GREMLINS TEAM PAGE (8U)

7-8 Head Coach

Mike Oesterle
CONTACT:
8u@venturatigres.org

End of Season Picnic

Hi Tigres Gremlin Families,

I am reposting information below about the end of year picnic in case you have not seen it yet.

TEAM PICNIC THIS SUNDAY, MAY 15 AT BUENA QUAD
Tigres families are invited to a fun end-of-the-season family picnic on
Sunday, May 15 at the Buena High School Quad
The quad is located at the center of the school behind the cafeteria. Tigres will be providing a variety of pizzas! Families are asked to bring the following to contribute.
8U – Desserts
10U – Individual drinks
12U – Salads
Youth and Intermediates – Sides
Please bring enough for a dozen people and any serving utensils needed for your dish.
Picnic Schedule
Noon to 1 pm Lunch — Bring a picnic blanket or chairs
1 pm Club wide Announcements and Coaches Recognition (The club will be presenting all coaches with gifts at this time.)
1:30 pm Break into age groups for the remainder of the afternoon (Coaches will distribute all remaining ribbons at this time.)
Lost and Found Missing a sweatshirt, blanket, or bag? Maybe a water bottle or two? Check out the Lost and Found during the picnic to see if you can recover that lost item. ALL UNCLAIMED PROPERTY will be “up for grabs” at the end of the picnic and then all remaining items will be donated.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Thanks,

Coach Mike

JV Finals Meet Info

Hi 8U Families:

Tomorrow is the last meet of the season for many of our 8U athletes. For our family, the season always feels slow at the beginning and then it’s over before we know it. The last meet is bittersweet- while I’m sure everyone will be happy to have their Saturdays back, there is also sadness to say goodbye to track and all the positive energy and competition that comes with it. I hope all of your kids had a great experience and will sign up again next year.

In terms of logistics for tomorrow, the meet start time is at 8:30. Like last week, I ask you to please get your athletes to the stands at Buena by 7:45 so we can get the long jump started as soon as possible. Most of the kids participate in long jump and that event alone can slow down the entire meet so we appreciate your help getting this going first thing in the morning.

I also wanted to let you know that the Junior Varsity meet involves 5 conference teams so it will be a very long day. Please plan accordingly by bringing lots of food and water and applying sunscreen. Also, because there are so many athletes participating, they will be waiting in the stands for their events rather than hanging out in the field. Please help the coaches by knowing what event your child is doing and listening for the call for that event.

Please text me if you have any questions, and thanks again for your support in making this a great season. I look forward to celebrating with your families at the end of season picnic on Sunday, May 15 from 12:00-3:00 pm at Buena High School.

Sincerely,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

 

4/16 Meet vs Newbury Park

Hi 8U Families!

Tomorrows meet vs Newbury Park is at Buena H.S. The meet starts at 3pm, but we are going to get long jump started early. Please arrive at 2:15pm and check in at the Gremlin tent.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

End of Season Information

Hi 8U Families,

I wanted to send out a message about the rest of the season.

Most athletes have at least 2 meets left: the first being our last regular meet this Saturday 4/16 at Buena High School and the second being the Conference JV Finals West also at Buena on Saturday 4/23.

Following the Conference JV Finals there are two additional meets, which are Varsity and Co-Conference. Athletes need to qualify for these meets in order to participate. Varsity finals is Saturday, 4/30.

Below is a description of the JV finals and the Varsity finals meets.

JV finals: April 23 at Buena High School

The JV finals are open to all athletes. In order to participate in an event in the JV finals the athlete needs to:

1) have participated in that event at least once during the regular season (except for relays, an athlete need not have competed in a relay during the regular season to compete in a relay at JV.

2) have NOT qualified for that event in the Varsity Finals. If an athlete qualifies for an event at the Varsity Finals, they can NOT participate in that event at the JV finals. Also, the same event limit applies (maximum of 4 events- a maximum of 3 running events plus long jump).

Varsity Finals April 30 at Moorpark

For each event in each age/gender group, the top athletes in the conference qualify for the Varsity meet. For sprints and field events (100m, 200m, 400m, and long jump), the top 9 athletes qualify. For the distance events (800 and 1600), the top 12 athletes qualify. If there is a tie for the last slot, they then look at the athletes’ next best mark. The last opportunity to qualify for the Varsity Finals is this Saturday April 16th. You cannot qualify for Varsity at the JV meet.

Athletic.net keeps track of the top athletes for the conference. The link for athletic.net is:

https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Division/Top.aspx?DivID=129725

Each club gets to send 1 relay team per age/gender group for each relay. This means that the 8U team will have one girls and one boys 4×100 team. A relay team member need not have run on any relay or competed with the other members of any relay prior to the Varsity Finals meet. I plan to ask 6 people total for each relay team so that we have two alternates in case someone gets sick or cannot participate for some reason.

There is no event limit at the Varsity Finals; an athlete can compete in all of the events for which they qualify. If an athlete is unavailable/doesn’t want to participate in the Varsity Finals, the athletes spot will not be filled by the next fastest athlete.

Co-Conference Championships May 14:

Co-Conference is a championship meet between our league (VCYTC) and a neighboring league (SYTFC). Qualification at co-conference is based on the results from the Varsity Finals. For laned events and field events, the top 5 athletes from VCYTC and the top 4 SCYTFC qualify. For non-laned running events, the top 8 from each conference qualify. If an athlete is not available to participate, they will take the next best athlete. The location of the co-conference championships is still not certain, but there is a good chance it will be at Rio Mesa High School.

Practice:

We will have practice like normal for all 8U athletes next week in preparation for the JV meet. Following the JV meet, most athletes will have completed their season and will no longer have practice. We will look forward to celebrating a great season with them at the team picnic on Sunday, May 15 at 12 pm at Buena High School.

Athletes who qualify for Varsity or are part of the relay team will continue to practice. This will continue if they advance to the Co-Conference Meet. It will be important that our relay teams commit to practice and competing in the meets to avoid having to scratch the day of the meet.

I look forward to closing out the season strong and having fun with these upcoming meets.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

8U picture Day

Hi Gremlin Families,

this is a reminder that tomorrow, April 12, is picture day for the Tigres Gremlins. Please remember to have your athletes wear their uniforms to practice for the picture.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

4/9/2022 Meet versus Heritage Valley Blazer

Hi Tigres Families!

Hopefully everyone on spring break is having a great time and we look forward to seeing the kids back at track when you return.
Tomorrow we have our meet against Heritage Valley at Buena High School. Please arrive at 8:00 am. If you signed up for a relay, but can’t make it or are running late, please send me a text.
It has been hot this week, so let’s make sure we are prepared and we keep everyone safe. It’s supposed to cool down on Saturday, but after the last few days we want to make sure everyone is feeling strong and we are minimizing the heat hazards. Make sure your athlete gets plenty of water today and brings some tomorrow. While your athlete is in the stands, please have them sit in the shade to stay cool. Also, bring a hat and sunscreen.
See you tomorrow. Go Tigres!
-Coach Mike
805-320-3421

8U Practice and Meet Sign Up

Hi 8U Families:

Some quick reminders for you all today:

  1. NO 8U Practice today
  2. We will have 8U practice on Thursday. Your child will have the opportunity to sign up for events at this Saturday’s meet then.
  3. If you will be missing practice but attending the meet, please email me your child’s event selection- 8U@venturatigres.org. Please do this by Thursday night at the latest (and even sooner if possible)- thank you.
  4. To see times from the last meet, please visit: https://venturatigres.org/liveresults/

Only 2 more regular season meets to go! Hope your kids are having fun and continue to give it their all as we head towards the end of the 2022 season.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

2022 8U Updates

Hi 8U Families!

Your kids have all been working really hard and showing lots of improvement. I have been impressed at how much they have grown over the past 8 weeks. I am looking forward to seeing how they all compete in our next few meetings. A few notes:

  1. Tomorrow April 2nd is our meet at Oxnard H.S. which starts at 8:30 am. Please have your athletes there by 8:00. During the meet please try to listen for the calls for the events and direct your kid to the team tent in the stands when their event is called. If your kid is signed up for a relay, please check in as soon as you arrive at the track. Finally, don’t for get to pack water, snacks and sunscreen.
  2. Next week we will NOT have practice on Tuesday April 5th, but we WILL have practice on Thursday April 7th.
  3. Please check out the league website at https://www.vcytc.org/ . The website has Top 20 for each age group in each event. At the end of the season if your athlete is top 9 in the 100, 200, 400 or long jump or  top 12 in the 800 or 1600 they will qualify for the Conference Championship Meet. Tigres will also have one 4×100 relay team competing for the boys and the girls in the Conference Championship.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

March 19th, 2022 Meet with Moorpark Striders

Hi 8U Families,

Last week at T.O. was a great way to kick off our racing season. Despite the late start, the kids did great and had lots of fun. They have also been working hard at practice and the coaches can’t wait to see their improvement as the season progresses.

Our first daylight meet at Moorpark tomorrow, officially beginning at 8:30. Please arrive no later than 8:00 at the 8U tent. Nearly all athletes are participating in the 4×100 or the long jump and we will need to check them in and warm them up right away. Please remind your athlete to get their bib sticker from the coaches first thing after arrival.

The meet is located at:

Moorpark High School Track; 4500 Tierra Rejada Road;  Moorpark, California United States 93021

Please prepare for it to be cold in the early morning and warmer as the day progresses. Bring and use sunblock and water. Also, please sent the kids down to their events with their sweatshirts, hats, water, and anything else that they might need while they wait for their events (exception is food and flavored drinks like Gatorade, which are not allowed on the track). Last week we experienced long wait times after events were called and we don’t want the kids to be stuck without anything that they might need.

I am looking forward to a great meet tomorrow!
Coach Mike

805-320-3421

8U Tigres Meet Information for 3/12/2022

8U Tigres Families,

Tomorrow’s meet will be held at Thousand Oaks High School School at 2323 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Events start at 4:00pm, but please arrive at 3:15pm so that we can get the kids checked in and hand out their bibs.

We will set up our home base in the stands. Canopy tents are not allowed in the stands so when you get there please look for the 8U coaches. During the meet please try to stay close to our home base when your child’s events are up so that the coaches can find them and bring them to the starters tent.

It is impossible to say for sure how long the meet will go. Individual events have no starting time after the official 4 PM start – they are run in order and the start times will depend on the completion of the prior event. Be ready for hours and hours of cheering and fun!

Prepare for the cold! The temperature is expected to drop into the low 50s as the night progresses. Bring blankets, jackets and hats for those of you in the stands as well as sweatpants and jackets for the athletes. The meet will overlap with dinnertime, but only water is allowed on the field. Try to have your athlete eat only light foods (off the field) until after their events; while we don’t want them to be hungry, they also won’t want to run on a full stomach. Bars and fruit are good snacks until they are finished running all of their events.

If you signed up for a relay, but are unable to make it, please let me know ASAP so that we can adjust the teams.

I am looking forward to a great meet and seeing the kids compete.

Thanks,

Coach Mike

805-320-3421

 

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