Getting Back on Track Safely

What every athlete MUST do before they will be allowed to train:  

  • You (or your parent /guardian if you are under 18) must have completed the “BC Athletics COVID-19 Questionnaire, Attestation and Participant Agreement”.   This was sent to you in an email on June 17th from Athletics Canada with “Return to Sport – BC Athletics – Action required” in the subject line.   Christa will receive confirmation once you have completed this and will then pass your name onto your coach. 
  • At the beginning of EVERY practice you (or your parent/guardian if you are under 18) will need to verbally answer three questions (our version of a Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire) and be deemed “All Clear” – as in you’ve answered “no” to all questions.   Those questions will be:
  1. Have you been out of the country in the past 14 days?
  2. Do you live with anyone who has or is recovering from Covid-19?
  3. Do you currently have any of the following symptoms:   cough, sneezing, sore throat, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, disorientation, fatigue/exhaustion, congestion, chills, diarrhea or vomiting? 

In order for you to train in person that day, the answer to all of these questions must be “no”.

  • Athletes & Parents should read the Club’s Covid-19 Safety Plan so that you understand and can follow the club’s safety protocols which are now in place to help keep everyone safe and healthy

 

PRACTICE GROUP UPDATE SUMMER 2020

Valley Royals Training Resumes in July 

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we resume our programming.   The club is doing the best it can to accommodate individual athlete’s and family’s needs during these unprecedented circumstances.    Our programming for July is not business as usual, and thus we’ve had to adjust our fee structure for the Junior Development group (details below). Due to health and safety protocols, parents are NOT allowed in the training area as numbers are being capped to comply with social distancing requirements. Summer Break in the training schedule will happen, as usual, in August.

Athletes Age 14 and Up: 

See Practice Schedule Page for summer training schedule details. Due to health concerns, high jump and pole vault are not currently available for group training but may be in health/safety testing by individual senior athlete per pit

Track Rascals Summer Session (Age 6-8):

July 6th -29th:    Mondays and Wednesdays.   10:30am -11:30am. 4 weeks in July 2020 (8 sessions) 1 hour each, Cost: $120 (includes insurance and club t-shirt) Space is Limited. Registration for Track Rascals is by email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]

Junior Development Summer Session (Age 8-13):

**Junior Development Group 1:  July 6 – July 24:   Mon, Wed, Fri.  10:30am -11:45am. Numbers are capped & space is limited (see pricing options below). To request this session, email Christa at [email protected]

**Junior Development Group 2:   July 7 -July 25:   Tues & Thurs 5:30-6:45pm, Sat 10:15-11:30am. Numbers are capped & space is limited (see pricing options below). To request this session, email Christa at [email protected]

**NEW JD PRICING STRUCTURE FOR 2020**

JD Summer & Fall Combo (best deal): 3 weeks in July 2020 (9 sessions) 1 hour and 15 minutes each, PLUS full Cross-Country Season in September & October 2020 Cost: $335

JD Summer Session Group 1 or JD Summer Session Group 2:  3 weeks in July 2020 (9 sessions) 1 hour and 15 minutes each   Cost: $170

JDs who have been on the waitlist using the $20 1-week trial registration, or new JD athletes wishing to register for a Summer Session & Cross Country Season, please email club administrator, Christa, at [email protected] to learn how to complete your registration process. The $20 1-week trial is not available as a registration option for the Summer JD or Track Rascals sessions

If you registered for the 2020 track season prior to the pandemic, you have first priority to do the JD Summer & Fall Combo.   The fees you’ve already paid will cover the 3 weeks of track & field and the full cross-country season.  (If you registered for a Full-Year JD Membership, you get the same deal plus a Credit for $95 which can be applied to your club membership for 2021)  

If you wish to do either just a JD Summer Session of track or just the JD Cross-Country Session in the Fall, you will be given credit towards the 2021 season (MINUS the non-refundable BC Athletics insurance fee for this year and the cost of the session that you choose to do in 2020).   

Family Transfer of Credit Option: Any left-over credit from 2020 may be transferred to a member of the immediate family for the track season of 2021.   

Further, you may be responsible for the difference in fees should our pricing go up next year.  

For the future stability of our club, please consider doing the JD Summer & Fall Combo Option.

The club board of directors will deal with any concerns on a case-by-case basis.   

Again, thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times.  

Athletes are reminded that in order to train with the Royals, reactivation of their BC Athletics Membership is required by completing the Athletics Canada Waiver/Attestation Form (see post below for details). Athletes who don’t complete the waiver well ahead of practice will not be allowed to train. New athletes will be given their personal link to the Online form by the club administrator after they register for their club membership. Didn’t receive/have deleted the waiver email? Email Christa at [email protected] to request another

Important Form & Re-Start Guidance Now Available

Check your Inbox for an important email from Athletics Canada regarding: “Return to Sport – BC Athletics – Action required”. Click the link to Trackie in the email and complete the BC Athletics COVID-19 Questionnaire, Attestation and Participant Agreement. Completing this form will renew your BC Athletics membership under the new Covid-19 guidelines & allow participation in training groups when they resume. 

Check the club homepage regularly as more updates will be posted in the coming days regarding the restart of the club’s training groups.  Thanks for your patience as we are all learning about how to restart safely  

To learn more about the plans for the restart of Track & Field and Cross Country Running Training see:

ViaSport’s Provincial Guidelines

Athletics Canada’s “Back on Track” Plan

BC Athletics “Return to Training” Addendum

Valley Royals Covid-19 Safety Plan 

Online Extraordinary General Meeting a Success!

The Valley Royals AGM was changed to an Online EGM Zoom Webinar to allow club  members and their families to attend safely from the comfort of their own homes.

Many thanks to the 29 families who registered to vote and participated in the Valley Royals Annual General Meeting which was held as an Extraordinary General Meeting Online.

102 Individuals were represented in the attendance for the meeting.

Votes were cast using polls taken in the meeting and all motions on the Agenda were carried.

The PowerPoint slides for the President’s Report are posted here…

 

 

Register for Valley Royals EGM

All Valley Royals Members are invited to the Club’s EGM  Friday, April 3rd, 2020 presented live Online from 7-9 PM as a ZOOM Webinar

Participation in the EGM will have a direct impact on the grant application which helps to fund the club.
 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
All member households will receive an email from Christa giving instructions on how to Register for the meeting ahead of time which includes signing up for the free version of ZOOM. The ZOOM app works on computers as well as smartphones. 
 
Registering right away is recommended so that you have time to ask for help, if needed. We’d like everyone Online and ready to go when the meeting starts at 7:00 PM this Friday night.
 
During the registration process, make sure that you:
  • Use the email address which you normally use to communicate with Christa
  • Fully answer the registration question which asks you to list the names of the members of your household

The webinar format will allow for the club leadership to present using audio and video which can be seen by the club membership. Members can ask questions using the chat and live polls will be taken of the membership to get voting results in the meeting.

There are three positions being voted on for the Valley Royals Board of Directors at the EGM. All three people currently serving in those positions have agreed to let their names stand for election to a two-year term. If you are interested in serving on the board, please consider offering to serve as a sub-committee member this year by contacting Christa at [email protected] (Let Christa know if you have skills in equipment maintenance, website maintenance, bookkeeping, finances, fundraising or other skills that would help the club)

Thanks for your patience, positive attitude and encouragement as we learn new ways to communicate during this challenging time. 

This online EGM replaces the physical AGM of the Valley Royals membership scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

 

Valley Royals Club Update

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK THIS HOMEPAGE FOR POSTS OF THE MOST RECENT VALLEY ROYALS INFORMATION. Below is a list of updates and an important letter from Head Coach Trevor Wight.

 

  • The Club’s Annual General Meeting is proceeding as scheduled for 7-9 PM on Friday, April 3rd  but, for public safety, will be convened as an Extraordinary General Meeting in an Electronic Format. Maximum participation in this EGM is essential for the club’s grant application for funding.  More updates about the EGM will be posted soon
  • The Athletic Awards Banquet is postponed until further notice
  • The Coach/Athlete/Parent Meeting and Shed Clean Up at Rotary is postponed until further notice
  • Junior Development Group is postponed. Interested athletes may reserve a spot on the JD Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a JD membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the JDs are unable to train this season)
  • Track Rascals (Two days a week for 8 weeks in May & June) is still to be determined. To reserve a spot on the Track Rascals Waitlist email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]
  • Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season). Due to health concerns, high jump and pole vault are not currently available for training.

An important letter from Head Coach Trevor Wight:

Dear Royals Family,

In the wake of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Valley Royals board of directors, with my input, has decided to suspend all formal practices for all ages and training groups until further notice.   It is our responsibility to put the health and safety of our athletes and their families ahead of all other considerations.   We are monitoring this situation closely.

In spite of this unfortunate situation, athletes in the power/speed, endurance and throws groups are encouraged to continue to train on their own.   To this end, coaches for these groups will be providing workouts and direction to their athletes through virtual means.   Athletes will be hearing from their specific coaches shortly with details on how this will work.  In certain cases, some equipment may be made available for athletes to sign out from the club.

These are difficult and uncertain times.  For now, we all need to do the best we can to make lemonade out of lemons.  I encourage everyone who is a part of the Royals family to keep fit and to keep this situation in perspective.   Anyone who’s been a track and field athlete for any length of time knows that from time to time, blips happen in one’s training, sometimes for reasons beyond our control.   This is only just another blip.  It will pass.  Until it does, do the best you can and stay safe.  

Yours in Sport,

Trevor Wight, Head Coach, Valley Royals Track and Field Club

Cancellation of the Jennifer Rogers Swan Memorial Meet

Thank you for your patience and diligence in supporting the Club under these trying circumstances. With an abundance of caution, in line with National and Provincial Health directives regarding the Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus global pandemic, the Valley Royals Track and Field Club will do its utmost to protect the health and wellness of our community. In order to do our part, the club is cancelling the 2020 Jennifer Rogers Swan Memorial track and field meet scheduled to take place April 17th & 18th at the Jane and Gerry Swan Track, Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford BC.   

Please check this Homepage for more updates about other club activities and events in the coming days. 

Sincerely, Monica Carsience – Club President, on behalf of the Valley Royals Board of Directors and Head Coach Trevor Wight

Get Ready for Track Season Kickoff Events April 3rd & 4th

Important Dates:  Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

Friday, April 3rd –  AGM The Annual General Meeting is proceeding as scheduled but, for public safety, will be convened as an Extraordinary General Meeting in an Electronic Format

POSTPONED: Athletic Awards Banquet

POSTPONED – Team Meeting / Track Shed Purge/Clean-up at the Club’s Shed, Rotary Stadium This meeting is for all coaches, athletes, parents, and board members. It’s important that we have everyone there. Head Coach, Trevor Wight, will be introducing everyone, explaining what we’re about as a club and what to expect in the spring /summer. Coach Trevor will keep the spoken part of the meeting to 20 minutes and then everyone will participate in the shed clean-up.

Power & Speed Going Outdoors Weather Permitting – Check Email for Updates

Hello Team,
 
Daylight is increasing, and it looks like some better weather is finally coming our way.   This and our shins are suffering from the hard indoor track.   So this coming week we’re going to head outside as much as we can.  
 
Monday:   Meet at the Yale /Fraser outdoor track (north-east corner nearest the dumpsters)
Wednesday:    Meet at the hill – south parking lot of McMillan Elementary
Thursday:    TO BE ANNOUNCED.   Looks at bit cooler that day.  We’ll see how the weather plays out and I will confirm via email / in person on Wednesday.    
 
Please dress warm and  in layers – no one should be in shorts, it may be sunny but it will still be cool.   
We’re going to play it by ear these next few weeks.  We want to be outside as much as we can but we may need to head back into to ARC should the weather turn ugly again.    PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY.    
 
thanks,
Trevor