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The rules for EX follow the AWSA rules, which are adapted from the IBU (International Biathlon Union) rules.
It is always a good idea to get your team to familiarize themselves with the rules for the competition before deploying on the exercise. As this will give them time to ask any questions they may have regarding the rules, which at times can be confusing to a novice racer.
Familiarising yourself with the rules will also aid in the preparation of your team as there are some items of equipment that are specified as being necessary in the rules which the novice team may overlook.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of EX is to deliver the highest possible level of training and set the conditions for fulfilment of all skiers’ potential in preparation for the competition season. This will be achieved in 4 areas: basic and advanced skiing technique training, range practices, skiing specific fitness training and lectures on waxing, nutrition and race-preparation. Instruction will be provided by experienced military skiing and biathlon coaching staff along with Norwegian National Coaches.
Whilst it is understood that Regimental Teams will enter the Nordic Season with a variety of experience, the camp will seek to cater for all aspirations by fulfilling the following objectives:
- To teach novices Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing and develop the ability of intermediate/advanced skiers.
- To prepare Regimental Teams and Team Captains for Ex PIPEDOWN, Ex SPARTAN HIKE, Ex RUCKSACK and Ex PROTON SERPENT.
- To foster physical fitness, marksmanship, teamwork and determination in individuals and develop the administrative competence of Team Captains.
- To improve the standard of Nordic Skiing across the Army Medical Services and deliver on the Recruiting Covenant.
- To prepare the maximum number of AMS Teams to achieve the qualifying standard for the Army, Inter-Service and National Championships.
Key Outline Dates
- Advance party arrive – 23 Nov 18.
- Elite Skiers arrive – 25 Nov 18 (IMT starts the day of travel as per Reference C)).
- All remaining Reg & Res Teams, Instructors and Individuals arrive – 1 Dec 18 or 8 Dec 18.
- All Teams/Individuals and Instructors depart – 15 Dec 18.
The Ex programme will be issued in Norway as it is subject to change depending on snow conditions, availability of facilities and instructors. The Ex outline is as follows:
- The Ex programme will be divided into six days of training with one day rest. A typical day will consist of a morning session from 0900 – 1230 and an afternoon session from 1330 – 1600.
- Those individuals or teams not included as part of the Elite Skiers will only be able to attend from 1 – 15 Dec 18. This is to ensure sufficient IMT to allow them to compete at Ex PROTON SERPENT 19, the AMSSC Ski Champs in Jan 19.
- In order to encourage an AMS Nordic Skiing club ethos, unit teams will be split into ability groups to enhance training effect. Evening lectures on equipment, ski waxing, Biathlon and nutrition for racing will also be available along with other activities.
- Elite Skiers will have a separate programme and will receive this on arrival.
EQUIPMENT - Including Biathlon weapons and ammunition
Hire – All units wishing to compete in the Championships are to bring Biathlon weapons hired in accordance with References C and H for the duration of the Scheme.
Training – Weapon training is the responsibility of Team Captains who are to ensure that all members of their team are adequately trained and have passed their Biathlon weapon handling test (WHT) prior to deployment. According to Reference H Units should have at least one qualified Joint Services Biathlon Shooting Instructor (JSBSI) or have attended the Biathlon Rifle Trainer Course
Armourer – There is no armourer available for the Exercise.
Biathlon Range – Teams are to note that no Biathlon training will be allowed on the range outside of organised times unless authorised by the Ex OC. All costs for the use of the complex will be covered by the Camp, however this year a small charge may apply. Advice and recommendations for range equipment can be found with the undersigned however the following is a minimum:
a. Biathlon Scope – On a tripod 15m behind the firing point.
b. Rifle Cover – European law that weapons are covered.
c. Biathlon Targets – Paper Targets for training.
d. Staple Gun – Including spare staples.
Ammunition – Ammunition is a unit responsibility and not that of the Ex OC. Units are to ensure they have sufficient .22 Ball rounds in order to conduct specific Biathlon training throughout the Exercise. Teams should bid for ammunition using this Ex Instruction as authority. Ammunition may be required for the Championships and teams should liaise with their respective QM Dept to ensure they have sufficient entitlement to cover both ExNS18 and the respective championships. They are to also ensure that demands are placed within the demand timelines.
Movement & Security – The security of weapons and ammunition is the responsibility of Team Captains. Weapons, bolts and ammunition are all to be stored, transported and locked away separately. A list of all weapon serial numbers must be carried for inspection by customs officers; rules for carriage and storage of weapons are at Reference H & I. Teams will be inspected for weapon and ammunition security during ExNS18 and subsequent Championships. Team Capts are to pass Weapon details (Serial Number and Make) on arrival to the Ex OC. Any loss of a weapon or its parts, are to be reported to the Ex OC immediately.