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Friday, December 1, 2017

Skiing December 2

The weather will be warm, but the conditions are not ideal. Plus Ted and Adam are both away this weekend. This Saturday will likely be a treasure hunt and some games. Based on the conditions we may cut it a bit short. A snow dance will definitely be in order!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saturday November 18 and Notes for the year.

Wildwood Jackrabbits uses the the Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits programs of Cross Country Canada as our guide for programming. Jackrabbits itself has 4 levels of skills development plus some other fun stuff to help promote skiing. Older Kids can get into the Track Attack program, but, for this year anyway, we think the Jackrabbit levels will suffice. Here are the three core parts of the program that we will be using:

(1) Skills Development 

The 4 levels provide guidelines for developing the skiing basics. We have put the kids into 3 groups based on age and skill. This is an initially cut at this and we'll probably do a bit of moving once we have seen the kids in action.
You can see an outline of the 4 levels here. 

We have a pretty big group this year, which is great, but does mean we may be leaning on parents a bit to help wrangle. Also there is always room for more coaches! (see below for more info on that)

(2) Timed Ski

We are going to do a couple timed skis this year This is between a 50m and 100m sprint that is purely the children racing against their own time. We'll do one in the next few weeks and then one towards the end of the season and see how they progress. For the really young ones we'll adapt to where they are at, and parents can always help. You can see some more background on the sprints here. Kids will earn different stickers based on their speed.

(3) Snow Goals - getting out and skiing!

Skiing on Saturday is great. Skiing other times is even better! This little rewards program encourages families to get out and ski during the year. Every 5 non-Jackrabbit outings that you do earns a your jackrabbit a sticker. If you family gets to a 'snow goal', let us know at the next Jackrabbits and we'll give you a sticker. Here is more about that program. They way it is described is a bit stingy in terms of the stickers. We have adapted it a bit and will give out as many stickers as you can earn - the more you ski the better!

Some other notes

Wax and prep - it is important to prep your skis before each session. If you don't have wax or need some hints and tips, please let us know.  Here is a good video from Woodcock Cycle that talks about how to find your grip zone and how to wax.

One trick is to bring your skis inside the night before and wax them in the morning inside. The skis are warmer, the wax is warmer, you are warmer, it is all much easier. Waxing outside at Jackrabbits isn't ideal both in terms of time and how the wax will go on.

Swap Shop - is this Saturday. You'll want to go early if you are counting on getting gear there. It can be a bit crazy, but there is lots of good stuff to be had.

Coaching - we would welcome anyone who would be interested in joining the coaching team. There is formal training available (the next one in a few weeks) if you want to really get into it, and we also welcome 'assistant coaches' and casual help as well. There are a number of weeks where one or another of us are away, so more help is welcome. If you are interested or would like to know more, let one of us know.

Registration - you all have all either registered or told us that you are in the process - Thanks! We are going to be closing registration this weekend so for those who are almost done, the time is now.

This Saturday - we'll be splitting into 2 groups as James is away (did we mention coaching opportunities are available?). We'll be doing some hill and movement work. There still isn't enough snow to track... yet, so a snow dance will be in order! 

As always, if you have any questions please let us know.
We are pretty excited about the season and are looking forward to some great skiing.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Skiing November 11!

We had a great first session last week and started to get those ski muscles back in shape. Good thing too, because it looks like there is enough snow to actually ski! So get your gear ready. That said, it is still a bit sketchy, so of you have really good skis (parents mostly) this may not be the time to bring them out yet.

This Saturday is also Remembrance Day, and we will be pausing at 11:11 for a minute of silence to remember those who served.

A few other notes:

The Cross Country Ski Association Swap Shop is November 18th at Windsor Park Nordic Centre. https://www.ccsam.ca/swap-shop-2017/

Also, please register if you haven't had a chance to yet!

See you Saturday at 10:30 at the soccer field!

Friday, November 3, 2017

First Session November 4

We are on for 10:30 Saturday Morning (Nov 4). 

It look like it is going to be a wet snow morning, so boots may be advisable instead of shoes - keep an eye out in the morning. Layers are also important. It will be chilly, but we'll be moving lots and keeping warm. 

We are meeting at the soccer field to the north of the community club. Looks for our fancy new blue sign!

If you haven't had a chance to register yet, you can register online here:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Registration Open! Startup on November 4th.

Wildwood Jackrabbits will be starting up on Saturday November 4th. We will be meeting 10:30 at the soccer field north of the community club. 

Registration

Registration is Open!
Please visit https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16426 to register

Registration fees are the same as last year. Please make sue you opt int club emails! And make sure you register everyone (parents and kids). This is important for insurance. If you created profiles for your family members last year, you can use them again when you log in - it makes registration pretty speedy.

Several families are finishing up fall activities so can't join us until later this year or even January. That is totally fine, however we do ask that you register now so we can get a handle on numbers for enrollment kits (including the 2017/18 Jackrabbit Toque!) and planning. 

Gear

Start of the year is a good time to think about gear. The Community Club is organizing a Ski & Skate Swap on October 21. This is a great chance to trade up to bigger sizes, or clear out some of your stuff that may have been outgrown.

Wildwood Ski & Skate Swap
Saturday October 21
10am - 12noon

Visit http://www.wildwoodcc.cafor more information. 
Big thanks to Lara for organizing this!

We are really looking forward to getting our ski muscles back in shape and have been practicing our snow dance! It is shaping up to be a great year!

See you all soon!

Adam, James, Ted
Coaches - Wildwood Jackrabbits 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Start November 4 Ski Swap Oct 21

November 4 will be our first session. While we are excited for snow, we are pretty sure it won't be here yet. We'll play some games, go for a bit of a run, and start getting those skiing muscles back into shape.

Registration will be opening soon. If you can't join us until later in the season that is fine, but registering now would be helpful for our planning.

More info coming soon!

Also we the Community Club will be holding a Ski and Skate swap on  October 21 from 10 a.m. – 12noon here are the details:

Do you have extra winter sports gear you’d like to sell or give away, or are you looking for inexpensive skiing and/or skating equipment? The Wildwood Ski & Skate Swap is for you!

Bring your too-small or old gear to sell, trade or give away, or just come to see if there’s anything you want to buy! All are welcome to participate for free on the ground floor of the community centre. We’ll supply tables for your gear; you decide what to do with it. Set a price if you want to sell it, trade it for something else or give it away!

If you need skis, skates or accessories (poles, gloves etc.), and you’re not ready to buy new, come see if there are some gently used items for you!

Multiple Wildwood families have already indicated they’re interested in participating. Join us and let’s get a fun winter started at the club. If you have questions, email Lara Schroeder at laraschroeder@hotmail.com.

Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 Startup and Registration

Jackrabbits registration will starting mid October with the first 'dry land' session early November. We will be sure to email all the jackrabbit families who participated last year to let them know. If you'd like to be on the notification list please email us!

Looking forward to another great year of fun in the snow!