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
- 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 oriented ski activities
* SLNC membership and a current season’s pass is required for participants in this program.
|Jackrabbits 1 Hop||Jackrabbits 2 Hop||Notes|
|Dates||Dec. 1-Mar. 9, 2018||Nov 27.-Mar. 9, 2018|
|Total # of sessions||14||28|
|Tuesday 18:00-19:30 Saturday 10:00-12:00||Cold weather cut-off for “Jackrabbits″ is -15*C.|
|Registration Deadline||October 31||October 31|
Equipment Sources: Classic skis and poles (waxless or waxable are both ok), mitts, 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. Rentals are available to Program Participants for $50/season
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 sessions take place ?
Jackrabbits meet next to the “Old Daylodge” directly across from the main Lodge. Introductory games and formal instruction take place in the stadium. The groups then head out onto the trails 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 sessions?
Jackrabbit program goals are achieved through lively 1.5-2.0 hour sessions. This allows time for instruction, games & supervised, independent exploring in the ski playground.
Q. What new skiing skills will my child learn at this level?
JackRabbits continue to advance the skills that they learned in the previous season and new classic techniques learned at this level include: diagonal stride, 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.
Q. What does a typical Jackrabbit 3&4 session consist of ?
Coaches use large and small groups, games, drills and longer continuous skiing bouts 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 skill/s, a game to emphasize new skills, and then ski play and wrap up.
Q. What is the split between classic and skating sessions ?
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.
Q. How do I learn more about waxing and what waxes should I have for my Jackrabbit ?.
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 to advanced wax clinics are available to the public through Stussi Sports. Contact your coach or Stussi Sports for details.
Q. Do children race at this stage ?
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
- BC Midget Championships
- 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 ?
The formal season ends with some festivities and games within the Jackrabbit groups on Saturday March 9 followed by the SLNC Loppet [kid’s courses] on Sunday March 10.
Q. Will my Jackrabbit make good progress by skiing just 2x/wk in the formal sessions?Every Jackrabbit [and parent] progresses at their own rate. While Jackrabbit sessions provide a great introduction to skiing and help you get started on key ski skills and support you along the way…your child [and you] will improve quicker the more you get out and have FUN! 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. A short family ski following Saturday’s formal morning session works well for many families.
Q. What opportunities are there for my child to “move up” to the next level(s) ?
We do our best to place every child in a level and group that serves their current skill level 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 getting ready to move up to Track Attack, we provide opportunities on select Thursday evenings to join the Track Attack sessions.
Q. As a parent/guardian learning to ski…how can I help/keep up to my own Jackrabbit ?
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 yourself – we have lessons 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 ?
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 !