Bantams Head Coach

Kristin Daw

10 U Bantam season update

Hi 10U Bantam families,


I am sure that by now you have received the team-wide email regarding the Tigres season. All we really know at this point is that there are no Tigres activities until April 10th. This decision was not made lightly and everyone in the VCYTC’s primary goal is to keep your athletes safe. I encourage your athletes to still get some workouts in with the goal of maintaining their conditioning so when we begin again they are ready and we all know that they will have some serious energy to burn with all of the days off of school LOL. We were having such a great season, your athletes truly are so much fun to be with, and I look forward to seeing them soon. 


Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have,



10U Bantam practice meet recap

Although our practice meet was designed to primarily train the volunteers, your Bantam coaches were so impressed with the dedication and grit of all of our athletes! They are SO much fun to watch!!


Please know that for the regular season, there will be more time between events which will make for smoother and longer transitions as well as more rested athletes. We appreciate all of your support as we worked out the kinks. 


For the meet next week with the Ojai roadrunners at Nordhoff high school, our athletes have many more options. 


The order of running events is:

3200 (NOT a Bantam event)

Hurdles (NOT a Bantam event)







4×400 (free event – NOT counting towards their total)


Field events will include:

Long Jump

High Jump (they must be cleared by a coach on Tuesday or Thursday to compete)

Shot Put (they should attend a specialty day on either Tuesday or Friday)


The total event total is 4 (the 4×400 does NOT count), three of which can be running. If an athlete exceeds their event total, they will be disqualified for all of their events for that meet. We will try to monitor this as best we can, but ultimately the athletes themselves need to be aware of their events.


If your athlete is interested in trying High Jump, they must be cleared through the High Jump coach on either Tuesday or Thursday. Also, if they have an event or skill they are serious about improving upon (i.e., relay, starts, long jump, shot put) they should try to attend a specialty day or two that focuses on that skill. 


Information for March 14th:


Arrival time: 12:30 sharp on the field


Start time: 1:00 (Please note the later start time)


Location: Nordhoff High School 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai


Sign-ups will be on the clipboards starting Monday. If they are not going to attend the meet, please have them draw a line through their name.


Starting with our first official meet next week, you will find the results posted on our website.


One final and EXTREMELY important reminder: If your athlete is sick we THANK YOU for keeping them home. However, I need to ask that if your athlete is signed up for the relay I would REALLY appreciate an email in the morning as soon as you decide to keep them home. Filling a relay position on the spot takes a serious last minute scramble and the willingness of another athlete and causes them to forgo another event that they signed up to participate in. I TOTALLY get that things come up and kids get sick, but if you could email me or text me as soon as you decide to keep them home, the advance notice would be much appreciated. 


Thanks again for all of your support!


805 766-7171

10U Bantam Practice Meet reminders

Hi 10U families,


Some last-minute reminders regarding tomorrow:

  • Please arrive at 8:00 
  • Your athlete will need their uniform, black shorts, sweats (labeled), running shoes, spikes (if they use them), water, snacks, and sunscreen. 
  • No food or drinks (other than water) are allowed on the field


If you were not able to pick up your uniform yet, they will be ready tomorrow at 7:45, but the window to pick them up is small so please be prompt. 


As this is our first meet, please be patient as we work out the kinks and everyone learns their role. I told the kids all week, the purpose of this meet is to train their parents LOL! 


All of the Bantam coaches are really looking forward to seeing our athletes out on the track in their orange and black!


We cannot wait for tomorrow!!


Coach Kristin

805 766-7171

10 U Bantams – Practice Meet info

Hi 10 U Bantam families,


Our athletes have been training hard, and we are all so excited that the meets are about to begin!


Our practice meet is this Saturday, March 7th. The event options are limited for this meet since the primary focus is training the volunteers. For this meet only, Bantams will be able to participate in 1 field event and 2 running events. 


Our only field option for this meet is the Long Jump. Our running choices for this meet are:






The event sign up sheets will be on clipboards with my bag on both Monday and Wednesday. I want your athletes to sign themselves up to increase their independence in the meets by knowing what events they chose. If your athlete will not attend the practice meet, I’ll have them draw a line through their name, and if they want to participate but are not at practice this week, feel free to email me their choices by Wednesday evening. 


The meet is scheduled to begin at 8:30. Please have your athlete arrive by 8:00 and meet us by my bag on the field (near where we warm up). We meet 30 minutes before the start of each meet to get the athletes their stickers, write their numbers on their hands, warm them up, and make last minute adjustments to relay teams. 


Your athlete will need sweats (labeled), water, snacks, and sunscreen. I recommend that they have a bag with water and their sweats on the field, but keep their food in the stands with the Bantam EZ-Up. There is no food allowed on the track.


Saturday will be shorter than a typical meet, but it is a great way to get a feel for what happens at our real meets, and for our parent volunteers to learn their jobs.


Also, if they are going to compete in their spikes (this is completely optional), they can start bringing them to practice this week as we will be using them on a limited basis. 



Thanks so much!

Kristin (805) 766-7171

10U Bantam practice this week

Hi 10U Bantam families,

Just a quick reminder that we have a normal practice schedule this week including practice at our regular time tomorrow (Monday) on President’s Day. Our Bantam team is so fun this year and we are having a great time out there! We appreciate all of your support, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Coach Kristin

10U Bantams – Specialty practice info

February 7, 2020


Hello 10U Bantam families,


I absolutely love the enthusiasm of our athletes and have already had multiple questions since our first practice about specialty practices. Our Bantams are ready to work!! 


Specialties will start next week, and the available options are listed on the Tigres website under practice schedule or listed below for your convenience. Remember, your athlete can come to all specialties or none, it depends completely on their schedule and desire to try some of the events (i.e. shot put and high jump) that they will not experience during our team workouts. 


We had such a fun and productive practice on Wednesday!! Hopefully, your athlete had a great introduction to our upcoming season 🙂 


See you Monday!

Coach Kristin



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


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


Tuesday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Hurdles Strength/Plyos Shot Put High Jump
5:15-6:00 Hurdles Strength/Plyos Relay High Jump


Thursday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Long Jump High Jump Speed Develop. Recovery Run
5:15-6:00 Long Jump High Jump Speed Develop.


Friday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Hurdles Relay Long Jump
5:15-6:00 Hurdles Shot Put Relays

10U Bantam practice reminders

Good Morning 10U Bantam parents,


Just a quick couple of reminders for tonight’s practice:


  • It is supposed to be COLD this evening and we will be talking for a bit before we get them moving so please have your athletes arrive with sweatpants and warm jackets.


  • We will be ending earlier today so please arrive to the Buena athlete to pick up your athlete by 5:30-5:45


  • Please label EVERYTHING that they bring to practice.


Feel free to email me with any and all questions that you have


We are so excited for our season to begin!!


Coach Kristin

Welcome to 10U (Bantams) 2020

February 3, 2020


Hello 10 U Bantam families!


Thank you for attending the parent meeting tonight. Your 10 U Bantam coaching staff is really looking forward to our first practice this week.


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


Coaching staff:

Kristin Daw – Head Bantams coach

Patrick Brown – Assistant Coach

JJ Chapman – Assistant Coach

Jason Daw – Assistant Coach

Molly Brennan Dufau – Assistant Coach

Sean Feeney – Assistant Coach

Sean Fisher – Assistant Coach

Dave Gilbert – Assistant Coach

Joanne Johnson – Assistant Coach

Leah Kahler – Assistant Coach

Autumn Watson – Assistant Coach


Goals for the season:

  1. Safety
  2. Fun and an appreciation for the benefits of sports and exercise
  3. Good Sportsmanship
  4. 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. 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 teacher and am therefore slow to respond during the school day. 



10 U 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 10 U 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, Thursdays, and Fridays. 



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


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


Tuesday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Hurdles Strength/Plyos Shot Put High Jump
5:15-6:00 Hurdles Strength/Plyos Relay High Jump


Thursday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Long Jump High Jump Speed Develop. Recovery Run
5:15-6:00 Long Jump High Jump Speed Develop.


Friday – Specialty practice – athlete choice
4:30-5:15 Hurdles Relay Long Jump
5:15-6:00 Hurdles Shot Put Relays


Preparation for practice:

Please have your athlete dressed and ready to go. 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.



10 U 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. 


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,

Kristin Daw (805) 766-7171

Bantam Gift pick up

Hi Bantam families,

The picnic yesterday was so special and so much fun! For those that could unfortunately not make it, I will be at the track today, Monday the 20th, from 5:00-6:00 with the athlete gifts, ribbons, and team photo.

Thank you all for your support and for such an incredible season!

Coach Kristin

Bantams- End of season picnic on Sunday!!

Hi All,

I am super excited to be reunited with our whole team on Sunday for our end of the season picnic!! We will be at the Ventura Unified School District Service Center at 255 W. Stanley Ave. Bantams are being asked to bring desserts (and any needed serving utensils) for 12 people and the Tigres organization is providing pizza and water.

12:00-1:00 Lunch (bring a blanket or chairs)

1:00 Club Announcements

1:30 Break into our smaller age groups

If your athlete has misplaced something over the course of the season, the lost and found will be brought to the picnic location for one last look before everything that is unclaimed is donated.

I really hope to see you there,

Coach Kristin

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