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.
Junior Athletics Coordinator
A sure sign that we are slowly moving towards Spring Break is the wrapping up of our Term 2 athletic teams. In the past two weeks, our Dryland Swim Team held their final training session, and both the Grade 5 and 6 Basketball Teams wrapped up their seasons. This Friday will be our final Grade 7 Basketball event, and the following week will be our final Flag Rugby practice. All things considered, it has been an excellent Winter for the Junior School Athletics program as we had fantastic participation for swimming, basketball, and flag rugby.
Thank you to each and every one of our athletes for their hard work and dedication. Kudos to our student-coaches for continuing a fine tradition of giving back to Junior School Athletics. Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all of our coaches. Whether they were a first-time coach, or a long-time veteran, each of them gave their time and passion to our students. For that we are always grateful:
- Dryland Swim Team: Christine Lee ‘16 and Ms. Carlberg-Nangle
- Grade 5 Basketball: Ms. Kanavos and Mrs. Rivero
- Grade 6 Basketball: Mr. Bester and Ms. Best
- Grade 7 Basketball: Mr. Jackson, Ms. Murray, and Michelle Kwok
- Flag Rugby: Mr. Alguire
Spring is almost in the air, and sign-up is now open for Term 3 (Spring) Athletics. Please log in to myYHS for the Junior School Term 3 Athletics registration. Sign-up will close on Friday, March 12.
Ultimate is a fun and fast-paced, non-contact, invasive game, built around movement and throwing a disc. This exhilarating game has a strong tradition in our Senior School as several alumnae have played on Team Canada in recent years. Ultimate teams are open to all girls in Grades 5, 6, and 7, and cuts will not be made. Although cuts will not be made, attendance and active participation are key to a successful experience for everyone on the team. In keeping with our athletics policy, failure to communicate, show up consistently, or participate at practice will impact participation and development.
Track & Field is a key activity for the development of fundamental athletic movements. We have a strong history of Track & Field at YHS, and we are fortunate to have wonderful student participation. Over the past many years we have averaged 100+ participants; however, the logistical challenges of organizing a season during this pandemic will force us to create a different type of experience. We have considered the many safety protocols in creating our plans, and we will continue to place an emphasis on building the students’ athletic abilities.