Junior National Team Criteria

Junior National Team 2020
Based at Regional Centers/ Clubs

As a training camp based team, the purpose of the Junior National Team is to foster effective training environments and coaching relationships that support the continued development of our top performing Junior and Youth athletes.

Biathletes named to this team have demonstrated internationally competitive biathlon performances and/or Nationally competitive ski speed. Athletes will automatically qualify for this team via the following criteria, as long as they will be at in the Y/Jr age class for the coming season.

Selection Criteria

  1. Top 40 result (excluding relays) at YJWCH, or
  2. Top 40 result (excluding relays) at JOECH, or
  3. Top 20 results (excluding relays) at the Jr. IBU Cup, or
  4. Any Y/Jr athlete that qualifies for any Sr. IBU Cup or World Cup

Additional athletes ​may​ be named to the Junior National Team via discretion. When considering athletes for discretionary selection, the USBA principles of discretion will apply as well as these factors:

  1. Internationally competitive ski speed in biathlon, such as top 20 course times at JYWCH/JOECH.
  2. Nationally competitive ski speed in cross country, such as top 15 distance results at Junior Nationals, while showing commitment to biathlon.
  3. Junior or Youth athletes with exceptional results at US Biathlon National Championship.

If extra space is available at training camps before US Summer National Championships, additional athletes may be invited to participate based on their best performance at Junior & Youth World Championships, Junior IBU Cups, JOECH and US Nationals.

After Summer Nationals, extra camp space ​may​ be filled by staff recommendations and US Biathlon International Competition Committee approval based on the events listed above and Summer Nationals.

URGENT 15 OCT DEADLINE: Mandatory Anti-Doping Education CERTIFICATE

For athletes that have not taken WADA Anti Doping Educational Seminar, please make sure you undertake it BEFORE OCTOBER 15th. If you don’t complete the trainings before then, you will not be eligible to start at any IBU event (e.g. World Cups, YJWCH, IBU Cups, etc).

ALL athletes who plan on competing in IBU events this season MUST COMPLETE the training. If you have previously taken the training last year, that will suffice (I think a lot of the juniors have already completed this training). If not, you need to complete the training by OCTOBER 15.

Below you will find links on how to complete either of the processes. Once you are finished, please send Preston (info@usbiathlon.org) your certificate of completion.

Go To:

Then click–> https://adel.wada-ama.org

Fall Festival weekend at Elk River – October 19-20, 2019

Coming up on the 19th/20th of October, 2019 is MNBiathlon’s Fall Festival! This event will be held on the roller loops and range at the Woodland Trails in Elk River.

New this year will be a 2 hour Novice clinic to be put on with the help of coaches and experienced athletes. That will be followed by a training afternoon emphasizing ski and shooting skills.

On Sunday will be the last Rollerski Biathlon race of the season with zero at 10:00.

As usual, please let me know if you can make it, and to which events.
Bill Meyer, Coach

Novice Event Posting

Fall Festival Posting


Good Morning Everyone-
We had another good race yesterday at Elk River. That series is really good to help you put together all the training elements that you work on all year long! Unfortunately the number of participants was quite low—hopefully all the active biathletes in MN will come for the finale in Oct. This morning I sent out the schedule for MN Biathlon events this winter. Try to make them all!!

One reason these races are so good, is the surprises that pop up unexpectantly. Yesterday it was a crossfiring. If you are crossfired upon, you need to raise your hand and yell ‘Crossfire”. That will stop the action—they will clear your target—and you can continue—and they will tell you how many penalties to do before you leave the range. You will also get some time credit for the time you lost.

If you are the crossfirer be aware if there is no one on the wrong target you are shooting at, no one will say anything and it is up to you to check your own target as you leave the range to avoid many 2 min penalties for missed penalty loops.

If you are a coach- in a formal race—you should not say anything except to make the officials aware it is happening and they should stop it when there is shooter on the target being shot at by the crossfirer. If there is no shooter on that target—the crossfirer must be allowed to continue.

If you are a line official and observe someone being crossfired upon—you need to stop the shooting by both—record the target status—clear it—and then give the correct shooter the number of penalties to do and also give the timers the amount of time credit. If there is no one on the target being shot at, the crossfirer must be allowed to continue.

“There are those who have crossfired and those who will.”

Enjoy the Journey!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Sun, Sept 15th, 2019 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Photo set Courtesy of Brian Wray – (link to set)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019 Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Youth/Junior/Senior Men – 11.4km
5x medium loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

All Others – 9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

9.3km distance allowed for novices/masters if requested. Junior women and older may race 11.4km distance if requested.

Registration @ 9:30 AM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand. Either print and complete the last page of this announcement or online at https://forms.gle/M8f8nmamff8GHE6T8

Zero @ 10:00 AM Race Start @ 11:00 AM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/M8f8nmamff8GHE6T8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?
Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Roller Ski Biathlon Race #1 – Elk River – July 18, 2019 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Recap and results below –

Photos from Bryan Wray:
Full set here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2019/july_elk_river_biathlon/
More here: https://minnesotabiathlon.com/2019/07/roller-ski-biathlon-race-1-elk-river-july-18-2019-photos/

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2019-07-18 – By Event
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Grant, JacksonYM1:3035:5934:29+0:0011226
2 / 1Bosek, KaisaYW2:2037:1834:58+0:2912216
3 / 1Raguse, GabeJM1:1036:4135:31+1:0222239
4 / 1Cervenka, MatejBoy3:0038:4835:48+1:1913329
5 / 1Lindberg, DerekMM1:5038:0336:13+1:4431116
6 / 1Stertz, EmmaJW2:1039:5537:45+3:16123410
7 / 2Stertz, SamYM1:4039:2637:46+3:17134311
8 / 2Pattison, GregMM2:4040:3337:53+3:2411136
9 / 1Kautzer, AmandaSW2:0040:0138:01+3:3232319
10 / 2Grant, ConnorBoy3:1043:1840:08+5:39431210
11 / 3Bosek, RykerBoy2:5043:5441:04+6:3512137
12 / 1Landrum, SaylorGirl3:3047:4244:12+9:4331239
13 / 1Saxton, TimSM3:5056:1352:23+17:54153211

The trails are Elk River Woodland Park were in good condition. The weather was not—close to 90 with a dew point in the 70’s yielded an effective temp of about 95F. Fortunately the trails are shaded and there was a slight breeze.

The course was 3 med loops plus 2 short loops for 9.3km total. A pursuit format was used with 10 sec intervals to spread out the range. Originally 18 athletes has signed up, but 5 were sidelined with illness or injuries. Shooting was PPSS on standard targets for everyone.

The top finisher was Jackson Grant of Little Falls [NNW Biathlon] who missed 6 shots and finished in 34:29. In second was Kaisa Bosek [Wolfpack Bia] who was laying on the speed last night, still missing only 6 shots, and finishing in a time of 34:58 for first woman. Third place went to Gabe Raguse of NNW who struggled in the range a bit, missing 9 targets and finishing in 35:31.

Matej Cervenka, Mt Itasca, was the top Boy missing 9 and finishing in 35:48 followed by Connor Grant, NNW, missing 10 and finishing in 40:08.

Newcomer Saylor Landrum did really well in the range missing 9 for her first race effort, and was the only Girl with a 44:12 finish.

The next event will be on the 8th of August at the same venue.

–Bill Meyer

3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Online registration link: https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 4:30 PM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.

Zero @ 5:00 PM
Race Start @ 6:00 PM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952