Getting Started with CSU
If you’ve just joined CSU, welcome! We’re happy to have you as part of our community.
The first thing you should do as a new member is to register for a CSUJuniors.org site account so that you’ll have access to the members-only areas such as the members directory, vendor discounts information, members-only documents, and other areas. Once your account request has been approved, feel free to browse around the whole site to explore all of the information available here. Note that these site accounts are for CSU members (coaches, parents, athletes) only and must be approved by an administrator before you will be able to log in.
The next thing you’ll need to do is to join the CSU Juniors Google Group email list, which we use as the main method for group communications about training, practices, races, and other subjects relevant to the group. Both parents and athletes should join this group so that everyone will be looped in and receiving essential information. Most CSU Juniors communications come via the Google Group, so it’s essential that you subscribe to this group.
The FAQ below should also help to get you started.
- 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 CSU needs my help to keep the organization running smoothly. How do I volunteer to help out?
Visit our CSU 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 CSU 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?
CSU 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 CSU Juniors (but was afraid to ask)?
Read the CSU Handbook (available for download on the Useful Docs and Forms page.