Biathlon Bears (age 10-15)

biathlon bears

Biathlon Bears (10-15 years old)

The club offers three Biathlon Bears air rifle biathlon programs.

The Biathlon Bears programs are introductory programs to the sport of biathlon for youth aged 10 to 15.  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 safety and the basics of marksmanship using air rifles.

Those registering for all Bears programs must participate in the registrants’ respective age group in nordic skiing either in a Track Attack/Nordic Race or Adventure program and will practice shooting in 90 minutes 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.

1- Black Bears: initiation to biathlon.

The Black Bears is for kids 10 to 14 years old who have no experience in biathlon and wish to initiate themselves and perhaps compete in biathlon.

The learning of basic shooting skills will take place in 8-10 sessions starting in october and ending mid-March. Training sessions will happen on Sunday afternoons, once every 2 weeks. Final schedule will come out early September.

2- Grizzly Bears: strengthening of biathlon skills.

The Grizzly Bears program  is for athletes 11-15 years old who have biathlon experience and wish to continue building basic biathlon skills. Grizzly Bears is a  recreational training setting, athletes are invited to compete in local races organized by the club.

The building of biathlon skills will take place in weekly training sessions starting mid-September and ending mid-March. Training sessions will run Sunday afternoons. Final schedule will come out early September.

3- Polar Bears: competition in biathlon

The Polar Bears program is offered by coach’s invitation to athletes aged 11 to 14 (as of December 31st). who have biathlon experience and want to participate in the Québec Cup races in either of 2 age categories: Juvenile Boys/Girls (2009-2010) and Junior Boys/Girls (2007-2008).  Junior category participants are required to bring their own “biathlon arm cuff” for shooting practices.For more information contact coachleguerrier@gmail.com

Learning and mastering of biathlon skills will take place in weekly training sessions starting mid-september and ending mid-March. Training sessions will run Sundays afternoons. Final schedule will come out early September.

Race Fees (Winter only): Athletes participating in Coupe Québec races will pay club race fees of 300$/weekend. These fees will cover accommodations, meals, and transportation costs. Race registration fees (+/-45$) will need to be paid separately by the participants. 

All biathletes must also first register with Biathlon Canada before registering with Chelsea Nordiq. Black and Grizzly Bears should select the category “Recreational”.  Polar Bears should select the category “Athlete: Junior Boy/Girl or younger”.  To do so, please go here Biathlon Canada Registration and maintain your receipt as you will need the number to register for Chelsea Nordiq. If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.

For more information, please visit Biathlon Canada’s website.

Registration for the Fall/Winter program for Racing Bears opens around the end of August.   Refer to our program page for specific dates.

All biathletes must also first register with Biathlon Canada before registering with Chelsea Nordiq. Black Bears should select the category “Recreational”.  Grizzly and Polar Bears should select the category “Athlete: Junior Boy/Girl or younger”.  To do so, please go here Biathlon Canada Registration and maintain your receipt as you will need the number to register for Chelsea Nordiq. If you have any additional questions, contact the Program Coordinator.

For more information, please visit Biathlon Canada’s website.

Physical distancing measures (based on health guidelines and if required):

We will limit the group size to a maximum of 14 athletes. A waiting list will be established if need be.

Each athlete will be allocated a rifle for the summer season, athletes will use the same rifle for every practice.

Athletes will use the same shooting for the duration of one training session.

Rifle fitting will need to be done by the athlete’s parent with supervision from coaches.

Parent volunteers will be needed to set-up and tear-down the range, fill and disinfect magazines.

Public health guidelines for outdoor activities will be applied.

FAQ

Where is the range?

The range is at Camp Fortune (Ch. Dunlop, Chelsea, QC).

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?

Air Rifle
Ammunition
Targets and paper targets

What equipment do I need to bring?

Fall/winter

If no snow:

  • running shoes

If snow:

  • skate skis
  • boots
  • Sports clothes – no cotton
  • Gloves
  • Toque
  • Poles
  • 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.