February 7, 2024

Hello Bantam families!

Thank you for attending the parent meeting Monday night. Your Bantam coaching staff is really looking forward to our first practice today.

I wanted to recap the most important information that we covered:

Coaching staff:
Ellie Windsor – Head Bantams coach
Katie Biller – Assistant Coach
Marcell Brickey – Assistant Coach
Mike Chapman – Assistant Coach
Christian Contreras – Assistant Coach
Marjory Doimas – Assistant Coach
Katherine Duran – Assistant Coach
Jason Griffith – Assistant Coach
Stacy Hebert – Assistant Coach
Charne Huff – Assistant Coach
Jennifer Jacobs – Assistant Coach
George Keiaho – Assistant Coach
Ryan Meuse – Assistant Coach
Sean Stephan – Assistant Coach
Ryan Stepp – Assistant Coach
Megan Wagner – Assistant Coach
Christine Weber – Assistant Coach
David Young – Assistant Coach

Goals for the season:
Fun and an appreciation for the benefits of sports and exercise
Good Sportsmanship
Developing your athlete’s abilities and helping them to achieve their goals

Questions and information:
The most efficient way to communicate with me is through email on the website, 10u@venturatigres.org . I am also available for questions after practice. I will email on a regular basis, especially once the meets begin in March. You can text me as well, but I am a doctor and am therefore slow to respond during the day.

Bantams will have team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 at the Buena High School track.
Parents are welcomed to stay and watch, but only athletes and coaches are allowed on the field. There are no sign in and sign-outs this year, but at the end of practice, we will keep our Bantams on the field until they get a visual on their ride home. Please be on time for pickup; a coach must stay with your athlete until you arrive.
Athletes will work with specialty coaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

4:30 – 6:00 pm Team Workout — Endurance

4:30 – 6:00 pm Team Workout — Warrior

Tuesday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
Shot Put
High Jump
High Jump

Thursday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
Long Jump
High Jump
Speed Develop.
Recovery Run
Long Jump
High Jump
Speed Develop.

Preparation for practice:
Please have your athlete dressed and ready to go, layers are best. Our athletes LOVE their Tigres gear, which means many of them have the same water bottles, bags, and sweatshirts. PLEASE label everything!! If they need a snack before practice, please have it be something easy to digest. They are only allowed water in their water bottles on the track.

We understand that other sports, illness, and injury may conflict with practice. You do not need to email me if your athlete will not attend practice, but I would appreciate knowing if they are injured as well as if they are not going to attend a meet.

Bantams will have the option to participate in the following events:

Field – Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put
Relay – 4X100 and the 4X400
Distance – 800 and 1600
Sprints – 100, 200, and 400

Athletes can participate in 4 events at each meet with a maximum of 3 running events. The 4X100 counts toward their running event total, but the 4X400 is free 🙂
Some athletes will already know what events they are interested in, while others are still deciding. We are going to encourage them to try everything until they decide which events they like the most. Event sign-ups will be on Mondays and Wednesdays by my bag on the field.

As a way to incentivize getting out of comfort zones and trying new things, we will again be offering the Golden Baton award this year. Athletes who try every event at least once at meets through the season will earn this coveted prize. We have had many athletes find a new event to love or (and!) gain an incredible amount of self-esteem while pursuing this goal.

Setting up the relay teams for the 4X100 and the 4X400 takes time. Once your athlete selects the relay, they are making a commitment to three other athletes on the team. Relay teams will be created based upon times and attendance. There may be times that I cannot build a full relay team due to numbers, but I will do my best to make certain it is a fair process.

I will send out more information regarding meets as the dates come closer, but for your future planning, the meet schedule on the website is accurate and meets typically go from 8:00 – 3:00ish.

We look forward to greeting former and new athletes on Wednesday!!

See you soon,
Coach Ellie Windsor (805) 832-1421