Practice Schedule

Wondering what the 2020 Track & Field Training Schedule will look like? The Coaching Team have put together a tentative schedule for the Track & Field Season (which runs from the end of Spring Break until beginning of August. Within this time frame Track Rascals, for kids ages 6-8, is offered as a shorter 8-week program in May & June). Note: Saturday practices are not offered on days when the athletes are competing at a Track Meet. 

This schedule is a work-in-progress and may be subject to change. For a printable PDF of the Tentative Training Schedule click: 2020 Tentative Schedule for Spring Summer

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)

Winter Training 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

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–use the entrance pictured. 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)

 

Power & Speed Coach: Trevor Wight

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

POWER & SPEED WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE

Due to the weather getting colder, and decreasing daylight, all training will be indoors until further notice.  Hopefully we’ll be back outside in late January as the days begin to get longer.  Here’s our schedule moving forward:   

Changes/Cancellations will be posted on Instagram

Mondays 4:00-5:00 PM

  • 4:00 meet upstairs at track inside ARC**
  • Group heads over to Yale at about 4:40 for Strength Work

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM:   

  • 4:00 meet in Small Gym at Yale
  • The outside door will be propped open
  • Please do not walk through the school

    Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM: 

    • 4:00 meet upstairs at track inside ARC**
    • 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 Christa 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)

    Pole Vault Coach: Graham Danziger

New to Pole Vault ? It is important to contact Club Administrator Christa McAuley at [email protected] and Coach Graham Danziger 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.

  • Tuesdays late afternoon with Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)
  • Fridays late afternoon with Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)
  • Some Saturdays mid-morning (Coach Graham to confirm by email) 

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 WINTER TRAINING SCHEDULE

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

MONDAYS/WEDNESDAYS 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

Mondays in May & June: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Wednesdays in May & June: 5:30 – 6:30 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] 

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

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
 
Tuesdays
Junior Development Group at
ROTARY STADIUM  
5:30 – 6:45 PM
 
Thursdays
Junior Development Group at
ROTARY STADIUM  
5:30 – 6:45 PM
 
Saturdays
Junior Development Group at
ROTARY STADIUM  
10:15 – 11:15 AM
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
  • TBA
  • 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 January 2020