Is your kid the next Olympic Luge Athlete?
The Youth Luge League is a grassroots program for kids 8 to 16 years old that started in Muskegon more than thirty years ago. Over the years, hundreds of kids have participate in this league at varying levels, from the casual athlete who enjoys spending time outdoors to serious competitors who want to compete at the National level.
The goal of this program is to teach kids the fundamentals of the sport of luge. Coach Doug Ogden works with kids on and off the luge track teaching them important skills that will make them all-around better athletes. Kids who demonstrate that they are coach-able and have a drive to learn and compete will be invited to participate in the State Games of Michigan on February 4, 2018. Kids who excel at this level will be invited to Lake Placid for further screening to be selected for US Luge Junior National camps and ultimately Junior National Team selection.
It’s Safe and Easy to Learn
The Muskegon Luge program is proud of its safety record. Safety is the number one priority, whether teaching new sliders or conducting races with seasoned sliders. Participants are outfitted with elbow pads, a helmet, and a well-maintained luge sled. Coach Doug will take time to teach every kid how each part of the sled works methods of steering the sled. While luge is referred to as the fastest sport on ice, our track is designed for the novice slider at slower speeds than an Olympic track where sliders can reach speeds of 90+ mph. The top speed your athlete will expereince is approximately 30 mph on a “good ice” day, although to most new sliders it still feels like 90 mph!
Things to Know about Youth Luge League
- Cost: $80.00 for the season
- League begins January 4, 2018 at 6:00pm. The first meeting will be held in the Sports Complex lodge and practice will continue every Thursday thereafter until March (weather permitting).
- Proof of health insurance is required and a luge sports physical must be completed after the first meeting. A waiver must also be signed by the parent or legal guardian.
- Parents are required to be in attendance while their children are sliding.