First June Camp 2019

Just in from Vlad. This is the invitation to the First June Camp [19th thru 23rd] including the waiver, plus the tentative schedule of events. The camp will accommodate a wide range of abilities and is designed to build your ski and shooting skills. Just as this past weekend, you will get coaching appropriate for your level at this point.

Housing will be similar to this past weekend. Camping at Mt Itasca, staying in the waxroom, or on your own. The more who stay at the venue, the more fun it is for all!!

The camp is designed primarily for Boys/Girls; Youth and Juniors. Ages 14 though 21. For those 12 or 13 yr olds who are fairly mature, you should talk to Vlad or me about whether the camp is for you. You would need to have a parent with you.

Please let me know, along with Vlad, if you plan to attend.

As to the followup camp in Elk River, I am still working on logistics for housing, camping etc. I will try to get out an invitation in a couple of weeks. At this point I would like to limit that to 10 participants due to the size of the range, and will favor younger athletes. If we don’t fill with those, we can accommodate some seniors and masters via a waiting list. Hope that works.

If the demand is really high [over 10] we will rethink the format and have two groups doing alternate activities..roller ski focus and shooting/combo focus, switching back and forth.

Again, Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

2019 May Biathlon Camp Recap

I want to thank everyone for their cooperation regarding working around the weather. Vlad and I talked a bit after the camp and agreed we actually got everything accomplished we had wanted to do—so thanks to all of you guys..it went well!! Really hope you all had fun!! Now…..keep working on those skills you were introduced to!!

Attached is the rest of the summer/Fall schedule. As soon as I know what the late Fall/ Winter schedule looks like it will be posted on this site.

When it looks tentatively like you will be attending either of the June camps, please let me know. It really helps for our early planning.

Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Cloth rifle cases and magazines

Coming up this weekend is the May shooting camp. As I get rifles ready, cleaning, adding parts missing, and doing repairs and some upgrades, I find I am short of rifle cases and magazines.

Over the past couple of years we have updated some of the cases to Rossignol or ?. In doing so, you may have kept a black cloth case. If so, please bring to the camp this weekend.

Then magazines. Seems like every year we are short. This year, so far with the rifles I have in hand, I am missing 6. And I have a few more to collect yet. Each year MNBiathlon buys 2 or more at $85 each, only to find the next year we are short again. So if you have extra magazines [clips] from when you had a MNBiathlon rifle in hand, please, please get those back to me.

Thanks for helping!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Shooting Contest is Officially Open

Good Morning Everyone,

The 10+10 shooting contest is officially open!

10 ring 50 meter paper-2 targets See links at the bottom for an example.
[Note: if you print off one of the enclosed—be sure the black diameter =112.5 mm..not the normal metal opening of 115.0 mm. These are break-line targets while the metal is designed to fall with 1/2 a bullet in the black from a split round on the rim.]

2 magazines prone on one and 2 standing on the other. 5 shots each time in position [not one shot drills] Step off the shooting mat between magazines.
After zeroing only the athlete can scope the target between magazines and make their own corrections. Coaches can not give corrections after zeroing.
You can not scope each shot—only between magazines
If the shot breaks the line it counts up
All rings count—even those outside biathlon hits

You can do this on any 50 meter range, but specify if it is indoors.

You can send your results to me either as a score from your coach or take a pic of the two targets and send me that and I will score. Once you send in the first one—only send me more if you score a new PR for the Month!! I would like the score sent in to be in the format of P+S=T. That way we can see how you are progressing in each position.

I will have a spread sheet set up and enter your score. At the end of June we will again look at your best 10+10 shot target for the month of June. We will add the two best scores [May + June] together and the winner from MN or WI will get a brick of ammo compliments of MN Biathlon! We have already had requests from WI to have their shooters entered in the contest, so MN, get dialed in!!

If this goes well, we will likely have another contest in July and August with a test on paper involving range procedure.

Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Youth Olympic Games starting positions for US

Good Morning,

Once each 4 years the International Olympic Committee hosts the Youth Olympics. YOG’s. The Winter Games will be in Jan, 2020 in Switzerland. US Biathlon started the selection process for those who were born in years 2002 & 2003 back at the Trials in Utah last Dec with 3 races, and continued at the Nationals in Vermont last month with 3 more. The final qualifier races will be in Vermont in August on roller skis. Only one of the upcoming races can be included in the best 4 of the 8 races. All races are scored on a percent back basis, based on the average of the top 3 in each event.

What was unknown until yesterday was how many start positions the US was entitled to, so that was clarified as 3 each for men and women. The current standings are enclosed by Tim.

In addition, there will be a team from the US at the Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships later in Jan. All 15 through 18 yr old Youth will be eligible to qualify for the 4 Youth positions open on those teams based on a series of 3 races held between Christmas and New Years somewhere in the US. 19 through 21 yr olds can qualify as Juniors.

Opportunities in Biathlon!!
B
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

2019/2020 Minnesota Biathlon Membership

MN Biathlon + Nisswa NW, Duluth Esko, Alexandria, Mt Itasca —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Bluff Country Biathlon, Red Wing —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Twin Cities Biathlon [includes use of Elk River Range] —– $150.00

MN Biathlon + TC Biathlon+ Coached Weekly Summer Shooting at Elk River —– $300.00

[ Note: does not include cost of ammo nor cost of any club rifle lease made available, nor US Biathlon membership due in Oct each year] [Each club may have separate membership/training fees]