MN BIATHLON POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR JUNE 2020 DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC

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Good Morning Everyone,

Attached is a Policy/Guidelines for all Biathlon Training and Racing for June 2020 in MN under the auspices of MN Biathlon, but subject to the Governor’s rules and any guidelines scheduled to be coming out on June 1 from his office.

Based on the Policy and the underlying considerations, the two Camps scheduled for June [Mt Itasca and Elk River] are both cancelled. MN Biathlon will be putting together a new schedule for June to include Beginner rifle fitting/ indoctrination, Day Camps, and hopefully a race. Elk River is closed to roller skiing until July 1st to allow for a pipeline construction down the RR grade near the range. The range and other trails are open yet.

This Policy/Guideline is predicated on the assumption, and subject to our obligation to each other, that we practice safe habits to avoid spreading the Covid 19 virus. II is critical that we live up to this obligation.

Sincerely,
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon


MN BIATHLON
POLICY/GUIDELINES FOR JUNE 2020
DUE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC

This document is intended to give guidance for all MN Biathlon activities for the month of June and possible July, 2020 due to the prevalence of the Covid 19 virus in MN. It is subject to change particularly when the Governor’s guidelines are revised again on 1 June. 

General: 

  • Keep all activities outside, if possible. 
  • If an athlete, parent or coach is feeling sick, has a temperature over 99.5 F or has a cough, loss of taste or smell, stomach ache or a sore throat, or has anyone in their family with those symptoms—please stay home! Do not participate in any group gatherings!
  • All group gatherings should be no more than 10 people total in size including coaches and parents. 
  • Keep a ‘social distance’ of 6 feet or more as much as possible and further apart if working hard [like doing combos etc]. 
  • If closer contact is unavoidable [like in fitting rifles] both persons should wear face masks. 
  • There will be no overnight camps in June. If conditions allow, there will be some consideration for July so this document will be updated in mid-June, if not before that. 
  • You can shoot individually, or otherwise participate in outdoor activities with normal cautions and in consideration of the above rules. 

Group Activities:

  • Novice rifle fitting and indoctrination. We need to get the newcomers fitted with rifles and go through shooting positions and basic range procedure as soon as possible. This will take place at ranges near the athlete’s homes in small groups of 3 or 4 at max. Generally the arrival of the athletes should be staged 15 min apart to allow for individual rifle fitting in accordance with the above general rules. A minimum of ½ a day should be scheduled to go over safety rules, and practice positions and shooting. Then lease out the rifles w/parents ok. We appear to be tight on numbers of beginning rifles [Anschutz bolt actions and Izmachs] so if a prospective athlete doesn’t appear to be participating fully, don’t issue a rifle. 
  • Specialized tests. Some have expressed interest in getting to Mt Itasca to do some of the testing that is normally done at the May or June camp like the hill climb and 11 km time trial. As there are no adequately safe facilities available for an overnight stay onsite, either schedule a couple of separate day trips or plan for lodging and meals on your own for an overnight. Schedule that with Vlad.
  • Day camps. We will encourage groups of up to 10 total, by reservation, to attend daylong camps around the state. The current usable range facilities are Duluth, Mt Itasca, Alexandria and Elk River. Nisswa is down to two shooting points at the new location. I will set up a schedule primarily on weekends for day camps around the state. Once a newcomer has been through the Novice indoctrination they are eligible for the day camps, so we need to accomplish that first. 
  • For those attending day camps:
  1. The camp will be no more than one day at a time
  2. Each athlete, coach and parent needs to bring their own food, a face mask and hand sanitizer. 
  3. Each person should have their own water supply along
  • Races. We have 4 races scheduled for Elk River, including one in June. We  have an issue with being able to roller ski out of the range due to a pipeline placement in the RR grade which is scheduled to be completed July 1st. Currently we are trying to arrange a race at Camp Ripley for June and perhaps some training days later in the summer there. We will keep everyone updated on that issue. Races can also be running or biking at any of the venues. In any event, they should be run as individual or small group time trials where the organizer is available for say 3 hours and the athletes are scheduled to come at ½ hr intervals in small groups. [Like 3 or 4 at 5:00, 3 or 4 at 5:30 etc] So primarily racing against the clock with start times spread out quite a bit. 

Hopefully this policy will not be needed later in the summer. At this point in time, USBA is planning the Vermont camp and races in August, but not guaranteeing base housing will be available. We will stay on top of both the MN statewide rulings and the status of the VT camp. If you plan to attend if possible, let me know so we can reserve space in the barracks if they are open. 

Bill Meyer, Vice Pres & Coach
MN Biathlon
21 May 2020

MN Biathlon Annual Membership

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Good Morning!

Attached please find the annual MN Biathlon Membership form for this training year. This is due each spring—US Biathlon membership is due in Oct each year.

While many athletes from the Twin Cities area are using the range at Elk River periodically, at this point we have been unable to organize weekly coached practices. I do anticipate I will be down once every couple of weeks, and we will hopefully have a camp there in June along with 4 summer races scheduled there. We will send notices and invitations out as those get closer to fruition.

As to everyone across the state, if you plan to lease a rifle from MN Biathlon this year—and I have talked to most of those folks recently, you do need to be a MN Biathlon member even if you belong to one of the subsidiary clubs.

Thanks for your interest in Biathlon!
Bill Meyer, Coach

2020/2021 MN Biathlon Spring/Summer/Fall Schedule

Weekend shooting camp at Mt Itasca to kick off the New year—15-17 May

Week long June camp at Mt Itasca—15-21 June 

Followup short week camp at Elk River on roller skis—27 June – 1 July

August Vermont camp and Summer Nationals—1 Aug to 9 August. Races 8/9 Aug. 

Summer roller ski races at ER: 

  • Thurs 25 June [between camps]
  • Thurs 16 July 
  • Thurs 13 August
  • Fall Fest 17/18 Oct [camp on Saturday race on Sunday] 

MNCUP #4B – (changed to) SUNDAY, 16 FEB, 2020 – RESULTS

  MNCup 4B 3.3km Sprint – Nisswa
NAME CLASS START P S
Total
FIN TIME RACE TIME OVERALL PLACE

Zean Baker SM 00:20.0 2 1
3
12:19.0 11m 59s 1
Jackson  Grant YM 00:00.0 3 2
5
12:58.0 12m 58s 2
Kaisa Bosek YW 00:40.0 0 1
1
14:08.0 13m 28s 3
Saylor Landrum YW 02:00.0 1 1
2
16:09.0 14m 9s 4
Ryker Bosek B 01:20.0 1 1
2
15:58.0 14m 38s 5
Connor Grant B 01:00.0 3 2
5
15:50.0 14m 50s 6
Cormac Shanoff B N 03:20.0 5 5
10
19:46.0 16m 26s 7
Bennet Capella B N 02:20.0 1 5
6
19:22.0 17m 2s 8
Angus Rustad B N 03:00.0 2 5
7
20:54.0 17m 54s 9
Liz Axberg JW N 02:40.0 2 3
5
21:42.0 19m 2s 10
Tim Saxton SM 03:40.0 0 3
3
22:50.0 19m 10s 11
Braden Capella B N 01:40.0 4 5
9
23:11.0 21m 31s 12
Note: All Novices [N] shot prone on standing without support. Most used sling and cuff if rifle fit fairly well. 

We still have snow!! Another inch last night. Paul, my groomer, broke up the crust from Sunday’s melt and left the trails in really good shape!

The high school State meet is NOW MOVED TO FRIDAY THE 14TH, which is the end of that season. With all that in mind Boseks, Grants and I decided to add another race to our MNBiathlon schedule, but no lunch this time!! Welcome to come over here, eat your lunch, change or whatever before or after the races. 6054 Shady Acres Ct, Nisswa.

NISSWA RANGE
MNCUP #4B BIATHLON RACE
WHEN
: SUNDAY 16 FEB, 2020
TIME: zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00
WHERE: Nisswa range. 24757 Charmin Ave, Nisswa. Lower Roy Lake Rd, Nisswa. Next to the Nisswa Wastewater Treatment Plant/Nisswa Maintenance Facility. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available at the range.
WHAT: Two races are planned, both short and fast! A 3.15 km sprint [2 shooting stages] followed by a single mixed [matched] relay with teams based on finish in the sprint [3 km and 2 shooting stages each w/ relay rounds x 2 plus an extra 1.5km for the last leg]. So first skier will end up skiing 6.0 km total and second 7.5 km in the relay.
CLASSES: There will be no age classes per say. Experienced athletes will carry and shoot normal p,s targets. Younger experienced athletes will do the same but not carry. Anyone who is just advancing from a Novice race will not carry and will shoot prone on standing.

WHO: Any athlete who has been taught biathlon safety and who has shot on their home range is eligible to participate. All will zero at 10:00 am. All participants will use their own slings/cuffs, except Novices will shoot free position unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Those without their own rifle can use a club rifle but no support will be provided unless they bring something. Up to 4- possibly 5 Novices advancing from a Novice event this year or last can apply. [Based on my rifle availability]. If you would like to try biathlon for the first time, contact me or Jeff Bosek. You might have to come early for some indoctrination.

WEATHER: We have snow. A lot of snow. A whole lot of snow!! Temps look good for the next 10 days at least.

COST: There is no cost.

SIGNUP: Please let me know by Thursday, Feb 13th, wmeyer@nisswa.net if you plan to attend the races. For Novices I suggest letting me know this weekend. There is a Subway between the range and my house if you would like to grab a sandwich and bring it or your own lunch over after we are done racing!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

MNCup #4 in Nisswa, Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 – RESULTS

MnCup #4 Nisswa- 2 Feb 2020

3.3 km Sprint
Last First Club Start time
P S total
Finish time
Race Time Place
Bosek Ryker Wolfpack 0:00
2 3 5
14:48
14:48 1st
Landrum Saylor TC 0:30
1 3 4
16:17
15:47 2
Bitzan Teresa Wolfpack 2:00
3 2 5
19:30
17:30 3
LaHammer Audrey Bluff Country 1:30
5 ? p/p, p,s
19:39
18:09 4
Murray Hanna TC 1:00
3 5 8
20:24
19:24 5
Fischer Owen  Duluth 3:00
? ? p/s; p/s
23:33
20:33 6
Cushman Jack Bluff Country 2:30
? ? p/s; p/s
1:0:42:00.000
22:12 7
3.0 km 1/2 Single Relay w/Relay rounds  
Landrum  Saylor
Mass start
0 0





Cushman Jack


1 ?



0:32:55













Bosek Ryker


0 0





Landrum Marcus


1 ?



0:34:24













Bitzan Teresa


2 3





Fischer Owen


0 ?



0:35:31













LaHammer Audrey


4 0





Murray Hanna


0 ?



0:36:56













Note: did not get all the shooting. 

INVITATION 
MNCUP #4—SATURDAY FEB 1, 2020

NISSWA RANGE

Coming up two weeks from tomorrow, Feb 1st, is the next in our MNCup series of races. The following day, for anyone interested, is the BNSC’s Lumberjack Jaunt, at the Arboretum in BRD,  a 6/16 km Nordic race..classical or skate. For information regarding that event—please go to the BNSC webpage.

MNCUP #4 BIATHLON RACE

WHEN: Saturday, 1st of Feb, 2020  

TIME: zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00

WHERE: Nisswa range. 24757 Charmin Ave, Nisswa. Lower Roy Lake Rd, Nisswa. Next to the Nisswa Wastewater Treatment Plant/Nisswa Maintenance Facility. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available at the range. 

WHAT: Two races are planned, both short and fast! A 3.15 km sprint [2 shooting stages] followed by the first ½ of a single mixed relay with teams based on finish in the sprint [3 km and 2 shooting stages each w/ relay rounds].  The formats have been picked to help prepare you for the section races if you are in high school. 

CLASSES: There will be no age classes per say. Experienced athletes will carry and shoot normal p,s targets. Younger experienced athletes will do the same but not carry. Anyone who is just advancing from a Novice race will not carry and will shoot prone on standing.

  WHO: Any athlete who has been taught biathlon safety and who has shot on their home range is eligible to participate. All will zero at 10:00 am. All participants will use their own slings/cuffs, except Novices will shoot free position unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Those without their own rifle can use a club rifle but no support will be provided unless they bring something. Up to 4- possibly 5 Novices advancing from a Novice event this year or last can apply. [Based on my rifle availability] 

WEATHER: We have snow. A lot of snow. A whole lot of snow!! And are forecast tonight for up to 10” more. The temps appear to be mellowing toward race weekend. 

COST: There is no cost. 

SIGNUP AND LUNCH: Please let me know by Thursday, Jan 30th if you plan to attend the races. For Novices I suggest letting me know this weekend.  A lunch will be provided at Meyer’s after the races. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US FOR LUNCH and how many we should expect—parents, coaches etc.

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]