Learn to Compete 1 (LC1) – Biathlon

Registration

Registration opens on April 26, 2019 at 7:00 am.

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 2002 or older) 

Season

May through March

Weekly schedule for LC 

Trimester 1 (May 2-June 30)

  • Monday 4:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm (Strength – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (Strength – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm (Various locations)

Trimester 2 (July 1-August 31)

  • Monday 4:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm (Strength – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Wednesday 4:30-6:00pm (Strength – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm (Various locations)

Trimester 3 (September 1-March 31)

  • Monday 6:30-8:00pm (Strength – Bob Niven, COP)
  • Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm (Dryland – Calgary) ending Dec 1st
  • Thursday 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Friday 4:30-6:00 and/or 6:30-8:00pm (Shooting/Combo – Canmore)
  • Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm (Various locations)

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

Optional camps and rest weeks for LC1 and LC2

  • Haig, June 28 – July 2, 2019
  • Summer Volume Camp #1, July 4 – 11, 2019, Silver Star, Vernon
  • Rest Week, July 28 – August 4, 2019
  • Haig/Bow Valley, August 6 – 13, 2019
  • Summer Volume Camp #2, August 20 – 29, 2019, Whistler
  • Lake Louise Camp, November 15 – 17, 2019

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

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)
  • Road bike + helmet
  • 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 1 – Biathlon parents will be required to volunteer 30 hours throughout the season.  Numerous volunteer opportunities to help with LC1 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]