Junior Nationals

IMPORTANT CHANGES Midwest Division States:
Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, South and North Dakota
Great Lakes Division States:
Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio


In order to see more balance in our region and strive for excellence in cross country skiing, the Central Region has realigned the divisions starting with the 2019-2020 season. Wisconsin is now part of the Great Lakes Division. We hope this change gives more skiers the opportunity to achieve their goals and strive for excellence.
The Midwest Division (MW) Junior Committee is the governing body of Midwest Junior National Team and responsible for naming a team of athletes to compete at the yearly US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships (JNs).

All criteria, operating procedures and rules for Midwest Junior skiing are development and set forth by the Midwest Junior Committee. This includes but is not limited to the governance of the Midwest Junior National Team and Junior National Qualifying Races.

The Midwest Junior National Team and Great Lakes Junior National Team athletes are selected based on a Regional Points and Rankings List generated from the results of the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races.

The CXC Junior Cup's Goal is to provide an opportunity for junior racers to be exposed to high level regional and national level racing. The Junior Cup events should offer junior athletes an opportunity to improve their U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List and possibly FIS profiles. The Junior Cup should be welcoming to all and even those not aspiring to make a JN team are encouraged to compete against their top peers in the region. But, it is not necessary for all junior skiers to be involved in series wide, trying a race in your home area for an introduction to CXC Cup racing is a great way for a junior skier to test themselves and see where their competition is at. More importantly, racers should have non-series races available to them locally to make a sound schedule. The Goal of the Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Teams is to introduce and elevate regionally successful athletes to the National racing scene.




GENERAL PARTICIPATION TIPS

Whether you are new to the Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races or a returning racer, here are some tips to help you feel comfortable with the process.

Registration for JNQ races typically closes on the Tuesday before the race. Plan your races and register early.

Give yourself the highest opportunity to earn a place on your division's JN team, and increase your elite racing experience, by purchasing a Cross Country Competitor (U16+) Membership before the racing season starts and participating in all your division's JNQ races if possible.

If you are on a school team, good communication with your coach is essential. Work together to establish a plan that supports both your school team and your JNQ races.

The Divisional Junior Teams (JNs, NENSA U16s, CXC U18 Trip) will be named after the final race in the JNQ series.

Please be prepared to pay for the full cost of the US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN) trip at the team naming that takes place after the final JNQ race if you are selected for the team. For instance, JN trip to Anchorage, AK in 2019 was $2,900 per team member, exclusive of team uniform. The required Divisional team uniform could be purchased new or borrowed/bought from a former team member if available. The 2020 JNs will be in Truckee, CA, which will likely have a slightly lower overall cost with expenses to fly and stay in the Sierras being less expensive than traveling to and staying in Alaska.

Junior National team members must have a CXC/US Ski & Snowboard Membership. Serious competitors should not wait until February to do this, as lowering NRL points and getting seeded based upon the NRL at races are both important to having the best chance to compete.

Keep a close watch on the website as race and JN trip details can change rapidly. The website will also be your first source for info on summer camps and clinics.

Finally, enjoy the experience of elite racing! The JNQ races, NENSA U16, CXC U18 and Junior National Championships trips are opportunities to meet and ski with the finest skiers in the Central Region of the country, and beyond. It's exciting, motivating and really fun.