GREMLINS TEAM PAGE (8U)

Gremlins Head Coach

Jim Montgomery
CONTACT:
gremlins@venturatigres.org

8U Practice tomorrow and Meet this Saturday

Practice tomorrow is at 4:30 at Arroyo Verde Park. We will meet at the first bathrooms. 

Our next meet is this Saturday March 14th at 1:00 PM at Nordhoff high school in Ojai.

Please be at the meet in the Gremlin tent with your runner by 12:30 to get their sticker on and line up for our first event

Our athletes have many more options this week.

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 1:00pm 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.

Sign-ups will be on the clipboards at practice starting tomorrow. If your 8U 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.

Since we missed Tuesday practice you can also email me your athletes events for the meet if you cannot be at practice tomorrow.

My email is: gremlins@venturatigres.org

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

See you tomorrow at Arroyo Verde Park

Coach Jim

 

Practice Cancelled Today due to Rain

Looking forward to practice Thursday.

We are unable to use the track Thursday because Buena High has a meet and The baseball fields are being used. So we will be holding practice at Arroyo Verde Thursday this week at same time.

I will send another message prior to Thursday confirming.

Kids did so awesome at the practice meet!!!

Thank You

Coach Jim

Practice Meet Tomorrow at 8:00AM

Some last-minute reminders regarding tomorrow:

Please arrive at 8:00am at the 8U tent in the stands.

Your runner will need their uniform, black shorts, running shoes, water, snacks, and sunscreen.

No food or drinks (other than water) are allowed on the field. They can keep snacks and stuff under the tent in the stands.

Label Everything!! I have some water bottles I have collected already.

If you were not able to pick up your uniform yet, they will be ready tomorrow at 7:45. Please allow time for this if you don’t have uniform.

As this is our first meet, please be patient as we work out the kinks and everyone learns their role

Practice Meet This Saturday March 7th

Hello 8U Gremlins! (We are transitioning the group name from Gremlins to 8U)Our practice meet is this Saturday, March 7th at the Buena Track. The event options are limited for this meet since the primary focus is training the volunteers. For this meet only 8U will be able to participate in 2 running events and Long Jump.Our running choices for this meet are:4X100, 400, 100

Our only field option for this meet is the Long Jump.

Parents, please help your 8U child with the following for all meets:  1) they should know what events they signed up to run (we will help try to make sure they are at events but it is their responsibility to know what they are running), and 2) after their race they should get off the field and go back to the 8U tent in the stands – this is their 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.

The order of running events is:

4×100

400

100

Field events will include:

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

Arrival time: 8:00 sharp in the 8U 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 child 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.

Go 8U Girls and Boys!

Coach Jim

Great First Week!

Gremlin Families,

Great first week of practice. I think the kids are having a lot of fun.

Couple reminders:

  • Please sign in and out. I want to make sure all the kids are picked up and safe.
  • Please remind your kids to bring everything home. I already have a new water bottle that was left behind.
  • Label everything
  • Have the kids wear sweatshirts, not jackets. Wearing jackets unzipped is affecting their running. If they need to wear a jacket, we want to have it zipped up.

We still need more person/family to serve as team parents.  It requires sitting in the stands with the Gremlins during the meets – we only need one adult to be there at all times so it could be alternated between people/families.  This role fulfills your Tigres volunteer requirement

Carmelita Everard is Tigres’ Volunteer Coordinator.  Carmelita can be contacted at c805everard@aol.com

Lastly, I will be out of town on Tuesday, but the other coaches will be there to make sure that the kids have a safe and fun practice!!

Go Gremlins!!

Coach Jim

 

Gremlin practice today – Meet on grass near the basketball courts

We were just informed that we cannot use the track tonight because the Buena Soccer Team has a home game.

We will be holding practice tonight on the JV Baseball field.

Park in the same parking lot as you would for regular practice. just walk toward the basketball courts instead of the track.

Sorry for the short notice.

Gremlins Parent Meeting Recap – First Practice Tomorrow

Hello Gremlin families!
Thank you for attending the parent meeting tonight! Your Gremlin coaching staff is really looking forward to our first practice Tomorrow Tuesday 2/4 at 4:30

I wanted to recap the most important information that we covered. See below.
Head Coach: Jim Montgomery
Assistant Coaches:
Dominka Montgomery
Dave Gilbert
Stephen Isbell
Kristen Nielsen
Laura Traub
Basia Deboer
Leah Kahler
Sean Feeney
Ryan Nation
Jennifer Miller
Miriam Lancaster

Team Parent:
***We need one more person/family to serve this role. It requires sitting in the stands with the Gremlins during the meets – we only need one adult to be there at all times so it could be alternated between people/families. This role fulfills your Tigres volunteer requirement (as do the assistant coaching positions).

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
5. Making friends

Questions and information:
The most efficient way to communicate with me is through the website (email: gremilns@venturatigres.org). I am also available for questions after practice, and I will keep our website updated on a regular basis, especially once the meets begin in March. You can text me as well: 805-368-6999
Practice:
Gremlins will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:45pm. Practice begins promptly at 4:30 at Buena High School. Please have your athlete there a few minutes early to get their name tag and get settled. Our warm-ups are equally important to the workout, and we need your athlete to be there on time.
Parents are welcomed to stay and watch in the stands, but only athletes and coaches are allowed on the field. At the end of practice, we will keep our Gremlins on the field until they get a visual on their ride home. There will still be runners on the track when our practice is over so please be mindful of the runner traffic before you call them over to you. We will be teaching our athletes track safety as well.
Sign in and out:
Sign in and out sheets will be on the fence at the track. Please remember to sign in and out! If you do not sign out, be prepared for a phone call from me checking on whether or not you have your athlete with you. Please be on time for pickup; a coach must stay with your athlete until you arrive.
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.
Attendance:
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.
Meets:
Gremlins will have the option to participate in the following events:
Field – Long Jump (this is the only field event available for Gremlins)
Relay – 4X100 (this is the only relay available for Gremlins)
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 plus the long jump. 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 Thursdays on a separate clipboard on the fence at the track.
Setting up the relay teams for the 4X100 takes time. Once you select the relay, your athlete is 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 8:00am – 2:30pm or so. Gremlins do not participate in the meet on April 3-4 – enjoy the weekend off!
If you pre-ordered uniforms (singlet & shorts), they will be available at a future practice closer to the first meet. All your child needs is running shoes (no spikes at this age).
We look forward to greeting former and new athletes Tomorrow!!
See you Tomorrow,

Jim Montgomery
805-368-6999
gremlins@venturatigres.org

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