YOUTH & INTERMEDIATE TEAM PAGE (13-14 / 15-16)

Head Coaches:
Matt & Joy Hammel

CONTACT: youth@venturatigres.org

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Oxnard Meet Info

For our second meet of the season, the Tigres face the Oxnard Stars at Oxnard High School!  A few reminders for the meet:

  • 3200 runners need to be at the track by 7:45 to get warmed up and through staging.
  • Hurdlers need to be on the track by 8:00.
  • 4×100 relay runners need to be on the field NO LATER THAN 8:30.  Please check in with Coach Paul when you get there.
  • The meet is expected to start at 8:30 sharp.  As a guess, the meet should last until about 2:30 or so.
  • Please see the order of events here: https://www.venturatigres.org/order-of-events/
  • Please remember water, sunscreen and clothes to stay covered (everything should be labeled with names).  There will be a snack bar, but bringing some easily digestible food between races would be a good idea.  There is no food or drinks (other than water) allowed on the field, so please keep food/drinks in the stands.
  • Let’s see how many 4×400 teams we can put together!  Stick around for the last and best of the meet!

Looking forward to some amazing performances and some even better displays of sportsmanship!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email youth@venturatigres.org or call/text 650-678-3681

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Meet Results and Athletic.net

This weekend’s results have been posted to athletic.net.

https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/370305/results

If you are not familiar with athletic.net, please take some time to do some exploring.  There is an unbelievable amount of data to see, with the ability to track an athlete’s performance history, see meet results and comparisons against other VCYTC clubs, etc.

Some interesting/helpful info you can find:

A specific athlete’s history – simply enter any athlete’s name in the search bar at the top.

Top ranks for Tigres in each event – https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/EventRecords.aspx?SchoolID=47207

VCYTC ranking for each event (you can select age groups and how many to display) – https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Division/Top.aspx?DivID=102353

The VCYTC ranking is what drives qualifications for the Championship season, so keep an eye on the top 9 for each event (top 12 for distance events).

Top marks for Tigres since about 2012 – https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/SchoolRecords.aspx?SchoolID=47207

If you have any questions, please feel free to email youth@venturatigres.org or call/text 650-678-3681

 

 

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Heritage Valley Meet Recap

We were finally able to see our Youth/Intermediate team compete against another club, and they did NOT disappoint!!  Conditions were a bit more challenging than the practice meet, with a strong wind on the home stretch and a bit of heat that we haven’t seen this year.  We also had athletes competing in more events, making for some tired legs and yet – of the 44 instances where athletes competed in the same event as last week’s practice meet, 27 of them resulted in a PR (personal record).  That is 61% of performances improving from last week!!!  It’s no surprise to us coaches to see the improvement when we witness how hard this team is working during at practices.

It was also great to see athletes trying some new events.  We hope they continue to branch out and try new things.

We were also especially happy to see the participation in the 4×4 relay, with 7 teams from the Youth/Intermediate group.  That is 28 runners!  The enthusiasm, team work and sportsmanship were great to see with our athletes supporting each other and putting on the line at the end of a long meet.

Great job to everyone – we can’t wait to see next week’s performances!

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Heritage Valley Meet Info

We can’t wait for our first official meet of the season against the Heritage Valley Blazers at Fillmore High School!  A few reminders for the meet:

  • 3200 runners need to be at the track by 7:45 to get warmed up and through staging.
  • Hurdlers need to be on the track by 8:00.
  • 4×100 relay runners need to be on the field NO LATER THAN 8:45
  • The meet is expected to start at 8:30 sharp.  As a guess, the meet should last until about 2:30 or so.
  • Please see the order of events here: https://www.venturatigres.org/order-of-events/
  • It is expected to be very warm on Saturday in Fillmore and the Fillmore High School facilities does not allow EZ Ups anywhere in the stadium area (I know, it is CRAZY).  Please be creative and find some ways to create shade in the stands – umbrellas, tarps, etc.  Can’t wait to see what kind of MacGyvers we have in our group!
  • Please remember water, sunscreen and clothes to stay covered (everything should be labeled with names).  There will be a snack bar, but bringing some easily digestible food between races would be a good idea.  There is no food or drinks (other than water) allowed on the field, so please keep food/drinks in the stands.

Looking forward to some amazing performances and some even better displays of sportsmanship!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email youth@venturatigres.org or call/text 650-678-3681

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Videos of the Week – Practice Meet

After each meet, the Youth/Intermediate team will be posting a few videos to recognize some great performances.  It isn’t necessarily the fastest race, but rather a great race for that person.  It also doesn’t mean there weren’t other great races, but we pick performances that stick out (along with footage that was useable :)).

A boy and a girl sprinter will have a “Bolt of the Week” video.  Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, so the video is named after him for what we think are great races.

A boy and a girl distance runner will have the “Kick of the Week” video to recognize amazing races with great finishes (a finish is referred to as a kick).

So, for the practice meet, please congratulate the athletes in this week’s videos!

Girl’s Bolt of the Week

Boy’s Bolt of the Week

Girl’s Kick of the Week

Boy’s Kick of the Week

 

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Practice Meet Recap

Thank you to all the parent volunteers for making the practice meet great.  There are always some mix ups and issues that cause confusion, but from the coaches and athletes perspective, the meet was really well run.

All of us coaches were thrilled to see our team supporting each other, helping the new athletes get warmed up and through the staging process, cheering each other on and showing some outstanding sportsmanship.  It was also amazing to see how hard they all competed.  We told the athletes the meet was just a starting point.  There are going to be some huge improvements as the season goes on, but if Saturday was any indication of what lies ahead, this is going to be a season to remember for sure!

Adding a full compliment of event choices for the rest of the meets is going to give more opportunities for athletes to find “their event(s)” and really come together as a team with relays – especially the 4×400 where the Tigres always make a mark.  Please encourage the athletes to branch out and try something new!

Looking forward to seeing this group compete against the rest of the VCYTC!

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Uniform Pick Up Today!!!

Just a reminder that uniforms will be available for pick up at practice today (Friday).  Please do your best to pick them up today if possible as tomorrow there will be a very small window of time when uniforms will be available and it will be very hectic, with parents needing to be at their volunteer spots and athletes on the field at 7:45.

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Saturday’s Practice Meet Info

We are so excited for Saturday’s practice meet, where our athletes will finally be able to compete (even if it is against only Tigres).   The team has been working so hard in practice and Saturday is the the first chance to see the payoff!

A few quick logistical things:

  • We have asked athletes to meet in the end zone near the gate at 7:45 sharp.  Please do your best to be on time as we will be covering important info for the athletes.
  • Please be sure to wear your uniform and bring additional warm clothes.  Uniforms will be available on Friday at practice.  If Friday absolutely doesn’t work, they will be available Saturday morning before 7:45.  However, there will be a very small window on Saturday morning, so please do your best to pick them up on Friday.
  • Please bring sunscreen and water.  There is NO food or drinks (other than water) allowed on the field.

For parents and athletes, the purpose of this meet is to “practice” for our regular season meets.  Athletes will get some exposure to listening for event calls, warming up for events and the staging process.  One of the goals of the Youth/Intermediate team is to prepare our athletes for high school.  While the younger ages heavily rely on their coaches and parents on meet days, we expect our athletes to manage themselves and rely on their teammates much more.  We expect the veteran Tigres to show leadership and help the new Tigres athletes navigate meet day activities (of course us coaches will be there to lean on as well).  Many of the new Tigres might feel a bit nervous about not having competed in a track meet – it’s OK.  After Saturday, they’ll be experts!

For parents, this meet is to train our volunteers in their positions, so the meet runs smoothly when we host another team.  Things will NOT run smoothly, there will be delays and possibly a lot of standing around, feeling unneeded.  Please be patient!  Once we have a real meet, we’ll look like a finely tuned machine (fingers crossed).

The events our Youth/Intermediate team will be allowed to compete in, is a subset of a typical meet.   Our athlete’s options are:

  • Hurdles
  • 1600
  • 400
  • 200
  • High Jump

Please note that athletes must be cleared before they are allowed to participate in the Hurdles and High Jump due to safety.  Please ask if you would like to understand the clearing process, but this happens at practice where those events are offered.

For the practice meet, athletes are able to compete in 2 running events and the High Jump (if they are cleared).  They aren’t required to do 2 running events, but can not do more than 2 running events.

A major area of focus for our team is sportsmanship.  We are asking our athletes to really work on congratulating competitors by shaking hands after races, saying thank you to volunteers, being helpful teammates, etc.  Please watch for your athletes showing sportsmanship and reinforce this at home.

We can’t wait to get our season started on Saturday!!!

If you have any questions, please email youth@venturatigres.org or call/text 650-678-3681

YOUTH/INTERMEDIATE – Practice Canceled Today (Thursday)

Just a reminder that specialty practice is canceled today due to the high school holding a track meet.  It would be great to see a bunch of Tigres there to support both Buena and Ventura High School where many former Tigres will be competing.

Also, since there will not be practice today, please take advantage of Friday’s specialty practice where uniforms will also be handed out.

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