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 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.
2019 Spring Training
In May and June we are offering a weekly dryland biathlon training program featuring shooting training, combined with a mix of dryland training activities, including running, biking, rollerskiing, strengthening, agility/balance exercises, and other ski-specific and general activities which keep training fun and challenging.
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
2019/2020 Spring Training
The spring training program incorporates shooting training sessions and physical training sessions.
There are three options for the shooting training. Choose among Tuesdays, Saturdays, or both. All shooting training sessions will be at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park.
– Tuesdays 16:30-18:00, 8 sessions from May 7 to June 25
– Saturdays 10:00-15:00, 8 sessions from May 4 to June 22
Registration in the Development Team dryland training program includes free access to our physical dryland training sessions on Thursdays from May 9 to June 27. These physical training only sessions (no shooting) are offered at three locations/times:
– North Vancouver (18:30-20:00)
– Squamish (16:00-17:30)
– Whistler (18:30-20:00)
2019/2020 Spring Training
Saturdays and Tuesdays: $550
Program fees cover coaching, ammunition and lane fees at training sessions, and development/monitoring of athletes’ training plans.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.