Track Attack (U12-U14) Winter
Track Attack (U12-U14) Fall/Winter
|Dec 6- March 4, 2023
|Number of Sessions
|Practice Locations and details are communicated using Coach's Calendar
Nov.16 - Mar 5
*Tuesday schedule change day will be snowfall dependent
Cold weather cancellation is below -20.
See our COLD WEATHER POLICY
|All program registrants must have a CNSC membership
|Fees include wax at club supported races
The Track Attack (“TA”) program is the entry into the competitive Nordic Programs offered at Caledonia Nordic Ski Club (“CNSC”). This program is offered to skiers aged U12-U14, skill development between these ages is significant. The athletes will be divided into groups based on age and skill level to ensure everyone's abilities are aligned while still being challenged. Head Coach, Simon Lamarche will oversee the program. On-snow coaching will be delivered by our dedicated volunteer club coaches and supported by parents. It is also our goal to bring our athletes in for coaching practice.
TA athletes have the option to jump right into the winter season, or meet along side our Biathlon Bears starting early September for some dry land training activities, and then transitioning into the winter season. It is a youth development program aimed at “becoming technically competent while exploring a wide range of adventure based cross country ski activities.” It is meant to follow the Jackrabbit program in a skill development progression, aligning with the “Learning to Train” stage of Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD). For more Skill Development Program information see the Nordiq Canada website.
Skiers are introduced to a variety of racing experiences, as well as the concept of ‘Learning to Train’ (“L2T”). It is important to note that TAs are not involved with a ‘training program’ like the Junior Racer Program, but will be introduced to knowledge regarding training zones, strength and flexibility, sleep, nutrition, hydration, ski care, how to dress to be active outside. The focus at this stage of development is all about fun, skill development and learning to train.
For athletes to reach their full potential, it is important that families ski outside of practice times, use our ski playground, and challenge their skills by skiing age appropriate distances on varied terrain in both skate and classic techniques. It is great for these skiers or biathletes to be involved in other sports, both for their athletic development and to create a well-rounded person.
Cross Country Canada’s TA program materials will be used as a guide and tool to help athletes be motivated and track their progress through this program. Please note that for skiers to complete their Attack Log/Map, participation at special events, races and overnight camps is recommended and encouraged. We will look to events in our region first for challenges, as well as events specifically designed for L2T athletes. Track Attack Championships is the year’s highlight for many of our TAs and Biathlon Bears. This event is stuffed full of fun racing as individual and in teams. There are awards for team spirit, costumes, best technique and recognition for more than just the top-3 winners. It’s a great first exposure to races beyond loppets. Our goal is to bring at least 20 skiers this season from CNSC! GOOO TEAM!
Wax fees for the races supported by the Head Coach. We will continue to fundraise to cover additional costs for the program
*If you are a Biathlon Bear, please register only as a Biathlon Bear and do not register for Track Attack as well. Thank you.*
The success of our programs hinge on volunteer coaches and parent help in a variety of disciplines. We ask that for every child registered in the program, there is volunteer help from at least one parent. Parents are asked to find a volunteer role that best suits their schedule, interest and abilities. The club requires both new and experienced coaches at various levels, so if you are interested in coaching and don’t want to coach your own child, that’s not a problem. We’ll help you find a suitable coaching role. The club provides coach training, and you provide your time and knowledge to develop future athletes. If you would prefer a volunteer task that does not involve coaching, fantastic! We’ve got tasks for you. There is a section of volunteer opportunities on the Zone4 registration to identify your interests. Thank you to all our volunteers!
A fundraising policy is currently under development. Families will be given the choice of actively participating in fundraising activities or paying a fundraising levy. More information will be distributed once the policy is finalized. If you would like to be involved in coordinating fundraising activities, please send an e-mail expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.