November 23, 2019

Biathlon Program Descriptions

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The Biathlon Bears – Jackrabbit Program (U12)

The Biathlon Bears – Jackrabbit Program is for participants who are new to Biathlon and cross-country skiing. The emphasis is on the ‘FUNdamentals’ of skiing and the introduction to rifle marksmanship using .22 calibre rifles. Children will learn to ski through the Jackrabbit (U12) program, and have additional practices to learn marksmanship technique. The goals of the program are to:

  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere
  • Encourage FUN and participation building a lifelong interest in Biathlon and cross-country skiing
  • Encourage frequent cross-country skiing during the season through repeated practice
  • Develop technique in cross-country skiing and shooting marksmanship through the use of games and play
  • Develop the ability to safely handle a firearm, under the supervision of qualified coaches
  • Develop ABC’s: Agility, Balance, Coordination
  • Develop general physical literacy and speed

Rifles and ammunition are supplied.

The Biathlon Bears- Track Attack Program (U12)

The Biathlon Bears – Track Attack Program is for participants who really love Biathlon and are interested in developing further in the sport. The emphasis will be on ‘Learning to Train’ through ski and marksmanship skill development, fitness and teamwork. Participants will develop fitness and ski skills though the Track Attack (U12) program, as well as range practices to learn and perfect rifle marksmanship techniques. The goals of the program are to:

  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere
  • Improve shooting marksmanship and ski technique through practice and the intervention of qualified coaches both on the trails and at the range
  • Learn through games, relays, racing and terrain parks to develop technique, speed, skills and fitness
  • Continue to develop confidence and safe rifle handling skills
  • Learn to ski safely in a wide variety of conditions & terrain
  • Begin to build fitness in the fall with dry land training sessions
  • Learn how to race with confidence and encourage participation in Biathlon and Cross-Country Ski races

Rifles and ammunition are supplied

Train to Train Biathlon (U14 &U16)

A competitive program for participants who have completed the Biathlon Bears – Track Attack program or are at a similar level of ability. Participants are ready to make more commitment to training and racing in the Junior B/G or Senior B/G Biathlon categories. Participants will develop fitness and ski skills in conjunction with the Train to Train (U14 & U16) Nordic program. The goals of the program are to:

  • Foster a strong sense of team
  • Development of overall fitness and Biathlon (ski & marksmanship) skills
  • Focus on Aerobic training and building base fitness
  • Develop the skills to participate in a progressive training program
  • Develop sound technique in cross-country skiing and marksmanship
  • Compete in Biathlon and cross-country ski races up to the BC Championships level for younger ages and the National Championships for older ages
  • Learn to give back to the skiing community by mentoring Biathlon Bears, Track Attack and Jackrabbit skiers

Training sessions 3 times per week from September to April. Athletes must supply their own Biathlon rifle and ammunition (rifle rentals are available on a limited basis). Athletes 14 and older are required to have a valid firearm Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) – Minor’s license (for athletes 18 and older, an adult PAL is required).

Learn to Compete Biathlon (U18 & U20)

A competitive program for athletes who have completed the Biathlon Train to Train program or are at a similar level of ability. Participants are ready to make a commitment to Biathlon as their primary sport and are racing in Youth M/W or Junior M/W biathlon Categories. Participants continue to participate in training sessions with the Learn to Compete (U18 & U20) Nordic program and are training year-round for Biathlon competitions. The goals of the program are to:

  • Foster a strong sense of team
  • Continue the development of fitness and Biathlon (ski & marksmanship) specific skills
  • Focus on advanced training methods
  • Focus on advanced technique improvement
  • Compete in Biathlon and cross-country ski races up to the national level. Advanced athletes are interested in competing at the World Youth/Junior championships and Junior IBU Cup level.

Training sessions 3-4 times per week year-round. Athletes must supply their own Biathlon rifle and ammunition (Rifle rentals are available on a limited basis). Athletes 14 and older are required to have a valid firearm Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) – Minor’s license (for athletes 18 and older, an adult PAL is required).

Biathlon Recreation (16yrs+)

For Active for Life participants who just love Biathlon. This program in not integrated with the Telemark youth competition programs. The focus of the program is on participation, and competition is encouraged across a wide spectrum of skills and capabilities. Marksmanship will focus on fundamental shooting technique and accuracy in combination with skiing. Participants must have a valid firearm Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and supply their own biathlon rifle and ammunition (rifle rentals are available on a limited basis).