May 15/16 Camp at Mt. Itasca

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

Dates: May 15-16 2021

Who:

  1. new athletes–   Athletes  will go through 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:

Saturday:

  • Camp will start at 10 AM. with  rifle adjusting and  fitting, dry firing and accuracy shooting. 
  • After lunch more shooting drills and some easy roller skiing.
  • After dinner more shooting drills.

Sunday:

  • Start at 9 AM with more shooting drills and shooting games.
  • Training will wrap up approx. 11:30 AM

There is a possibility to shoot on Friday night as well, if  you plan to arrive on Friday. Let me know! 

Cost and Registration:

-Cost for use of venue, coaching,   $30. Please make checks payable to Vlad Cervenka. Bring checks or cash with you, along with the attached registration form. Note that the USBA membership is required.

What to bring:

You will need running shoes, and several sets of training clothing, (Check the weather forecast before you come) as well as skate roller ski equipment and helmet, water bottle carrier, and bring some rain gear. Also bring a pair of thin ski gloves for shooting. 

Because it is not possible to camp at Mt. Itasca, you have to arrange you own housing and food. The headquarter  at Mt. Itasca will be open for lunch or dinner on Saturday. 

If you plan to come or need more info, let me know.
Vlad Cervenka: 218 256 8323 or cervenkv@gmail,com

Invitation to the daycamps 8/9 May Elk River – Camps now full

Please note this camp is now full.

Please consider this to be the invitation to the two daycamps at Elk River, the 8th and 9th of May. Cost will be $10 per day.

We have invited 5 newcomers to the camp—and hope to have their rifle fitting done starting at 8:00.

The camp for experienced athletes will start at 9:00 on both days. and run until approximately 4:30.

You can sign up for both days—preferred- or one day. We have only 15 open slots each day. The preferences will be to allot those to Youth and Junior athletes first and only those with their own or leased rifles. A very limited amount of ammo will be available in 500 rd cans for $42.50 per can—limited to one per athlete. {and expected to last into mid summer minimum!!} Only Youth and Juniors will be eligible for ammo purchase. If anyone finds a retail source for target ammo—[not high velocity or hollowpoint] please let me know. CCI has been problematic in our rifles.

You should bring your training clothes, ski boots, roller skis—preferably skate roller skis-, poles with road tips, running shoes, short poles for hill bounding, water, lunch and etc. If you feel unsure on roller skis you might want knee and elbow pads also. Helmets are mandatory when skiing!! Gloves are recommended!!

Be sure to check the weather and bring appropriate clothing. Shorts and tees are not appropriate for 40 deg rainy days!! If you bring gloves, be sure they are like ski gloves that you would wear in competition so you can feel the trigger. And beware you can’t shoot in bulky jackets or even warmup jackets with loose sleeves. Ditto with sweatshirts—they don’t work. Vests are good, or snug sleeves.. Race tops are the best.

The goals of the camp are:

  • Touch up the rifle fit on all rifles, especially raising positions as much as possible for stability in prone and getting level on the targets in standing, plus adjusting cheekpieces.
  • Going back to the basics of taking a shot, range procedure, and rifle handling
  • Going back to the basics of skiing—balance, movements, timing and general form
  • doing some basic accuracy tests for baseline for the year

The plan:

  • Fit rifles to novices first before 9:00
  • Set up two groups of 10 at 9:00 at the range
  • one group working on range while other is working on skiing
  • Switch midmorning

This will be repeated Sat pm and Sun morning. Sun pm to be announced

So please sign up asap if you are interested! We are lining up coaches and range help as we plan out the weekend.

Three more notes:
A] there will also be a camp at Mt Itasca for those interested the following weekend. I will forward that invitation when it comes in. That is optional. No food or camping/housing will be provided.
B] Many of you have received log forms for the coming training year. These do not fill themselves out!! Get in the habit of making a daily entry!! And for those who have not shared, you can share it with me and your coach by saving the log to google sheets and sharing it. If to me, please use wmeyer1041@gmail.com.. Otherwise I need to get your permission.
C] Last but not least by any means: Covid vaccinations are available for those 16 yrs and up. Please get it done!! MN is currently at about 40% with their first shot—but in the 20’s % done and probably fewer who have waited out the 14 days after the second shot or the Johnson shot. It has been indicated that the state needs 70% completely done to achieve herd immunity. If we don’t get there shortly, I fear the mutations will override the vaccines and we will be right back to last year again!!

So masks and distancing will be required at the camps unless you are shooting or on skis. That applies to all parents and coaches also. We need to drop the mask a little to scope [or they fog up] but otherwise lets all be compliant!!

The Journey begins again!!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MN Biathlon Training Racing Schedule – April-Dec 2021

April-Dec 2021

April

  • 12 April– begin training plan for 2021-2022

May

  • 8/9 two-day camp Elk River
    Experienced AM and PM- Max 10
    shooting focus Newcomers PM Max 10
  • 15/16 Weekend shooting camp Mt Itasca -optional- housing and food on your own
  • 16 Rifle Fitting / Shooting Clinic Blackhawk Ski Club, Youth and Masters

June

  • 14-20 Weeklong shooting Camp at Mt Itasca, MN, Camping and Breakfast/lunch included
  • 25-27 Shooting and Ski Camp at Blackhawk, Camping available at Blackhawk
  • 26 Safety Certification Class at Blackhawk
  • Sun 27 Daycamp Elk River Max 20
  • Sun 27 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

July

  • Sat 17 Day Camp at Wolfpack Biathlon, MN
  • Thurs 22 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

August

  • 2-8 National camp and Summer Championships at Jericho VT or Craftsbury Tentative!!
  • Sun 15 Day camp Duluth Snowflake Ski Club
  • Thurs 19 Rollerski biathlon race- Elk River

September

  • 12 Day camp Mt Itasca, MN
  • 11/12 Two Day Camp and Race, Blackhawk Ski Club, Youth and Masters

October

  • 16/17 Day camp Elk River, MN, Fall Festival with Roller Ski Biathlon Race

November

  • Sun 14 Daycamp Elk River
  • 21-28 Thanksgiving camp- West Yellowstone
    incl biathlon race

December

  • 4/5 On snow- Mt Itasca
  • Sun 5 race on snow Mt Itasca MN Cup #1
  • Sun 12 race on snow Mt Itasca MN Cup #2
  • 26-31 Youth and Junior National Team Trials- Soldier Hollow. Race dates to be determined

March 2022

  • 23-27 US National Championships, Lake Placid,NY

Note: Dates and events subject to change based on weather, availability and condition of venues and Covid restrictions. Full winter race schedule for MN and WI will be added at a later date.

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]

Minnesota Biathlon – Twin Cities Membership

To all –

In the last few years, we have been lax about requiring membership forms and dues for Minnesota Biathlon – Twin Cities. Membership is required to use the Elk River biathlon range. We have ongoing maintenance and supply expenses to run the range. It is time we got back to doing things “by the book”.

Attached you will find a membership form. If you want to use the Elk River biathlon range, you must be a member of MN Biathlon. In addition to range use, this also gets you required insurance.

The membership year runs from July 1 – June 30.

Please complete the form and send it back to me with your check.

Thanks!

Lou Chouinard

PS – If there are new junior biathletes who are not on this distribution list, please send me their e-mails and I will add them to our distribution lists.

2014 – 2015 MN Biathlon Twin Cities Membership Form 12_10_14