The focus of the Cheetahs program is to introduce athletes between the ages of 8 and 11 (born 2011-2006 – age as of December 31, 2019) to the sport of track and field while at the same time developing fundamentals of the sport and a general foundation level of fitness that will benefit these young athletes in all aspects of their lives.

Each practice athletes will spend time building fitness and strength for their running events and practicing technique for their field events. Several competitions will be highlighted during the season. Towards the beginning of a season emphasis will be more on the fitness and conditioning aspect of track and as competitions draw nearer an emphasis on technique. There are many different approaches taken to each practice with very little repetition, keeping young athletes interested.

The Cheetah Program is run in three distinct sessions.

Session #1 – September to November – Cross Country/Learn to Run

Through a fun based education incorporating drills, games, running, and strength and agility, this program will focus on the fundamentals of running efficiencies. Practices will be broken into two group. The first will focus on those athletes interested in Cross Country running and learning to run. The running distances will be longer. The second group will consist of base training, strength conditioning and running form and will be used more for power speed athletes. Distances in this group will be shorter. Both groups will have the opportunity to compete at two cross country meets including Cross Country Provincial Championships.

Dates:
North Group
September 10, 2018 to November 5, 2018 (twice per week)
Mondays 5:45pm-7:00pm at Canmore Park;
Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm at Confederation Park

South Group
September 11, 2018 to November 4, 2018 (twice per week)
Tuesdays 5:45 -7:00 at North Glenmore Park – Parking Area D
Thursdays 5:45 -7:00 at North Glenmore Park – Parking Area D
Costs:

  • $170 for the session
  • $60.00 Mandatory Athletics Alberta Fee (AA fee is payable once per year. Once paid it is transferable to Cheetah Session #2 and #3)
  • Entry fees to track meets (only payable if athlete competes)
  • Catlaf competition singlets ($45) (only payable if purchased)
  • Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase. Only the competition singlet is mandatory
  • For more information and to register, please contact Paula at the Caltaf office at info@caltaf.com or 403-686-6011.

Session #2 – Indoor Track and Field

This program will focus on learning the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing using age appropriate progressions. The program will be held indoors. Through a fun and active learning environment, skills learned in this program will create a strong foundation for success in both Track and Field and other sports and physical activities. This program will have several opportunities to compete at track and field meets in Calgary. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete at Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships in Edmonton as well as several Calgary meets.

Dates:
January 9, 2019 to March 16, 2019 (twice per week)
Wednesday 6:30-8:00 at Higher Level Sports (1411 33 St NE)
Saturday 10:30-12:00 at Mount Royal University

Costs:

  • $200 for the session
  • $60 Athletics Alberta Fee (AA fee is payable once per year. Once paid it is transferable to Cheetah Session #3)
  • Entry fees to track meets (only payable if athlete competes)
  • Catlaf competition singlets ($45) (only payable if purchased)
  • Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase. Only the competition singlet is mandatory
  • For more information and to register, please contact Paula at the Caltaf office at info@caltaf.com or 403-686-6011.

Session #3 (Outdoor)

This program will focus on learning the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing using age appropriate progressions. The program will be held outdoors. Through a fun and active learning environment, skills learned in this program will create a strong foundation for success in both Track and Field and other sports and physical activities. This program will have several opportunities to compete at track and field meets in Calgary. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete at meet in Calgary including Caltaf Track Classic.

Dates:

April 15, 2019 to June 24, 2019 (twice per week) – North Group

April 16, 2019 to June 25, 2019 (twice per week) – South Group

North Group
Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm – Foothills Athletic Park
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm – Foothills Athletic Park

South Group
Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 pm – Glenmore Athletic Park
Thursday 6:30-7:45 pm – Glenmore Athletic Park

Cost:

  • $200 for the session
  • $60.00 Mandatory Athletics Alberta Fee (AA fee is payable once per year. If it has been paid in either Session #1 or Session #2, it is transferable to Session #3)
  • Entry fees to track meets (only payable if athlete competes)
  • Catlaf competition singlets ($45) (only payable if purchased)
  • Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase. Only the competition singlet is mandatory
  • Further to comments/requests from Cheetah Parents, Athletes and Coaches, the Cheetah Invitational will now serve as the 2019 Alberta Provincial Championships for Tykes and Peewees at the end of June. (Dates TBA).  Accordingly, Caltaf has instituted a volunteer requirement for each Cheetah Family.  Each family will be required to volunteer for one volunteer shift on either of those days. The volunteer requirement will need to be met whether your athlete competes in the meet or not.  Shifts will be assigned on a first come first serve basis for the Cheetah Invitation with the Caltaf Track Classic (June 14-16th) or the Bantam-Youth Provincials (TBA) serving as the alternate volunteer opportunities.  If the volunteer requirement is not met by June 30, 2019, a $100 fee will be charged.
  • For more information and to register, please contact Paula at the Caltaf office at info@caltaf.com or 403-686-6011.

Also see the Caltaf Vision and Mission.