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Jackrabbits Report – December 2020 | Bruce Ski Club

by David White

What did one snowman say to the other snowman?

Do you smell carrot?

Please read through the Return to Sport document at the end of this newsletter. It contains important information about how to keep skiers, family members, coaches and the ski community safe. Throughout the season it will be important to check the Bruce Ski Club website and Bruce Ski Club Facebook page. Any updates or program changes will be there. (Note: Jackrabbit registration is closed.)

The coordinators have been planning our season that will start on January 2. This year there will be two sessions every Saturday until the last session on March 6. The first session will take place between 9:45 and 11:00. The second session will be from 11:30 until 12:45. Please pick up your children promptly to ensure that participants in session one do not cross paths with those in session two.

We are looking for a coach for our Wolverines group in the second session. Please contact jackrabbits@bruceskiclub.ca if you are interested.

Group sizes will be smaller this season as outlined in the Return to Sport. We have many experienced coaches returning and I would like to thank them for volunteering. Without them, Jackrabbits would not take place. You should be expecting an email from your children’s coach sometime after the middle of December.

Return to Sport Jackrabbits

Stay at Home if You are Sick

  • Keep Skiing Fun!
  • This document will be made widely available to all Bruce Ski Club members.
  • A safety officer will support each session to remind participants and parents of the protocols
  • Attendance of coaches, volunteers and athletes will be taken at every session to allow for contact tracing.
  • All coaches, volunteers and athletes will take the self-assessment prior to attending each session: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. Coaches will be documenting that the self-assessment was taken. Stay home if you do not pass the self-assessment.
  • There will be two Jackrabbit sessions 9:45 to 11:00 and 11:30 to 12:45.
  • Each session will be limited to 50 athletes and 10 coaches in five separate groups.
  • BSC members will be asked to avoid starting or finishing their ski at the start and finish times of Jackrabbits.
  • BSC Shelter will be closed for the season. Coaches will have access to the Shelter for emergencies.
  • Groups will have assigned meeting locations for the start and finish of their sessions.
  • Only one parent will be allowed to assist an athlete getting their skis on at group meeting locations.
  • A second entrance trail will be groomed to allow groups to be spread out.
  • Self-screen posters will be at each start group meeting location.
  • Participants will wear masks or face coverings when a 2 m. distance cannot be maintained.
  • Groups will be limited to 10 participants and 2 coaches.
  • Groups that need volunteer support may be temporarily divided to keep numbers low.
  • Only one parent or volunteer is allowed to support an athlete on the trail.
  • Athletes in Bunnies must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of the season or until the coach confirms that it is not necessary.
  • Mask and face shield must be worn when helping an athlete that is not in your social bubble.
  • Participants will not be allowed to share items (poles, balls, snacks, etc.).
  • If a skier becomes sick during Jackrabbits they will immediately be removed from their group. The Safety Officer will contact parents and ask them to pick up their child promptly.
  • Parents are asked not to congregate at the Sawmill Ski Trails.
  • Coaches will be informed about No Touch Games.
  • Refund Policy – There will be a 100% refund if Jackrabbit program is cancelled because of COVID-19 before January 1, 2021. There will be a 50% refund if cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions before February 1, 2021. There will be no refunds after February 1, 2021.