U16 Junior Development Group – 2022/2023
The Full Time Junior Development Group (JD Group) is a year-round program and is designed for athletes born between 2008-2011 (grade 6 to Grade 9) (11 to 14-15 years old). Registration is ongoing throughout the year. The group meets three per week, but the degree of commitment is determined by the athlete and attendance can be flexible. The program is designed to give kids an in-depth exposure to all track and field events. Athletes will compete in track meets both in Calgary, Edmonton and surrounding areas as well as out of province meets. Athletes can try out for Provincial Teams.
The registration fees for the 2022-2023 are $1150.00. The payments may be broken up into two installments due November and April. Our registration fees are prorated monthly.
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- Cross-Country/Base Season – September to November (Cross Country Season for distance runners – the base season for power speed athletes
- Indoor Season – November to April
- Outdoor Season – April to July (U16 that have qualified for nationals will train until the beginning of August)
At each session, there will be two running workouts; one for those running the cross-country races (either at Provincials or school meets) and a second for sprinters/hurdlers/jumpers/throwers. The latter who train during the base training season will have a huge advantage over those athletes who wait and join us for the start of the indoor season (November). Sprinters will work on base training, strength conditioning and running form.
The training times for Cross-Country/Base Season;
Beginning September 12, 2022
14 and 15 years old – Please attend Saturday and 2 other weekday practices.
12 and 13 years old – Please attend 2 or 3 practices (practice days will depend on the schedule of the athlete)
Monday – 5:45-7:00pm – West Confederation Park (aka Canmore Park)
Wednesday – 5:45-7:00pm – Confederation Park
Thursday – 5:45-7:00pm – North Glenmore Park
Saturday – 10:00-11:30am – North Glenmore Park
Indoor Season – October/November to April
The group moves indoors in early November. In the indoor season, training becomes more event specific. Athletes will begin to practice age-appropriate progressions for most events including long jump, high jump, shot put, hurdles, sprints and distance. Competitions will be in Calgary, Edmonton and other locations around Alberta. The season culminates with the Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships.
Jack Simpson Track @ UofC – 2500 University Drive NW
Monday – 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday – 6:30 -8:30pm
Thursday – 6:30-8:30pm
**Saturday when scheduled – Long Jump @ MNP Centre 1:30-3:30pm. The Saturday practice will not run every week and be based on the technical needs of the athletes and the competition schedule.
The Saturday practice will not run every week and will be based on the technical needs of the athletes and the competition schedule.
Outdoor Season – April to end of season
In April, the group moves outdoors where the training becomes even more event specific, and the athletes will attend more meets. Athletes will have the opportunity to try out for provincial and national teams. The length of the outdoor season depends on the ability of the athlete. The competitive season for most athletes will finish towards the end of July with the Alberta Outdoor Provincial Championships, with some athletes attending Youth National Championships usually held the second week of August.
Monday – 6:00-8:00pm – Foothills Track
Wednesday – 6:00-8:00pm – Glenmore Track
Thursday – 6:00-8:00pm – Foothills Track
Saturday – 11:00-1:00pm – Glenmore Track(early season only)
There is no expectation that athletes should train four times per week. We have added another session to better accommodate athletes that live in the south. Athletes ages 11-14 should pick two or three sessions per week. The fourth session per week is based on individual needs. Please speak with your coaches.
Caltaf does have a volunteer requirement. Each family is expected to volunteer/officiate at the Caltaf Track Classic (in June) and one other meet of their choice. If the volunteer requirement is not met a $300.00 fee is charged on June 30. Note that we are very strict with respect to the fulfillment of the volunteer requirement.
Track and Field is one of the lowest cost sports in the city, but like almost every other sport in Calgary we depend on our volunteers to help run the organization and the events. Unfortunately, we have found it necessary to charge a volunteer fee if the time that we ask people to volunteer is not met. Our preference is not to charge people as the main goal is to have enough volunteers participating in the Club, so we do not have to hire outside people to help run the Caltaf Track Classic and subsequently be forced to increase our fees.
For more information, please contact the Caltaf office
We encourage athletes to come out to our training session for a one-week free trial to ensure that the group, coaches and training is a good fit. If you are interested, please contact the Caltaf office.