The Junior Development Group (JD Group), is a year-round program and is designed for athletes born between 2009 and 2006 (Grade 6 to Grade 9) (11 to 14/15). Registration is ongoing throughout the year. The group meets three times 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/out of country meets. Athletes can try out for Provincial and National Teams.
***Those athletes that are born in 2009 will train with the Cheetahs for the X-Country/Base season and move up to Junior Development Group in November***
There are three training seasons:
Cross-Country/Base Season – September to October
(Cross Country Season for distance runners – the base season for power speed athletes
Indoor Season: November to March/April
Outdoor Season – April to July
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 9, 2020
- Mid D athletes Saturday TBA – Coach Sam will communicate if Saturday practice will be run
- Speed Power athletes – Saturday’s practice will be focused on power speed and will be coached by Joel. If you are training on Saturday, please pick two of Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
***Please Note: Due to the ever-changing COVID rules and restrictions, the indoor season training days, times, and locations have not been finalized and are subject to change. We will communicate this information as soon as we can. The below information outlines are initial planning.***
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 Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships.
Monday 6:30-8:30 pm Jack Simpson Track – U of C
Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm Repsol Center (Formerly Talisman)
Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm Jack Simpson Track – U of C
Saturday 9:00-11:00 am Repsol Center
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 6:00-8:00 pm Foothills Athletic Park
Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm Glenmore Athletic Park
Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm Foothills Athletic Park
Saturday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Glenmore Athletic Park
There is no expectation that athletes should train four times per week. Athletes ages 11-14 should pick two or three sessions per week. For athletes ages 14 and up, the fourth session per week is based on individual needs. Please speak to your coaches.
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.
Please contact the Caltaf office or one of the coaches for more information on the registration process and registration fees (prorated throughout the year)!