ARC ProgramArrowhead Nordic Ski Club
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ARC – Arrowhead Race Crew
Known as “ARC”, the Arrowhead Race Crew is an athlete-centered, coach-directed, parent-supported Nordic team. Our goal is to enable young athletes to develop their cross-country skiing race skills in a positive team environment. In order to grow in our sport, an athlete needs to feel like part of the community, have fun, learn how to train, and above all, love skiing. It is our job, as coaches, to assist athletes in achieving the above objectives as well as to achieve their own competitive goals and ski potential. Thus supporting the LTAD model for Learn to Train (L2T) and Train to Train (T2T) Athletes.
ARC 1 Program Outline
ARC 1 gives athletes between the ages of 11-18 (reference the Competition Categories page), who have a ski background and a desire to compete, their first taste of cross-country ski racing. It is an introductory racing program with a focus on technique, strength and skill development in a FUN and supportive environment. Positive group dynamics and a team atmosphere motivates and supports young athletes to not only complete, but to continue in the sport. As an introduction to racing program, athletes are expected to make every attempt to attend practices and races.
In accordance with Sport Canada and Nordiq Canada’s LTAD model and in order to prepare athletes for the season, fall training will be mandatory. In addition, athletes are expected to attend at least 2 of the scheduled races. Parents are required to support the program in a variety of different ways such as, attending parent meetings, driving to races, assisting with equipment and waxing etc. In following Nordiq Canada’s and the Coaching Association of Canada’s L2T guidelines all races will be local or regional events, no more than 2 hrs from home with the exception of the Ontario Youth Championship. These events will be chosen to support the LTAD progression with race distances of no more than 3 km, with the exception of the Muskoka Loppet.
coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
2 training camps
Fall: September-December Tuesdays 6-7:15pm & Saturdays 10-11am *Athletes are encouraged to participate in MUSAC’s Swim for Fitness program 1-2 nights/week from September to December.
Winter: December-March Tuesday on-snow 4-5pm and virtual 6:30-7:30pm and Saturdays on-snow 10am-12pm
Paid registration in and coaching support for 2 SOD races + the Muskoka Loppet
coaching support for the Ontario Youth Championships OYC (Timmins)
wax support for 2 SOD races + the Muskoka Loppet + the OYC’s
Program Fee: $450
ARC 2 Program Outline
This program is for athletes generally between the ages of 12-18 (reference the Competition Categories page) who love to ski and want to challenge themselves in competition. These athletes are looking to make the Southern Ontario Division team, the Ontario Ski Team, the Provincial Biathlon team and set goals for a future in racing. Positive group dynamics and a team atmosphere motivates and supports athletes to find their personal best. While this group will meet for team practices, individuals need to be committed to training independently as well. The focus is on developing speed, intensity, and competition strategy. As a race program, athletes are expected to make every attempt to attend practices and races.
In accordance with Sport Canada and Nordiq Canada’s LTAD model and in order to prepare athletes for the season, summer training such as swimming, running, cycling and roller skiing are highly encouraged and fall training is mandatory. In addition, athletes are expected to attend at least 5 of the scheduled races (3 Paraffin races and 2 days of Ocup racing). Parents are required to support the program in a variety of different ways such as, attending parent meetings, driving to races, assisting with equipment and waxing etc. In following Nordiq Canada’s and the Coaching Association of Canada’s L2T guidelines all races will be local or regional events, no more than 4 hrs from home with the exception of the Eastern Championships. These events will be chosen to support the LTAD progression with race distances of no more than 10km.
coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
2 training camps
Fall: September-December Tuesdays 6-7:15pm, Thursdays 6-7pm & Saturdays 10-11am *Athletes are encouraged to participate in MUSAC’s Swim for Fitness program 1-2 nights/week from September to December.
Winter: December-March Tuesdays on-snow 4-5pm and virtual 6:30-7:30pm, Thursdays on-snow 4-5pm, Saturdays on-snow 10am-12pm
Coaching support for 2 O-Cup races
Paid registration & coaching support for 2 SOD races + the Muskoka Loppet
Wax support for all races on the ARC schedule
Program Fee: $550
Provincial age categories for 2021-22
Age as of Dec 31, 2021
U8 Girls/Boys 2015 & 2014 (6 & 7)
U10 Girls/Boys 2013 & 2012 (8 & 9)
U12 Girls/Boys 2011 & 2010 (10 & 11)
U14 Girls/Boys 2009 & 2008 (12 & 13)
U16 Girls/Boys 2007 & 2006 (14 & 15)
U18 Girls/Boys 2005 & 2004 (16 & 17)
Equipment & Gear
Waterbottle holder and waterbottle
Hiking/hill bounding poles (old ski poles)
Skate and Classic skis
Skate and Classic boots
Skate and Classic poles
Helmet – if roller skiing, a helmet is mandatory and cannot be shared
Biking gloves – if roller skiing, gloves are mandatory and cannot be shared
Knee pads – these are optional for roller skiing, but cannot be shared
ARC2 athletes must also have a racing license
Jon and Holly Strickland have lived in Port Sydney and skied as members of Arrowhead since 2005. Since 2009, they have been actively involved in the club in various capacities. They have a love for all things winter and an infectious passion for Nordic skiing. Both Holly and Jon are Coaching Association of Canada NCCP, L2T trained Nordic coaches, accredited with Nordiq Canada, with competitive athletic backgrounds.
As husband and wife, they take a team approach to coaching, not only with each other but also with other coaches. Guest coaches will visit Arrowhead and conversely, the team will attend training sessions at other clubs. This approach exposes athletes to varied coaching styles and to different specialized skills. It also allows coaches to collaborate on best practices and share skills and knowledge.
Holly grew up in Huntsville and started skiing as a cross-training sport for mountain bike racing. Thus, like many, she is a product of the Huntsville High School Nordic ski team. She began her coaching certifications in high school and volunteered as a Jackrabbit instructor until she graduated in 1996. She then moved to Sudbury where she developed a junior race program for Laurentian Nordic and continued her coaching certification. After graduating from Laurentian U. in 2001, Holly moved to Waterloo where she (and Jon) coached Waterloo Nordic’s junior team. Since returning to Arrowhead, Holly has acted as the Sunday Jackrabbit Coordinator, the Track Attack Program Coordinator and ARC coach.
Having grown up in Cambridge, Jon came to Nordic skiing later in life. His natural athletic abilities and love of team, saw him play competitive football, baseball and triple-A hockey. Introduced to skiing by Holly, he was instantly hooked by the physical challenge it provides as well as the attention needed to perfect technique. He began coaching while living in Waterloo and since moving to Arrowhead has been a Jackrabbit instructor, a Track Attack coach and ARC coach.