ARC Program

Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club

 

Arrowhead Race Crew

Training starts September 17th!!

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 athletes between the ages of 11-18, who have an athletic background and a desire to compete, their first taste of cross-country ski racing. It is a local racing program, all races are one-day events, no more than 2 hrs from home with the exception of the Ontario Youth Championship 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 to grow in the sport. 

In accordance with Sport Canada and Nordiq Canada’s LTAD model and in order to prepare athletes for the season, fall training is 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 ways such as, attending parent meetings, driving to races, assisting with equipment and waxing etc.

Fee includes:
Coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
1 training camp
Fall: September-end of November Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm & Saturdays 10am-12pm *Athletes are encouraged to participate in lap swim 1-2 x a 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: $475 plus $25 Club membership fee

ARC 2 Program Outline

This program is for athletes between the ages of 13-18 who love to ski, want to challenge themselves in competition and who have at least one year of ARC 1 racing experience. These athletes are looking to make the Southern Ontario Division team, the Ontario Ski Team, a varsity team and have aspirations for future 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.  

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. Races are regional or provincial events, some one-day and some multi-day. Athletes are expected to attend at least 6 races (3 Paraffin races, the Muskoka Loppet and 2 days of Ocup racing). Parents are required to support the program in various ways such as, attending parent meetings, driving to races, assisting with equipment and waxing etc. 

Fee includes:
Coaching by NCCP L2T coaches
2 training camps
Fall: September- end of November Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm, Thursdays 6-7:30pm & Saturdays 10am-12pm
Winter: December- end of 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: $675 plus $25 club membership fee. 

Provincial age categories for 2022-23

Age as of Dec 31, 2022
U8 Girls/Boys 2016 & 2015 (6 & 7)
U10 Girls/Boys 2014 & 2013 (8 & 9)
U12 Girls/Boys 2012 & 2011 (10 & 11)
U14 Girls/Boys 2010 & 2009 (12 & 13)
U16 Girls/Boys 2008 & 2007 (14 & 15)
U18 Girls/Boys 2006 & 2005 (16 & 17)

Equipment & Gear

Running shoes
Waterbottle belt and waterbottle
Yoga mat
Hiking/hill bounding poles (old ski poles)
Skate and Classic skis
Skate and Classic boots
Skate and Classic poles
Helmet – a helmet is mandatory when roller skiing
Biking gloves – gloves are mandatory when roller skiing
Knee pads – are mandatory when roller skiing
Snack – for after practice or during longer practices
ARC2 athletes must also have a Nordiq Canada racing license (approx. $50)

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 working on their T2T coaching certification through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), are registered and accredited with Nordiq Canada, are members of the Coaching Association of Ontario  and with True Sport.

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 competed provincially and nationally  in mountain bike racing. (She even attended one World Cup!) She 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. He competed in many international hockey tournaments and helped his team to win many titles, including OFSAA. 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.