11-12 Head Coach

Jim Montgomery

Practice Meet Saturday March 2nd

Dear 12U Parents and Athletes,

We’re thrilled about the upcoming track meets and appreciate the hard work our athletes have put into their training so far. Please ensure that your athlete’s goal worksheet is turned in this week. Some were returned to the athletes because the goals they indicated weren’t measurable – for instance, “I would like to run faster” is not a measurable goal, while “I would like to get a Personal Record at least 3 times this season” is.

Event Sign-up: Athletes can sign-up for track meet events on Monday and Wednesday at practice. Please have your athletes think about what events they want to compete in and let the coaches know at practice. The coaches will sign up the athletes for their events on the track meet app during practice. If your athlete will not attend the practice meet this Saturday, March 2nd, please have them let a coach know so that we can sign them up as not attending. If your athletes plan to participate but are not able to attend practice on Monday or Wednesday this week, feel free to email me with their event choices by Wednesday evening.

Events for 12U Team: The 12U team can compete in a subset of events, including 80M Hurdles, 4 X 100, 800, 200, 4×400, Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put.

Athletes must be cleared by a specialty coach for Hurdles and High Jump. To be cleared to compete in these events, they must talk to the specialty coaches on specialty days which are Tuesdays and Thursdays. We do not practice these events on Monday and Wednesday.

 Event Limits: At the practice meet, athletes may compete in 2 running events and 1 field event. Athletes may also participate in the 4×400 relay, which is always free, meaning they can run in the 4×400 in addition to the 2 running and 1 field event.

Relays: If an athlete signs up for a relay, their attendance is crucial, and we expect them to participate in the relay they signed up for. The 4×100 is one of the first events in the morning.  Athletes who are late checking in could be dropped from a relay team and replaced by another athlete.  Athletes who commit to running a relay should be considerate of other team members who are relying on them to participate in the relay.

Meet Day Details: On Saturday, athletes should meet the coaches at 7:45 AM at our usual spot on the field. Being on time is crucial, as we will cover important information. Please be sure your athletes wear their uniform and bring additional warm clothes. If you haven’t already picked up your uniforms, they can be picked up at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Athletes must wear their Tigres Singlet and black running shorts (Tigres-issued or otherwise). Layering with sweats on top is recommended. Also, bring labeled water, snacks, and sunscreen. Please label everything and consider bringing a bag for their belongings. Since food is not allowed out on the track, athletes may bring another bag with snacks (labeled with their name) that can be placed under the 12U EZ-Up in the stands.

Purpose of the Practice Meet: The meet on Saturday serves as practice for our regular season meets. Athletes will experience event calls, warming up, and the staging process. Independence is expected, so they should be near coaches and ready to run when called. Each athlete will receive a list of their events on their sticker at check-in. Coaches will try to remind athletes throughout the meet of their schedule, but athletes are responsible for their own event scheduling. Coaches will also not always be able to search for athletes who are not nearby when they are called to compete. Missed races cannot be rescheduled.

For new Tigres, this is an opportunity to experience a meet before facing other competitors.

For Parents: The practice meet is used to train our volunteers in their positions, so that the meets run smoothly when we host other teams.  Expect that things will NOT run smoothly, and there will be delays and possibly a lot of standing around at the practice meet.  This is part of the training, please be patient!

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me.

Coach Jim



12U Practice this week!

We’re thrilled to start our first official full week of practice! Our regular Team practices are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays. This week also includes Specialty practices, providing our athletes with the opportunity to explore different events like shot put, hurdles, long jump, and high jump, which are not covered in our team workouts. You can find the detailed Practice Schedule on our website.

Regarding Tuesday and Thursday, your athlete has the flexibility to attend both Specialty days, neither, or any combination based on their schedule and interest in trying these specific events.

A couple of quick reminders:

  1. Label Belongings: We found an unlabeled water bottle left behind after our last practice. Please ensure all belongings are labeled and remind your athletes to check that they have everything before leaving practice.
  2. Pick-Up Time: We had a couple of runners waiting to be picked up after practice. It’s important to pick up your athlete on time, as a coach has to stay behind until they are picked up, which is not fair to the coach.

We’re looking forward to an enjoyable week with your athletes! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Coach Jim


12U – Welcome to the 2024 Season

Welcome to the 2024 Season

12U Families,

We are excited to kick off the 2024 track and field season! First practice is today at 4:30! Here’s some important information:

Season Goals:

Good sportsmanship


Fun and appreciation for sports and exercise

Developing athletes’ abilities and helping them achieve their goals.


For communication, please use email or text. My phone number and email address are at the bottom of this post.

Questions can also be addressed after practice.

I will try to provide regular email updates, especially once meets begin in March.

Practice Schedule:

Team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 at the Buena High School track.

Specialty coach sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parents are welcome to watch, but only athletes and coaches on the field.

Please be on time for pickup; a coach must stay with your athlete until you arrive.

Preparation for Practice:

Athletes should come dressed and ready.

Carry a bag with essentials: sweatshirt, bottoms, small towel, water bottle (no food/Gatorade on the track), and spikes if they choose to use them.

Label all belongings!


Understand conflicts may arise with other sports, illnesses, or injuries.

No need to email me if they will miss practice but let me know if they won’t attend a meet.

In most cases we practice on rainy days


12U athletes can participate in various events including field, relay, distance, and sprints.

Field – Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put

Relay – 4X100 and the 4X400

Distance – 3200, 1600, and 800

Sprints – 100, 200, and 400

Event sign-ups on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Once your athlete selects the relay, they commit to three other team athletes. Relay teams will be created based on times and attendance. Sometimes, we cannot build a full relay team due to numbers, but we will do our best to ensure it is a fair process.

More meet information will be provided closer to the dates.

We look forward to a fantastic season and can’t wait to welcome both new and returning athletes!


See you soon,

Jim Montgomery





End of Season Gift Pickup

The Tigres End of Season Picnic was so fun; what a great way to cap off a fantastic season!

If you were unable to attend the picnic, you could pick up your athlete gift and packet (ribbons, team picture, and gift) at Buena’s track on Tuesday-Thursday from 4:30-5:30. We are still practicing with the athletes moving on to Super Varsity this weekend, so have your athlete find me, and I will get them their things.

If you have any questions, please email 12U@venturatigres.org or call/text 805-368-6999



JV Meet, Picnic info, and Varsity Practice schedule

Hello 12U Families!

We had a great JV Meet yesterday in Fillmore.  I was super impressed by the athletes, and we had numerous Personal Records set!  Yesterday’s JV Meet concludes the Tigres season except for athletes that have qualified for Varsity.

I have notified the athletes that have qualified for the Varsity Meet individually and look forward to witnessing great performances this Saturday, May 6th at Moorpark High School.  For those that have qualified for Varsity, we will have regular practices this week Monday and Wednesday with specialties Tuesday and Thursday. Practices this week are only for those that have qualified for Varsity.

Our Tigres Picnic is this Sunday, May 7th at noon. The picnic will be held in the Quad area of Buena High School, located in the center of the school, behind the cafeteria. Tigres will provide various pizzas, and we 12U families are to bring drinks for 12 people in individual containers. Lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00, followed by announcements and a celebration of our athletes’ accomplishments broken down by age group. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs.

If your athlete has misplaced something over the season, the lost and found will be brought to the picnic location for one last look before everything unclaimed is donated.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.



Last week of regular practice and JV Meet info

We are now moving on to the championship season. As a reminder, ALL athletes are eligible to compete in the JV Meet this week (4/28) at Fillmore High SchoolHowever, if your athlete secured a spot in the Varsity meet for an individual event, they are not eligible to run that event in JV. Also, in order to compete in an event at the JV Meet this weekend, they must have competed in that event during our regular season.

We will have our normal practice schedule this week; Wednesday’s practice will be a quick workout followed by fun and games.

Once the list of athletes that have qualified for Varsity is set, I will send an update with the individual names and the relay teams that will be representing Tigres at the Varsity Meet on 5/6. Those qualifying athletes will continue to practice with us for the first two weeks of May.

Please reach out with your questions,



Meet at Oxnard HS 4/22

Hi 12U Families 🙂

Some reminders for Saturday, 4/22:

  • Our meet is at Oxnard High School this Saturday. April 22nd.
  • The arrival time of 7:45 is incredibly important for athletes doing the 3200, hurdles, and 4×100! The early time allows us to warm them up properly; the 3200 and hurdles need a long warm-up, and warm-up before the 4×100 is essential.
  • It looks like we will have warm weather tomorrow, so please pack sunscreen in addition to extra water for your athlete.

Please feel free to call or text with any questions,



Picture Day Tomorrow!!

Hi All,

Just a quick reminder that our picture day is at the beginning of practice tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th. Please have your athlete on the field, on time, and dressed in their Tigres running singlet and black shorts. 



Sign up for Meet tomorrow!

  • There are still a lot of Athletes that have not signed up for events.
  • If your athlete has not yet signed up, please text me their events. We will begin creating their relay teams today, so please sign-up ASAP.
  • Our meet this week with the Camarillo Cosmos begins at 3:00 with a check-in of 2:15. This arrival time is incredibly important for athletes doing the 3200, hurdles, and 4×100! The early time allows us to warm them up properly.
  • For parent volunteers, this will be your fourth of four meet obligations. Please know that you must fulfill all four shifts to earn priority registration for next season. Our waitlist is long this year, and we really want all of our athletes to be able to earn that priority status to ensure their spot on the team. If you have questions about volunteering, please get in touch with Jeremy Patelzick at tigres.ventura@gmail.com

Thank you,



Notes for next week!

Hope everyone is having a great Spring Break! My family has Spring Break next week so I will not be at practice Monday; however, there will be a lot of coaches at practice to make it happen.

We do not have practice Wednesday, April 12, so please get your sign ups in as soon as possible.

If you will not be at practice on Monday, you can send your event choices to 12u@venturatigres.org

Coach Ryan will be at practice Monday with the sign-up app so you can sign up then as well.

We are hosting the Saturday Meet at Buena High school. It is an afternoon meet starting at 3:00PM please arrive early especially if you are running Hurdles, 3200 or 4X100.

I can’t believe we only have two regular meets left. A lot of athletes have been asking what they need to do to go to the Varsity meet so I thought it would help to send a little information .

VCYTC Varsity Finals

For Varsity Finals the top 9 athletes in the league move ahead in laned and field events (400M and shorter) and the top 12 athletes move ahead in distance events (800M and longer.)

This is from all teams in the league not just Ventura Tigres. You can see the current standings by clicking the link below

VCYTC Track & Field Rankings (athletic.net)

If your child is interested in trying to make it to Varsity, it would be great for you to share the results with them so they can see what they need to do to qualify.

They only have two meets left to qualify.

If you don’t qualify for Varsity don’t worry . We have finals meet for these athletes as well.

VCYTC Junior Varsity Finals

  1. Athletes may only compete in an event they have previously competed in during the regular season.
  2. The 4X400 is the only exception to #1. Athletes may run the 4X400 even if they have not run it during the regular season.
  3. If an athlete has qualified for Varsity in a certain event, they may not compete in that event in the Junior Varsity Finals. This applies even if the athlete decides not to compete in the Varsity meet in that event or at all.

It’s a lot of information, please contact me if you have any questions,

Coach Jim



Training Plan

2024 Tigres 11-12 Training Plan 



Coach Jay Johnson

Coach of NCAA Track Team

The 400 meter master – Clyde Hart

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Sprint Drills

Aerobic Warm Up

Sprint Warm Up

Single Leg Squat Clock


Great hip strength/stability exercise

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