Practice Schedule

Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Valley Royals Membership to participate with a Royals training group. 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]

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SPRING/SUMMER TRAINING SCHEDULES

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

The Junior Development 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, and Cross Country.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT GROUP PRACTICES 

SPRING/SUMMER JD TRACK SEASON Starts March 29, 2022, going until July 19, 2022. Meet at the Valley Royals Club Shed (south end of the track at Rotary Stadium)
 

Tuesdays    5:30 – 6:45 PM

Thursday    5:30 – 6:45 PM

Saturdays    11:00 – 12:15 PM

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 Gio Hernandez     Coach Mayci Falk     

Coach Parmvir Waring Halle May - JD Assistant Coach Coach Halle May

Vanessa Pirani

Coach Vanessa Pirani Harneet Uppal Coach Harneet Uppal

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MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNING GROUP

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

Senior Coach of Cross Country & Distance Running Group

Coach Scott Svelander  

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

MIDDLE DISTANCE GROUP TRAINING SCHEDULE:

Always meet at Rotary, may run over to Clearbrook Park for some sessions. Starting April 2, 2022. Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

Tuesday  4:15-5:15pm (Rotary Stadium)

Thursday 4:15-5:15pm (Rotary Stadium)

Saturday 9:15-10:45am (Clearbrook Park)

Practice is rain or shine so dress appropriately. Bring bottle of water and hat, and 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

Power/Speed Program is for those athletes who wish to specialize in the sprints, hurdles, jumps or multi-events.  Note: Pole vault has its own practice group and schedule. Vaulters are also integrated into the Power and Speed group to get strength and conditioning training.

Starting date TBA. All practices will be at Rotary Stadium.

Mondays 3:50PM-5:20PM

Wednesdays 3:50PM-5:20PM

Thursdays 3:50PM-5:20PM

Some sessions may go slightly longer depending on the specific activity / workout.

What to bring:  water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols will remain in place.   These include:  

  • 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 waterbottles. 
  • IMPORTANT: Use the washroom before you come to each practice as access to public facilities may be limited.

**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.   

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]

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 Coaches
    Makaila Lapointe
  Gio Hernandez

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.

 Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Saturdays 12:30 – 2:00 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. 

Sundays afternoons (time TBA)

Mondays afternoons (time TBA)

Wednesdays afternoons (time TBA)

 

Practices will consist of conditioning & technical work at the Clearbrook Park Throws Cage, which 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

Questions? Want to REGISTER FOR TRACK RASCALS? Email the club administrator, Christa, at [email protected]

  • 4:30 to 5:30 PM

  • WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

  • MAY 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27

  • JUNE 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, and 22

at Rotary Stadium

Meet at the covered area where the picnic tables are

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.  The price is $125.00 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]

Running shoes are required. Dress in layers for the weather, and bring a water bottle.

TRACK RASCALS COACHES:

Parmvir Waring   

Coach Parmvir Waring

 

Vanessa Pirani   

Coach Vanessa Pirani

 

Halle May - JD Assistant Coach

   Coach Halle May

 

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FALL TRAINING SCHEDULES

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 

NOTE: No Saturday practice on days of cross country races that the JD Group is competing at.

Meet in Clearbrook Park beside the parking lot off Clearbrook Road at the sign for Ron Wiebe playing fields. Practice is rain or shine so dress appropriately. Bring bottle of water and hat, and 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. 

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

Updated May 2022