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Biathlon Bears Programs
FOCUS: Introduction to Biathlon
Biathlon 22 calibre rifle program for ages 9 to 10 with a focus on biathlon skill development and fun. This program runs in the winter only and must be taken simultaneously with the Intro to Track Attack, Track Attack or Jackrabbit cross country ski programs.
Fall & Winter
FOCUS: Biathlon Air Rifle and Racing Skill Development
Biathlon .22 calibre rifle program for ages 10 to 11 with a focus on biathlon racing skill development. This program runs in through the fall and winter and must be taken simultaneously with the Track Attack ski program. Athletes will be able to compete in 2 local races and 1 away race throughout the season.
Athletes born in 2008 must have at least 1 year of experience in Polar Bears.
Youth Racing – Biathlon – Train to Train
TT Biathlon Program
Fall & Winter
FOCUS: Biathlon .22 rifle skill and race development.
Biathlon .22 calibre rifle program for 12 and 13 year olds with a focus on .22 rifle ski development, ski and racing techniques. There is a mandatory joint participation with the Track Attack, Train to Train 1 or 2 cross country ski programs. The focus of the Train to Train program is the continued development of overall fitness and ski specific skills of children age 12-13, who have completed the Track Attack (TA) program or similar level. This stage is the window of optimal trainability for aerobic training. Developing sound technique is again a major component at this stage.
Athletes will have the opportunity to participate in biathlon races (2 local races and 1-2 away races), as well as have opportunities to race in Cross Country.
Train to Train 1:
12 year olds: Program runs from September to March. There are 3 sessions per week on average (skiing and shooting).
Train to Train 2:
13 year olds: Two sessions in the spring months, light program in the summer (1 session per week); full program in the fall (3 sessions per week on average, skiing and shooting).
Junior Racing – Biathlon – Learn to Compete
Focus: Training and racing
A complete year-round training and racing biathlon program for athletes aged 14 and older who have completed the Train to Train program or reached a comparable level of skiing and training. The program provides biathletes the opportunity to develop their skiing and shooting skills with physical conditioning, shooting education and proper skiing techniques.
The Junior Racing program follows Biathlon Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. The program also promotes goal setting that may eventually lead athletes to be selected to the Alberta Biathlon Team. The Junior Racing Team will travel and compete at the National Championships, Alberta Winter Games, Western Canadian Championships, and the Calforex Cup Series. Special events and camps offered throughout the year for an additional fee.
Learn to Compete (LC): 3 to 5 sessions per week for athletes aged about 14-17/18.
The ages are general guidelines, group placement will also depend upon skill/experience
Biathlon 2.0 – Recreational Biathlon
Focus: This program is intended to provide biathlon skills development opportunities for youth age 12-15 who do not want to or who haven’t yet decided to compete in biathlon. Biathlon .22 caliber rifle supplied but not ski equipment.
Adult Biathlon Recreational Program
FOCUS: Learn to shoot a 22 caliber rifle on biathlon targets and get fitness too!
The program runs for 4 consecutive Monday evenings, one program in January, a second one in February.