Development Team

2018-2019 Program Registration

Schedule, pricing and registration for our 2018-2019 biathlon program will be available in August.

Program Description

Our Development Team is a skills development, training and race program for experienced skiers born in 2001-2005 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. Travelling to away competitions is encouraged and athletes in this age group should expect to travel to between one and two away competitions 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, and athletes in this age group should expect to travel to between two and four 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 Development Team 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

Development 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 and biathlon rifles 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.

2018-2019 Program Fee

The 2018-2019 program fee for the Development Team is to be determined.

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.

 

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