Youth Skill Development Programs
Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit, Track Attack
2016 - 2017
The Quesnel Jackrabbit Youth Skiing follows Cross Country Canada's (CCC) Skills Development Program (SDP), which is comprised of four stages, Tiny Bunnies, Bunnyrabbit, Jackrabbit and Track Attack. The overall objective of the program is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating), and to assist children in the development of a love for the outdoors, a healthy lifestyle, excellent technical skills and a good level of physical fitness within a sport environment.
The Bunnyrabbit Program (Tiny Bunnies and Bunnyrabbit) is directed at children in the ‘Active Start’ stage of development. This is the first level of the program. The objective is to introduce cross-country skiing and a healthy lifestyle associated with organized activity and active play. The program is designed to develop fundamental movement skills (with a focus on balance and agility), coordination, self-confidence, imagination and social skills. It encourages children to be active and helps them develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment. Coaches are trained to meet the needs of children at this stage of development by taking the Intro to Community Coaching NCCP workshop.
The Bunnyrabbit Program is about having fun playing on skis:
The Jackrabbit Program (Levels 1-4) is directed at children in the ‘FUNdamentals’ stage of development. This is the second level of the program. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. The program is designed to develop fundamental movement skills, build overall motor skills, confidence and social skills, and encourage fun and participation. Low-key competitions are introduced, as are inter-club social, skill and fitness oriented ski activities (e.g. Elementary School Ski Races, Hallis Lake Loppet). Coaches are trained to meet the needs of athletes at this stage of development by taking the Community Coaching NCCP workshop. The Jackrabbit Porgram has four levels:
The Track Attack Program (aged 10 years and older) is directed at children in the ‘Learning to Train’ stage of development. This is the third level of the program. The objective is for participants to become technically competent cross-country skiers and to utilize those skills to explore a wide range of cross-country ski activities, from back country excursions to Ski Tournaments. The program is designed to further develop and refine all the cross-country ski skills. To develop skills, speed, power and aerobic fitness, develop strength and flexibility as well as good ski habits, building adventure based activities into the seasonal plan e.g camps on and off snow. Coaches are trained to meet the needs of athletes at this stage of development by taking the Competition Introduction NCCP Workshops or similar.
- Level 1 Green
- Level 1 and Level 2 Yellow
- Level 2 and Level 3 Orange *Children registered in this level and beyond must have waxable skis for skate skiing
- Level 3 Red
- Level 4 Blue
- Level 4 Purple
Track Attack skiers will have completed purple in the Jackrabbit Program or be evaluated by the Track Attack coaches to determine their eligibility in the program. These youth will ski twice per week as a minimum standard, ideally participate in the fall Dryland Training Program and will not only participate in local races but be encouraged to participate in a few designated out of town community races.
Biathlon is another direction for skiers to pursue that is more competition based (but not strictly competitive) and includes a longer and more intensive training period with dryland training incorporated into the program.
The schedule on the website includes all groups for the entire season. Typically the program runs from December to the end of February including primarily Saturday skis while some groups will include weeknight skis and the Tiny Bunnies will strictly ski on Saturdays and will only additionally participate in evening sessions for special occasions but are invited to ski with parents always!
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Skill Development Programs Calendar and Parent Information
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2017 Elementary Tournament
Download 2017 Elementary Ski Tournament Results
Download 2016 Elementary Ski Tournament Results
For further information please contact Sunshine Borsato: 250.747.0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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