Track & Field Opportunities for juniors Summer 2015

Track & field training continues throughout the year (dependent on weather) at our Monday evening training sessions....
 
Track & Field Competition in 2015 for juniors
Start planning your season! Ask a coach if you need more info
 
Full Calendar of competition dates from the Yeovil AC site http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/Pages/Fixtures.aspx
We also have 4 competition  evenings at Millfield track on the following Mondays - these help you get ready for the more serious competition!

March 16th – 6.00pm to 7.00pm - offer a throw; sprint; long jump; and middle distance event (this will help inform who should enter the School multi events – deadline March 20TH and also help to encourage folk to go and do the Yeovil Spring Open on April 12th)

April 20th  - 6.00pm to 7.15pm timetable  (this and the previous one will help to inform who should enter what at the County Championships and also the County Schools –deadline in May)

May 18th – 6pm to 7.15pm (this will be the Monday before the County Champs so will be a practise eve)

June 8th – 6pm to 7.15pm
Format: register at 5.50pm and pin number to front; All athletes encouraged to compete in short sprint (by age groups) and then choose 2 of the following: Long Jump; Throw; Middle distance; Longer sprint (distances dependent upon age groups) Parents will need to volunteer to help as officials.
 
We compete with/as Yeovil Olympiads in the summer Club Track & Field season. There are opportunities for those aged 11 and upwards at the:
Taunton AC, Cornwall AC and the combined Yeovil & Wells team are the strongest teams in the Division. See below for team managers.
  •  National Youth Development Athletes League– 3 fixtures - dates on YOAC calendar Harrier website and below
Any updates will be on the Yeovil website and copied/linked across to the Wells Harrier site.
 
Through the Somerset School’s Athletic Association there are always opportunities to compete at Area T&F Championships and then the Somerset Schools, then the SW Schools and if you are good enough at the English Schools T&F Championships. See key dates below but also go to
 
KEY DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
April 12th (Sunday) at Yeovil Arena : YEOVIL Open Track & field event to start your season off. For all aged 11 upwards.More details available on the YOAC website & discuss with Harrier coaches which events you will train for and enter
Full details & timetable here
 
League Track Team competitions: 
The team selected for each fixture will be based on availability & ability as 'slots' per event are limited for each age group.
Timetable & events here when available
Championship matches often require athletes to enter at least 1 or 2 weeks before the date of competition.
 
May 4th  (BH Monday) BMC (British Milers Club) junior middle distance evening at Millfield. The Harriers traditionally support this event which attracts high quality middle distance runners from across the region. This is the evening for attempting a new personal best. It works like this: Enter on line a week ahead with date of birth and previous best at 800m or 1500m. You will then be seeded in a race with other juniors with similar times and there will be a pace-maker who will try and help as many as possible to better their previous best. Full details on
 
 
May 24th & 25th Somerset County AA Track & Field Championships at Yeovil Arena. Take your pick from all of the events. Closing date will be a week or so before hand. Entry via Wells Harriers. Details will soon be on the County website at http://www.somerset-athletics.co.uk/trackandfieldmainpage.htm
 
SCHOOL COMPETITION
Area schools (dates will be provided when known)- there are 4 school 'areas' in Somerset
May  Taunton area Schools Championships
May  Mendip area Schools
May Sedgemoor area Schools
May 20th  Yeovil Area School
(Entry for all these via your schools Years 9 upwards)
Year 7&8 (Junior) County Schools Championships are on Wednesday June 3rd  2015 at Yeovil Arena (pm)
Year 9 upwards County Schools Championships are on Saturday June 13th at Yeovil Arena
Entry for these via Schools & via Area schools team selection to go on to County event
 
CLUB COMPETITION
Details of Team Managers for the joint Yeovil & Wells team.  Go to:

http://www.yeovilolympiads.com/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

Al Thorner (Monday) & Simon Prior (tuesday) will be the Harrier coaches who will be bset informed about competitons coming up

 
KEY POINTS – HOW THE SOUTH WEST ATHLETICS LEAGUE WORKS
  • The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
  • There are two divisions with 8 clubs in Div 1 and 9 in Div 2 covering the counties of Cornwall , Devon , Somerset , Dorset , Wiltshire. The Yeovil team is in Div 1. 
  • There are just four Sunday meets each year, held between late April and early September; and 1 Cup Meet usually held in the middle.
  • The venues vary between Yeovil and Exeter for Division 1
  • The league caters for male and female athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15: U17; U20(men only) and Senior Men & Women.
  • The events on offer for each age group change slightly from the A and B programmes which are alternated between fixtures.
  • Two athletes compete in each event for each age group – A and B string plus up to 2 guests are allowed per event.  U17W and U20M only A string.
  • Points are scored in the A string as follows: 13 for a win, 12 for second, 11 for third etc.  B string is 12 for a win, 11 for second etc.  No points for guests. 
  • NOTE: If an A string athlete has to withdraw for any reason, the B string competitor must move up to take his/her place in order to score. ie. the B string performance will only count if an A string has also competed.
  • Teams are also awarded extra points for providing the required number of qualified officials, and are expected to officiate events as per a programme. Results are calculated per age group but it is the overall total which counts.  Cups are awarded to the winning age group/club on an annual basis 
THE ROLE OF THE CLUB
  • Dates of fixtures are advertised from March in the newsletter, at training and on the web site.  The Yeovil Olympiads website should carry the latest info but all made available to us at Wells Harriers will also go on the Harrier website.
  • Coaches at the Harriers Monday session will remind juniors in the run up to each fixture, and athletes will be encouraged to make themseves available and to contact team managers 
  • All athletes who are old enough to compete are encouraged to do so, either as scoring athletes or guests.  The League is the perfect opportunity for beginners to compete for the first time. 
  • Athletes are asked for confirmation of their availability and various phone calls/e-mails are made by the team managers to chase up athletes in the week before the competition. 
  • Team managers then select events for athletes – sometimes this has to be changed on the day because of last minute withdrawals. 
  • Depending upon the venue and numbers we also try to help out with transport, arrange lifts. YOAC often put a coach or minibus on if needed.
  • On the day we aim to get to the venue 45 minutes before the first event .
  • Letters and pins are given out on the day. Generally Y is for A string, YY for B string. Guests wear numbers; but note some variation in numbering where U20's compete with Seniors.
  • The club has to provide a number of officials for different events throughout the day and once a year Yeovil host a fixture which means we need even more helpers from amongst parents.
THE ROLE OF THE ATHLETE
  • To make a commitment to compete for the club in all team fixtures where possible.
  • To contact the team manager for your age group to confirm your availability for selection at least by the Wednesday before the competition. PLEASE REMEMBER IT’S JUST ONE PHONE CALL/E-Mail FOR YOU TO MAKE BUT SEVERAL FOR THE TEAM MANAGER – TRY TO CONTACT the manager before they have to contact you.
  • To show a willingness to compete in events other than your best or favourite
  • Sometimes we might have four athletes all wanting to run the 100 metres in the same age group. The manager's  job is to put out the strongest team and with only two scoring places available per event you may be asked to do a different event or stand in at the last minute if someone injures themselves on the day.
  • To turn up to the competition and to your events in good time, and stay to the end of the competition for the RELAYS.

2015 TRACK & FIELD SEASON FIXTURES (see YOAC website for any updates)

 

These will be updated as more information becomes available. The dates are accurate as far as we know but may be subject to change.
 
  Date         Competition                                                                Venue                                
       

April

 Sun 12

 Yeovil Spring Open

 Yeovil 

 Sat 18

 Youth Development League (1) U20/U17

 Gloucester

 Sat 25

 Southern Athletics League (1) 

 Woking

 Sat 25/Sun 26

 Somerset Combined Events Championships

 Millfield

       

May

 Sat 2

 Youth Development League (1) U15/U13

 Swansea

 

 Mon 4

 Bill Whistlecroft Memorial Hurdles Festival

 Yeovil

 Wed 6

 South West Colleges

 Yeovil

 Sat 9

 Men's British Athletics League (1)

 Swansea

 Sun 10

 South West League (1)

 Exeter

 Sat 16

 Youth Development League (2) U20/U17

 Yeovil

 Wed 20

 Yeovil Area Schools

 Yeovil

 Sat23/Sun24

 Somerset AA Championships

 Yeovil

 Sat 30

 Youth Development League (2) U15/U13

 Braunton

 Sat 30

 Southern Athletics League (2)

 Plymouth

 Sun 31

 South West League (2)

 Exeter

   
       

June

 Wed 3

 County Junior Schools Championships

 Yeovil

 Sat 6

 Men's British Athletics League (2)

 Bedford    

 Sat 13

 County Senior Schools Championships

 Millfield

 Sat 20

 South West Schools Inter-Counties Championships 

 Exeter

 Sat 20

 Southern Athletics League (3)

 Barnet

 Sun 21

  Youth Development League (3) U15/U13

 Yate

 Sat 27/Sun 28

 South West Schools Combined Events

 Exeter

 Sun 28

 Youth Development League (3) U20/U17

 Hereford

   
       

July

 Sat 4

 Southern Athletics League (4)

 Yeovil

 Sun 5

 South West League (3)

 Exeter

 Mon 6

 Middle Schools

 Yeovil

 Fri 10/Sat 11

 English Schools Championships

 Gateshead

 Sat 11

 Men's British Athletics League (3)

 Derby

 Sat 18

 Youth Development League (4) U15/U13

 Yeovil

 Sun 26

 Youth Development League (4) U20/U17

 Gloucester

   
   

August

 Sun 2

 South West League Cup

 Yeovil

 Sun 2

 CAU Inter-counties

 Bedford

 Sat 8

 Men's British Athletics League (4)

 Yeovil

 Sat 15

 Southern Athletics League (5)

 Andover

   

September

 Sun 6

 South West League (4)

 Exeter

 

 Sun 13

 Yeovil Games 

Yeovil 

 

 Sat 19/Sun 20

 National Schools Combined Events

 Bedford