Foundation skill development for athletes age 7 to 13
The Junior Development program introduces young athletes to many of the different disciplines of track and field. This program offers the opportunity for young athletes to be involved in a physically active program that serves as a strong foundation for all sports, a way to have fun while being active, a way to meet new friends, and the chance to join the healthy character building world of track and field.
Training days and locations vary depending on the season (Fowler Athletic Park for outdoor, Edmonton Garrison Fitness Centre for indoor), but typically JD athletes train two to three days a week. The outdoor season offers a more flexible schedule.
Guided by Athletics Canada Run Jump Throw Wheel Program, the junior development program at our club provides the opportunity for young athletes to train and compete in all events appropriate for their age category. By doing so, each athlete is given the chance to experience and develop skills in many different disciplines before they specialize in their track interests. Examples of what types of events that they can potentially be involved with include:
- Running: sprints, middle/long distances, relays, hurdles
- Jumping: standing long jump, long jump, high jump
- Throwing: ball throw, shot put, discus, turbo javelin
Goals & Emphasis
Aside from embracing the RJTW program to create the structure of the junior program, the club operates with the following goals and emphasis in mind:
- Enjoyment & Social Interaction
- Skill Development
- Increased Exposure to Track and Field
- Sportsmanship and Fair Play (True Sport)
- Pursuit of Personal Excellence
- Alignment with LTAD, Hershey’s, ASG & Schools
- Exposure to Healthy Competition
- Athlete Retention
Cross country runs in the fall months as its own separate program and the cost is included with Outdoor Registration. Junior Development athletes are encouraged to join.