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 – 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 groups. 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.

Ages:

  • Born in 2008, 2009, 2011

Dates:

North Group
September 9, 2019 to November 4, 2019 (twice per week)
Mondays 5:45pm-7:00pm at Canmore Park;
Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:00pm at Confederation Park

South Group
September 10, 2019 to November 5, 2019 (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:

  • $180 for the session
  • $60 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 ($60.00) (only payable if purchased)
  • Caltaf competition Shirt/Singlet. Athletes must wear one of either Long Sleeved Black Performance T-shirt ($15.00) or Caltaf Singlet ($60.00). Cheetah athletes are given a free t-shirt that they may use to compete in)
  • Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase
  • For more information and to register, please contact Paula at the Caltaf office at info@caltaf.com or 403-686-6011.

In January, those athletes born in 2007 will transition to our Junior Development Group. Please contact the Caltaf Office for more information.

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.

Ages:

  • Born 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Dates:

January 8, 2020 to March 18th, 2020 (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:

  • $210 for the session
  • $60 Athletics Alberta Fee (AA fee is payable once per year. Once paid it is transferable to Cheetah Session #2 or #3)
  • Entry fees to track meets (only payable if athlete competes)
  • Caltaf competition Shirt/Singlet. Athletes must wear one of either Short-Sleeved Performance T-shirt ($15.00) or Caltaf Singlet ($60.00). Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase.
  • 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 meets in Calgary including Caltaf Track Classic.

Ages:

  • Born: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

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 6:30-8:00 pm – Glenmore Athletic Park
Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm – Glenmore Athletic Park

Cost:

  • $210 for the session
  • $60 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)
  • Caltaf competition Shirt/Singlet. Athletes must wear one of either Short-Sleeved Performance T-shirt ($15.00) or Caltaf Singlet ($60.00). Other Caltaf clothing is available for purchase
  • 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.
  • Note: Caltaf has instituted a volunteer requirement for each Cheetah Family for Session #3. Each family will be required to volunteer for one volunteer shift at the Cheetah Invitational to be held June 20-21, 2020. 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. If the volunteer requirement is not met by June 30, 2020, a $150.00 fee will be charged.

Also see the Caltaf Vision and Mission.