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Biathlon Canada Approved Online Instruction Activities and Protocols

Many Biathlon Canada members are looking for ways to train and stay connected to their biathlon community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information below outlines online activities that are approved by our insurer at this time. Please read through them carefully and ensure you are in compliance.

Note: our insurance policy does include a Contagion Exclusion. This applies to claims and/or losses related to COVID-19. For example, if someone decided to ignore COVID-19 health orders to stay inside or not practice physical distancing and something happened where they were infected and/or got someone else infected, then a lawsuit against this individual would not be covered through our policy. Please find our updated policy online here if you are looking for more information.

If anything changes, we will update Division Presidents and all registered clubs (on Zone 4) via email and will post on our website.

Approved Online Activities

*If your Division/Club would like to suggest an activity for approval, please send an email to hambery@biathloncanada.ca with at least one week notice so that we can seek approval through our insurer. 

–    Online dry-land training (minor equipment, which could include exercise equipment or similar props): Online, led by a coach for a workout at home (through an online video platform).

–    Dry-land training on your own (minor equipment, which could include exercise equipment or similar props + running/biking/skiing/roller skiing/striding with poles): Program prescribed by your biathlon club/Division/Biathlon Canada but done on your own time.

–    Shooting training: Dry firing at home: online, led by a coach for a workout at home. **Please see specifics below.

–    Shooting training: Dry firing at home: Program prescribed by your biathlon club/Division/Biathlon Canada but done on your own time. **Please see specifics below.

–    Theory sessions (nutrition, mental performance, video analysis etc.) work: on your own time but program prescribed by the coach OR group sessions done online.

Use common sense. Do not try activities for the first time during an online training session. 

**Dry-firing specific training (no ammo)

Do not participate in dry-firing in this capacity if you have never done it before.

  1. Approved activities for dry-firing:
    1. Practicing range/position procedures – including rifle on and off back and in and out of shooting position.
    2. Holding in positions to gain strength and stability.
    3. Principles of shooting practice – Natural alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger control, and aiming process drills.
  2. Requirements: All participants must have Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) certification and follow the Canadian Firearms Act and these guidelines:

The firearm user must:

Vital Four ACTS:

PROVE It Safe:

  1. Coach Requirement: There must be one certified coach present for any of these online sessions (NCCP) who has a Firearms Safety Certificate.4. Maximum Participants: All participants must be observable on one screen clearly.

Compliance

In order to be compliant under our policy, Divisions and Clubs must adhere to the following:

Guidelines:

  1. Coaches and their remote locations.
  2. Date and time of the session
  3. Session Content (activities to be conducted)
  4. Number of Participants (ensure all participants/coaches are members before the start of the session)
  5. Conduct a post-session report as your protocols require

If you have questions please contact Heather Ambery (hambery@biathloncanada.ca

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