Race Categories

 

Provincial age categories for 2020 – 2021 (2021 competitive season)

 Category   Year of Birth (YOB)
 U8 Girls/Boys   2014 & 2013 (6 & 7)
 U10 Girls/Boys   2012 & 2011 (8 & 9)
 U12 Girls/Boys   2010 & 2009 (10 & 11)
 U14 Girls/Boys   2008 & 2007 (12 & 13)
 U16 Girls/Boys   2006 & 2005 (14 & 15)
 U18 Girls/Boys   2004 & 2003 (16 & 17)
 U20 Women/Men   2002 & 2001 (18 & 19)
 U23 Women/Men   2000 – 1998 (20 to 22)
 Senior Women/Men   1997 – 1991 (23 to 29)
 Master 1 Women/Men   1990 – 1986 (30 to 34)
 Master 2 Women/Men   1985 – 1981 (35 to 39)
 Master 3 Women/Men   1980 – 1976 (40 to 44)
 Master 4 Women/Men   1975 – 1971 (45 to 49)
 Master 5 Women/Men   1970 – 1966 (50 to 54)
Master 6 Women/Men   1965 – 1961 (55 to 59)
 Master 7 Women/Men   1960 – 1956 (60 to 64)
 Master 8 Women/Men   1955 – 1951 (65 to 69)
 Master 9 Women/Men   1950 and earlier (70+)

In cross country skiing we say our competitive season begins in December and ends in March.

Your competitive age category is based on how old you are as of December 31st in the current competitive season. For example, in 2019 – 2020 your age as of December 31, 2019 is your age for the entire 2020 competitive season.


Our Competition Model is aligned with the Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L) & Long Term Athlete Development principles. It is recommended that young skiers to compete in categories that are a better match for their development age if not their chronological age. For example, a U14 skier may race in the U16 race category whenever the athlete, their parents and coach together determine that to be the athlete’s most appropriate competitive category.

See the Nordiq Canada Long Term Athlete Development for more detailed explanation.