Polar Bears
Ages 9-11

Program

The Polar Bears program is for athletes 9-11 years old who have biathlon experience. Athletes in this program wish to continue building basic biathlon skills and develop biathlon racing skills. 

Our goal in this program is to teach athletes to shoot with greater precision (smaller targets), using repeatable processes, and introduce biathlon racing skills.

This program will run from the beginning of November to the beginning of March. Those registering for the Polar Bears program must participate in the registrants’ respective skill-set group in Cross Country Skiing in either Track Attack or Junior Development programs. 

Note: Biathlon is a sport of both precision shooting and cross-country skate skiing. At this stage of development (Learn to Train), there is a strong emphasis on skiing. It is a requirement that in order to participate in HTB Biathlon Air Rifle programs, athletes must be enrolled in one of Track Attack or Junior Devo Cross Country Ski programs.  

Completion of Jackrabbit levels or LEAD coach's assessment is required for participation, based on skill (beginning of weight shift, balance on skis, good offset, beginning of 1 and 2 skate) and physical capacity development (can “keep up” with group or desire to improve and be part of the team and displays a positive attitude in line with T.E.A.M. values).). If athletes have not completed Jackrabbit programs, they will automatically be placed in a pre-Track Attack group until skills are adequate to take part in the full program. This will take place within the Track Attack practices.


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Race Schedule

Races for biathletes combine all  the skills of precision shooting and skate skiing. At this development level, athletes are strongly encouraged to participate in Snickers (hosted by HTB), Ontario Air Rifle Championships (location TBD), and other races recommended by their coach.

Athlete Equipment Requirements

  • Daisy .177 pellet air rifle is provided to the athletes for use during training
  • Access to appropriate skate skis and poles (owned or leased)
  • Access to early season rock skis 
  • Combi boots

Schedule

  • Time: Sat 12:45 pm To 2:45 pm
  • Starts: November 6, 2021
  • Ends: First Saturday of March Break

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

  • Polar Bear program fees are included in Track Attack fees of $450.00** ($475 after Oct 23) or Junior Development fees of $800.00* (Price increases by $25 on July 17).
    • There is NOT a separate fee for the Polar Bears program
  • $85 Range Fee - includes use of Daisy .177 pellet air rifle. 
  • Biathletes must first register with Biathlon Canada on Zone4 before registering with Highlands Trailblazers biathlon program. To do so, please go to the Biathlon Canada Registration link via Zone4 in May and maintain your receipt as you will need the invoice number to register for Highlands Trailblazers.
  • Trail passes - valid only during the weekly sessions - are included in Track Attack fees.
  • Training camps
  • Travel and accommodation to events
  • Race entry fees
  • Coaching & Waxing fees for large events as cost recovery