October 19, 2017

BC Cup Races

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Note: age categories for any given ski season are determined as follows:
The age for the ski season is taken as the age the athlete would be at the end of December during the ski season. For example, an athlete born on December 15th, 2000 would be considered to be 16 years old for the entire 2016/17 ski season, regardless of whether the competition takes place in November 2016 or March 2017.  Similarly, an athlete born on January 15th, 2000 would be considered 16 years old for the 2016/17 ski season.

Midget: 10 and younger. Boys and girls are combined together. All shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle stand. Rifles are carried by a coach to and from the shooting mat – athletes do not move rifles from the shooting mats. All targets are set to “standing” size.

Juvenile: ages 11 and 12. Boys and girls are combined together. All shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle stand. Rifles are carried by a coach to and from the shooting mat – athletes do not move rifles from the shooting mats. All targets are set to “prone” size.

Junior Girls: ages 13 and 14. All shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling.  Rifles are carried by a coaching assistant to and from the shooting mat – athletes do not move rifles from the shooting mats. All targets are set to “prone” size.

Junior Boys: ages 13 and 14. All shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling. Rifles are carried by a coaching assistant to and from the shooting mat – athletes do not move rifles from the shooting mats. All targets are set to “prone” size.

Senior Girls: ages 15 and 16. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes pick up rifle from stand as they enter the range, ski with rifle to mat, shoot five shots on targets, then ski to end of range and place rifle on stand before skiing onto race course. Coach helpers move the rifle back to the stand at the range entry prior to athlete re-entering the range.

Senior Boys: ages 15 and 16. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes pick up rifle from stand as they enter the range, ski with rifle to mat, shoot five shots on targets, then ski to end of range and place rifle on stand before skiing onto race course. Coach helpers move the rifle back to the stand at the range entry prior to athlete re-entering the range.

Youth Women: ages 17 and 18. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Youth Men: ages 17 and 18. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Junior Women: ages 19 and 20. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Junior Men: ages 19 and 20. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Women: ages 21 and older. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Men: ages 21 and older. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Masters: ages 35 and up. Prone shooting bouts are from the prone position, using a rifle sling, shooting targets set to “prone” size. Standing shooting bouts are from the standing position, shooting targets set to “standing” size. Athletes carry rifle throughout entire race.

Races

Usually two or three BC Cup Biathlon events are held each year. Events usually involve practice sessions on Friday afternoon, a Sprint competition on Saturday and a Pursuit competition on Sunday. Starting positions for the pursuit are based on finishing positions from the sprint competition with 5-second gaps between skiers.