Getting Started with EMN
If you’ve just joined EMN, welcome! We’re happy to have you as part of our community.
The first thing you should do as a new member is join the EMN Juniors email list, which we use as the main method for group communications about training, practices, races, and other subjects relevant to the group. All EMN parents and athletes should join this list so that everyone will be looped in and receiving essential information. Most EMN Juniors communications come via the Groups.io email list, so it’s essential that you subscribe to this group.
Joining the list also gives you access to members-only areas such as the members directory, vendor discounts information, and other members-only documents and files. Note that these areas are for EMN members (coaches, parents, athletes) only and you must be approved by an administrator before you will be able to reach them.
The FAQ below should also help to get you started. (Some of this information may be in the process of being updated. Check with a coach or the appropriate club volunteer for specific information about each item.)
- What gear do I need to get started?
Visit our Gear page to learn more about what gear and equipment you need.
- Do I really need four pairs of skis plus two pairs of rollerskis?
Yes indeed. This would be the bare minimum. Plus don’t forget to buy extra poles too, as these frequently break under the heavy strain of intense racing and training.
- I'm the parent of an athlete, and I realize that EMN needs my help to keep the organization running smoothly. How do I volunteer to help out?
Visit our EMN Volunteers page for more information about opportunities to volunteer in the organization. In addition, the volunteer coordinator may be contacting you with further information.
- How does the training program work?
For more information about the EMN Juniors training program, click here.
- When and where are the workouts?
Regular training sessions take place in a variety of locations throughout the Boston metro area. For more information about these locations (including map links and directions), see our Training Locations page.
- What if I can't make it to a workout?
EMN training sessions, though often challenging, are also meant to be fun, and you should enjoy training and building camaraderie with your teammates and coaches. However, you do not need to attend every practice as long as you’re doing alternative training approved by one of the coaches.
- How can I learn everything I always wanted to know about EMN Juniors (but was afraid to ask)?
Read the EMN Handbook (available for download on the Useful Docs and Forms page. (This handbook is out of date: you’ll find the current one on the groups.io site.)