Jackrabbit Program

The Jackrabbit Program is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development (children 6-9 years of age) This is the second level of the skill development program.   It has been developed in parallel with the second level of the competency-based NCCP, which provides coaching materials specific to the needs of skiers this age. Program materials include an enrolment kit (a toque made by Sauce), an age appropriate poster which provides a comprehensive record of the young skier’s ski career, and program award stickers to chart the different levels of achievement. The objective is for children to learn basic cross-country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to instill a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.
Goals of this program:

  • Encourage FUN and participation,
  • Develop ABC’s. Agility, Balance, Coordination and speed.  
  • Frequent cross-country skiing during the season. 
  • Good technique habits developed through repeated practice using the Jackrabbit program awards 
  • Utilize games and ski playgrounds to develop technique, speed skills and fitness.
  • Well structured programs.
  • Develop linear, lateral and multi directional speed. 
  • Develop a team/social atmosphere. 
  • Introduce competition in a team environment whenever possible. 
  • Encourage inter-club social, skill and fitness orientated ski activities e.g. camps.
Program awards:
Please find sample dryland lesson plans here: JR Dryland lesson plans

Tips for parents
Ski equipment and safety

Jackrabbit Enrolment Kit 2017- 18:

The toque design inspiration is from a drawing by Fenn Dobson, winner of this year's JR toque design contest from Lappe Nordic Ski Club, Thunder Bay.

The Jackrabbit toque is manufactured by Swix, and designed by Dave Nighbor of  9 Lives Design

Coaches are trained to meet the needs of athletes at this stage of development by taking the Community Coaching  NCCP workshops.

How to get involved with organizing a skill development program (SDP) for your club?  This guidebook has all the information that you need to develop a program for your club. 
Get involved TODAY!   Programmers Guide Book

Ski Playground

A Ski Playground is a designated location which has been developed to assist children to learn to ski naturally which provides a variety of skiing discovery.

Please click video  here to view.

Also see what Whistler Olympic Park did for their 2016-17 terrain park: please click here.


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