Track Attack (TA) is a youth development program aimed at “becoming technically competent while exploring a wide range of adventure based cross-country ski activities.” This program is offered to children aged 9-12 (2000 – 2003 birth years) and uses Cross-Country Canada’s Track Attack program materials. It is meant to follow Jackrabbits in a skill development progression, aligning with the “Learning to Train” stage of Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD)
Children involved in this program attend ‘practices’ where they practice skiing skills. ‘Training’ is a concept that children are introduced to as part of practice, but it is important to note that Track Attackers (TAs) are not involved with a ‘training program’ as older in the Junior Racer Program are, at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club.
- TAs will participate in a yearly athlete development plan that includes two periods – a fall dryland section and an on-snow section
- Realizing the significant motor skill developmental window that exists at this age, TA is designed to teach age appropriate technique proficiency in skating and classic. A selection of dryland drills, ski striding and rollerskiing will help to develop technical skills in preparation for the winter. Once on snow, video will be used to help the athletes improve in order to attain their TA technique cards.
- Strength is an important component of athletic competency at this age. A focus on general and core strength using body weight, swiss and medicine balls and a range of other exercises will help to teach proper motor control and lay the foundation for more advanced strength training in the future, if the skier progresses to want that.
- Develop a strong aerobic base. Throughout the season, hiking and long distance ski outings in the surrounding area will be organized, a great opportunity for the whole family to get out and enjoy the outdoors in a social setting!
- Development and maintenance of flexibility is a key component of the TA program throughout the year.
- Development of agility, quickness, and directional change will be developed through participation in a variety of activities and events.
- Participation in regional and local provincial competitions will be part of the yearly calendar of events for TA. Racing will be explicitly promoted as a healthy, challenging, educational, and fun activity in a manner that normalizes competition as part of a child’s ski development experience
- Create a positive team environment and build strong friendships. In addition to the weekly practices, some special events/camps will be organized over the course of the season.
- Keeping a focus on fun and play is key to engaging and retaining children at this age. A focus on fun and play does not preclude participation in competitive events. At CNSC we think racing can be part of a fun experience for children this age. TAs will have ample opportunities at practices and races to participate in activities that are fun and engaging that build individual resilience and character while respecting individual differences and preferences.
If you have questions, please Club Coach: Andrew Casey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org