Biathlon Bears (age 10-14)
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The Biathlon Bears program is an introductory program to the sport of biathlon for youth aged 10 to 14. Kids younger than 10 are encouraged to register in Nordic ski programs to learn or develop their skiing abilities and ski technique before joining the Biathlon Bears program. The Biathlon Bears program is designed to teach the basics of marksmanship using air rifles.
Those registering for the biathlon bears program will participate in the registrants’ respective age group in nordic skiing either in a Track Attack or Adventure program and will practice shooting in two-hour sessions offered in the fall and winter. Our goal with this program is to provide an excellent introduction to the sport of biathlon with focused skiing and shooting practices.
Track Attack Midget aged athletes (aged 12 and 13 as of 31 December) usually train as follows:
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.
Track Attack Peewee aged athletes (age 10 or 11 as of December 31st) usually train as follows:
Saturday: 10:00 – 12:00
Thursday: 18:30 – 20:00
Tuesday (periodically): 18:30 – 20:00
Shooting practices will happen less frequently than nordic skiing & adventure practices. There will be sessions throughout the fall as an introduction to air rifle safety, biathlon rules and regulations & the principles of shooting. The sessions will last 2 hours in length. During the race season there will be recap sessions during the week leading up to a race weekend.
Sessions: [please note that the Training page will contain most up to date information for these sessions]
Fall session: sept. 22nd to Dec.15th
Biathlon Bears: every other Saturday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
late September to early December
Winter sessions: early January to mid-March
3 to 5 Saturday afternoon sessions (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) Dates will be communicated in December
Recap sessions on Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for race participants on race week.
The Racing Bears program is offered by coach’s invitation to athletes aged 13&14 (as of December 31st). who have biathlon experience and want to participate in the Québec Cup races. Racing Bears participant are
required to bring their own “biathlon arm cuff” for shooting practices. This program is offered in two sessions: Fall and Winter. For more information contact coachleguerrier @ gmail.com
Those registering for a Racing Bears program are recommended to also sign up for a Nordic ski program, as ski technique is not taught during the biathlon sessions. The Track Attack Midgets Nordic Race ski program is recommended for Racing Bears.
Racing Bears Race Fees (Winter only): Athletes participating in Coupe Québec races will pay club race fees, $50/race coaching fees, plus each race registration fees, hotel accommodation, meals, and transportation costs. These costs usually amount to several hundred dollars per weekend.
Québec residents will have a chance to train and compete to represent the region at the “Jeux du Québec” biathlon provincial final in March of every odd-numbered year. The region can send a delegation of 8 athletes (4 male-4 female) to the games. Qualifying will occur in a regional final race (format to be determined).
Racing Bear Sessions
Fall session: Late September to mid December
Racing Bears: Sundays 10:00 a.m. to noon
Winter sessions: Early January to mid March
January 3rd & 4th Mini-camp, afternoon sessions (to be confirmed)
Sunday morning sessions (10:00 a.m. to noon) on weekends with no Québec cup races.
Recap sessions on Wednesday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on race week.
- What we do?
- Improve marksmanship
- Biathlon Rifle Racing Program (Racing Bears)
- Aerobic training
- running until the snow flies, then skate skiing
- strength, agility, balance, coordination
- Where is the range?The range is at Camp Fortune (Ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC).
- Practice times?For Biathlon bears, Every other Saturday 1:30 to 3:30p.m.For Racing bears:Sunday 10 h to noon
- What are the costs?
To participate in any program, you must join Chelsea Nordiq. The annual membership fee (same for individuals or families) covers the year – September through September. There is also a fee for shooting session registration. Fees details can be found at PROGRAMS
It is strongly recommended that biathletes wishing to compete also register for a Track Attack ski program (see Program page for latest fees)
To participate in a Chelsea Nordiq Biathlon program, athletes must join Biathlon Canada. Refer to Biathlon Canada website for latest fee structure.
- How to pay?Register and pay on-line starting in early September at PROGRAMS.
- What equipment is provided?
Targets and paper targets
- What equipment do I need to bring?
If no snow:
- running shoes
- skate skis
- Sports clothes – no cotton
- Your own biathlon rifle (optional for beginners)
- How do I find out about other events?Biathlon hosted races and Open Houses (where people can try biathlon) are posted on the Club’s Event page.