Jackrabbits meets at Burwalde Woods (10-noon Saturdays)
Welcome to the Nordiq Canada Ski Jackrabbit Program.
In this program, families enjoys active play and learning to ski together. Boundary Trails Nordic Club has offered Jackrabbits for many years at Burwalde Woods Trails. Some of our original Jackrabbits are now enrolling their kids!
REGISTRATION: JackRabbits – $45/child (which covers Jackrabbit costs) plus $90 “Family Club Membership” fees (which help cover costs of insurance and trail grooming and provincial dues and gives your family access to the club trails). Go to Zone4
Note: In order to have the insurance for Jackrabbits you must also be club member.
EQUIPMENT: Parents are responsible for arriving on time to have their children’s skis waxed and on before start time (10 am). Rental equipment is available if needed . Rental fee is $25 for the season or $5 per day. This charge is not included in your registration. Equipment remains onsite.
THREE STAGES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The Bunnyrabbit Program ‘Active Start’ (five and under)is a parent and tot program. Parents must stay with their youngsters to provide encouragement and guidance. 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 Jackrabbit Program (six-nine years) is directed at children in the ‘FUNdamentals’ stage of development. This is the second level of the program. 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. on-snow ski camps). Coaches are trained to meet the needs of athletes at this stage of development by taking the Community Coaching NCCP workshop.
The Track Attack Program (ten -twelve years) is directed at children in the ‘Learning to Train’ stage of development. This is the third level of the program. The objective is for the 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. 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 Workshop.
RACING: All are welcome to participate in ski races. Races are short and well marked with volunteer adults at every turn. Children are thrilled to wear a racing bib and have cheers at the finish line. Emphasis is not on winning but on being part of the ski buzz.
WHAT TO WEAR: A word on clothing…to have fun in our climate, dressing in layers is the key. As we move and warm up, we can shed a layer and then put it back on when we feel chilly. Safety in the cold is also important. Our session ends between 11:30 and noon. It is wonderful if you and your family want to continue skiing after this time, but be sure you know where your children are as the Jackrabbit volunteers are “off duty”.
SNACK: Cookies are provided after the session. Everyone is responsible for their own water and warm beverages.
SAFETY: Drive VERY slowly on the yard. Reverse with care. There are many excited little children around who may not be paying attention to cars.
Parents are encouraged to stay and play. Please be here to assume care of your children by 11:30 am. Bunnies, of course, require their parents throughout the session.
A First Aid Kit is in the Nordic Session. Important information about each Jackrabbit will be on a list in the kit along with an Emergency Action Plan.