The Junior Biathlon group is a two-dimensional program. Entry to this program is determined by athlete/parent interview with the club’s selection committee upon online application submission.
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.
Junior High Performance
This program is designed for athletes graduating from the 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.