XC Development Resources


If you have access and permission to use materials that you think might be useful additions to this development section, please email them to Bryan Fish for review at  It is our goal to keep our development material dynamic and useful.

Cross Country Training System

For more information on what you need at your age, review the domains of the Training System; Training, Technical and Tactical, Equipment, Performance Psychology and Competition visit

Swedish Development Model (English)

This is a Swedish development model on basic training.  It was written by the National Team staff in 2005 and has recently been translated for USSA.

Swedish Development Model

Long-Term Athlete Development

This development resource paper was created by the Canadian Sport Centers.  The document is a must read for parents, gym teachers, coaches, and athletes of all ages.


Long-Term Athlete Development

US Ski Team Cross Country Athlete Competencies

This document may be used as a time-line that utilizes marker sets to help guide and ensure that your athletes are on track to optimize their racing careers.


Athlete Competencies

Agility Training for Junior Cross Country Racers

While this Grover/Kapala article is several years old, the content holds true.  Excellence in agility can be likened in importance in the scale of one's career to excellent fitness.  Read this article quickly.  Your athletes are getting older right now.


Agility Training for Junior Cross Country Racers

Johnny's Ski School

Johnny's Ski School is an Estonian publication whose rights were purchased by USSA, and whose text was subsequently translated into English.  This document is a creative way of engaging youths in our sport.


Johnny's Ski School