ARC Program

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club

 

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 2005-2008), 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 Pine Glen gym Thursdays 6:15-7:30pm & dryland Saturdays 10am-11am
  • Winter: December-March on-snow Thursdays 4-5pm and Spruce Glen gym 6:15-7:30pm, 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 (Timmins)
  • 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 2005-2001) 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 train 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 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.

Fee includes:

  • coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
  • 2 training camps
  • Fall: September-December Pine Glen gym Thursdays 6:15-7:30pm & dryland Saturdays 10am-11am
  • Winter: December-March on-snow Thursdays 4-5pm and Spruce Glen gym 6:15-7:30pm, 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 and a training outline will be provided.

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 for the past three years she has coordinated the Track Attack Program.

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.

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