Junior Tigers Update: May 13, 2021

Benchball House Tournament Results!
Do you work out? If so, chances are high you have experienced High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT. HIIT workouts are great for maximal health benefits in a short period of time. Coincidentally, did you also know that our Junior School Benchball Tournament is also a HIIT workout? It wasn’t planned that way; however, the round-robin format, with 10-minute games, led to some seriously intense and epic battles between each house. Each battle was followed by a short rest, and then another awesome game. A perfect HIIT workout. 

At the end of the two-day tournament, it was Blue who emerged victorious. They were followed by Yellow, Red and Green. Teachers and House Captains were all very impressed with the effort that each grade put forward. Throughout the tournament, our gymnasium was full of smiles, shouts, laughs, and good music. With the number of students who have asked for yet another tournament, it is safe to say that our 2021 House Tournaments have been a… HIIT.

Athletics Explained Coffee Morning (Grade 2 and up): Thurs. May 20 at 9:00 am:
At YHS, Athletics formally begins in Grade 3, and for many students it continues all the way through Grade 12. Participating in sport is a wonderful opportunity to build physical literacy skills, self-efficacy, and independence. However, the beginning of the journey is not just for athletes, it is also the initial school athletic experience for parents. Naturally, this means questions, and lots of them. 

To help parents get a great start in Athletics, we are hosting an Athletics Explained Coffee Morning. We invite all Grade 2 parents who are interested. It is also open to parents from any grade who may be interested. With the pandemic causing massive interruptions to school sports for the past year and a half, there may be many questions about a school athletic season.

Athletics Explained Coffee Morning – Grade 2 and up

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • 9:00 am
  • Log in to myYHS for the Google Meet link

 

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