Bunnies/Rabbits: January 5, 2019
Extended Rabbits: December 1, 2018 (limited number of spaces available, will likely fill up before this deadline)
Overview of the Rabbits Program
The Rabbits Ski Program is open to children 4 through 10 years of age. There are appoximately 10 sessions from January 12 to March 16, 2019. Lessons are held on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, plus one night ski and the Wetzinkwa Loppet. Class length is 45 minutes to 1½ hours depending on the age of the group.
The emphasis of this program is on: having fun; developing great ski technique; encouraging life-long skiers. A typical session might include: goofy warm-up games, a ski obstacle course, some technical instruction, a fun ski with the group, possibly ending with a brief soccer game on skis! Each session closes with hot chocolate and a snack in the lodge.
Children are grouped according to age and ability. Each group has a leader, an assistant and a parent helper.
Our Rabbit program relies on volunteer participation. We ask that one parent volunteer in some capacity with the club, whether it be instructing, parent-helper, serving hot chocolate, lodge cleanup, or taking photos. Before registering your child, be sure to review the information on volunteer duties for Bunnies / Rabbits or for Extended Rabbits.
The Club offers excellent training for parent volunteer instructors organized through the Cross Country BC (CCBC) Community Coaching Program. You don’t have to be an expert skier, just willing to take one or both of the CCBC courses and, of course have fun with kids!
Sessions are canceled when the temperature is below -15° C. at the nordic centre. If it is questionable (around -15°) the coordinator will send an email. The weather conditions at the nordic centre are reported here.
Also, be sure to check our Rabbit Notice Board downstairs in the lodge for updated information.
The bunnies/rabbits program is always looking for new coaching talent. The club will pay for the necessary coaching certification programs designed by cross country canada. New for this year, the first level of coaching certification needed to coach Bunnies is an online course. Our head coach frequently does coaching clinics before rabbits sessions for some on snow instruction. The masters drop-in program Wednesday evenings is another great way for parents to work on their technique.
See this page for more details on the coaching certification programs http://www.bvnordic.ca/events-activities/courses/
First day of Rabbits and Bunnies - January 12, 2019
Night ski - February 7
Super Hero Day (toque day) - Feb 23
Last day of Rabbits, Fun Day - March 9
Loppet - March 16
Bunny Rabbits (Age 4 & 5)
Designed to introduce young children to the sport of cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle that goes along with it. The focus is on balance and learning basic skills through short play sessions on skis. Parental involvement is required.
Rabbits (Age 6 - 10)
A four-level progression through the basics of cross country skiing. Skiers can join at any age and are grouped according to ability. The focus is on balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Games and drills are used to reinforce the concept being taught. Night skiing, team relays and special activities add to the fun. Parental involvement is required.
Extended Rabbits (Age 7 - 10)
An option for children who want to ski more than once a week, over a longer season in order to improve more quickly. Extended Rabbits run 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and also meet Thursdays 3:30 to 5 pm and on Saturdays in December from 10:30 to noon. December sessions start after the snow falls. Again, skiers can join at any age, are grouped according to ability and advance through the four-level Rabbit program.
The focus is on learning balance, agility and rhythm over a variety of terrain. Beginning with fun, age-appropriate fitness activities in the fall, skiers get on snow as early as possible in the season. Ski skills are taught through games, drills, team relays and special activities.