Practice Schedule

EVERYONE GETS THE MAY LONG WEEKEND OFF! There will be no Valley Royals practices happening on Saturday, May 22nd; Sunday May 23rd and Monday, May 24th. Enjoy!

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/

For more information about Practice Groups, Online Registration & Membership Packages parents and athletes are welcome to contact Club Administrator, Christa McAuley, at [email protected]

Welcome to the 2021 Track & Field Season:

Junior Development (JD) Track & Field Training is planned for the regular 2021 Track & Field Season starting March 30th going until July 22nd.  Scroll down to view JD Training Schedule post for details…

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

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SPRING/SUMMER TRAINING SCHEDULES:

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TRACK & FIELD TRAINING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13) 

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

Events Offered: Middle Distance, Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump , Triple Jump, High Jump (bring a polar fleece blanket for Landing Pad), Pole Vault (age specific-bring a polar fleece blanket for Landing Pad) Shot Put, Discus, Hammer (age specific), Race Walk, Cross Country

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

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP PRACTICES 

SPRING/SUMMER JD TRACK SEASON Starts March 30th going until July 22nd
Meet at the Valley Royals Club Shed – at the south end of the track at Rotary Stadium
 

Tuesdays    5:45 – 7:00 PM

Thursday    5:45 – 7:00 PM

Saturdays    9:00 – 10:15 AM

Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers

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/

JD Track & Field Coordinator:

 Coach Scott Svelander

JD Coaches:

Coach Trevor Wight        Coach Sean LaForest

 Coach Judy Summers     Coach Andrew Thomson

Coach Reid Johnston      Coach Parmvir Waring

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MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNING GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)

Senior Coach of Cross Country:

Coach Scott Svelander  

 
Events: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 300m, 1200m, 2000m, Steeple Chase, 400m Hurdles, Cross Country
 
Middle Distance Training is offered 3 days per week. Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

MIDDLE DISTANCE GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE:

(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

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: In the Fall there is sometimes enough room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group 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. 

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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 TRAINING SCHEDULE

Starting Monday, March 1st (Some sessions may go slightly longer depending on the specific activity / workout)

Mondays 3:50-5:15 PMRotary Stadium

Wednesdays 3:50-5:15 PM: Rotary Stadium

Thursdays 3:50-5:15 PM: Rotary Stadium

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.

Update from Coach Trevor:

Hello Team, 

A few things. Please read carefully. 

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 may 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).     

In the summer we switch to the mornings.  The track is usually less busy and we avoid the late afternoon heat.   July:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:50am to approximately 10:15am.   

Competitions:

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. 

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

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POLE VAULT GROUP (Age 14 & Up: U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)

All pole vault and high jump athletes train with the Power & Speed Group for strength and conditioning. Pole Vault and High Jump are available for group training but are using individual 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.

 Pole Vault athletes meet 

Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM

SPRING/SUMMER LOCATION: Rotary Stadium at the Pole Vault Shed beside the Legacy Building

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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 TRAINING SCHEDULE

Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Clearbrook Park Throws Cage

Mondays 4:15 – 5:45 PM – Clearbrook Park Throws Cage

Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM – Clearbrook Park Throws Cage

 

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

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TRACK RASCALS Track & Field Run/Jump/Throw Skills Development for Kids 6 – 8 years old

To REGISTER FOR TRACK RASCALS email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]

  • 4:30 to 5:30 PM

  • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS

  • MAY 11th to JUNE 10th

  • at Rotary Stadium

    A fun and developmentally-appropriate training group for boys and girls ages 6 to 8, the Track Rascals Program will provide 10 training sessions in May & June (May 11, 13,18,20,.25,27, June 1,3,8,10)  The price is $120.00 which includes BC Athletics insurance, 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 so act fast if you are interested in joining. For insurance reasons, all participants must be pre-registered – Contact Christa at [email protected]

    Athletes meet Coaches for training at the Valley Royals Club Shed – the building at the south end of the track at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford. Running shoes are required. Dress in layers for the weather and bring a water bottle.

    • TRACK RASCALS COACHES:

         Coach Gio Hernandez 

         Coach Jesula McCallum

         Coach Jensen Bako

         Coach Mayci Falk

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    JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13)

    JD Cross Country Running is offered 3 days per week for the Cross Country Season (September & October)

    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

     

    JD Cross Country Coaches:

    Coach Harneet Uppal  

     Coach Parmvir Waring 

     

    Note: In the Fall there is sometimes enough room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group 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. 

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    IT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN THE COACH ISN’T AROUND THAT MAKES YOU A CHAMPION

    Updated May 2021