Junior Racers

Program Description

Junior Racers is an advanced skills development program for experienced skiers ages 10-12 who are passionate about Biathlon and consider it their primary winter sport activity.

This program is designed to develop and refine skiing skills including speed, power and aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility, and to develop a basic foundation of shooting skills. At this stage of development, athletes are expected to train 2-3 times per week with the club in the fall and winter seasons. Athletes in this age group should participate in 4-8 competitions during the winter season, including travel to one or two away events during the winter.

Parent involvement is a required part of our Junior Racers program. This requirement can be fulfilled by helping with coaching, doing setup/takedown at practices or by assisting with the administration of the program. Parent assistance will be required at all biathlon events 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 Junior Racers program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

– previous participation in our Biathlon Bears 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 a “Recreational Athlete”

Schedule and Dates

Fall Season: September-November

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

We recommend that Junior Racers train 2-3 times per week with the club in the Fall.

The Saturday sessions are mandatory. Tuesday, Wednesday and/or 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, Wednesdays and/or Sundays.

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

Junior Racers must provide their own 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. For classic, we recommend one pair of either skin skis or fishscales.

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

Biathlon rifle, ammunition and other biathlon-specific equipment is included in the program fee and will be provided.

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