Practice Schedule

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 Club Administrator, Christa McAuley, at: [email protected] for more information about Practice Groups, Online Registration & Membership Packages

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

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

Where-Rotary Stadium

Cost-$100 for 10 sessions

Space is limited to 15 participants

Instructors are Parmvir Waring and Cassidy Hutchison

Dress warmly!

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.

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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.

Events: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 300m, 1200m, 2000m, Steeple Chase, 400m Hurdles, Cross Country
 

   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

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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

Contact Christa McAuley at [email protected] for registration information.
 

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
 

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. 

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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

Athletes/Parents please read Info Package: Power Speed Group Info 2019-2020

POWER & SPEED FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE
Fall 2020 Start Date:  Monday, September 14th 

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.

Fall 2020 Update from Coach Trevor:

For the first few weeks, likely through to the end of October, we will be outside.    We will be using the track at Yale, and nearby parks for hill-running and circuits and whatnot.  Once the wet weather sets in and we lose daylight in November, I am hoping to be able to access indoor facilities at Yale and the indoor track at ARC as we did last season.   However, should these indoor facilities prove unavailable this season because of the COVID-19 situation, I will have several contingency plans in place.   I will give you as much notice as possible.   Though our locations may change, we will make every effort to keep our practice days and times consistent throughout the fall and winter.   We will relocate over to Rotary in the spring.    

For those of you who are new to our group, we do not hold in-person practices on statutory holidays or during the school winter / spring breaks, though athletes are given very specific training plans to follow during those times.   

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).    

Enjoy the rest of your summer.   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 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.

TBA

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 FALL TRAINING SCHEDULE Resumes Sunday, September 20th

Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram
 
Sundays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
2:00 – 4:00 PM
 
Mondays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
4:15 – 6:00 PM
 
Wednesdays
Throws Practice
CLEARBROOK PARK THROWS CAGE
4:15 – 6:00 PM
 

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 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

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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 

Meet at the Valley Royals Club Shed – at the south end of the track at Rotary Stadium
 

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

 

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

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

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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

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

Updated September, 2020