June and Vermont Camps General Information

Hi Everyone-

A number of questions have come up regarding the June Camp at Mt Itasca [ June 14th-24th] and the Vermont Camp [August 6th-13th].

The June camp at Mt Itasca is appropriate for pretty much anyone 14 or older, or younger with some experience on roller skis and shooting. We will move on from what we did this past weekend at Mt Itasca. Normally the younger athletes will stay through the first weekend and get in the summer running race, while the older athletes should plan on the entire time. We will have an invitation out shortly on that. The first week is weighted towards shooting skills with a lot of other physical activity, and the second week is weighted toward harder physical activity with a lot of shooting.

The Vermont camp is much larger and ends with the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships on Sat/Sun. Below is a webpage that indicates who participated in those events last year.

http://www.eabiathlon.org/results/2016RollerskiSprint.pdf

Again age 14 and up is appropriate, with skill on roller skis and good shooting ability. The roller loops are dedicated to skiing—no vehicle traffic. They were recently repaved 2 years ago and are really hilly and fun to ski. The range sits in a saddle between two low eastern mountains and the trails all go down from the range [and back up before you shoot].

The classes last year placed 14-16 yr olds in a Boys/Girls category and 17-18 yr olds in a Youth category. For purposes of the Youth and Junior Trials/Championships next winter, an athlete who turns 15-18 [inclusive] during 2017 is eligible for the Worlds events as a Youth. 19-20 are Juniors. Last year a 14 yr old girl from California qualified but was denied due to her age by the IBU. Those trials were held in Vermont on the same trails as the Summer Championships. This year the YJr Trials will be at Mt Itasca between Christmas and New Years. Anyone eligible by age should participate for the experience at least. Classes will be available for seniors, masters and Boys/Girls as well. At Trials and Worlds Youth and Juniors as aged above all need to carry their rifles.

We rarely, very rarely, see a first year participant in the Trials qualify for the Worlds Team. So normally the first year is for the experience!!

Hope this helps!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp June 14-24, 2017 Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids MN

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp
June 14-24, 2017
Mt. Itasca/ Grand Rapids MN

This camp will focus on developing biathlon shooting skills- position, accuracy drills, and combo training for athletes that have varying experience in biathlon . Volume training, rollerskiing, running, biking, as well as strength and technique work.

June Midwest Regional Camp 2017 Waiver (1)

Who:

1) new athletes: 14 years and older must be a good skier – perfect camp, if you are serious about biathlon. Shooting (including rifle set up) focused on accuracy, practicing both positions – prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure, accuracy shooting, combo shooting.

For new and younger athletes I would recommend to stay just for the 1st week. (6.14-6.18)

2) experienced athletes – great camp to improve your biathlon skills: shooting – check position – make adjustments, focused accuracy  and  combo shooting, rollerski technique, strength,  plus several butt kicking workouts…

Daily schedule: first week – shooting twice a day with 1 or 2 physical workout as well;
second week – combo shooting with more biathlon specific training (rollerskiing, running, biking, strength) with few epic workouts!!!

Sunday 6.18th – Summer Biathlon Race ( Running)

Dates: Wednesday, June 14 at 10 AM meeting at Mt. Itasca – Saturday, June 24 at Noon

Cost : includes use of venue, coaching, housing, food, transport
1 week   – $250 (6.14. – 6.18.)
2 weeks – $500 (6.14.- 6.24.)

What to bring:
We will be camping at Mt. Itasca therefore  you will need a camping gear tent, mat /air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow. Option is also sleeping in the wax room.
You will need  rifle, 2 brick of ammo (some ammo will be available to buy at the camp), running shoes, and several sets of training clothing. Also, skate rollerski equipment, road bike helmet, water bottle carrier. Bring some rain gear and also a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.   Bug spray may be a good idea as well.

For new and younger athletes I would recommend to stay just for the 1st week. (6.15-6.19) On Sunday 6.19 there will be a Summer Biathlon Race ( running)

If you plan to come, let me know ASAP, please. Specify also,  if you are coming for 1 or 2 week !!!
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have question,

Vlad Cervenka
cell: 218 256 8323 , cervenkv@gmail.com or Bill Meyer  wmeyer@nisswa.net

Membership and Lease agreement forms

Good Morning Everyone,

Enclosed are the membership and rifle lease forms for this year. Please note that all forms and checks should be made out to Minnesota Biathlon, but sent to me, Bill Meyer, at the address below. I will keep record of the memberships and leases and forward them to Lou Chouinard, our Treasurer.

1718 MNBia rental agreement

1718 MNBia Membership Registration Form

The memberships are currently due. If you are coming to the May shooting camp, you can bring them to the camp. If not, please take care of this as soon as possible so we aren’t dragging out collections into summer.

If you are currently leasing a rifle, and a coach has said you can keep that rifle for another year, the above applies also. If you are new, or think you might be given a different rifle to lease, please wait on the lease form until the May camp.

If you had a rifle leased last year, whether you plan to lease it again or not, you must turn it in to a coach for maintenance and evaluation. If you have already done so, and he has loaned it back to you, that is fine, bring it to the May camp. If you have not turned it in yet, PLEASE get it into the hands of myself, Jeff Bosek, Lou Chouinard, John Gould, or Vlad Cervenka immediately!

We have limited rifles available for lease. Priority will be given to those athletes who have shown promise with good shooting and skiing skills, participation at camps and dedication to biathlon training and racing; with those returning for a second or third year given priority for the newer rifles. If you are planning on continuing in biathlon, we highly recommend that you purchase your own rifle.

If you have any questions please contact me.
Bill Meyer, Coach

Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN

Here is the information for our Midwest Region Shooting Camp at Mt. Itasca, MN. This camp is great jump start to the season and perfect time to do all new adjustments on your rifle or fitting rifle for a new athletes.

A few details below:

Who:
1) new athletes- great skiers, at least 14 years old, who wants to try Biathlon. Athletes will go through a basic safety training, will do a rifle fitting and a start on accuracy shooting, shooting prone and standing, developing good position and range procedure.
2) experienced athletes – check position – make adjustments, and get started with some focused accuracy shooting.

Schedule:
-Friday PM: Arrive at Mt Itasca 6 pm – having eaten dinner. ( Let me know if you plan to come earlier)
6:30-8:30pm Rifle fitting, dry fire
-Saturday:
Training all day with breaks for lunch and dinner. Main focus will be on shooting, though there will be time for physical training ( rollerski technique and running).
In the evening there will be a coaching clinic organize by Bill Meyer
-Sunday:
More shooting drills and shooting games.
Training will wrap up approx 12:30 pm with lunch and departure.

Cost and Registration:
-Cost for use of venue, coaching, and food- $90, please make checks payable to Mt Itasca Nordic Ski Association (MINSA . Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form. Note that the USBA membership is required.
– New athletes will be able to purchase an ammunition for $31.00 ( check or cash made to Vladimir Cervenka) All experienced athletes need to bring their own ammo. Note that you will be eating out for dinner on Sat night, so bring $ for dinner.

All athletes please confirm  that you coming with Bill Meyer wmeyer@nisswa.net or Vladimir Cervenka cervenkv@gmail.com

2017 May Shooting Camp Waiver

What to bring:

You will be “camping” at Mt Itasca, sleeping in the Headquarters building or in your own tent (or you can stay in hotel on your own). There are bathrooms and kitchen in the Alpine Chalet. You’ll eat breakfast and lunches at Mt Itasca and have dinners out. Bring $ for dinners – breakfast and lunch food will be provided.
You will need a camping mat/air mattress, sleeping bag, pillow for sleeping. You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, as well as skate rollerski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear. Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting.

New athletes who needs a rifle contact Bill Meyer at wmeyer@nisswa.net  or Vlad at cervenkv@gmail.com

Athletes from Twin Cities- contact Piotr at bednarski@cityoflakesloppet.com  if this camp is right fit for you.

In June there will be another 12 days long camp 6.14. – 6.24. at Mt. Itasca with more focus on biathlon training.

For more info contact

Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323
Bill Meyer : 218 839 4727

2017 Summer / Fall Schedule incl race dates

MINNESOTA BIATHLON SUMMER / FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
 2017 Summer Schedule 3_24_17
Month Date Day Location Description Zero Start
May 19 Friday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp 6 PM
20 Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
21 Sunday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
20 Saturday Coaching Biathlon for Parents – evening – Bill Meyer
June 14 – 24 Wednesday – Saturday Mt. Itasca Shooting Camp
17 Saturday Mt. Itasca Mass Start – Running 10 AM 10:40 AM
       June 29 – July 13 – High Altitude Camp – Colorado – Vlad Cervenka
July 27 Thursday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
     August 5 – August 13 – Jericho VT Camp
12 Saturday Jericho Sprint roller ski
13 Sunday Jericho Pursuit roller ski
August 24 Thursday Elk River Mass Start – Roller Ski 5 PM 6 PM
September 24 Sunday Elk River Individual Start – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM
October 19 – 21 Thursday – Saturday Mt. Itasca High Intensity Camp
22 Sunday Elk River High Intensity Camp Time Trial
MN Biathlon Fall Festival
October 29 Sunday Elk River Pursuit Format – Roller Ski 10 AM 11 AM

USBA Regional and MNBiathlon Camps Summer and Fall 2017

Hi Everyone–
Our schedule is coming together. Some dates are a bit tentative yet, and we have not wired down our summer race dates yet. {July, August, Sept and Oct] But here are the tentative dates for the camps:

May 19th – 21st [starts at 6:00 pm on Fri and is perfect for younger and older biathletes alike]- focus on shooting. Also will issue a lot of lease rifles this weekend.

June 14th- 24th—Shooting camp. The first week is perfect for all athletes, the second week gets more intense and is better for advanced athletes.

June 29th- July 13th. Colorado high altitude camp. Dates are a bit tentative. Primarily for advanced athletes. Lot of biking over mountain passes.

August 5th- 13th—Vermont camp. Combo training on roller skis. Beginning of National team selection Trials the last weekend. Good camp for anyone comfortable on roller skis from around age 14 or 15 up.

Oct 19-22—Intensity camp at Mt Itasca. Good camp for all serious athletes.

We are coming into the ‘13th’ 4 week month of training starting on Monday. This is traditionally the recovery month of the year. However we have Nationals coming up in Vermont starting next Friday, and other local races where snow is lingering. But basically the goal for the month is to have fun, do some alternate activities and to get ready for another training year.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon