JD Practice Venue Change —  Saturday, June 1st
Dear Parents;
On Saturday June 1st, the JD’s will practice at Clearbrook Park because Rotary Stadium is closed for a rugby tournament.
There may be some softball games going on in Clearbrook Park so please take your child to Coach Scott instead of dropping them off. 

Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid club membership to join a Valley Royals Practice Group. To select a membership package and register online click: https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/ 

We are an inclusive Club accepting athletes of all abilities

The Royals have always maintained a strong junior development system and the club is proud of the number of athletes that have successfully come through this younger age group and developed into some of the best juvenile, junior and senior athletes in Canada.  Year after year, the Royals have provided the nucleus of athletes and medal winners that represent BC teams at Western Canada and Canada Games competitions.  At the 2012 & 2016 Summer Olympics, Valley Royals athletes were on Team Canada.

Junior Development:  Age 8 -13

JD Track & Field Season March-July


Events Offered: Middle Distance, Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Race Walk, Hammer(age specific) Pole Vault (age specific), Cross Country

This age group encourages athletes to try all event areas (Racing, Jumps, Throws) in both practices and competitions.

Parents please read this important message from Coach Scott:   Valley Royals JD welcome letter

Valley Royals Junior Development Athletes will be competing in these track & field meets for 2019:

May 4th & 5th: Norwesters Elementary Meet at Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC

May 18th & 19th: Junior Olympics Meet at Bear Creek Park, Surrey, BC 

June 8th & 9th: Jesse Bent Memorial Meet at Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam, BC

June 14 to 16th: Langley Pacific Invitational Meet at McLeod Athletic Park, Langley, BC

June 29th & 30th: Universal Meet at Bear Creek Park, Surrey, BC

July 19th to 21st: BC JD Championships at South Surrey Athletic Park in White Rock, BC (Note: To encourage all Royals JD athletes compete at the BC JD Championships, the club will pay for up to 3 entry fees per athlete for this meet. Be sure to have our club administrator, Christa, do the registration to take advantage of this opportunity)

 JD Track & Field Coordinator: Scott Svelander  

 JD Coaches:

Coach Alex Seimens 

Coach Abresia Foote       Coach Peter Price  

 Coach Harneet Uppal    Coach Parmvir Waring   


The focus for the JD athletes at meets should be on enjoying the experience and learning how to do their best in a variety of events and challenging themselves to improve their own mark.

Practice Schedule:  https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/

Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/


Junior Development:  Age 8 -13

JD Cross Country Season Sept-Oct

Head Coach of Cross Country:  Coach Scott Svelander  

Assistant Coaches for JD Cross Country: 

 Coach Harneet Uppal    Coach Parmvir Waring   

  Coach Andrew Ott        Aneesha Narang

JD Cross Country Running is offered 3 days per week starting Thursday August 30th for the Cross Country Season (September & October):
  • Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:15 PM
  • Thursdays 4:15 – 5:15 PM
  • Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM
  • to start off the season, the JD’s will be training for one hour in duration and, as the season progresses, Coach Scott will decide if their practice duration will be lengthened. 
Meet in Clearbrook Park beside the parking lot at the sign for Ron Wiebe playing fields. Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers.

The JD cross country program is designed for athletes aged 8 to 13 years of age. Athletes turning 14 years of age in this calendar year, who were members of the JD group in the Track & Field Season, may continue training with the JDs or join Coach Scott’s Endurance Training Group (see https://valleyroyals.ca/middle-distance-program/ )

During the Cross Country Season, the JD group continues to train 3 days a week, but move from the track to Clearbrook Park to train on grass and forest trails. At this time the emphasis is placed solely on running and building up a large base (ie more mileage) in preparation for the BC Athletic Cross Country Championships.  As such the workouts are a bit longer in distance while still retaining an effort to improve continuous speed. Intervals, tempo, fartlek and hills are some of the tools that are used.

Practice Schedule:  https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/

Park in the Parking Lot off of Clearbrook Road on the West Side of the Park (just north of Ecole Clearbrook Elementary School).  Meet at the Sign/Entrance to the open field on the East side of the parking lot. Practice is rain or shine so dress appropriately, and bring water.


Training Stages for JD Athletes:

The images below illustrate some of the principles underlying our JD program:


Updated August, 2018