First of all, deciding on what, when, how, ect was decided. We needed to come up with a name, how the program was going to be run, practice schedule, and most of the nitty gritty details of starting a club. To promote the youth ski program, I created registration forms and packets that were placed around town. After gathering most of the information regarding the kids' sizes, I starting looking into equipment.
1) Brainstorm and problem solve: the Lodi Area XC Ski Club understood that there was an increase in interest for youth skiing. Being heavily involved with the club (my dad is the founder and head coach), I decided to take this project on.
2) Create name of program and informational packet: this process took some time to fine tune, but including setting a minimal entrance fee, dates for practices, and different levels of the youth ski program (participants will progress on a three step process as their skiing ability increases).
3) Gather materials: in order to have a minimal fee to participant, all costs of the program will come out of fundraising since the Lodi Area XC Ski Club is non-profit. Finding kid's waxless classical skis is difficult and I am continuing to email other ski teams and organizations for equipment, donations, ect.
4) Holding practices and fine tuning how the program will be run