Membership/Racing Categories

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MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES 2016-17

Pre-Boys/Pre-Girls (12 years and younger)

Includes Biathlon Bears
Born 2004 or later

Junior Boys/Junior Girls (13 and 14 years)

Born 2003 or 2002

Senior Boys/Senior Girls (15 and 16 years)

Born 2001 or 2000

Youth Men/Youth Women (16, 17 and 18 years)*

Born 1999 or 1998

Junior Men/Junior Women (19 and 20 years)*

Born 1997 or 1996

Men/Women (21 years and older)*

Born 1995 and prior

Master Men/Master Women (35 years and older)

Born 1981 and prior

Recreational Athlete

Non-racing member participating in Club-based programs

Coach

A Biathlon Canada/NCCP trained or certified coach

Official

A Biathlon Canada trained official

Supporter

A supporter in not affiliated with a specific club

  • All ages referred to as of December 31st, 2016
  • IBU classes indicated by asterisk *
  • Biathlon Canada classes include IBU classes, plus Senior Boys and Senior Girls, plus Master Men 35+ and Master Women 35+
  • persons aged 35+ are not obliged to register as Masters; they may remain in their respective Men/Women category, but are not eligible to compete as Masters should they do so.

CALFOREX CATEGORIES 2016-17

CATEGORY AGE RANGE SHOOTING REGULATIONS
Air Rifle 1 U15 -athletes shoot on big targets at 10m + rest
Air Rifle 2 U15 -athletes shoot on small targets at 10m + rest
Dev 1 U15 -athletes shoot prone only, targets at 50m, rest permitted
Dev 2 Boys U17 -athletes shoot prone only, targets at 50m, no rest
Dev 2 Girls U17 -athletes shoot prone only, targets at 50m, no rest
Senior Boys U17 -athletes shoot prone + standing, rifle drill
Senior Girls U17 -athletes shoot prone + standing, rifle drill
Sport Men 17+ -athletes shoot prone + standing, full carry
Sport Women 17+ -athletes shoot prone + standing, full carry
Youth Men 17-18 -as per IBU Regulations
Youth Women 17-18 -as per IBU Regulations
Junior Men 19-20 -as per IBU Regulations
Junior Women 19-20 -as per IBU Regulations
Men 21+ -as per IBU Regulations
Women 21+ -as per IBU Regulations
Master Men 35+ -as per Biathlon Canada Regulations
Master Women 35+ -as per Biathlon Canada Regulations

NOTES:

U15 – Any person under the age of 15 may compete in these categories

U17 – Any person under the age of 17 may compete in these categories

All ages referred to as of December 31st, 2016

Boys and girls compete together in Air Rifle and Dev 1 categories, but are awarded separate medals and Alberta Cup Points.

Biathlon Canada classes include IBU classes, plus Senior Boys and Senior Girls, plus Master Men 35+ and Master Women 35+

Development and Sport Athletes:

The above classes are designed to provide a series of biathlon challenges with increasing difficulty. As recommended in the Long Term Athlete Development Model, and Sport-4- Life programs, the Air Rifle and Development classes are keyed more to the athlete’s level of physical, mental and technical development than to birthdates.

Athletes are encouraged to choose a level of difficulty which is close to their best performance possibility – one that is challenging to their physical and technical abilities and the amount of training they have received. Athletes are expected to consult their coaches and parents about this choice.

Persons who compete in the Air Rifle, Development or Sport categories may choose which category they compete in when they register for a competition.

Choosing your first category

  • Talk to your coach and ask his or her advice, and consult with your parents.

Choosing your next category

  • Racing against people that are slightly better that you or almost as good as you is fun. Trying hard to beat them will make you better at Biathlon.