***there is a good deal of valuable information, please read through to the end***
Athletes in both Biathlon and Cross Country train together as a group throughout the season for ski training, but the biathletes have shooting practices scheduled separately. It is necessary to choose a program at the beginning of the year, long before registration, as space and rental rifles are limited. Skiers entering biathlon must go through a range and firearm safety session with the biathlon coaches (held at the beginning of September) before they are able to participate in shooting practices and compete in biathlon events. Biathletes are encouraged to compete in both biathlon events and cross country events.
The Junior Racer Program at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (“CNSC”) is open to biathletes and cross-country skiers who are 13 years of age or older (born in 2004 or earlier) who have either come through the Track Attack ski program or have previous skate and classic skiing experience or other athletic experiences that will allow for fitness and skills to match the group’s training needs. This represents the Train-to-Train, or older, phase of athlete development.
Our program is supported year round (May-March), by Head Coach Graeme Moore, Biathlon Coach Bobby Kreitz, as well as dedicated volunteer club coaches and parents who continue to develop athletes throughout the training calendar. Athletes who sit on BC Ski or Biathlon Teams will also see the benefits of provincial camp experiences to help their skill and fitness developments.
Spring training tends to use non-specific modes like paddling, swimming, road biking, running, and local events to maintain fitness levels. We also have a fitness-testing program to help monitor athlete gains, and see how prescribed training is working for athletes.
Summer training we see the start of ski-specific training like roller skiing, ski bounding, as well as non-specific modes mentioned above. Families are asked to help lead weekend long volume activities through the summer months.
In Fall and Winter session we are focused on ski-specific and biathlon activities, as well as camps, to get ourselves focused on being our best for when the snow flies and competitions start.
This Summer we continued a CNSC Strength program through the Northern Sport Centre that saw our athletes in the gym two times per week, developing movement patterns, and strength development to aid in athlete fitness and skill development. This was a very successful addition to the program.
Athletes in this program strive to achieve their personal bests through training towards racing in local loppets, BC’s regional and provincial competition circuits, as well as Canadian National Championships and beyond.
Biathlon Junior Racers are divided into 2 groups for training:
Junior 13-14 years and Seniors and Youth 15 years+
See below for tentative scheduling which is still under development. Weeknight sessions run 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Saturday sessions 10:00am to noon. Updates will be posted as soon as they are available.
*FEE: Juniors age 13 and 14 ... $700, Seniors and Youth age 15+ ... $800
* All participants must have a Biathlon BC membership, a CNSC membership and a range pass. This season, waxing fees for all BiBC Cups are using YES wax for the races and are part of the race entry fees. We will continue to fundraise to cover additional costs for the program including coach travel, wax testing, etc.
^^^Shooting practice. Time changes for shooting practices will be communicated at the start of each season.
Fall Dryland Training is a prerequisite for the Winter Training session. Please do not register unless your child was registered in this program for fall training.
Practice Locations and details are communicated using Coach's Calendar
The Junior Racers organize participation in the CCBC Teck Cup race series sanctioned by Cross Country BC and the BiBC Cup competition series sanctioned by Biathlon BC. In addition the group may attend club level races, NorAm competitions, provincial and national championships. A typical race weekend for a BC Cup series consists of two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday in slightly different race formats.
Cross country races are skied in two techniques, skate and classic, with two different starting formats, an individual start, or mass start race. These races vary in distance from sprints (600-1400m), up to long distance races (5km-50km) with lengths dependent on age categories.
Biathlon competitions are a series of loops between which the skiers must shoot five targets. The distance of each loop varies from one to five km dependent on age categories and between three and five loops are skied dependent on competition format.
Fundraising and Volunteering:
The success of this program hinges on volunteer coaches and parent help in a variety of disciplines. For every athlete 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.
Travel/Food/Accommodations/Waxing and Ski Prep:
Our Team is family friendly, in fact we encourage you and yours to come to race weekends and camps with your athletes. We will ask for your help to manage our team with specific roles identified prior to our departure or the night before at team meetings. Let us find a place where you are comfortable to contribute to our team’s success! Thanks for your help!
Accommodations typically are block booked in advance so booking in the same facility is quite easy. It is expected that you will stay with the team at these identified accommodations. We try to make things as inexpensive as possible, including food. Kitchenettes or rooms with places for food prep are a priority so we can control what and when we feed our athletes. Food prep is done per family or family and “orphan” group with priority made in gathering together for team meals in the evenings.
If an athlete’s parents are unable to travel with their athlete, please make arrangements with other families for travel, meals, and/or support. These arrangements will not be the responsibility of the coach, team or program administrators. We would like to encourage as many CNSC athletes to travel as possible!
Waxing facilities vary depending on location of events. If we have outside waxing at the race site, we hope to have an inside location to prep skis the night before. If this is unavailable then ski prep is done outside.
Before we depart from Prince George we will ask parents/athletes to have race skis prepared with a base wax of choice. These details will be communicated in advance.
Athletes are required to read, understand, sign and fulfill our Athlete Code of Conduct. This document will bring to the forefront what we are looking for in terms of our team values, and how you will represent yourself and CNSC each day at Otway, or away at camps, races etc. Lets be great people, great athletes and great teammates!
Parents are required to read, understand, sign and fulfill our Parent Code of Conduct. This document will bring to the forefront what we are looking for in terms of our team values, and how you will represent yourself and CNSC each day at Otway, or away at camps, races etc. Our parent team is equally as important as our athlete team. It is our goal to have our parent team invested in the success of each athlete in our club and team each and every day.
Positive People + Positive Place + Positive Sport = Positive Culture
Registration will open late August on Zone4
*****Biathlon registration is due by Sept 16th****