PLEASE NOTE: CNSC offers a variety of programming for 9 year olds. Visit this link to help you make an informed choice.
Please keep in mind the COLD WEATHER POLICY
The Track Attack (“TA”) program is the entry into the competitive Nordic Programs offered at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (“CNSC”). This program is offered to skiers aged 9-12 (2004-2007 birth years). Head Coach, Graeme Moore will oversee the program. On-snow coaching will be delivered by our dedicated volunteer club coaches and supported by parents. Our goal this season is to bring our talented Jr. Racer athletes in for some coaching time as well.
TA athletes meet along side our Biathlon Bears, starting early September for some dry land training activities, and transitioning into the winter season. It is a youth development program aimed at “becoming technically competent while exploring a wide range of adventure based crosscountry ski activities.” It is meant to follow the Jackrabbit program in a skill development progression, aligning with the “Learning to Train” stage of Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD). For more Skill Development Program information see the Cross Country Canada website.
Skiers are introduced to a variety of racing experiences, as well as the concept of ‘Learning to Train’ (“L2T”). It is important to note that TAs are not involved with a ‘training program’ like the Junior Racer Program, but will be introduced to knowledge regarding training zones, strength and flexibility, sleep, nutrition, hydration, ski care, how to dress to be active outside. The focus at this stage of development is all about fun, skill development and learning to train.
For athletes to reach their full potential, it is important that families ski outside of practice times, use our ski playground, and challenge their skills on age appropriate distance skis on varied terrain in both skate and classic techniques. It is great for these skiers or biathletes to be involved in other sports, both for their athletic development and to create a well-rounded person.
CrossCountry Canada’s TA program materials will be used as a guide and tool to help athletes be motivated and track their progress through this program. Please note that for skiers to complete their Attack Log/Map, participation at special events, races and overnight camps is recommended and encouraged. We will look to events in our region first for challenges, as well as eventsspecifically designed for L2T athletes. Midget Championships is the year’s highlight for many of our TAs and Biathlon Bears. This event is stuffed full of fun racing as individual and in teams. There are awards for team spirit, costumes, best technique and recognition for more than just the top-3 winners. It’s a great first exposure to races beyond loppets. Our goal is to bring at least 20 skiers this season from CNSC! GOOO TEAM!
Skill development between the ages of 9 and 12 is significant. The athletes will be divided into groups based on age and skill level to ensure, for example, that a 12 year old athlete who has been in the program since they were 9, is ready at age 13 to competently advance to the next level of training, which is the Jr. Racer program.
Schedule, Times and Fees:
Fall (September 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016) - $200*
Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Winter (January 7, 2017- March 4, 2017 (End date is snow dependant) - $300*
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 - 7:30pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
*All participants must have a CNSC membership
Practice Locations and details are communicated using Coach's Calendar
Registration opens early September on Zone4.ca
You may register for the Fall and/or Winter sessions.
**Please note: If you are registering for the Fall program it is highly recommended that you also register for Winter at the same time so you have a space for your athlete in the winter session as well. There will not be separate fall and winter registrations as we have done in the past.
*If you are a Biathlon Bear, please register only as a Biathlon Bear and do not register for Track Attack as well. Thank you. *
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. Families will be given the choice of actively participating in fundraising activities or paying a fundraising levy. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.