Track Attack Midget

midget trainingThe Track Attack midget program is for cross-country skiers aged 12 and 13 as of 31 December of the beginning of the season who want to improve their cross country skiing skills, participate in races and enjoy the outdoors in winter.  This program is based on the Long Term Athlete Development model established by Cross-Country Canada (LTAD).  The Track Attack program represents the Learning to train stage of the LTAD and pursues the following objectives:

Improve technique and skills

Improve physical condition

Introduction to competitive skiing

Social interaction on skis

Discovering and enjoying Gatineau Park and the outdoors

Program Description

The program consists of two parts: dry land training in the fall, and ski training (first snowfall until snow melts).  To participate, skiers must be enthusiastic about skiing and committed to attending practices on a regular basis.  The goals of the program are to improve technique, to develop endurance for the purpose of covering longer distances and to learn to compete. Racing abilities will be fine tuned. We ask that the participants be dedicated, determined, attentive and show a positive attitude.

Volunteering

Chelsea Nordiq is a community-based ski club. To offer a successful program, we rely on volunteers. Each family will be required to contribute their time to the program. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours per family, plus help with our major events. We need coaches, assistant coaches; helpers for events; event organization, assistance at regional races hosted by other clubs, race coordination, etc.

Coaching

Skiers are grouped based on their age and abilities. We wish to ensure that each skier can progress at their own pace while also creating the best possible group dynamic.  Our coaches are certified volunteers to coach the Track Attack age category.  Our coaches have also access to our professional Head Coach for training and advice.  The Chelsea Nordiq Head coach is also involved with the program, especially during regional races.  He will assist the volunteer coaches to help athletes develop their technique and fitness.

Schedule

The season is planned to start during the month of September. Check the training website or contact the coordinator for the location and exact date. Training times are:

Tuesday: 18:30 – 20:00

Thursday: 18:30 – 20:00

Saturday: 10:00 – 12:00 *On occasion, a three hour training session will be offered, beginning at 9:00 am. Please check the training site for locations and start times.

Dryland training includes activities designed to improve physical condition and endurance. There is hiking, trail running, ski-specific exercises, an orienteering race, etc. Training on snow includes activities designed to improve physical condition, technique and endurance.

Location

Tuesdays and Saturdays: training takes place at various locations in Gatineau Park.

Thursdays: Chalet des Érables (subject to change).

Please check the training website for regular updates on training locations.

Registration and Fees

Registration for the season will begin early September. A mandatory family fee is charged in addition to the registration fees.  Full fee and registration information can be found on our PROGRAMS page. The number of places available is 50.

Admissibility

All skiers must have reached a skill level equivalent to Level 3 in the Jack Rabbit program and-or followed the Adventure or Track Attack Pee Wee program. Each child’s skill level will be assessed once the on-snow season starts. If your child has not reached the skill level required, he or she may be switched to a program appropriate to the skill level.

Equipment and skiwear

Ski equipment: All participants must be equipped with skis, poles and boots appropriate for their height and weight. We strongly recommend that participants have skate skiing equipment and classic skiing equipment. A fanny pack to carry water and snacks is also required. A head lamp and a small red light for the fanny pack are mandatory for night practices. Finally, participants must be dressed appropriately for physical activity in the outdoors. Proper equipment helps enjoy skiing.

Dryland: All participants must have roller skies, running shoes as well as a fanny pack to carry water and snacks. They must be dressed appropriately for physical activity in the outdoors.  They will also need old ski poles (armpit length) for ski bounding exercises during fall training.

In November the club holds a ski swap. It is a great opportunity to purchase quality used ski gear.

In the fall, there will be an opportunity to buy Chelsea Nordiq skiwear. Jackets, hats, tights, jerseys are all available to order. Chelsea Nordiq skiwear is not essential to participate in this program but does offer an opportunity for children to be part of a team. 

Information Meeting

There is a mandatory meeting for parents of Track Attack athletes, usually the last Saturday of September. The meeting will take place during practice from 10:00 to 12:00, location to be confirmed.

If you have questions unanswered by the information on this website, please contact the Program Coordinator.

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