Junior Biathlon Ages 11+

JUNIOR BIATHLON Ages 11+

The Junior Biathlon group is a two-dimensional program that consists of:

  1. Junior Dev: an entry level program for new athletes that provides an introduction to the sport of biathlon for boys and girls aged 11 and older. Training in this group focuses on basic ski and shooting skill development in a fun, no-pressure environment. Athletes in this group are shooting .22 cal biathlon rifles using a rest (no free holding) and are training an average of 3 days a week (2 fitness building/ski practices and one shooting practice) throughout the season. Junior Dev athletes are also encouraged to compete in ABC Kinder Cups as well as in Dev.1 categories of Biathlon Alberta’s Calforex Cup race series. Athletes in this group are eligible for club rifle rentals.
  2. Junior HP: this program is designed for athletes graduating from Junior Dev group and focuses on specific skill development and more complex technical training such as shooting a rifle with an arm sling (no rest). This group trains an average of 4 days a week and also takes part in select training camps throughout the year. Junior HP athletes do regularly compete in Dev.2 categories on Alberta’s Calforex Cup circuit. Athletes aged 12 to 14 with one or more seasons of training and racing experience usually train in this group. Athletes in this group are eligible for club rifle rentals.

Entry to this program is determined by athlete/parent interview with the club’s selection committee upon online application submission.

 

Schedule, Times and Fees: COMING SOON

Summer/Fall Equipment:

  • Skate roller skis
  • Skate boots
  • Skate and Classic poles with roller ski ferrules
  • Knee Pads for new Roller Skiers Recommended
  • Short classic poles for ski bounding
  • Road or Mtn Bike for Road cycling
  • Bike helmet, Gloves
  • Hi visibility vest or t-shirt for roller skiing
  • Good quality trail running shoes
  • Head Lamp (A MUST)
  • HR monitor is recommended
  • Training/Racing Log Book-
  • Wearable Water Bottle for training
  • Clothing to Participate in ALL weather conditions.

Winter Equipment:

  • Skate Skis
  • Classic Skis
  • Skate and Classic Ski Boots
  • Skate and Classic Poles
  • Good quality trail running shoes
  • Appropriate Gloves, Toques, Mitts, Face covering (buff)
  • Wool Socks
  • Wicking Layers (not cotton)
  • Warm Up or Training clothing
  • CBR Race Suit
  • XCountry Glasses for different light and weather conditions
  • Head Lamp *Mandatory for all evening practices
  • Watch with a HR monitor is suggested
  • Wearable Water Bottle for training.

Rifle:

All biathletes must have a biathlon rifle. There are a number of club rifles available to new biathletes on a first come first served basis, rental is $150 for the first year. Athletes who intend to compete for several years in biathlon are encouraged to purchase their own rifle so that it may be adjusted to their particular requirements.

A firearms PAL (possession acquisition license) is required before anyone can take a rifle home for dry firing practice.

All biathletes must pay for the ammunition they use. Typical ammo cost for a year is between $500.00 and $1500.00.