Development Team

Program Description

Our Development Team is a skills development, training and race program for experienced skiers ages 13-18 who are passionate about Biathlon and consider it their primary winter sport activity.

For 13-14 year olds the program is designed to develop and refine skiing skills including speed, power and aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility, and to develop a good foundation of shooting skills. At this age athletes are expected to train at least 3 times per week, including training on their own. Athletes in this age group will participate in 6-10 competitions during the season, including travel to one or two away BC Cup events during the winter.

For 15-18 year olds the program is structured to optimize performance in local, provincial and national competitions and athletes are expected to train at least 4 times per week, including training on their own. At this age the program is designed around participation in BC Cup events, including travel to two or three away BC Cup events during the winter.

The training program for Development Team athletes is based around a training plan. Our biathlon head coach will develop a training plan for each athlete, and will also monitor the athletes’ progress in following their plan throughout the year. Athletes will be expected to train on their own in addition to the scheduled biathlon practices, as prescribed in their training plans.

Parent involvement is a required part of our Development Team program. This requirement can be fulfilled by helping with setup/takedown at practices or by assisting with the administration of the program. Parent assistance will be required at all biathlon competitions that athletes attend, home and away.

Parents who are interested in coaching or volunteering at events are encouraged to take a Silver Coach workshop and an Entry Level Officials Course.

Registration Prerequisites

In order to register in our Development Team program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

– previous participation in our Development Team or Junior Racers program, or equivalent experience
– membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics (memberships can be purchased starting in May)
– register with Biathlon Canada as an “Athlete” (Junior B/G or Senior B/G and older)
– have a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
– have your own biathlon rifle (see below for details about renting club rifles)

Schedule and Dates

Fall Season: September-November

In Fall, the Development Team program offers training sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays,  Saturdays and Sundays.

We recommend that Development Team athletes train 3-4 times per week with the club in the Fall.

The Saturday sessions are mandatory. The Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday sessions are highly recommended. The Thursday sessions provide optional shooting training and are recommended if you can’t train with the club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Saturdays
Dates: Sep 14-Nov 30
Time: 9:30-15:30
Location: starting at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park and transitioning to Whistler Olympic Park in November once skiing is available.
Activities: shooting training, and a mix of dryland training activities including roller skiing, running, strengthening, agility/balance/coordination and other activities.

Sundays
Dates: Sep 15-Dec 1
Time: 10:00-12:00
Location: starting at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park and transitioning to Whistler Olympic Park in November once skiing is available.
Activities: a mix of dryland training activities including roller skiing, running, strengthening, agility/balance/coordination and other activities. No shooting training.

Tuesdays
Dates: Sep 10-Nov 26
Times/Locations:
North Vancouver 18:30-20:00
Squamish 17:30-19:00
Whistler 17:30-19:00
Activities: a mix of dryland training activities including roller skiing, running, strengthening, agility/balance/coordination and other activities. No shooting training.

Wednesdays
Dates: Sep 11-Nov 27
Times/Locations:
North Vancouver 18:30-20:00
Squamish 16:30-18:00
Whistler 16:30-18:00
Activities: a mix of dryland training activities including roller skiing, running, strengthening, agility/balance/coordination and other activities. No shooting training.

Thursdays
Dates: Sep 12-Nov 28
Time: 16:30-18:00
Location: Squamish Legacy Sports Park biathlon range
Activities: shooting training, incorporating a mix of dryland training activities including running, strengthening, agility/balance/coordination and other activities.

Winter Season: December-March

Details for our winter season will be available in September.

Program Fees

Program fees include coaching, biathlon rifle, ammunition and lane fees at training sessions.

Trail passes are not included in the program fee. Discount season passes to Whistler Olympic Park and Lost Lake are not included in the program fee but can be purchased in connection with winter program registration. Trail passes to Cypress are not included in the program fee and must be purchased separately.

Fall Season: September-November

Saturdays: $500
Sundays: $150
Tuesdays: $100
Wednesdays: $100
Thursdays: $350

Winter Season: December-March

Details for our winter season will be available in September.

Equipment Required

Development team athletes must provide their own biathlon rifle and ski equipment.

For dryland training, skate roller skis are required, with roller ski pole tips, bike helmet, and high-visibility clothing/vest.

For on-snow training, skate skiing and classic skiing equipment is required. For skating, athletes should have one pair of training skis, and at least one pair of race skis. For classic, we recommend one pair of waxable race skis and one pair of skin skis or fishscales.

There are a limited number of biathlon rifles available for rent through the club. If you are interested in renting a biathlon rifle please contact biathlon@seatoskynordics.ca.

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