Junior Air Rifle (Formerly Saturdaisies)
Ages: 10/11 to 11/12 (Biathlon Juvenile category)


Program

Highland Trailblazer’s entry level biathlon program focuses on having fun, skiing fast, and shooting straight.

At this stage of development, there is a tremendous focus on skiing. All Junior Air Rifle team members are required to participate in the Nordic Junior Devo program learning the basics of dryland training (running, ski striding) in the fall and on-snow training in classic and skate skiing techniques as soon as weather permits.

The physical literacy component on Saturdays is followed by precision marksmanship training in the afternoon using a Daisy pump air rifle. Precision marksmanship training begins in September and the on snow combination training (skiing and precision shooting) begins as soon as weather permits.

Although this is an entry level program, it is targeted at athletes who show an interest in learning how to race in a fun and competitive environment. Junior Air Rifle team members are expected to participate in Biathlon and Nordic races as determined by their Biathlon coach.

The program runs from September 12, 2020 to March 2021. Registration for this program ends Sept. 25, 2020. No registrations will be accepted after Sept 25, 2020.


Athlete Equipment Requirements

  • 1 pair skate race skis (leasable from Highlands Nordic)
  • 1 pair skate training (“rock”) skis for use in all conditions (not leasable due to early season usage)
  • 1 pair classic training skis for use in all conditions (not leasable due to early season usage)
  • Combi boots or skate & classic boots
  • Poles with lengths as suggested by the coach for skate and classic
  • Ski striding poles (5cm shorter than your suggested classic length)
  • .177-caliber Daisy pump-action pellet rifle (owned or leased

Schedule

 


Race Events

Team members are expected to participate in local and regional races:

  • Booathlon
  • Snickers 
  • Ontario Youth Championship (if not conflicting with Chelsea)
  • Q-cup: Chelsea (Gatineau)
  • 3 other SOD paraffin races

Fees (Please review Athlete Equipment Requirements)

  • Junior Devo Fee + $75 Ammunition & Equipment Fee (Price increases by $25 on July 16)
  • Air Rifle Lease (Daisy $50) to be paid separately.
  • Trail pass (not included in program fee)
  • Biathlon Ontario Athlete Membership Required
  • Travel, food, race entry and accommodation at events