Development Team

Program Registration

Winter program registration is now available at https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=16165

Program Description

Our Development Team is a skills development, training and race program for experienced skiers born in 1999-2004 who are passionate about Biathlon and consider it their primary winter sport activity.

For younger athletes (generally ages 13-14) 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. Travelling to away competitions is not expected, but optional, at this age.

For older athletes (generally ages 15-18) 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, and athletes on the race team should expect to travel to 2-4 away competitions 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.

Parent involvement is a required part of our Race program. This requirement can be fulfilled by helping with setup/takedown at practices, volunteering at events, or by assisting with the administration of the program.

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

– coach approval (contact Jessica at jessicablenkarn@live.com)
– 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 rifles)

Equipment Required

Devo team athletes must provide their own trail passes, biathlon rifle and ski equipment. Skate skiing equipment is required and classic skiing equipment is recommended. For skating, race team athletes should have one pair of training skis, and at least one pair of race skis.

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

There are a limited number of roller skis ($100 per season) and biathlon rifles ($300 per season) available for rent through the club. If you are interested in renting roller skis or a biathlon rifle please contact Clay at clayton@claytonwhitman.ca.

2017 Program Fee

The program fee for the race program is $1500 for the fall/winter season. $750 will be payable in September and the second instalment of $750 will be payable in December.

The program fee includes the following:

– a training plan created by our coaches and the athlete
– monitoring of the training plan and follow-up with the athlete
– up to 3 training sessions per week (2 weekday sessions and one weekend session)
– ammunition for training sessions
– lane fees at Whistler Olympic Park

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

Trail passes and entry fees for competitions are not included in the program fee.

Trail Passes

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.

Fall Sessions and Dates

Our Fall season is from September 12th to November 29th.

Fall Training sessions are offered in North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Whistler Olympic Park.

Tuesdays

– dryland only (no shooting)
– 12 sessions (September 12 to November 28)
– choose between North Vancouver, Squamish or Whistler (18:30-20:00)

Wednesdays

– dryland only (no shooting)
– 12 sessions (September 13 to November 29)
– choose between North Vancouver, Squamish or Whistler (18:30-20:00)

Saturdays

– dryland and shooting
– 11 sessions (September 16 to November 25)
– at Whistler Olympic Park (9:30-15:30)

Sundays

– dryland and shooting
– 11 sessions (September 17 to November 26)
– location to be determined (Whistler Olympic Park or Squamish Legacy Sports Park) (9:30-15:30)

Winter Sessions and Dates

Our Winter season is from December 2nd to March 11.

Mid-week sessions are offered at Cypress, Lost Lake and Whistler Olympic Park, and focus solely on skiing (no shooting).

Weekend sessions are at Whistler Olympic Park, featuring skiing and shooting training.

Tuesdays

– skiing only (no shooting)
– 13 sessions (December 5 to March 6, no session on December 26)
– choose between Cypress (18:30-20:00) and Lost Lake (18:30-20:00)

Wednesdays

– skiing only (no shooting)
– 13 sessions (December 6 to March 7, no session on December 27)
– choose between Cypress (18:30-20:00) and WOP (17:00-18:30)

Saturdays

– skiing and shooting
– 13 sessions (December 2 to March 10, no session on December 23 or 30)
– at Whistler Olympic Park (9:30-15:30)

Sundays

– skiing and shooting
– 13 sessions (December 3 to March 11, no session on December 24 or 31)
– at Whistler Olympic Park (9:30-15:30)

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