Ages: 7-9

Jackrabbits 3 & 4

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Jackrabbit program goals :

  • Encourage FUN and participation,
  • Develop ABC’s: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed.
  • Encourage frequent cross-country skiing during the season.
  • Develop good technique habits through repeated practice using Jackrabbit program awards
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness.
  • Deliver well structured programs.
  • Develop linear, lateral and multi directional speed.
  • Nurture a team/social atmosphere.
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible.
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities

* SLNC membership and a current season’s pass is required for participants this program.
* “Inclusiveness” is a SLNC priority. Instruction for children with special needs is part of all Jackrabbit programs. Please contact your coach or SLNC staff to discuss any special needs that your child has so that we can schedule appropriate instruction.

Program Details

Dates
Nov 26 - Mar 11 No sessions Dec 20, 24, 27, 31
(+ SLNC Loppet, March 12)
Total # of Sessions
30
Sessions per Week
2x/week
Days
Tuesday 6-7:30pm
Saturday 10:00-12:00
Length of Session
1.5 hours
Locations
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club
- meet on hill next to Old Daylodge
Technique
Skate and Classic
Cost
$140

Optional Sessions

Two coach-supported off-site events/races will be offered this year: Jan 7&8, 2017: BC Cup #1 &2: Larch Hills, and Feb 18&19: BC Championships: Kamloops. In addition, Program participants enjoy free entry into the Sovereign Lake Loppet March 12. Trip fees may apply.

Lead Coach: Glen Stiven

Group Coaches: Avalon Peterson, Hawks Rosen, Jamie McCarthur

Ski equipment and safety

Equipment Sources: Classic skis and poles (waxless or waxable are both ok), mittens, toques, buff, non-cotton long underwear and lots of thin layers as over layers (light fleece and light shell). Snow pants are ok but please no snow jackets: kids are moving and grooving at this age!

Rentals – A full selection of quality, affordable, classic and skate gear for all ages is available at SLNC. Special package prices are available for kids enrolled in Bunnies, Jackrabbit and Track Attack programs for use during formal program sessions. Please see SLNC staff for help.

Retail – Stussi Sports in Vernon provides an excellent selection of quality kids and adults gear with advise to match. They also have a rotating “kids gear exchange” program and info on ski swaps. They are a huge supporter of our club, programs and events.

Q. Where do Jackrabbit 3&4 sessions take place ?

A. Jackrabbit 3&4s usually meet next to the “Old Daylodge” directly across from the main Lodge. Introductory games and formal instruction take place in the stadium and sometimes, the groups head out onto the trails right away to learn & practice skills as they are needed. Sessions include supervised time in the ski playground area where the skiers can explore terrain and discover/challenge their own skills independently. Please ask front desk staff for directions.

Q. How long are Jackrabbit 3&4 sessions?

A. Jackrabbit program goals are achieved through lively 1.5-2.0 hour sessions. This allows enough time for instruction, games & supervised, independent exploring in the ski playground.

Q. What new skiing skills will my child learn at this level?
A. JackRabbit 3-4s continue to advance the skills that they learned in level 2 and new classic techniques learned at this level include: diagonal stride – long step, one-step double poling, downhill tuck, step turn, and parallel side slipping. Skating is formally introduced at this age and includes free skate, diagonal skate, skate turn, one skate, two skate, and offset.
* A full description of skills and progressions taught at each Jackrabbit level can be found here.

Q. What does a typical Jackrabbit 3&4 session consist of ?

A. Coaches use large and small groups, games, drills and longer continuos skiing ’bouts out on varied terrain to encourage natural learning and “discovery”. Group sessions generally include ski play to warm up, a balance and agility game, review and introduction of a key skills, a game to emphasize new skills, and then ski play and wrap up.

Q. What is the split between classic and skating sessions ?

A. 50/50. There are roughly the same number of classic and skating sessions. A full schedule for the winter is posted well in advance so that you know which occurs on which day. We try to arrange classic sessions back-back and skating sessions back-back to allow continuity and minimize the amount of scraping/reapplying waxes that you need to do.

Q. How do I learn more about waxing and what waxes I should have for my Jackrabbit ?.

A. A list of recommended waxes will be provided at the beginning of the season. Advice and basic wax instruction is delivered to Jackrabbits (and parents) as part of their programs. Introductory through advanced wax clinics are also available to the public pre-season and in-season through Stussi Sports. Contact your coach or Stussi Sports for details.

Q. Do children race at this stage ?

A. Yes, opportunities to race are offered and encouraged. An age appropriate introduction to racing (relays, obstacle courses, sprints, individual challenges) is an important part of athletic development. Coach support at races is included in the program through participation in:

  • SLNC Ski Tournament
  • SLNC Tips up Cup (categories: Atoms 5-7, PeeWees 8-9)
  • SLNC Mini-Loppet
  • Opportunities to participate in up local/reg’l Okanagan Cup & BC Cups are available.

Q. Is there a wrap up event at the end of the program ?

A. The formal season ends with some festivities and games within the Jackrabbit 3&4 groups on Sat March 12 and then the SLNC Loppet [kid’s courses] on the following day, Sun March 13.

Q. Will my Jackrabbit make good progress by skiing just 2x/wk in the formal sessions?

A. Every Jackrabbit [and parent] progresses at their own rate. While Jackrabbit sessions provide a great introduction to skiing, help you get started on key ski skills and support you along the way…your child [and you] will improve more quickly the more you get out there and just have FUN!  So, we strongly encourage parents to take full advantage of our fantastic snow and trail system by getting out at least one other time when they can with their kids. Another short ski on Saturday following the morning session works well for many families.

Q. What opportunities are there for my child to “move up” to the next level(s) ?

A. We do our best to place every child in a level and groups that serve their current and challenges them sufficiently so they improve. Coaches at every level/group strive to communicate with each other regularly and make adjustments when appropriate and practical. For Jackrabbits 4s getting ready to move up to Track Attack we provide opportunities to come up on select Thursday evenings and to join in select Track Attack sessions on other days Please contact your Jackrabbit coach or Track Attack coach to discuss.

Q. As a parent/guardian learning to ski…how can I help/keep up to my own JackRabbit ?

A. Ultimately, parents/guardians will be the ones taking their own youngsters skiing outside of lesson times. One of the objectives at this stage is to assist parents in understanding the technique skills and to share ideas of how to facilitate their child’s learning. No worries if you need help improving on skis yourself – we have every lessons that are designed just for you and well qualified instructors for every level of skier !  Check with our staff to line up a certified instructor who can help you with your own skiing skills.

Q. Do parents/guardians accompany their children during Jackrabbits ?
A. This the stage when children are skiing independently during sessions, in small groups led by certified coaches.  BUT, we do need and want your help as all youth programs run on parent volunteers! Read on…

Q. What kind of help does the club need and how can I pitch in ?

A. It takes many volunteers to run club programs and activities  We need your help with:

  • Coaching  – introductory and community coach workshops are provided and paid for with support and mentoring along the way for all coaches in our programs.
  • Coordinating programs – registration, refreshments, hot chocolate table, pizza night…
  • Equipment set-up – hoops/balls/props, playground maintenance, special events…
  • Races – timing, stadium & course set-up, marshalling, traffic control, bib gathering…
  • Other – everything big n’small happens because people pitch in – please just offer or ask us !

$120 before October 31st

$140 after October 31st