GREMLINS TEAM PAGE (8U)

Gremlins Head Coach

Autumn Watson
CONTACT:
gremlins@venturatigres.org

Gremlin 3/23 Meet at Oxnard HS Info

Hello Gremlin families!

I can’t wait to watch our Gremlins take to the track this weekend – should be a fun meet!  Please arrive to the Gremiln tent in the stands by 8am to get your sticker and registered for the meet – the team parent will show you where to find the stickers.  If you are doing long jump, be ready to go down on the field before 8:30am.  If you are doing a relay, please be sure to check-in with me personally by 8:30am or else you may lose your spot.  I need 2 more boys to do relay – email or text me if you are interested (remember can only do 3 running events).

Location: Oxnard High School  3400 W. Gonzales Road

Arrival time: 8:00am

Meet start time: 8:30am

The results from last week’s meet are on athletic.net.

See you Saturday morning!

Autumn

Gremlin Fillmore meet recap and no Thursday practice 3/21

Hello Gremlin families,

What a fun and exhausting Saturday!  We were very proud of how our Gremlins carried themselves and performed at their first official meet!  Overall, the meet went great and was a wonderful way to start the season.  Thank you to Team Parent Jennifer Loftus and her family.  Thank you to the assistant coaches who help make everything run.

A couple requests;

  1. Please arrive by 8am to get your child’s sticker and registered.  If your child is doing the long jump, this is absolutely necessary – we start promptly at 8:30am.  If your child is doing the relay, they must have checked in with me by 8:30am or else they may be dropped from the relay team – I need to find replacements ASAP in order to ensure the rest of the relay team can run. Please only sign up for a relay if your child will for sure be at the meet and on time.
  2. Please sit in the Gremlin area in the stands with our team parent – it will be more obvious at our future meets with a Tigres tent marking our area.  If your child is not sitting in the Gremiln area when the coaching staff come looking for him/her to stage for events, we will not go searching high and low for them – we have 46 kids to corral.
  3. Please ensure your child has used the bathroom before we take them onto the field.  It is not the coaches’ responsibility to take anyone to the bathroom – we don’t have enough staff – we need you to take them.  If they tell us they have to go to the bathroom while on the field, we will send them back to the Gremlin tent to find you to take them – he/she may miss an event.

Lastly, Buena HS is hosting another meet so we will not have practice on Thursday 3/21 – I just learned this today.  Please encourage your Gremlin to get in some extra running this week to make up for another missed practice.  Signups will be available at practice on Tuesday – you can email or text me, as well.  Encourage your kiddos to sign up for a new event – it’s always good to try a new one!

See you tomorrow!

Autumn

Gremlins new info for meet at Fillmore

Hello Gremlin families,

I can’t wait to watch our Gremlins run at our first meet this Saturday!  It should be a lot of fun.  I was just informed of a few things….We have not had a meet at Fillmore HS for some years so this site is new to many of us.  I have heard it is small and therefore we should arrive earlier than usual to get a good spot in the stands and parking.  EZ Up tents are not allowed in the stadium at this venue (this is not typical) so we will not have one for the Gremlins.  We will either sit in the stands (and hopefully not bake in the sun) or we will find a spot just outside the stadium where an EZ Up may be allowed – please stay tuned – it will have to be a race day decision.  You all have my cell if you  need to get a hold of me.

The coaching staff will be wearing their Tigres shirts so if you can spot them.  Reminder that only coaches are allowed on the track and field area.  Please know what your child has signed up to run so that you can help them be ready when the time comes for the coaches to take them down to the track for staging.

Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, water & snacks!

Lastly, please text me if your child signed up for the meet but can no longer attend – it is helpful to know if we need to switch up our relays.

Go Tigres!

Autumn

Gremlins Meet Events

Hello again,

I apologize for excluding the 800m in the Gremlin list of events – it is on my signup sheet but was wrong in my email (that’s what I get for late night emails following a weekend away!).  The correct Gremlin eligible events are below.  Please discuss the events with your child so they know what they are doing at each meet.  We appreciate your help given that we have 46 Gremlins to keep track of!

The order of running events is:

3200 (NOT a Gremlin event)

Hurdles (NOT a Gremlin event)

4×100

1600

400

100

800

200

4×400 (NOT a Gremlin event)

Field events will include:

Long Jump (Gremlins usually go first at 8:30am so be on time!)

High Jump (NOT a Gremlin event)

Shot Put (NOT a Gremlin event)

See you at practice!

Autumn

Gremlins Practice Meet Recap & Info for 3/16 Meet at Fillmore

Hello Gremlins!

Thank you all for your dedication to the Gremlins in my absence at the Practice Meet.  I am very grateful, especially to Ryan DeLapp and our assistant coaches. I heard it was fun, fast and filled with some comedic moments.  Please know that the regular season meets will have more time in between events making for smoother and longer transitions.  With that said, as parents please help your Gremlin with the following for all meets:  1) they should know what events they signed up to run (we will help wrangle them but it is their responsibility to at the very least know what they are running), and 2) after their race they should get off the field and go back to the Gremlin tent in the stands – this is Gremlin home base – this is where we look for them when it is time to stage for an event and walk them back on the track – if they aren’t there, we won’t go looking for them.

For the 3/16 meet with Heritage Valley at Fillmore High School, our athletes have many more options.

The order of running events is:

3200 (NOT a Gremlin event)

Hurdles (NOT a Gremlin event)

4×100

1600

400

100

800 (NOT a Gremlin event)

200

4×400 (NOT a Gremlin event)

Field events will include:

Long Jump (Gremlins usually go first at 8:30am so be on time!)

High Jump (NOT a Gremlin event)

Shot Put (NOT a Gremlin event)

Gremlins can run in 3 events and do long jump. 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.

Information for March 16th:  Fillmore High School    555 Central Ave. Fillmore, CA

Arrival time: 8:00 sharp in the Gremlin tent in the stands to get race bibs and organize relays as needed

Start time: 8:30am 

Sign-ups will be on the clipboards at practice starting tomorrow. If your Gremlin in not going to attend the meet, please have him/her draw a line through his/her name. Please do not email me after Friday at noon to add your child to the roster for the meet.  If your child signs up for a relay, please make sure they have attended practice to work on this skill – if we don’t have a multiple of 4, we may be unable to run everyone in a relay – please know I will do my best to give everyone a chance.  Additionally, if your child signs up for a relay their other 3 teammates are counting on them to show up – if they can’t make it at the last minute, please let me know ASAP.

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

Go Gremlins!

See you this week,

Autumn

805-878-8048

Gremlins 3/5 practice back on!

Soooo, the radar lied. The storm shifted north and now no rain forecast until 9pm. Doh!  So if you still can, come on down to Buena for practice. I will be there! Apologies for the confusion – I do not have a future career as a weather person.

Autumn

Gremlin practrice canceled 3/5

Due to a volatile and unpredictable weather system, Gremlin practice is canceled for today.  I don’t want to drag everyone out to the track and have us get stuck in the rain.  Encourage your athletes to get some running in this week.  Note the report time of 8am at Buena HS on Saturday for the practice meet.  Coach Ryan will be the POC.  Uniform distribution will be rescheduled – more information is forthcoming (I don’t have any specifics).  Worst case, come very early to the meet to pick yours up.  I will see you all next week – have a wonderful rest of the week and practice meet!

Autumn

Practice meet info & practice canceled Thursday 3/7

Hello Gremlin families,

Our practice meet is quickly approaching!  We are all excited to put practice into action at a meet!  Below are some updates about this busy week. But first, thank you for signing in and out your Gremlin at practice – we had 100% compliance this last practice (1st time!) – I greatly appreciate knowing that all Gremlins are accounted for after practice.

The news for the week:

Another big storm is approaching and supposed to hit Tuesday 3/5 in the afternoon – plan on practice unless you hear from me otherwise.  We have a lot to get done, especially more relay practice but we will have to cancel if it’s pouring.

On Thursday 3/7 all Tigres practices have been canceled – Buena HS is hosting a track meet.  Please encourage your Gremlin to do warmups and running in order to work on conditioning. Information about a new schedule for uniform distribution will be forthcoming from our volunteers in that department – I don’t have any further information.

Our practice meet is this Saturday, March 9th at Buena HS. Thank you to those who signed up for events at practice or emailed me.  If you have a Gremlin planning to participate but have not yet signed up, please email me ASAP.  The event options are limited for this meet since the primary focus is training the volunteers. For this meet only, Gremlins will be able to participate in 1 field event (long jump) and 2 running events.

Our running choices for this meet are:

4X100 relay (best to do only if they practiced handoffs)

400m

100m

The meet is scheduled to begin at 8:30am. Please have your athlete arrive by 8:00am and meet the Gremlins in the stands – we should have an orange pop-up tent.  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. They can leave their bag in the Gremlin area in the stands.  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.

I will be out of town at my 20-year college reunion event (!) and will miss the meet.  Ryan DeLapp, one of our assistant coaches, will serve as the Gremlin coach.  Other assistants will be present to help out, as well.  Our Team Parents this meet are Jessica Smith & Jesse Gonzalez – one of them will be sitting in the Gremlin area.  All other Tigres levels stay on the field – Gremlins hang out in the stands for more adult supervision. Thank you all for helping – it does take a village! Reminder that non-coach parents are not allowed on the track at any time.

Let me know if you have any questions.  I am bummed to miss the practice meet but can’t wait to hear all about it.

See you Tuesday (weather permitting),

Autumn

805-878-8048

gremlins@venturatigres.org

3/9 Practice Meet signups on 2/28

Hello Gremlins,

Our practice meet on 3/9 is quickly approaching!  Typically, Gremlins will sign up for events at the Thursday practice before the meet by indicating which events they want to do on a sheet next to the sign in/out clip boards.  I will not be at practice on 3/7 or at the meet on 3/9 (our assistants will be in charge). Sign ups for the practice meet will take place at this Thursdays practice 2/28.  The practice meet is an abbreviated meet designed to acquaint parents and new Tigres with the meet process.  Gremlins will only be able to compete in 2 running events (4×100 relay, 400m, 100m) and the long jump.  Please come ready to sign up for events at this Thursday’s 2/28 practice if your Gremlin will be participating in the 3/9 practice meet.

Go Tigres!

Autumn

Gremlins practice canceled 2/21 due to track repairs

Hello Gremlin families,

We just got word from Buena HS that they are doing repairs on the track today and tomorrow.  Therefore the track is closed. There will be no Gremlins or specialty practices today 2/21.  Please encourage your Gremlin to get in some running and strength exercises in the meantime.  We will see you at our next practice on Tuesday 2/26 – lots to do with our practice meet quickly approaching!

Take care

Autumn

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