Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Valley Royals Membership to participate with a Royals training group. A $20 one-week trial membership is available for athletes new to the Royals and wanting to check out a training group before buying the full membership. To select a membership package and register online click https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/
New Athletes are welcome to contact our Club Administrator Christa McAuley at: [email protected] for more information about Practice Groups, Online Registration & Membership Packages
To Register for Meets Click here: https://valleyroyals.ca/how-to-register-for-meets/
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13)
JD Cross Country Season: September & October
JD Cross Country Coach: Coach Alex Siemens
Assistant JD Cross Country Coaches:
Coach Harneet Uppal Coach Parmvir Waring
JD Cross Country Running is offered 3 days per week starting Thursday August 29th for the Cross Country Season (September & October):
Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Thursdays 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM (No Saturday Practice on days of Cross Country Races that the JD Group is competing at – the Racing Schedule is posted on the Homepage in a post from September 4th, 2019)
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 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 same time as the JD group but there may be a few differences in their racing schedules so parents are advised to check with both Coach Alex and Coach Scott regarding JD Race Days.
ENDURANCE RUNNING GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior)
Cross Country Season
Note: There is room in the group this Fall 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
Senior Coach of Cross Country:
Coach Scott Svelander
Endurance Group Cross Country Training is offered 3 days per week: Starting Thursday, August 15th, 2019
ENDURANCE GROUP RUNNING SCHEDULE
Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers and meet at Clearbrook Park: Meet beside main parking lot (off Clearbrook Rd.) at sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields
Other locations are sometimes used for fall cross country and winter training such as Delair Park Rugby Pitch & Gravel Trail: Meet at Picnic Shelter near the playground in Delair Park (East Parking Lot off Old Yale Rd.)
POWER & SPEED GROUP (Age 14 & Up U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior)
Times & Days for Hurdles, High Jump and Power & Speed can vary from this general schedule. See email updates from Christa and posts on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyroyals/
POWER & SPEED TRAINING SCHEDULE
HIGH JUMP TRAINING SCHEDULE
High Jump: Coach Trevor Wight
High Jump is currently in the off-season. Athletes work on strength & conditioning with Power & Speed when it resumes later in the Fall/Winter
Winter Training Info: During Winter Training Power & Speed Group Practices are indoors at the ARC – Abbotsford Recreation Centre 2499 McMillan Rd. 2019 – admission required )
POLE VAULT GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20 Junior, Senior)
Coach Graham Danziger
Practice Times Vary: It is very important that Coach Graham 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.
- Tuesday late afternoon with Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)
- Friday late afternoon with Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)
Location: Rotary Stadium at the Pole Vault Shed beside the Legacy Building
THROWS GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior)
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 TRAINING SCHEDULE
TRAINING SESSIONS WILL RUN 2 -3 HOURS, 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
TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS IN MAY & JUNE
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 for 8 weeks in May and June. The price is $125.00 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.
Coach Alex Siemens & Assistant Coach Parmvir Waring
TRACK RASCALS GROUP PRACTICES
Tuesdays in May & June: 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Thursdays in May & June: 4:15 – 5:15 PM
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 insurance reasons all participants must be pre-registered with the Club Administrator, Christa McAuley (Click email address below)
For info to Register a child (ages 6-8) contact Club Administrator Christa McAuley at: [email protected]
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TRACK & FIELD TRAINING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13) 2019 Season
JD Track & Field Training Begins Tuesday, March 26th and runs until the BC JD Track & Field Championships July 19th-21st in South Surrey-White Rock
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.
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)
Parents please read this important message from Coach Scott: Valley Royals JD welcome letter
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP PRACTICES
JD Track & Field Coordinator:
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. JD athletes are encouraged to participate in the Pentathlon Championships.
For Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol see: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/
Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers
IT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN THE COACH ISN’T AROUND THAT MAKES YOU A CHAMPION !
Updated August 2019