NEWS and Tentative Practice Schedule for 2021 Track & Field Season:
NEW! Indoor Pole Vault winter training is happening in February and March at Tradex. Senior Pole Vault athletes meet Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15 – 6:15 PM NEW: Intro to Pole Vault Group for atheletes in Grades 6 to 9 meets Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM (February 11th to March 20th, 2021)
Junior Development (JD) Track & Field Training is planned for the regular 2021 Track & Field Season starting March 30th going until July 22nd.
The word from Dr. Bonnie will impact how we approach JDs. Hopefully we’ll still be able to accommodate 2 or 3 separate JD training groups at the track at the same time while adhering to group size limitations. We’ll need to be adaptable in this regard.
Save the Date: Pending approval from BC Athletics, the club plans to host the Jennifer Rogers Swan Memorial Meet on Friday, April 16th and Saturday April 17th.
SPRING/SUMMER TRACK & FIELD PRACTICE GROUP TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
Power Speed: Starting Monday, March 1st (All sessions at Rotary. Some sessions may go slightly longer depending on the specific activity / workout)
Monday 3:50 -5:15 PM
Wednesday 3:50 -5:15 PM
Thursdays 3:50 -5:15 PM
Throws (all at Clearbrook Park) starting Monday, March 1st
Monday 4:15 -5:45 PM
Wednesday 4:15- 5:45 PM
Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Indoor Pole Vault at Tradex for February and March – ***Times to be determined***
Outdoor Pole Vault at Rotary starts in April at which point times will likely be:
Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Middle Distance (Always meet at Rotary, may run over to Clearbrook Park for some sessions) starting March 30th:
Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Thursday 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Junior Development (JDs) – at Rotary Stadium – COVID protocols will likely affect group size, we will need to wait and see, BUT, IDEALLY…) starting March 30th going until July 22nd:
Tuesday 5:45 – 7:00 PM
Thursday 5:45 – 7:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 10:15 PM
For more information about Practice Groups, Online Registration & Membership Packages parents and athletes are welcome to contact Club Administrator, Christa McAuley, at [email protected]
At this stage in getting “Back on Track” athletes will be training using the club’s Safety Plan. Athletes may be competing at select meets as BC Athletics has begun to sanction meets again according to “Back to Training” and “Back to Competition” Guidelines & Addendums
WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULES:
Parents need to accompany their child to the Valley Royals shed for a brief check in at 4:20 PM
When-November 12 – December 12th
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 PM & Saturdays 10:30-11:30AM
Cost-$100 for 10 sessions
Space is limited to 15 participants
Instructors are Parmvir Waring and Cassidy Hutchison
Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.
Note: JD Winter Conditioning is not normally offered because JDs are encouraged to try other sports in the winter. This is best for their growth and development (see Long Term Athlete Development page). However, due to Covid causing many other sport programs to be cancelled, the club has created the JD Winter Conditioning in an effort to fill the gap.
DISTANCE RUNNING GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)
Athletes Age 14 and Up – This fall (2020) Grade 7 students have the opportunity to train with the Distance Running Group–Contact Christa [email protected] to register for this.
Senior Coach of Cross Country: Coach Scott Svelander
Distance Group Cross Country Training is offered 3 days per week. Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram
DISTANCE GROUP WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE:
We have been training at Clearbrook to date and as we move into our winter session we will be changing venues starting next week:
• Starting Tuesday, November 10th, we will be moving to the Delair Park Rugby Pitch
• Thursdays, starting November 12th, we’ll be at Jane and Gerry Swan Track, Rotary Stadium.
• Saturday mornings we will remain at Clearbrook Park.
Practice times will remain the same.
Tuesdays 4:15-5:45 PM in DELAIR Park Rugby Pitch
Thursdays 4:15-5:45 PM JANE & GERRY SWAN TRACK, Rotary Stadium
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)
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
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13)
JD Cross Country Coaches:
Coach Harneet Uppal
Coach Parmvir Waring
JD Cross Country Running starts September 5th and is offered 3 days per week for the Cross Country Season. Last practice day for the JD Cross Country Running Group will be Saturday, November 7th
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)
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.
POWER & SPEED GROUP (Age 14 & Up U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)
Power & Speed Coach
Head Coach Trevor Wight
(See below for an update from Coach Trevor…)
POWER & SPEED WINTER 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 inclu5de:
- 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.
Winter 2021 Update from Coach Trevor:
A few things. Please read carefully.
- Practice / Snow Days
So far this season, we have been fairly lucky with the weather. We’ve been able to have practices even in the rain. It does look however, like there may be some snow / slush in the long-range forecast. If the weather is looking at all questionable, I will make a decision by noon of that day weather or not to hold practice as usual. I will then send out a message via email – please remember to check your messages. If you don’t hear from me, assume practice is on as usual. If I have to cancel practice, I will send out an at-home workout for you to do instead.
- Spring / Summer Schedule
Starting Monday, March 1st, all practices will be at Rotary Stadium for the remainder of the season (through late July – specific end date TBA).
Days and Times:
March – June: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:50* to approximately 5:15**.
*Depending on what COVID protocols are in place, we made need to partition off specific lanes / areas for our practices (to keep public users of the track separate from our group). This will need to be a team effort at the beginning and end of practice. Arriving a few minutes earlier to get this done will allow us to start training right at 4.
**Depending on the workout and the events we are working on, practices may take longer than the intense hour-long format we have been using so far. This is partly to accommodate equipment set-up / take down, and to allow more rest between sets /reps of exercises. Typically, as we approach the competitive season, we focus on fewer runs but at a higher intensity with more rest in between (hence more time needed).
July: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:50am to approximately 10:15am.
In the summer we switch to the mornings. The track is usually less busy and we avoid the late afternoon heat.
As you can imagine, COVID protocols will greatly affect how track meets will be offered this spring and summer. As it stands right now, it is likely that most competitions will need to be very small – with a very limited number of athletes and a limited number of events offered. Right now, the Royals are planning to host a meet in mid-April. As soon as I know more about competitions, I will let you know. Fingers crossed that the COVID situation will improve.
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).
Stay active, stay safe. See you soon.
Head Coach, Power/Speed Coach
Check emails from Coach Trevor regularly for Changes/Cancellations. These will also be posted on Instagram
POLE VAULT GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20 Junior, Senior, Masters)
All pole vault and high jump athletes continue to train with the Power & Speed Group. Pole Vault and High Jump are available for group training but are using Landing Pads and numbers are limited. For information about the Landing Pad prototype being used by PV/HJ athletes, and to learn how to make one yourself, read the Valley Royals Return to PV & HJ_Landing Pad Concept
Pole Vault Coach: Makaila Lapointe
New to Pole Vault ? It is important to contact Club Administrator Christa McAuley at [email protected] before attending first practice.
Practice Times Vary: It is very important that Coach Makaila has your email address, as practice changes or adjustments will be confirmed by email. Typical practice times are listed below but can change from week to week due to weather conditions.
NEW! Indoor Pole Vault winter training is happening in February and March at Tradex.
Senior Pole Vault athletes meet
Tuesdays 4:15 – 6:15 PM
Thursdays 4:15 – 6:15 PM
NEW: Intro to Pole Vault Group for atheletes in Grades 6 to 9 meets
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM and Saturdays 9:00 – 11:00 AM
2021 WINTER LOCATION: Tradex (by the Abbotsford Airport)
SPRING/SUMMER LOCATION: Rotary Stadium at the Pole Vault Shed beside the Legacy Building
THROWS GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)
Throws Coach: Sean LaForest – a champion thrower for the Royals & UBC, Sean was trained by Valley Royals Coach Harold Willers for 8 years. He is an accomplished thrower, coach and was inducted into the Mission Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 for his Track & Field accomplishments in Hammer & Discus. He is Vice Principal of MEI Middle School where he serves as throws coach to the MEI Middle and Secondary School track & field teams.
THROWS FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE Resumes Sunday, September 20th
Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram
Practices will consist of conditioning & technical work
The Clearbrook Park Throws Cage is just north of the baseball diamonds in the main field. The Valley Royals Shed is located at the south end of track at Rotary Stadium.
Photos from the first Throws Practice of the Winter-Training Season, Oct 14th 2018, where Coach Harold announced his retirement and introduced Sean LaForest as Coach of the Valley Royals Throws Program. In addition to a great turnout of current athletes, former Royals athlete and four-time Canadian Hammer Champion–Wes Boudreau–came to the practice to congratulate Harold on over 30 years of coaching throws for the Valley Royals and to welcome Coach Sean.
For more about Coach Harold and Coach Sean check out this article: Report on Harold Willers retirement and Sean LaForest succession
“TRACK RASCALS” Track & Field Run/Jump/Throw Skills Development for Kids 6 – 8 years old
- To REGISTER FOR JULY SESSION of TRACK RASCALS email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]
TWO DAYS A WEEK IN JULY
A fun and developmentally-appropriate training group for boys and girls ages 6 to 8, the Track Rascals Program will provide training two days a week in July. The price is $120.00 which includes training sessions filled with track & field fun and a Valley Royals T-Shirt. Track Rascals Group is for children Ages 6 – 8 (as of December 31st this year) Space is limited.
Track Rascals Coaches:
Coach Harneet Uppal
Coach Parmvir Waring
Coach Jesula McCallum
TRACK RASCALS GROUP PRACTICES
Track Rascals location change:for Wednesday July 29th 10:30-11:30 AM Track Rascals will train at Rick Hansen Secondary School track (Townline Road just South of Blueridge Drive)
July 6th -29th Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am -11:30am
Meet at the Valley Royals Club Shed – at the south end of the track at Rotary Stadium
Running shoes are required
Dress in layers for the weather and bring a water bottle
For info or to Register a child (ages 6-8) contact Club Administrator Christa McAuley at [email protected]
For insurance reasons, all participants must be pre-registered
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TRACK & FIELD TRAINING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13)
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)
Events Offered: Middle Distance, Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump (currently run throughs only), Triple Jump (currently run throughs only), Shot Put, Discus, Race Walk, Hammer(age specific), Cross Country
Due to Health Concerns: High Jump and Pole Vault (age specific) are not available for group training. Some health/safety testing of these events by an individual senior athlete per pit may be in progress starting in July
This age group encourages athletes to try all event areas (Racing, Jumps, Throws) in both practices and competitions.
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP PRACTICES
JD Track & Field Coordinator: Coach Scott Svelander
Coach Trevor Wight Coach Sean LaForest
Coach Judy Summers Coach Andrew Thomson
Coach Reid Johnston 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.
For Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol see: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/
Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers
Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Club Membership to join a Valley Royals Practice Group. Go to https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/ to select a membership package and register online at https://valleyroyalstrackandfield.com/registration
IT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN THE COACH ISN’T AROUND THAT MAKES YOU A CHAMPION !
Updated January, 2021