Development Team

2018/2019 Program Registration

Winter Biathlon Program registration is now open : https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=18953

Program Description

Our Development Team is a skills development, training and race program for experienced skiers born in 2000-2005 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 participants 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 participants 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. Coaches 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 at Whistler Olympic Park.

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 Pre-Requisites

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
– 2018/2019 membership with the Sea to Sky Nordics (memberships can be purchased starting in September)
– 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)

Equipment Required

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

Skate roller skis are required, with roller ski pole tips, bike helmet, and high-visibility clothing/vest.

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 Clay at clayton@claytonwhitman.ca.

What is Included in the Program Fee

Program fees cover coaching, ammunition and lane fees at training sessions, and development/monitoring of athletes’ training plans.

An additional “team fee” will be applicable at competitions for coaching, race ammunition and waxing.

Trail passes and entry fees for competitions 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 program registration. Trail passes to Cypress are not included in the program fee and must be purchased separately.

2018/2019 Schedule

Our Development Team program starts on September 11 and ends on the weekend of March 16.

Training sessions are on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Saturdays feature shooting and skiing training at Whistler Olympic Park, from 10:00-15:00.

Tuesdays and Wednesday sessions are offered in North Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler in the fall, and at Cypress, Lost Lake and Whistler Olympic Park in the winter. Times are from 17:00-18:30 in Squamish and Whistler, and from 18:30-20:00 in North Vancouver/Cypress.

Saturdays (25 sessions): Sep 15,22,29, Oct 6,13,20,27, Nov 3,10,17,24, Dec 1,8,15, Jan 5,12,19,26, Feb 2,9,16,23, Mar 2,9,16
Tuesdays (25 sessions): Sep 11,18,25, Oct 2,9,16,23,30, Nov 6,13,20,27, Dec 4,11,18, Jan 8,15,22,29, Feb 5,12,19,26, Mar 5,12
Wednesdays (26 sessions): Sep 12,19,26, Oct 3,10,17,24,31, Nov 7,14,21,28, Dec 5,12,19, Jan 2,9,16,23,30, Feb 6,13,20,27, Mar 6,13

2018/2019 Program Fees

Development Team fee: $1600
Discount Seasons Pass to Whistler Olympic Park: $50
Discount Seasons Pass to Lost Lake: $50

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