Northwestel Jackrabbit/Bunny Program
The Bunny Program is the first level of the Active Start stage of development (children 5 years of age and younger). It has been developed in parallel with the first level of the competency-based National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which now provides coaching materials specific to the needs of this age group. The objective of the program is to introduce cross-country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. In addition, the program is designed to: help children develop a positive self-image, be fun, provide children with the opportunity to make ski-friends, develop fundamental movement skills, help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.
The Jackrabbit Program is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development (children 6-8years of age). This is the second level of the skill development program. It has been developed in parallel with the second level of the competency-based NCCP, which provides coaching materials specific to the needs of skiers this age. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health. We have added a new Jackrabbit session for this season. Registrants are welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions. This earlier session starting in November is possible because of the new snow making machine, which will make snow possible earlier in the season.
Goals of this program:
- Encourage FUN and participation
- Develop ABC’s: Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed
- Frequent cross-country skiing during the season
- Good technique habits developed through repeated practice using the Jackrabbit program awards
- Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness
- Develop a team/social atmosphere
- Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible
If you would like to rent equipment for your child for the Jackrabbit Season please visit us at the Ski Club before the start date of your program, so we can measure your child for their proper size of boots, skis and poles. Seasonal rentals for Jackrabbits are $75
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Jackrabbit and Bunny Schedule:
If you have a child age 5-8 you may choose to register in one or both of the following sessions:
Session 1: November 12 2017-December 17 2017
- Sundays: 1:00-2:30 (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) Snack will be served from 2:00 - 2:30pm
Session 2: January 7 2018-March 11 2018
- Sundays: 1:00 - 2:30pm (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) Snack will be served from 2:00 - 2:30pm
- Tuesdays: 3:30 - 5:00pm (meet in the Grey Mountain Room) Snack will be served between 3:30 - 4:00pm
The Jackrabbit and Bunnies program cannot function without volunteers. We will be looking for volunteers as coaches and helpers, as well as snack parents. You do not have to be a professional skiier or coach to be a part of this program. If you can put on skis, and love cross country skiing, you can coach. All coaches will take a coaching course, and go over lesson plans and ideas. All volunteers are guaranteed a spot for their child in the Jackrabbits/Bunny program. Pleas visit www.volunteersignup.org/EQDKL to sign up.
Age Group: Ages 4 to 8
Date: Session 1: November 12-December 17 2017. Session 2: January 7 -March 11 2018. Registration Opens Online October 1
Fee: Session 1: $55, Session 2: $75
WCCSC membership required - $32/children under 6, $70/6 yrs or older (if purchased before November 1), $75/6 yrs or older (if purchased November 1 or later). Ski package rentals are available for $75 for JR/B Program only or $100 for unlimited use at Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. CAN'T AFFORD THE PROGRAM? Here are a couple of options for financial assistance. KRF - Kid's Rec Fund is administered through Sport Yukon. Funding can be used for club membership, season rental for ski equipment and program fees. Jumpstart - Canadian Tire provides funding for children to participate in cross country skiing. Funding can be used for rentals, membership and program fees.