SDP in Mackenzie
Mackenzie Nordiques currently offer lessons for Bunnyrabbits (ages 4 and 5) and Jackrabbits (ages 6 through 9)
- Learn basic cross-country skiing skills in a fun-filled environment
- Lessons are Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 3 pm (January 8th to March 5th, 2017). Additional lessons may be added on Tuesday afternoons for Jackrabbits
- Conveniently located at the Mackenzie golf course
- Coaches are certified through Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program.
Skill Development Program (SDP) for Children
Cross Country Canada's SDP is a modern, state-of-the-art progression of skill development programs for children. This exciting program conforms to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Model and provides a vertically integrated continuum of development opportunities for children in the first three stages of skier development.
The first level is the Bunnyrabbit Program which is directed at children in the “Active Start” stage of athlete development (children five years of age and younger). Program materials include: an enrollment kit, a kid-friendly age-appropriate booklet and skill award stickers. It has been developed in parallel with the first level of the Coaching Association of Canada’s new competency-based National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which now provides coaching materials specific to the needs of this age group. The objective is to introduce cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play. In addition, the program is designed to:
- Help children develop a positive self-image.
- Be fun.
- Provide children an opportunity to make ski-friends.
- Develop fundamental movement skills.
- Help children develop an awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.
The Jackrabbit Program, which is directed at skiers in the "FUNdamentals" stage of athlete development (children six to nine years of age), is the second level of SDP. It has been developed in parallel with the second level of the new competency-based NCCP, which provides coaching materials specific to the needs of skiers this age. Program materials include an enrollment kit; an age-appropriate booklet/poster that provides a comprehensive record of the young skier’s ski career; and “technique” 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. In addition, it is designed to:
- Help children develop confidence.
- Be fun.
- Provide children an opportunity to ski and socialize with their ski-friends.
- Build overall motor skills.
- Help children develop outdoor winter safety skills.
The Track Attack Program, which is directed at children in the “Learning to Train” stage of athlete development (children 10 to 12 years of age), is the third level of SDP. It has been developed in parallel with the third level of the new NCCP system. Program materials include a program-specific enrollment kit, an age-appropriate booklet and coaching materials specific to this stage in the skier development progression. The objective is for the participants to become technically competent cross country skiers and to utilize their skills to explore a wide range of cross-country ski activities, from back country excursions to Ski Tournaments. In addition, it is designed to:
- Develop fitness through active play, games and other activities.
- Be fun.
- Provide children an opportunity to be part of a sport “team”.
- Develop competence in cross country ski skills.
- Expose children to a variety of “adventure-based” cross country ski activities.