Mini Racing Rabbits

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Ages 7 and 8–Birth​ ​years​ ​2009,​ ​2010

The Mini Racing Rabbits program introduces and prepares enthusiastic seven and eight year olds for Racing Rabbits. This is an enriched program for skiers who have completed JR 2 or equivalent and are seeking a more intensive training program than offered by the Learn to Ski (Jackrabbit) program, and an introduction to competitive cross country skiing. Participants should be excited about cross-country skiing, must be willing and able to follow instructions, reasonably fit, and willing and able to undertake sustained athletic activity for 1.5 to 2 hrs. The program focuses on building skill, speed, flexibility, physical literacy (agility, balance, coordination), and of course we’ll have lots and lots of fun on snow!

Training Times Wednesday Evenings (1.5 hrs) and Saturday Mornings (2 hrs), from the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving to the end of March.
Skill Requirements Jackrabbit 2 or equivalent (age appropriate mastery of diagonal stride, double pole, herringbone, and snowplow)
Equipment Requirements Participants should have both classic and skate poles, combi boots, and both classic and skate skis, as well as good running shoes for fall training. Rock skis are optional to allow for early on-snow adventures
Program Specifics
  • Coaching is provided by certified volunteer coaches
  • Dryland training (October to November) includes hikes, games, relays, fitness stations, scavenger hunts
  • On snow training (December to March) includes games, relays, scavenger hunts, skill stations, races, loppets
  • Athletes will receive coaching and support at at least two local races (including Nakkertok’s Cookie Race).
Program Contributioin Parents are expected to contribute significantly to the season’s activities, in addition to the basic club co-op commitment, for a total 6 days per adult contribution or 10 days per family. These contributions may include:

      • Coaching
      • Communications support
      • Safety
      • Special events organization
      • Racing event support

Athletes and their families are expected to participate in trail clearing and facility clean-up and learning about the cooperative nature of Nakkertok.