Saturdaisies

Jr DEVELOPMENT AIR RIFLE BIATHLON TEAM (“Saturdaisies”)

Highlands Trailblazers “Saturdaisies” Air Rifle Biathlon Team is comprised of athletes that compete at the local and divisional level, have the desire to compete at the Provincial Championships, and who focus on training and learning to be competitive.

The aim of the Trailblazers organization is to develop competent technical skiers and well balanced athletes. Our Head Coach oversees a number of other qualified coaches who deliver training programs to the athletes.

Athletes participating in the Biathlon Competitive Programs will also need to purchase the appropriate race licenses from sport organizing bodies (Biathlon Canada, Biathlon Ontario)

Program

This is an entry level program for the competitive stream of athletes who have graduated from the Biathlon Bears program or have demonstrated advanced ski skills and show an interest in learning how to race and compete in a fun and friendly environment. In this program, athletes will focus on effective prone positioning, precision shooting skills, and combination shooting skills. Physical training will include the basics of dryland training (running, ski striding) and developing technical competency on-snow of both classic and skate skiing techniques.

Ages

11-12 / 13-14 (Biathlon Juvenile and Junior categories respectively)

Coaching Objectives

  • Guide the athletes, involve the parents, and mentor new prospective coaches
  • Develop skills and talents necessary to graduate athletes to further levels of personal success
  • Create the team environment needed to be able to compete well at all HTB events
  • Allow appropriate challenges to generate individual and team growth

Program Expectations

  • provide opportunity for athletes to develop and be true to their goals
  • be an active part of the ski and biathlon sport communities at all levels of local, divisional, and provincial events
  • provide quality mentorship to all levels of the HTB ski and biathlon programs

HTB Saturdaisies Athlete Expectations

  • be a positive influence to the program
  • be honest with your efforts and generous with your spirit
  • respect your teammates and their time
  • communicate with the coaching staff if unable to attend a scheduled event
  • show a great interest when the coach talks too much and you just want to go ski

Athlete Program requirements

  1. sign the code of conduct
  2. take part in coaching education opportunities
  3. maintain contact with the coaches when recovering from illness or injury

Athlete Equipment Requirements

  1. 1 pair skate race skis
  2. 1 pair skate training (“rock”) skis for use in all conditions
  3. 1 pair classic training skis for use in all conditions
  4. poles with lengths as suggested by the coach for skate and classic
  5. 1pr skate roller-skis (and helmet)
  6. appropriate roller ski poles with correct ferrules and grips
  7. ski striding poles (5cm shorter than your suggested classic length)
  8. .177-caliber Daisy pump-action pellet rifle (owned or leased)

PROGRAM FEES:

$500 + $75 Ammunition & Equipment Fee

ADDITIONAL COSTS:

  • Biathlon Ontario and Biathlon Canada Membership
  • Training Camps
  • Travel, food, race entry and accommodation at events

*Registrants in the HTB competition teams (nordic and biathlon) and Junior Development must purchase a season pass from Highlands Nordic.

SCHEDULE

DRYLAND TRAINING PART 1

TIME: Saturday 9:59AM to 12PM (ski training) & 1PM to 3:30PM (range training)

STARTS: September

ENDS: October

DRYLAND TRAINING PART 2

TIME: Saturday & Sunday's 9:59AM to 12PM (ski training) & 1PM to 3:30PM (range training)

STARTS: November

ENDS: November

WINTER TRAINING

TIMES: Wednesday's 4PM to 6PM (ski training), Saturday's and Sunday's 9:59AM to 12PM (ski training) & 1PM to 3:30PM (range training)

STARTS: December

ENDS: February