Practice Schedule

PRACTICE GROUP UPDATE as of Friday, March 20th: 

  • 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)
  • Track Rascals (Two days a week for 8 weeks in May & June) is still to be determined. To reserve a spot on the Track Rascals Waitlist email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]
  • Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season). Due to health concerns, high jump and pole vault are not currently available for training.

The Training Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Valley Royals Home Page and on the Practice Schedule Page. For a printable PDF of the version of the Tentative Training Schedule which was updated in February click here: UPDATED 2020 SpringSummer Practice Schedule_Version 1

For Current Training Group Schedules and Info Scroll Down…

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

To Register for Meets Click here: https://valleyroyals.ca/how-to-register-for-meets/

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

Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season). 

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

   Senior Coach of Cross Country:

Coach Scott Svelander  

 
Endurance Group Cross Country Training is offered 3 days per week. Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

ENDURANCE GROUP WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE

(The Endurance Group’s Spring/Summer Practice Schedule will begin April 1st–At that time, Training Days will change to Monday, Wednesday & Saturday and the Practice Location will change to Rotary Stadium and practice times will stay the same)

Each week Coach Scott’s Endurance Running Group will be Winter-Training in 3 different locations: 
  • Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM Delair Park Rugby Pitch & Gravel Trail: Meet at Picnic Shelter near the playground in Delair Park (East Parking Lot off Old Yale Rd. Picnic shelter is indicated with a star on the map below) 

  • Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM at Jane & Gerry Swan Track at Rotary Stadium: Meet at the Club Shed

  • Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Clearbrook Park: Meet at main parking lot beside sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields 

 Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers

The Endurance Running Group will have the ARC as a backup if we have severe conditions. The ARC is located at 2499 McMillan Road, Abbotsford. There is an entrance fee to use the facility so bring cash/credit/debit (Save $ by buying a 10-visit or 20-visit pass card) 

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POWER & SPEED GROUP (Age 14 & Up U16/Midget, U18/Youth, U20/Junior, Senior, Masters)

Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season). Due to health concerns, high jump and pole vault are not currently available for training.

 

Power & Speed Coach: Trevor Wight

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

POWER & SPEED WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE

power and speed practices are not happening over the school spring break from march 14th to 29th and will resume on march 30th training on the spring/summer schedule with all practices at rotary stadium. note that a new saturday practice will replace the thursday practice

Check emails from Coach Trevor regularly for Changes/Cancellations. These will also be posted on Instagram

Mondays 4:00-5:00 PM

  • 4:00 Yale/Fraser Outdoor Track (poor weather option: meet upstairs at track inside ARC** Check email for confirmation from Coach Trevor)
  • Group heads over to Yale at about 4:40 for Strength Work

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM:   

  • 4:00 Meet at McMillan Elementary’s south parking lot for hill training (poor weather option: meet in Small Gym at Yale. Check email for confirmation from Coach Trevor. The outside door will be propped open. Please do not walk through the school)

     

    Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM: 

    • 4:00 Yale/Fraser Outdoor Track (poor weather option: meet upstairs at track inside ARC** Check email for confirmation from Coach Trevor)
    • Group heads over to Yale at about 4:40 for Strength Work
    ** ARC: Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Athletes are responsible for their entry fee–load up a Pass Card with 10 or 20 visits and save!
Times & Days can vary from this general schedule: see email updates from Coach Trevor and posts on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyroyals/

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

Due to health concerns, pole vault is not currently available for training. To inquire about strength and conditioning training with the Power & Speed Group please email club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]

    Pole Vault Coach: Graham Danziger

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 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.

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)

Athletes Age 14 and Up, that are currently registered and training with the Royals, will continue to train using electronic communication with their coach. Watch for an email from your coach to learn how your training will proceed. Athletes in this age group, who are not currently registered but are interested in training, may reserve a spot on the 14 & Up Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the the athlete is unable to train this season). 

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 SPRING/SUMMER TRAINING SCHEDULE

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

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

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

 

 

  • Track Rascals (Two days a week for 8 weeks in May & June) is still to be determined. To reserve a spot on the Track Rascals Waitlist email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]

TWO DAYS A WEEK 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

TBA

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] 

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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)

JD Track & Field Training Begins TBA and runs until the BC JD Track & Field Championships July 31st-Aug 2nd 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.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP PRACTICES 

Meet at the Valley Royals Club Shed – at the south end of the track at Rotary Stadium
 
TBA
 
OR
ATHLETES WILL BE COMPETING AT A TRACK MEET 
Parents provide transportation and supervision of their child at meets

 

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. 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

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JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13) 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 for the Cross Country Season (September & October):
  • TBA
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  • Saturdays TBA (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.
 

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 (2019) 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. 

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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 March 20th 2020