CCBC Glide Waxing Protocol for Midget Age Categories and Younger
At the CCC AGM held in June 2014, Divisions discussed the cost barriers to participation in our sport. As a result of this discussion it was agreed to discourage the use of high fluoro wax application for young skiers (defined as the Midget category and younger) at provincial and local races. Cross Country BC has therefore adopted a ‘No Fluoro/Low Fluoro’ policy for all Midget age categories and younger. Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have adopted similar protocols as well.
Cross Country BC respectfully requests all coaches, wax technicians, and parents abide by a self-governed protocol while waxing skis for athletes racing in the Midget age categories and younger. This request applies to all local, regional and provincial events taking place in British Columbia (e.g. club races, loppets, regional cup races, BC Cup races, BC Championships, BC Midget Championships and the BC Winter Games). This request also applies to athletes traveling to BC from out-of-province or out-of-country.
The recommended glide waxing protocol is as follows:
- Non-Fluoro (NF) or Low Fluoro (LF) glide waxes ARE permitted
- Medium Fluoro (MF) or High Fluoro (HF) glide waxes are NOT permitted
- Pure Fluoro glide waxes (powders, pucks, blocks and liquid) are NOT permitted
- Cold weather powder additives and hardeners are NOT permitted
The adherence to this protocol is self-governed and is the responsibility of the coaches, parents and wax technicians. Note that this protocol does not extend to National level events held in BC (e,g, Western Canadian Championships). Nor does it extend to Midget-age athletes racing up into a Juvenile category or older.
CCBC BOD, Oct 24 2014
Team technicians should be encouraged to wear at a minimum half mask respirators rated for Chemical Clean-up, Grinding, Masonry or Painting Spray units that provide protection against organic vapors and a minimum 95% efficiency against non-oil particulate aerosols. N95 (95% Efficient Protection Against Non-Oil Particulates). Full face masks will protect eyes from dangerous vapours and dust. The use of disposable gloves is also recommended as the skin represents a secondary source of exposure to toxins.