career development; investing of yourself in the greater Oregon community.
  • Personal and Athletic Plan. A written outline covering a minimum of 2 years and including progression of athletic development, academic plan (if any), career skill development, goals, objectives, financial plan, etc.. Basically -- how do you plan to pay the bills, train, race, live?
  • Personal Health Insurance Policy.

Will Receive…

  • Year-round Coaching; team/individual workouts; training program design/guidance; testing; team camps/trips; access to local education, residence and career development network.
  • Access to program activities, camps, trips, etc. suitable for age and ability level when with program. Note: Associate athletes normally are responsible for all personal expenses both training and racing.
  • First priority for moving up to available spots within funded group should personal and athletic development progress meet criteria.
  • Access to team product/service sponsorship benefits and purchase agreements (depending on availability).

3.) Part-time Status

(The only athletes considered for this type of membership are those that are finishing academic program elsewhere and working with XC Oregon during summer months with the intent of joining the program full-time following graduation.) Requirements…

  • All of the items listed for Associate athletes.
  • Must have written authorization from collegiate coaches (where applicable) to participate in XC Oregon activities in summer months.
  • Personal Health Insurance Policy.

Will Receive…

  • Summer coaching, team/individual workouts, program design, testing, team camps/trips. Limited access to local education, residence and career development network.
  • Included in all program activities, camps, trips, etc. suitable for age and ability level when with program.
  • May or may not qualify for program support or sponsorship benefits depending on long-term commitment to XC Oregon and current college program restrictions.

XC Oregon reserves the right to refuse membership or allow formal participation in group activities to any person on the grounds of an individual being a dangerous, threatening, or disruptive influence to themselves, other members of XC Oregon, program staff or contractors, program sponsors or patrons, program Board, and/or program alumni. Further, individuals that may risk lowering the overall positive reputation of the program in the  for any reason -- valid or otherwise -- may also be denied involvement with the program at any time.

XC Oregon — Self-Evaluation
Step 1.) 

Sit down and write out a personal evaluation of where you are at in terms of skiing, academics, career, life, etc.. Include your personal priorities. What you want out of a place to live/train/work/continue education, etc.. Use any format you like, but writing helps makes your thoughts real -- most of all to yourself.

Note: The best time frame to focus on if you are in a life-changing time (example: finishing up college) is the next 2-4 years. We've found longer than that tends to blur things and shorter than 2 years tends to be too easy to "wing it" -- which doesn't typically make for good ski racing.

Be specific, be creative, but above all else…be honest with yourself. You’ll be suprised at what you’ll discover about your true needs, ambitions and dreams when you see the finished product.

The least important aspect of this plan has to do with the “X’s and O’s” of ski training and racing. What you need to accomplish is determining if (and just how much) maximizing your personal ski potential is a priority item in your life -- and what you are willing and realistically able to do to make that goal a reality.

This step should take several days…if not weeks…to complete. Afterall, this is a "big picture" plan covering many years of your life!

Step 2.)

Determine if Oregon is a great place you can see yourself being happy and successful -- given your goals both for skiing and life -- for the next 2-4 years. If you have not visited Bend, try and make plans to visit prior to your final decision process to get a feel for the community and overall XC Oregon program since this is a home base regardless of where you might live in the state.

Now look at the information posted in the drop-down menu "About Us" above. In particular, the sections "Operating Design" and "How Things Work". Those sections will give you a very good idea of what life with XC Oregon will be like -- and how our design fits your needs.

It's critical to note that our program has been around long enough to know that we aren't the perfect fit for every athlete. But for those that want this type of design, it's a great fit.

Step 3.)

If after completing these steps (it will take awhile to complete all of this) XC Oregon and living in the state of Oregon still look like the best fit for your needs…send in a copy of your summarized plan and as much bio information as possible (top results, training volumes, former coaches/programs, etc.) to Coach J.D. Downing at…

XC Oregon
55 SW Gleneagles Way
Bend, OR 97702
jd at xcoregon dot org

NOTE: Email is the best way to send all of this (cheapest, fastest, easiest to record) but postal mail is fine if for some reason you prefer that method.