Night Gliders

This program is filled for the 2017-2018 Season!!!

** Note – All of our Coaches undergo background checks by an outside agency.

 We are a Nordic Sking Team Sport – Called the Wausau Night Gliders. We are a club based program sponsored by the Wausau Nordic Ski Club. We have two components within the Night Glider Program – a Development Group and a Racing Group (see Structure chart for the criteria for each one). We set our roster in spring based on number of coaches we have to manage and run a quality program. We accept youth age 9 to 13/14 provided the older 14 year olds are in the 8th grade and 9 year olds are turning 9 by the time the season begins. Generally children progress from our Snow Strider program, but may be considered even if totally new to Nordic skiing. We use performance equipment (skate skis and waxable classic skis) and athletes are taught both techniques. We have four skill levels within the Development Program with criteria for each group. Athletes are placed in the group that best fits their abilities from the basics of learning to ski to being highly competitive skiers. The club offers beginning waxing instructions for parents.

During the summer and fall we sometimes have optional ski opportunities. These opportunities are sponsored by Knicker Nordic &/or CXC (not the ski club). In Mid- September the Night Glider registration form is sent out to those on the Spring Rosters (see structure chart for details).

In October there is a Mandatory Orientation Parent/Athlete Meeting.

We hand out equipment in November. Our regular schedule is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-6:45 PM with an additional day for the Racing Group. Athletes have to be ready for “coaching” and learning technique. Attendance is taken at practices and we expect them to be there on time. We expect even first year skiers to participate in our home events/races (The Snekkevik, Badger State Games, and Wausau Invite) and if technique progresses rapidly enough they may also ski out of town events. The Racing Group is expected to participate in all races on the racing schedule – again see the structure chart for expectations for each group. We use a lot of emailing to notify of schedule changes and flexibility is needed due to our dependence on weather. You must consistently/daily check your emails during the ski season.

If we can answer any other questions, please call me at 715-355-0821 for Greg or Rachel

Some Night Gliders having any early season ski at ABR on November 25th

Night Gliders Take the Podium at the Minocqua/Lakeland Race on December 20th, 2016

Maddie Busig 3rd and Sophia Schenzel 6th

Boys Team: Aidan Earl 3rd, Luke Brown 4th, Jon Busig 7th, Alek Zavadoski 10th, Will Hagedorn 16thABR 2016 NGsLakeland Podium BoysLakeland Podium Girls

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A "Big Thank You" to the club members who donated
roller skis to the Night Glider Program making this the first year we can
fall train on wheels!
Left to right: Will, Lucas, Jack, Maddie, Jon, Henry, Sophia, Luke

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Wausau Night Gliders 2015-2016

Bottom Row: Eleanor Erwin, Thomas Erwin, Ben Schuler, Nya Harrington, Mia Schuler, Lola Harrington, Evan Lozon, Wyatt Buhr

2nd Row: Will Hagedorn, Cole Lozon, Lea Ratanawong, Brett Butalla, Ingrid Mahler, Madelynn Schultz, Ava Buchberger, Garrett Zuelke, Adam Luedke, Jack Lackman

3rd Row: Henry Bennett, Jon Busig, Luke Brown, Sawyer Mork, Lucas Allen, Jackson Boersma, Oliver Nazari-Witt, Will Brown, Jack Ecke

4th Row: Coach Tom Wald, Eric Kordus, Jake Lozon, Tasha Bailey, Caleb Novitch, Alek Zavadoski, Claire Butalla, Parker Faust

5th Row: Coach Zack Trulen, Greta Mahler, Owen Beasley, Aidan Earll, Coach Emma Busig, Isabelle Bednorski, Madeleine Busig, Sophia Schenzel, Coach Mark Parman

Top Row Coaches: Greg Kresse, Bob Alexejun, Mike Cavanaugh, Sue Parman, Jeanne Alexejun

Not Present: Coaches Anne Marshall and  Chris Nichols and Manager Rachel Kresse

 

2016 State Meet, the Night Glider girls are Izzie Bednorski, Sophia Schenzel, and Maddie Busig (5th Team finish)100 1122

The other pictures include all of the Night Glider boys team that went to State (6th Team finish)

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