Junior Tigers Update: April 1, 2021

Term 3 Athletics are off and running. Literally. Both Ultimate and Track & Field incorporate and focus on running, and our young Tigers put their feet to the ground this past week building their movement skills. Being mindful of COVID restrictions, we have limited our teams to one practice per week:

  • Monday morning, Grade 5 Ultimate
  • Monday after school, Grades 3 and 4 Track & Field
  • Tuesday after school, Grade 7 Ultimate
  • Wednesday after school, Grades 5, 6, and 7 Track & Field
  • Thursday after school, Grade 6 Ultimate

With 55 students participating in Ultimate, we are happy to continue introducing disc skills to the next wave of players. Forehand flicks, backhand, and the hammer are the three basic throws teams will practice. Our players will be learning and using some basic Ultimate vocab on a frequent basis. Don’t be alarmed if you hear your child using terms such as cut, cutter, handler, huck, defense, disc, mark, pull, and stall to describe what happened at practice.

With the current restrictions, we have really pushed our Track & Field experience towards developing two key athletic elements: speed and strength. Aside from the purposeful sessions, each practice contains specific work for building an athlete’s running technique. In the Track & Field world these drills are known by several names: Mach Drills, Power Speed, or simply As, Bs, Cs, and Ds. Also hidden inside each practice is a lot of FUN! Young athletes do the majority of their training when they play. They naturally set the correct intensity, and through games each athlete will build the repetitions necessary to develop fundamental athletic movements. Of course, it will come as no surprise to find out that many of our “games” incorporate a lot of running. So far, our 100 athletes and 10 coaches are making the best of our modified season, and we are looking forward to many weeks of fun in the sun.

Brent Jackson
Junior Athletics Coordinator