ER work Party thank you!

A huge thank you to all who helped out at Elk River today!!

Lot of work got done, the building stained and interior cleaned, some lead
removed from targets and sign board at the targets cleaned up.

Participating were:
Team Leader Lynda Bouley
Chad Bouley
Cheresa and her brother
Jeff Bosek
Kaisa Bosek
Stormy Hegg
Emma Reineke
Elizabeth Guthrie
Hanne Guthrie
Jill Troutner
Cam Christiansen

If I missed someone, our thanks go to you as well, my memory isnt what it
once was…or what I think it once was. . 🙂 Dave, there are 3 1/4 buckets
of lead in the garage. And the two garbage containers at the range are
full–mixed bag–some of it is probably recyclable. And we did not seal the
range pavement where the graffiti was sprayed. It was painted over, but
still shows through. Thank you and Elk River for all the materials, disposal
and future work. And thank your mowing crew for keeping the place looking
respectable!!

Reminder for anyone–the bravo target on #6 lost part of a plate today.
Spares are in the building and Guthries will weld the old one back together.

Thanks again to everyone!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Cleanup day at Elk River – June 4th at Noon

Good Morning Everyone,

On Sunday, June 4th [next Sunday] at noon, we will have a cleanup/maintenance day at Elk River. The venue was the target [again] of vandals a few weeks ago. From that perspective we will no longer store any target paint in the building.

We will meet in the parking lot and figure out transportation to the venue from there. Lynda/Chad/Dave perhaps we could get vehicle passes for the main equipment/supplies vehicle?
You should come prepared to get dirty with paint clothes and old shoes. Paint brushes, rollers etc would be useful. Gloves for sure.

After the work party we will have a roller ski/combo practice to take advantage of the trip to the venue.

If you can’t make it, I would suggest each outlying venue hold its own work party and clean up your own range. Mowing, cleaning target boards, repairing anything and everything..lot of things can be accomplished if many hands pitch in.

For Elk River I have the following indicate intentions of participation:
Guthries –Hanne, Elizabeth and ?/
Bouley’s—5 or 6
Bosek—Jeff, Kaisa, Ryker
Alex—perhaps some others [Reineke, Hegg etc.]
Bill

Hope that helps with planning. On supplies, Dave Anderson, can you provide what we need? Lynda has the list.

Thanks all,
Bill Meyer

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