Learn to Compete (LC) – Biathlon

Registration for 2021-2022 will open April 19, 2021 at 8am

T2/LC Info Meeting
Tuesday April 13, 6:30-7:30
Topic: T2LC Info Meeting
Time: Apr 13, 2021 06:30 PM EdmontonJoin Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83152562600?pwd=RHdQdllMalpSc2Z5N3RSTHVRTnh4Zz09

Meeting ID: 831 5256 2600
Passcode: foothills

Athletes must have previous club-level racing experience in either biathlon or nordic skiing.  Registrants may only join with approval from the Head Biathlon Coach.

Parents of participants must have a valid Possession and Acquisition Firearms License (PAL). Participants under the age of 18 must have a valid Minors’ Firearms License.

Age

16+ (Birth year 2005 or older) 

Season

May through March

Weekly schedule for LC (Under Pod Restrictions) Tentative

Trimester 1 (May 3-June 27)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting or Dryland – Canmore)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting and/or Dryland – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Dryland – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Dryland – Canmore)

Trimester 2 (June 28-August 29)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting or Dryland – Canmore)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting and/or Dryland – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Dryland – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Dryland – Canmore)

Trimester 3 (August 30-March 27)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting or Skiing – Canmore)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting and/or Skiing – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Skiing – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Dryland – Canmore)
Weekly schedule for LC (Without Pod Restrictions) Tentative

Trimester 1 (May 3-June 27)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (Dryland – Calgary)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Dryland – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Dryland – Canmore)

Trimester 2 (June 28-August 29)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (Dryland – Calgary)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Dryland – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Dryland – Canmore)

Trimester 3 (August 30-March 27)

  • Monday TBD (Strength – Markin MacPhail, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (Skiing or Dryland – Calgary) Ending November
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Skiing – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm (Skiing – Canmore)

*Practices may be cancelled or changed due to extenuating circumstances, such as poor weather or hazardous air quality.

Optional camps and rest weeks for LC

  • Bow Valley Camp #1, July 5-8
  • Week Off, July 26-August 2
  • Bow Valley Camp #2, August 23-26
  • Lake Louise Camp, TBD
  • Winter Holiday Break, TBD

Optional training camp costs are not included in program fees and are on a cost-recovery basis. Camp dates are tentative.

Costs
Method of Communication

TeamSnap + Email + Online personalized training plans through trainingpeaks.com

LC Biathlon Program Details

This program is designed for athletes racing in Senior Boys/Girls and all IBU categories (ages 16 and up). The aim of the program is to allow each individual athlete to reach his or her maximum potential with the expectation that many of the athletes will qualify for provincial and national teams.  Individuals should be prepared to train 450+ hours including independent workouts. Dryland training will consist of roller skiing, ski striding, running, cycling and strength training. Shooting training will focus on: precision shooting skills, advanced wind orientation, high intensity shooting, race tactics and optimizing speed/accuracy ratios. Race support provided at Calforex Cups, local North American Cups and Cross Country ski races.

Additional Training Resources Provided
  • Bonus training days/sessions depending on training cycle and season
  • Customized daily training plan
  • Training sessions with sport specialists and mentors
Coaching

LC Biathlon is coached by National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Competition Introduction or Competition Development coaches following the Biathlon Canada Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).  Information for parents is available here. The lead coach of this program is Tyson Smith (NCCP# 5640983).

Required Equipment
  • Rifle 
  • Ammunition – ~8000 rounds
  • 1 pair each of skate and classic skis, poles and boots
  • Minimum 1 pair of dedicated skate race skis
  • Skate and Classic roller skis 
  • Running shoes, ski striding poles (should be elbow height)
  • Grip and Glide Wax
  • Heart rate monitor watch
VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT/OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Foothills Nordic is able to run high quality programs for a reasonable cost due to the volunteer support from our families.  Based on the Club’s volunteer bond, ALL Learn to Compete – Biathlon parents will be required to volunteer 30 hours throughout the season.  Numerous volunteer opportunities to help with LC Biathlon will be available and sign-up lists with details on volunteer jobs will be shared with parents.

For information on the volunteer bond and other volunteer opportunities available throughout the year, see Club Volunteer Opportunities.

More Information

If you have questions, please contact [email protected]