The FUNdamentals is the next building block after Active Start. This program is offered to skiers aged 6 to 9. The fundamental movement skills are mastered, motor development emphasized and basic cross-country ski skills in both skate and classic are learned. Our goal is for skiers to develop agility, balance, coordination, and speed, learn correct gliding, jumping and throwing techniques to enhance their development long term in sport and life in general.
Skiers will be introduced to speed, power and fitness (endurance) through games on skis and age appropriate challenges and will learn the basics of flexibility. Hopefully Mother Nature will be more generous with the snow so we can have an exciting terrain park this season to test some skills and “play” as a way to learn and explore.
It is very important for skiers to have developed the full range of skiing techniques in both skate and classic as they reach the end of the Jackrabbit program. Skate technique will be taught to skiers closer to 8-9 years of age.
A 2-day per week program allows for much needed time on snow with coaches, to practice and really improve their abilities, fitness, relationships with friends and learn to LOVE this great sport. The 2-day program also aligns with the Cross Country Canada program. We hope you will find the extra time in your schedule and see the value in spending another night at Otway in this winter program. We strongly encourage parents to come and ski along with your skiers. It is a great time to learn along side your child!
Skill development between the ages of 6 and 9 is significant. The athletes will be divided into groups based on age and skill level.
Schedule, Times and Fees:
Winter (January 7, 2017- March 4, 2017 (End date may be snow dependant) - $220*
Tuesday 6:00-7:30 pm and Saturday 10:30 am -12:00 pm
*All participants must have a CNSC membership
Practice locations: Practice details are communicated using an online calendar located on the CNSC website. Please check for this calendar closer to the session start date, as it is still under development. Winter Training Sessions will be held at Otway Nordic Center unless otherwise noted.
Winter Equipment For Jackrabbits 6-7 years old:
Winter Equipment For Jackrabbits 8-9 years old:
Fundraising and Volunteering:
The success of this program hinges on volunteer coaches and parent help in a variety of disciplines. For every child registered in the program, there is a need for volunteer help from at least one parent. Parents are encouraged to find a volunteer role that best suits their schedule, interest and abilities. The club requires both new and experienced coaches at various levels, so if you are interested in coaching and don’t want to coach your own child, that’s not a problem. We’ll help you find a suitable coaching role. The club provides coach training, and you provide your time and knowledge to develop future athletes. If you would prefer a volunteer task that does not involve coaching, fantastic! We’ve got tasks for you. Please complete the volunteer section on the Zone4 registration to identify your interests.
The 2016-2017 season brings the need to fundraise in order to support programs. A fundraising policy is currently under development. More information will be distributed once the policy is finalized. If you would like to be involved in coordinating fundraising activities, please send an e-mail expressing your interest to email@example.com
Registration opens early September on Zone4.ca and closes Dec 1