ARC Program

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club

 

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ARC – Arrowhead Race Crew

Philosophy

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 young athletes between the ages of 11-14 (born 2006-2009), who have 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.

Fee includes:

  • coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
  • 2 training camps
  • Fall: September-December Huntsville Public School gym Thursdays 6:15-7:30pm & dryland Saturdays 10am-11am
  • Winter: December-March on-snow Thursdays 4-5pm dryland 5-6pm, on-snow Saturdays 10am-12pm, occasional on-snow Tuesdays 4pm-5pm
  • Paid registration in and coaching support for 2 SOD races + the Muskoka Loppet
  • Coaching support for the Ontario Youth Championships OYC
  • Wax support for 2 SOD races + the Muskoka Loppet + the OYC’s

Program Fee: $425

ARC 2 Program Outline

This program is for athletes generally between the ages of 14-18 (born 2006-2002) who love to ski and want to challenge themselves in competition. 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 3 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, theses athletes participate in high school races including GBSSA and OFSSA, and O-cups. Races will be 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.

Fee includes:

  • coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
  • 2 training camps
  • Fall: September-December Huntsville Public School gym Thursdays 6:15-7:30pm & dryland Saturdays 10am-12pm
  • Winter: December-March on-snow Thursdays 4-5pm dryland 5-6pm, on-snow Saturdays 10am-12pm, occasional on-snow Tuesdays 4pm-5pm
  • 2 supported 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

*If coaches are away at a race, remaining skiers are still expected to train, a plan will be provided.

Equipment & Gear

Running shoes
Waterbottle holder and waterbottle
Yoga mat
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
Snack
ARC2 athletes must also have a racing licence

Coaches

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 athlete 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 and the Track Attack Program Coordinator.

 

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 has been a Jackrabbit instructor and Track Attack coach with Arrowhead.

ARC’s COVID-19 Protocols

Cross Country Ski Ontario has taken measures to ensure that our Return to Play Protocol has been vetted by medical professionals knowledgeable of the current environment with respect to COVID-19 and familiar with cross country skiing and related training environments.

General Information

-All athletes must be registered ANSC members and ARC program athletes
-Before the first practice athletes and parents must attend an online/phone in conference call
-Athletes must pass the screening process to participate in practices and events
-Athletes must follow all signage. This may vary depending on practice location
-There will be a $20 equipment rental fee this year
-Athletes will be given training equipment for the season and will be responsible for its maintenance disinfection and for bringing their equipment to and from practice
-Athletes and parents must comply with all new regulations
-Due to health and safety concerns, ANSC and ARC coaches reserves the right to suspend any member found to be violation of any current or amended policies

Screening

All athletes and coaches are reminded of the requirement to not attend training or workouts when ill. The screening area will be marked by a “COVID screening sign” at any given training location. Athletes are required to:
-Arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of practice
-Wear a mask
-Complete a COVID screening with a coach or trained parent volunteer
-Have their temperature checked
Athletes will not be allowed to participate in practice if they do not meet the screening requirements

Parents

-Parents are required to follow social-distancing rules including mask wearing
-Parents must remain onsite until their athlete has passed the screening

Athletes

-Athletes are asked to maintain a 2m distance when not wearing a mask
-Sharing of equipment is not permitted
-No facility equipment can be borrowed (i.e. gym equipment)

Masks

-Masks must be worn to the screening area and remain on
-Masks must only be taken off at the coches instruction
-Masks must be put back on if 2m distance cannot be maintained
-Masks are not required when training as long as a 2m distance can be maintained
-Each athlete should bring a labelled disposable or washable bag to store their mask during activity

Change rooms and Belongings

-Change rooms at schools are not currently available
-Washroom facilities are limited depending on training location
-Athletes are asked to come to practice in their active-wear (always dress for the weather, in layers)
-Athletes’ bags and personal belongings must remain at their designated marking; the location of which will change depending on the practice location
-All equipment and personal belongings must return home with the athlete to be disinfected

 

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