The Junior Development Group (JD Group), is a year-round program and is designed for athletes born between 2007 and 2004 (Grade 6 to Grade 9). Registration is ongoing throughout the year. (Those athletes born in 2007 will begin complete the cross country season with the Caltaf Cheetahs and transition to the Junior Development Group on January 1, 2019.) 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 will also have the opportunity to try out for Provincial and National Teams.
There are three training seasons:
- Cross-Country/Base Season – September to October
(Cross Country Season for distance runners – 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 19th, 2018
Mondays 5:45-7:45pm at Canmore Park
Wednesdays 5:45-7:45pm at Confederation Park
Thursdays 5:45-7:45pm at North Glenmore Park
Saturdays Time and location to be determined by the coaches
Saturday practice will be run every second week depending on needs of the group. There is no expectation that athletes should train four times per week. We have added the Saturday session to better accommodate athletes that live in the south. Athletes ages 11-13 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 with your coaches.
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, shotput, hurdles, sprints and distance. Competitions will be in Calgary, Edmonton and other locations around Alberta. The season culminates with Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships.
Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm at Jack Simpson Track – U of C
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm at Repsol Center (Formerly Talisman)
Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm at Jack Simpson Track – U of C
Saturdays 9:00-11:00 at 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.
Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm at Foothills Athletic Park
Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm at Glenmore Athletic Park
Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm at Foothills Athletic Park
Saturdays 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Glenmore Athletic Park
Saturday practice will be run every second week depending on needs of the group. 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 11-13 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 with 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)!