Gremlins Head Coach

Autumn Watson

Gremlin practice canceled 2/14

Hello Gremlin families,

As you surely noticed, it’s pouring!  The radar and forecast have failed us – these sleeper rain cells weren’t predicted and it was supposed to be dry for practice according to my 3 weather sources!

Practice is canceled for today.  With that said, it is so close to practice time that I will be at the track at 4:30pm in case anyone shows up and wants to run/play for a bit.  I know my daughter was disappointed not to run in the rain 🙂  Please have your Gremlin do some aerobic exercise (preferably running) between now and next practice since we had to cancel another practice.

Please know that I aim to give earlier notice if practice is canceled.  This storm burst really snuck up on us.

Happy Valentine’s Day & have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Practice requests and team parent need

Hello Gremlin families,

What an energetic group of Gremlins!  Hopefully your kiddos are having as much fun as the coaching staff – we are off to a great start!  Stay tuned regarding practice tomorrow – the storm is supposed to intensify Thursday morning.  If we need to cancel, I will send an email and FB post, otherwise assume practice is happening.

Regarding practices, please make sure your child is signed in and out.  If you don’t sign out, you will get a call from me making sure you have your Gremlin.  Please label everything – I already have a water bottle collection.  Lastly, we cannot go on the track/field until 4:30pm so please do not drop off your Gremlin before then – they need to be supervised until practice starts.

Lastly, we need more team parents.  We are VERY fortunate to have been awarded more team parent volunteer positions.  With that, the team parent role is consistent with the 12 hour volunteer requirement.  As long as we get 4 team parents, you will only have to cover about 2 meets (we have 8 meets including the practice meet).  Thank you to Kristy Lim for being 1 team parent – we need 3 more.  Please email me directly ASAP if you are interested.




Gremlin practice canceled 2/5

Gremlin practice is canceled for tomorrow, Tuesday 2/5.  This was announced at the parent meeting today – spread the word.  High winds, wet and cold are forecast so no practice tomorrow.  We hope for a more pleasant day on Thursday to introduce your Gremlins to Tigres. See you Thursday 2/7 at 4:30pm.

Gremlins Parent Meeting Recap

Hello Gremlin families!

Thank you for attending the parent meeting tonight! Your Gremlin coaching staff is really looking forward to our first practice on Thursday 2/7.  NOTE THAT PRACTICE IS CANCELED TOMORORW 2/5 DUE TO WEATHER (HIGH WINDS, COLD).

I wanted to recap the most important information that we covered.  See below.

Head Coach:  Autumn Watson

Assistant Coaches:

Andrea Arriaga

Jon Chapman

Ryan DeLapp

Dave Gilbert

Jennifer Haddow

Mike Hollis

Stephen Isbell

Jim Montgomery

Kristen Nielsen

Micaela Swafford

Andrea Stallings

Eric Watson

Team Parent:

Kristy Lim

***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: 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:  805-878-8048.


Gremlins will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm. 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.


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.


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 13-14 – 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 on Thursday!!

See you on Thursday,

Autumn Watson


Welcome 2019 Gremlins – we need assistant coaches!

Hello Gremlin families!

Welcome back former Gremlins and welcome to our new Gremlins! Hope you all are looking forward to the start of our season next week! Reminder that we have a parent meeting on Monday February 4 at 7pm at Buena High School. Please attend in order to hear important team information. Note that Gremlins will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm. Practice begins promptly at 4:30 at Buena High School. Our first practice is Tuesday February 5 at 4:30pm.

Please consider serving as a Gremlin assistant coach! We are in dire need as we only have 3 assistants some of whom cannot come to every practice. To put this in perspective, our Bantam team has close to 10 assistants! Serving as an assistant coach does not require previous track and field experience, nor does it require coming to every practice or meet. We need more coaches to be able to run stations at practice and to keep our Gremlins safe and engaged. Tigres is a volunteer-led organization and parents are required to log volunteer hours – serving as an assistant coach is a great way to do that! Please email/call/chat with me at the parent meeting if you are able to be an assistant coach. Please please please!

See you Monday,
Autumn Watson

Gremlins – Sunday picnic reminder

Hi Families,

We are looking forward to our end of the season picnic this Sunday, May 6th! We will be at the VUSD service center off of Stanley from 12:00-3:00. Tigres is providing pizza and Gremlins are being asked to provide enough non-water drinks for 12. We have team pictures, ribbons, and a gift to give to the athletes.

We really hope to see you there!


Gremlin info – Picnic and VCYTC Championship athletes

Hi Gremlin families!

I cannot believe how quickly the 2018 season has flown by! Yesterday was the last meet for many of our athletes, and I was so impressed with their focus in their events, and support for their teammates! Watching their progress on the track and their friendships develop throughout the season has been so rewarding.

We hope that you put the May 6th date for the Tigres picnic on your calendar! Gremlins are being asked to bring enough non-water drinks for 12 people. The other age groups are bringing sides and desserts, and Tigres is providing pizza. Lunch is 12:00-1:00, and after lunch and announcements, we will break into our smaller age groups.

Congratulations to the 12 athletes that are representing our Gremlins at the VCYTC Championships in Moorpark on May 5th!


Genevieve Carlisle – 1600

Kailey Champion – Long jump, 4×100, 400, 100, 800

Ainsley Feeney – Long jump, 4×100, 400, 100, 800, 200

Sofia Martinez – 4×100, 100, 800, 200

Geneva Watson – 1600

Sienna Watson – 4×100


Maxwell Benedik – 4×100

Kylen Brown – 4×100, 400, 100

James Buenning – 1600, 800

Chance Davis – Long jump, 800

Bryce Daw – 4×100, 1600, 400, 800

Tyler Maquinalez – 4×100, 800


I look forward to seeing you all on May 6th at our picnic so we can celebrate our season!



Gremlins – help needed for Thursday

Hi Families,

Just a reminder that we are having our “fun” practice tomorrow at Buena! If I could have 6 parents (or more!) bring 100ish water balloons the kids would absolutely love it!! Please email me tonight,, if you can help!



Gremlins – upcoming week!

What a fantastic (and crazy late!) meet on Saturday!! I hope your Gremlins all were able to crash as soon as they got home! We have some more adventure on the horizon for this week. This Thursday will be our “fun” practice; please be ready for some hyper Gremlins in the car on the way home! Practice should end close to 6:00 on both days this week. We also have a Tigres picnic in planning, but more on this as we have finalized details.

Unfortunately for most of our athletes this will be their final week of practice, and Saturday’s meet (check in time at 8:00 at Oxnard HS) will be their last meet for the 2018 season. We do have athletes moving on to the Conference Championship Meet on May 5th. Preliminary standings are currently up on (accessible under Top Marks at the bottom of the Meet Results page on our website). Please refer to the previous information on the Tigres website regarding the final meets.

I completely understand that the end of season can be confusing, so feel free to ask if you have any questions.

See you soon,


Gremlins – meet today

Hi All,

Quick reminder that we are checking in today at 2:30 for our meet. We are going to go down to the field almost immediately to start warming up for the long jump, so please try to be on time if you have a long jumper (all but 4 kids LOL!)

The evening weather will be cool (especially if your athlete is running the 800 or the 200) so please bring warm clothing for tonight.

See you soon!