National Coaches Week Sept 19th to 27th

Sept 19-27th is #CoachesWeek in Canada! This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach. 

In addition to thanking your coach in person and showing your appreciation in your #ThanksCoach posts this week, club members are encouraged to participate in Online contests by tagging BC Athletics, Athletics Canada & ViaSport in your #ThanksCoach posts.

Take a selfie with your coach for your post or feel free to use one of the images at the bottom of this post. Copy & paste or screenshot an image to use in your coach appreciation posts & remember to add #ThanksCoach and tag the three organizations mentioned above to get entered to win prizes in the Social Media Giveaway! (more details and links below…)

FREE Virtual Coach Training opportunities are being offered this week…

Athletics Canada’s Online Store is giving a special discount this week on clothing purchases for coaches. (This includes clothing purchased as a gift to give your coach)…

Here are some details and links from BC Athletics’ post:

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY
Tag BC Athletics, Athletics Canada, and viaSport on your #ThanksCoach posts to be entered into a draw to win 3 contests! $500 for your coach and $500 for your club from viaSport, swag from BC Athletics, AND swag from Athletics Canada! Click here for more details.

FREE COURSES
For this week, you can take part in FREE virtual courses and conferences including:

Effective Coaching Strategies for the High Performance Coach
Ideal for coaches working with high performance athletes. This 3 part webinar series is led by Dr. SHaunna Taylor. Topics that will be covered include: leadership practices, mental performance and mental health, goal setting, stress management and much more. The first webinar is FREE as part of Coaches Week, Sept 30th, 7:00  – 8:00pm

Multi-Sport e-Learning Courses
Available at any time on the locker, and free during Coaches Week. Coaches must log into the locker to register. Don’t have a locker account, sign up for one for free!

  • NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability
  • NCCP Making Headway in Sport
  • NCCP Emergency Action Plan
  • NCCP Safe Sport Training 
  • NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport

Atlantic Virtual Conference Multi-Sport 
Each evening from Sept 21-25th there will be three 25-30 min sessions on a variety of topics. The theme of the coaching conference is Safe Sport: Diversity and Inclusion. Register ASAP as space is limited. 

DISCOUNTED ATHLETICS CANADA MERCHANDISE
Take 25% off at shop.athletics.ca by using the discount code THANKSCOACH

Thank You Royals Coaches! Photos of Coaches & Athletes This Week…

Great Little Coupon Book Fundraiser

The Great Little Coupon Books have ARRIVED! Enjoy GREAT savings right in your community for ONLY $10. You’ll want one for each car! 

Order your copy by Thursday, October 1st through any Valley Royals athlete or by contacting Naomi Booth via email: [email protected]  

FAQs about this fundraiser for participating athletes:

Q • Where & When can I get coupon books to sell?
A • We have a limited number of books available for immediate purchase or you can order additional copies for pick up after Oct? 3.  ?Pick ups can be done at cross country practices at Clearbrook Park on Tues, Thurs or Sat.  Ordering can be done through any Valley Royals athlete or with Naomi Booth via email [email protected]
 
Q • How do I keep track of sales?
A • Athletes will be given an envelope containing a copy of the book and an order form.  The form will be your record. 
 
Q • What payment methods can customers use?
A • Payments can be made by cash or cheque made payable to the “Valley Royals Track & Field Club”
 
Q • What’s the deadline for this Fundraiser?
A • This Valley Royals Fundraiser ends Thursday, October 1st, 2020
 
Q • Where do I return my fundraising earnings and unsold books?
A • All unsold books and payments collected need to be returned to Naomi Booth.
 
Q • Who can I contact if I have questions?
A • Naomi Booth email: [email protected]
 
Q • Will I earn Fundraising Credits on profits earned for the club?
A • Normally, the club gives fundraising credits to athletes which they can spend on meet entry fees. However, due to Covid, there’s a lack of meets so entry fees are not needed and volunteer hours are harder to get. Instead, just for 2020, athletes can earn 1 VOLUNTEER HOUR for every $20 IN PROFIT they gain for the club in a fundraiser.
Here’s how this would work for Coupon Book Sales:
The club gets $20 profit on the sale of 4 coupon books ($5 profit on each one)
So selling 4 books = 1 volunteer hour
 

Power & Speed is ON Today

 

Update from Coach Trevor…

Hi Team,
 
Currently, the air quality index is a “5”, a little better than yesterday.   We will proceed with a light workout today at 4.   Team meeting at 4:45.    Again, we’ll meet at the north-east corner (closest to ARC) of the gravel track between Yale and W.A. Fraser.    I’ll be doing my health assessments once you arrive.   See you later.  
 
best,
Trevor 

Throws Groups Resumes Practices on Sunday, Sept 20th

THROWS FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

Sundays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
2:00 – 4:00 PM
 
Mondays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
4:15 – 6:00 PM
 
Wednesdays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
4:15 – 6:00 PM
 

Practices will consist of conditioning & technical work. Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

Cross Country Practice Start Times Adjusted to Match

Junior Development (age 8-13) and Endurance Running (age 14 and up) train in Clearbrook Park during the Cross Country Season. To make drop off easier for families with athletes in both groups, the JD & Endurance Group start times have been adjusted to match.

See below for September and October training times…

ENDURANCE GROUP FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesdays 4:15-5:45 PM in Clearbrook Park
  • Thursdays 4:15-5:45 PM in Clearbrook Park
  • Saturdays 10:30 AM-12:00 PM in Clearbrook Park (No Saturday Practice on days of Cross Country Races that the Endurance Group is competing at)

JD CROSS COUNTRY GROUP FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesdays 4:15-5:15 PM in Clearbrook Park
  • Thursdays 4:15-5:15 PM in Clearbrook Park
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:30 AM in Clearbrook Park (No Saturday Practice on days of Cross Country Races that the JD Group is competing at)
Meet in Clearbrook Park beside the parking lot just off Clearbrook Road at the sign for Ron Wiebe playing fields. Practice is rain or shine so dress appropriately. Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers. All athletes must be registered and complete the COVID waiver before participating
 
Note: There is room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group this Fall (2020) to include athletes entering Grade 7. If not turning 14 until the next calendar year, these athletes will compete as JDs in Cross Country races. Coach Scott’s group meets at the overlapping times with the JD group in the same location but there may be a few differences in their racing schedules so parents are advised to check with both Coach Harneet and Coach Scott regarding JD Race Days. 

BC ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES RETURN TO REGIONAL AND PROVINCIAL COMPETITION

BC Athletics has worked closely with Athletics Canada and viaSport to develop their Return to Competition Guidelines, closely examining the many factors required to host safe and successful competitions on the Track, Roads, Parks, and Trails.

As the Province this week moved into Phase 3 for sport, BC Athletics was pleased to announce another important step forward in our Return to Competition that, will now allow BC Athletics to sanction both Regional and Provincial Competitions.  In addition, they have also updated their “Return to Training Addendum” to allow for larger training groups sizes.

For important documents that must be followed in any BC Athletic Sanctioned Competition, and important guidelines that have also been highlighted, see the BC Athletics’ Return to Regional and Provincial Competition Post

Power & Speed Group Resumes September 14th

Fall Power & Speed Training Schedule and Update from Coach Trevor…

FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE

Mondays 4:00-5:00 PM

North-East Corner of Yale/Fraser Track (near ARC)

Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM:

North-East Corner of Yale/Fraser Track (near ARC)

Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM:

South Parking Lot of McMillan Elementary

What to bring:  water bottle, appropriate clothing for the weather. 

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols will remain in place.   These include:  

  • Health checks / attendance at each practice.    
  • Don’t come to practice if you are sick. 
  • Wash/sanitize hands before and after practice.   
  • Physical distancing 
  • Don’t share water-bottles. 
  • IMPORTANT- use the washroom before you come to each practice as access to public facilities may be limited.

Fall 2020 Update from Coach Trevor:

Power & Speed Coach 

  Head Coach Trevor Wight

For the first few weeks, likely through to the end of October, we will be outside.    We will be using the track at Yale, and nearby parks for hill-running and circuits and whatnot.  Once the wet weather sets in and we lose daylight in November, I am hoping to be able to access indoor facilities at Yale and the indoor track at ARC as we did last season.   However, should these indoor facilities prove unavailable this season because of the COVID-19 situation, I will have several contingency plans in place.   I will give you as much notice as possible.   Though our locations may change, we will make every effort to keep our practice days and times consistent throughout the fall and winter.   We will relocate over to Rotary in the spring.    

For those of you who are new to our group, we do not hold in-person practices on statutory holidays or during the school winter / spring breaks, though athletes are given very specific training plans to follow during those times.   

Please make sure your club registration is up-to-date.  You cannot train without having done so.  Please contact Christa McAuley, our club’s administrator and you can sort that out with her.   Her email address is [email protected] .    

Please let me know if you plan on training with our group this season.   I need to know how many athletes to expect so that I can plan safe practices (keeping with COVID -19 protocols).    

Enjoy the rest of your summer.   Stay active, stay safe.   See you soon. 

Warm Regards,

Trevor Wight,

Head Coach, Power/Speed Coach

Check emails from Coach Trevor regularly for Changes/Cancellations. These will also be posted on Instagram

JD Cross Country Season Begins September 5th

 
JD cross country season starts September 5th
 
Practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays 4:15-5:15 PM and Saturdays 1030-1130am, Clearbrook Park
 
Coaches are Harneet Uppal and Parmvir Waring
 
Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] for registration information.
 
All athletes must be registered and complete the COVID waiver before participating
 
The JD cross country program is designed for athletes aged 8 to 13 years of age. Note: There is room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group this Fall (2020) to include athletes entering Grade 7. If not turning 14 until the next calendar year, these athletes will compete as JDs in Cross Country races. Coach Scott’s group meets at the overlapping times with the JD group in the same location but there may be a few differences in their racing schedules so parents are advised to check with both Coach Harneet and Coach Scott regarding JD Race Days.