Junior Development

Junior Development Group – 2021/2022

Coaches: Joel Senick, Samantha Read, Amonn Nelson

The Junior Development Group (JD Group), is a year-round program and is designed for athletes born between 2009-2006 (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 2010 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

  1. Cross-Country/Base Season – September to October (Cross Country Season for distance runners – the base season for power speed athletes
  2. Indoor Season – November to March/April
  3. Outdoor Season – April to July

Cross-Country/Base Season

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, starting September 13, 2021:

Monday – 5:45-7:15 pm – West Confederation Park (aka Canmore Park)
Wednesday – 5:45-7:15pm – Confederation Park
Thursday – 5:45-7:15pm – North Glenmore Park
Saturday – 10:00-11:30 – North Glenmore Park

14 and 15-year-olds should attend Saturdays and 2 other weekday practices.  12 and 13-year-olds should attend 2 or 3-weekday practices with Saturday being optional.

Indoor Season

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 – 6:30-8:30pm – Jack Simpson Track – UofC
Wednesday – 6:30 -8:30pm – Repsol Center (Formerly Talisman)
Thursday – 6:30-8:30pm – Jack Simpson Track – UofC
Saturday – 9:00-11:00am – 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 – 6:30-8:30pm – Foothills Athletic Park
Wednesday – 6:30-8:30pm – Glenmore Athletic Park
Thursday – 6:30-8:30pm – Foothills Athletic Park
Saturday – Times will vary – Saturday practice will not be run all of the time and will be used for a “technical top-up”.  Please contact them Caltaf Office for more informaiton.

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. For athletes ages 14 and up, the fourth session per week is based on individual needs. Please speak with your coaches.

Volunteer Requirement

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 and Caltaf, 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.   

If you have more questions, please email me and I would be happy to help. 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 let me know I can provide that information to you.

Please contact the Caltaf office for more information on the registration process and registration fees (prorated throughout the year)!