11-12 Head Coach

Kate Heller & Kathleen Baker

2022 Tigres U12

Hello U12 Tigres,

We are looking forward to meeting all our U12 runners and are excited to kick off the 2022 season!

Here are a few reminders and some new announcements:

1.  Parent’s meeting (virtual) has been announced for Monday, Feb 7 @ 6:30.  Please register using this link: https://carorg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsduqprDwiGNCCYqu6Eimuez11n-bg_egZ

2.  Practices begin Wednesday, Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm on the Buena HS track.  They will end at sundown (approximately 5:45) until there is enough daylight to get us to the standard 6:00pm end time. Please be on time to pick up your runners! The full practice schedule is posted on a website splash page here.

3.  Fun Runs will be held for the next 3 Sundays from 2-3 PM at Camino Real Park – starting tomorrow, Jan 23! VERY unofficial, VERY informal, VERY voluntary.  Please park in the first lot on the right as you enter the park and pay any entry fees (if applicable.) Please note: You must be in attendance the entire time if you choose to bring your child – this is not a drop-off event.

4.  ASSISTANT AND SPECIALTY COACHES NEEDED!  We have nearly 100 athletes in our U12 age group and are in need of Assistant Coaches as well as Specialty Coaches to help keep practices and meets running smoothly.  No experience is required.  Email us at 12U@venturatigres.org to be a Giant help. A HUGE Thank You to those who have already responded.

We know your young athletes have been chomping at the bit to get started.  We can’t wait to see their enthusiastic faces flying around that track!

-Coaches Kate Heller and Kathleen Baker
Email: 12U@venturatigres.org
Tigres Website: www.venturatigres.org

Expect more communication as the first-week approaches…

12u/Midgets Ojai Meet Details +

Hello, All-
The Practice Meet this past Saturday was a great success! Despite having a limited offering, our athletes set the bar high with their amazing performances. Official Meets with the full slate of events begin this Saturday in Ojai!  Before I get into details on the meet, I have a few items to touch on:

  1. Specialty Practices are Cancelled at Buena today and the following 3 Thursdays for High School track meets. I will let you know when Thursday specialty practices will resume.
  2. SIGN UPS for those who did not attend the Monday or Wednesday team practices – Please let me know by tonight in which events they would like to participate & please set yourself a weekly reminder.  4 Events Maximum, with a Maximum of 3 running. Tigres have always done well and had a ton of participation in the 4×400 Relay… a freebie event which does not count against the maximums.
  3. I already have a small duffel of Lost and Found items with no legible names. Let me know if your child left some sweatpants or a sweatshirt.

On Saturday, the meet begins at 1PM but  Athletes participating in the following events MUST check in by 12:30PM:  3200M, Hurdles, 4×100 Relay.  All other athletes should arrive at 1 to help cheer on our team mates.  For those families new to Tigres, track meets can be a lengthy affair – temperatures might drop as sunset nears on Saturday.  Other details can be found on the March 10 full team announcement.

I can’t wait to see how well they will do!

-Coach Spencer


Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

12U/Midget Practice Meet Details

In just over 12 hours, the Practice Meet will be underway – and our age group competes in the first 2 events!

If your athlete is competing in the Hurdles, 4×100 Relay, or Shot Put – please have them dressed in uniform and at the field by 8AM.   12U/Midgets meet on the 40 yard line near the center of the field during meets.  All other competing athletes (800M & 200M) should arrive by 9:30AM, but are encouraged to be there earlier to cheer on the team.  Regular Meet event times are unpredictable… this Practice Meet event times are even more so!

A few reminders-  1.  Wear Sunscreen and bring water.     2.  Only Water on the field – Food or other beverages are only permitted off the field area.    3.  Only Coaches, Athletes, and Actively Working Volunteers are to be in the Track/Field area inside the fence.

Volunteer information, last minute uniform pickup info, and a link to the order of events were sent in an email earlier this week and can also be found on the Tigres home page.

See you tomorrow…  This is going to be FUN!

-Coach Spencer

12u/Midgets Practice Meet Sign Ups – last call

Hello, Parents!
Your athletes have been practicing hard and they are really looking forward to Saturday!
Most athletes have signed up for their events, but some have not! If you child plans on competing this weekend, please just ask them if they signed up. If they did not sign up, please let me know their event(s) by tonight.

More details on the meet will be sent out tomorrow.

-Coach Spencer

12u/Midgets – Practice Meet SignUps

The Tigres practice meet is this Saturday – I will have the event signup sheet at practice on Monday and Wednesday. The practice meet is a condensed version of a regular season meet, with the main purpose of training the volunteers.  The 12u/Midget athletes do have the opportunity to show their stuff in the following events at the practice meet:

Hurdles, 4×100 Relay, 800m, 200m, & Shot Put.

For the practice meet, the event limit is 3 total events, with a maximum of 2 running events. Please note, to participate in Hurdles, athletes must be cleared by the Hurdles coaches at specialty practice (must be able to safely run a flight of hurdles).

See you on the track!

12U/Midgets Week 3

Another good week for the athletes – We are attempting to ease them in (training plan in mind), but many are ready to jump into mid-season form!
Important TODAY– the bathrooms will not be open due to school closure. Please give your athlete a reminder to go before leaving for practice.

Reminder- For Safety Reasons, Athletes must be cleared by the Specialty Coach to participate in those events (Hurdles, High Jump, ShotPut, & Long Jump) at a meet.  Here’s the link to the Specialty Practice Schedule   https://www.venturatigres.org/practice

See you at the Track!


Excellent Practice#1… On to a FULL Week!

Hello, 12U/Midget Tigre Parents!
We had a terrific first practice! It was great seeing so many familiar faces and meeting our newcomers! Our toe was dipped in the practice pool, and now– On to our first full week of practice! Yes, there is something to do every weekday, should you so choose. The practice schedule can be found in the following link.

Practice Schedule

Full team practices are held on Maintenance Monday and Warrior Wednesday, while Specialty events (Shot Put, Long Jump, Hurdles, and High Jump) have practice on the other three weekdays. For our new 12u/Midgets, this will be the first opportunity to compete in hurdles and high jump, and I have already heard directly from several athletes of their eagerness. I must point out that, for safety, the athletes MUST be cleared by the specialty coach to participate in those events at a meet. To be clear, your athlete must attend the specialty practices at least until they are cleared if they intend to compete at a meet (and, hopefully, regularly thereafter). We have amazing Specialty coaches and I highly encourage all of our athletes to give ALL events a try. Last on topic- please keep Relays in front of mind! Tigres have always been very successful in Relays and we love to see our Orange and Black stripes fill the lanes.

We will continue to follow the pre-set practice plan that has helped make the Tigres so successful. Should your athlete ask you about certain exercises that they liked last year, please help us coaches and explain we will likely get to it a few times over the next ~12 weeks. The training plan is part of the process meant to help our athletes build to peak towards the end of the season. Effort they put in now is just as important as any other week.

PRACTICES THIS WEEK will run until nearly dark – closer to 6 than 5:30. We appreciate your cooperation at pickup!
COACHES NEEDED!!! If you haven’t yet signed up and can volunteer on Monday &/or Wednesdays please let me know.
• If you have heard other parents express that they have not received 12U/Midget specific emails, please advise to sign up on the Tigre website. We’d like all of our families to be well informed…

Looking forward to our 1st FULL week!

2020 TIGRES Midget 12U Division is underway!!!

On behalf of All Tigres Coaches  –  –  Welcome Athletes and Parents to the 2020 Tigres Season!
We are excited to catch up with all of the returning athletes and meet all of the new athletes joining this year.

It was a pleasure meeting many of you at last night’s Parent Meeting. Coach Matt shared a lot of good information & I will send a copy of the presentation, complete with links, as soon as I get a copy.

1st PRACTICE TOMORROW!    Wednesday, Feb 5     ENDS @ 5:30 (not the normal 6:00) owing to potential light issues.  Begins promptly @ 4:30.             No other practices this week.   Next week we begin the full schedule  https://www.venturatigres.org/practice/

We have some great Coaches but we need a few more!!!!  No experience required, just a good attitude and the availability to attend… Coaches are permitted to be on the field at meets!!!          Please contact me if you are able to help out  midgets@venturatigres.org

I will share more practice and meet specific info as the season moves along.  A few quick hits & reminders –

  • Please be punctual at practice pick up time. It will be dark and cold!!
  • Track rules-  Water only, no food inside the fence.  Coaches & Athletes only inside the fence during practice (+ active, applicable Volunteers during meets).  We Tigres are fortunate to have a fantastic relationship with Buena High School & we need to do our small part to maintain it.
  • We are transitioning away from our current Age Division name of ‘Midgets’ this year. This season, the term ’12U’ will be used along with the current name to prepare for next year’s complete drop of the term ‘Midget’.
  • Participation in other sports may present schedule issues for your athletes – please let us know!  And THEN get your athlete out for straight line running on pavement… Other sport conditioning is different from what we do on the track!!
  • There are 83 Tigres in our age group.  Please get their names on ANYTHING they bring/wear to practice (sweatshirts, water bottles, hats, etc).  Left/Lost Stuff really wants to find its way home!         AND, please include your athlete’s name when you contact us.  We’ll learn everyone’s name eventually, but it will take some time.
  • The meet schedule is posted, BUT some of the meet start times may change (for instance, Heritage Valley will likely be under the lights, the 2 day meet is a Friday evening/all day Saturday event, and one other home meet might have an early afternoon start).  I will let you if/when the start times are altered..


I am really looking forward to getting started tomorrow… This is going to be a great season!

-Coach Spencer            midgets@venturatigres.org


Midgets- Finals Meet Wrap up and Post Season Practice Schedule

Dear Parents,

Our Midget team came out yesterday and absolutely rocked the Finals West Meet! From relay heroes to the midget mile full of amazing PRs, to fast sprints and finally the G4x400 where they raced against the clock and beat it with seconds to spare, it was a day of pushing past comfort zones and achieving personal and team success. What a day!

For many of our Midgets, this marks the end of the season. We will meet again on Sunday May 19th for our club wide picnic where we will share food, stories, and highlights of the season. Athletes will also receive team photos, ribbons that they did not collect during the season, and a gift. We will also enjoy a video of the season. In other words, this is a must-not- miss event and we hope to see you all there. For details on the event, please see the Tigres website.

For those athletes moving on to Conference finals and/or Co- conference Finals, we will hold practice this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4:30-6. Practices will include sprint/distance workouts as usual followed by specialty practice including relays and all field events. If your athlete is only running distance or sprints and not competing in relays or field events, feel free to pick them up at 5:30.

If you have any questions, please contact me at midgets@venturatigres.org or text 8053206544


Coach Carol

Midgets- This week, Finals and Championships

Saturday’s meet against Newbury Park marked the end of the regular season. As usual, the Midgets came out with great attitudes and competed hard! Many athletes tried new events while others set new Prs. Hopefully all had fun!
We are now moving on to the championship season. As a reminder, ALL athletes are eligible to compete in the Conference Finals on May 4th. However, if your athlete secured a spot in the Championship meet for an individual event, they are not eligible to run that event in the Finals. Also, in order to compete in an event at the Finals this weekend, they must have competed in that event during our regular season.

We will be practicing as normal this week, with regular team practices on Monday and Wednesday and a full schedule of specialty practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday’s practice will be a quick workout followed by fun and games. A towel may be helpful for the ride home and we may run a little late:)

This will be the last week of practice for those athletes who did not qualify (unless you are chosen for a relay team) for the Conference Championships.

We would like to congratulate the list of athletes below who have qualified for the Conference Championships on May 11th. This is a huge accomplishment! The athletes below have qualified for individual events – we will also be working this week to finalize relay spots and should have that solidified by the end of Wednesday practice. Our goal is to send as many athletes as possible to the Co-Conference Championship on May 18th and we will be asking for many of our athletes to run relays at the Conference Finals on May 4th and the Conference Championships on May 11th. Please stay tuned for the announcement of those teams.

Here is your list of 2019 Midgets Conference Championship qualifiers:

Ty Brown 100M, 200M, 400M, 80M hurdles, Long jump

Julian Fuentes 100M, Long jump

Julian Cartellieri 400M, 800M

Chance Leandro 800M, 1600M, 3200M

Camden Taylor 1600M, 3200M

Henry Fulk 1600M, 3200M

Asher Bayless  80m hurdles, High jump

Kai Hargett 80M hurdles, high jump

Finn Conboy Shot-put

Brody Daw 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1600M, 3200M

Olivia Mobley 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 3200M, 80M hurdles, shot-put, long jump

Sierah Villa 100M, 200M, 80M hurdles

Kameron Rodriguez 200M, 400M

Melanie True 400M, 800M, 1600M

Aelo Curtis 800M, 1600M, 3200M

Emerson McMeekin 800M, 1600M 3200M,

Melina Duffy 3200M, high jump

Caroline Von Gunten 800M

Lily Jones 1600M

Peyton Mendez 80M hurdles, high jump

Bennett Rodman 3200M

Sean Stepan 3200M

Nathan Stepan 1600M

Awesome job Midgets!


Training Plan

2018 Tigres Midget Training Plan  (doc)



Coach Jay Johnson

Coach of NCAA Track Team

The 400 meter master – Clyde Hart

Why Run High School Track?



Sprint Drills

Aerobic Warm Up

Sprint Warm Up

Single Leg Squat Clock


Great hip strength/stability exercise

Injury Management

Managing Tendinopathies

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