Practice Schedules

2020 TRACK & FIELD TRAINING

Regular outdoor training for all athletes begins in April.

Please Note:

  • The age of an athlete is determined by how old the athlete will turn in 2020 (for example, even if your child is still 13 in April, if they turn 14 in 2020, you look at training schedules for U16). Training schedules for specific age groups are determined by long term development guidelines set by BC Athletics.
  • Coaches are requiring all JD athletes turning 13 in 2020 to train up with the older age groups.
  • Most track practices take place RAIN or SHINE. In case of very heavy rain, wind conditions, watch your email in case coaches have to cancel a practice on a rare occasion or for a particular event.  If you don’t receive notice of practice being cancelled, it will go ahead as scheduled.
  • We ask that all athletes be at practice 10 minutes prior to start times so we can begin promptly.  We also ask parents to be at the track 10 minutes prior to the end of scheduled practice times so when practice is over everyone can leave.  While we understand that training does run over sometimes at coach’s discretion, it quite often ends as scheduled and coaches cannot leave until everyone is picked up.
  • We need parents to help with set up and tear down for some of the events; specifically, pole vault, hurdles, high jump and long jump.  If you are able to step in and help with this, it would be greatly appreciated!

Track Rascals

The Track Rascal program is split into two separate programs (athletes register for one or the other, not both).

Tuesday Program

  • Session commences on Tuesday, April 7 at Mercer Stadium from 6-7pm.
  • Programs ends on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 with a mini meet and club wide year end BBQ.

Thursday Program

  • Session commences on Thursday, April 9 at Mercer Stadium from 6-7pm.
  • Programs ends on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 with a mini meet and club wide year end BBQ.

JD Program (9-12 years)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm – 7pm starting Thursday, April 2 at Mercer Stadium.
  • This program ends with the BC JD Provincial Championships on August 1 & 2 in Surrey.
  • Please note practice on Tuesday, April 7 is cancelled due to the JD Athlete, Parent & Coach Meeting at NWSS High School Library from 6pm – 7:30pm (enter off 8th Street Entrance).  ** It is important for all JD athletes and a parent to attend (ages 9-13). **

U16 and older athletes (this includes all JD athletes turning 13 in 2020)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm – 8:30pm starting Thursday, April 2 at Mercer Stadium.
  • For runners aged 13+ there is a practice on Wednesdays from 7-9pm starting April 10 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby with Coach Sean.   On some dates, the club will not have these practices due to the Stadium being booked for special events, but you will be advised of these in advance.

Throws Training for U16+

All throws training during the outdoor season takes place at Burnaby Central Secondary School on the lower throws field.

  • Tuesday:
    • hammer from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • javelin from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    • shot put from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • discus from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thursday:
    • hammer / discus from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    • javelin from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pole Vault Training for U16+

The tentative pole vault training will take place from April to August with an exact start date still to be determined.

  • Tuesdays:
    • Pit set up from 5:15pm – 5:30pm
    • 15 and older athletes vault practice from 5:30pm – 7pm
    • 14 and younger athletes vault practice 7pm – 8:30pm
    • Pit tear down from 8:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Thursdays:
    • Pit set up from 5:15pm – 5:30pm
    • JD intro to vault practice from 5:45pm – 6:30pm
    • 15 and older athletes vault practice 7pm – 8:30pm
    • Pit tear down from 8:30pm – 8:45pm
  • Saturdays:
    • All ages 10am to 12 noon

Beginner vaulters (14 and younger athletes) are encouraged to attend as many technical practices as possible, but you do not need to attend every single practice in order to compete.  Any athlete with other event or sport conflicts can work out an alternate week training place with Coach Cristina.

Interested athletes aged 13+ should discuss vault practice schedules directly with Coach Cristina Weir at cristinamweir@gmail.com.

2020 PRE SEASON TRAINING

Pre season training for athletes aged 13 and older will commence January 2020 (JD athletes who turn 13 in 2020 will also be included in these training sessions).  There will also be some limited training spots available for athletes aged 11-12 years.

Athletes are not required to sign up to participate for the pre season training sessions but an email to the respective coach as indicated below is required so coaches can plan the sessions accordingly.

Pre Season Track Training for 13+

  • Thursdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Mercer Stadium. Workouts will be every Thursday starting Thursday, January 9 and continue until the regular season schedule begins. Athletes must email Coach Sean at citytrackdad@gmail.com to confirm attendance at this practice. This is a base/conditioning running practice.
  • Saturdays from 9:00am – 10:20am at Deer Lake Park.  Workouts will be every Saturday starting Saturday, January 11 and continue until the regular season schedule begins.  These practices start from the parking lot on Royal Oak Avenue, just south of Deer Lake Parkway. This practice starts at 9:00am SHARP. It is very important that you email Coach Sean at citytrackdad@gmail.com to confirm attendance at this practice before the day so the Coach knows who to expect. This practice is intended for mid and long distance athletes and involves lots of running and hill training. All interested athletes are welcome to attend regardless of their discipline to assist with pre season conditioning.

Pre Season Throws Training for 13+

  • RCTFC athletes aged 13+ who are interested in pre season throws practices and are not already participating, please email Coach Kevin Smith at kevin@royalcitytrack.ca for more information and to get onto Coach Kevin’s email distribution list.

Pre Season Pole Vault Training for 13+

  • Mondays from 6:30pm – 7:45pm for weights at Canada Games Pool.  Workouts will be every Monday and resume as of Monday, January 6.  Please note that athletes will pay for their own facility fee at this location.
  • Wednesdays from 8pm – 10pm for conditioning at Omega Gymnastics.  Workouts will be every Wednesday and resume as of Wednesday, January 8.  Please note that athletes will pay for their own facility fee at this location.
  • Saturdays from 10am to noon at Mercer Stadium starting Saturday, February 1.  These will be vault technical practices on dry days and jump specific speed/strength workouts on rainy days.  Please bring your spikes to all of these training sessions.
  • RCTFC athletes aged 13+ who are interested in pre season pole vault practices and strength training and are not already participating, please email Coach Cristina Weir at cristinamweir@gmail.com for more information.

Pre Season Track Training for 11-12 year old JD Athletes

Pre Season training for Junior Development (JD) athletes aged 11 and 12 years old will start on Thursday, January 16 and run through to Thursday, March 12.

  • Thursdays from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Mercer Stadium. Workouts will be every Thursday starting Thursday, January 16 and continue until the regular season schedule begins.
  • It will be outdoors this year and under the guidance of Coach Darryl Forsyth.
  • Please note that space will be limited to 25 athletes only! Athletes must email Coach Darryl at darrylforsyth@gmail.com to get one of the 25 available spaces.

2020 CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING

Regular outdoor training for all athletes begins in September.

Stay tuned for dates, times and locations coming late summer 2020.