Track & Field Opportunities for juniors Summer 2014

 

Track & field training continues throughout the year (dependent on weather) at our Monday evening training sessions....
 
Track & Field Competition in 2014 for juniors
Start planning your season! Ask a coach if you need more info
 
Full Calendar of events at the bottom from the Yeovil AC site
 
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 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
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
On a Monday evening (6pm-7.30pm) at Millfield once a month we will have competition evenings for all juniors aged 8-15.
Dates for 2014 to be confirmed.
 
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.
 
April 6th (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 5th  (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 17th & 18th (most events on the Sunday) Somerset County AA Track & Field Championships at Yeovil Arena. Take your pick from all of the events. Closing date will be a week 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  Yeovil Area School
(Entry for all these via your schools Years 9 upwards)
Year 7&8 (Junior) County Schools Championships are on Wednesday June 4th 2014 at Yeovil Arena (pm)
Year 9 upwards County Schools Championships are on Saturday June 14th 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:
 
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.

2014 TRACK & FIELD SEASON FIXTURES

April

                 Sun 6th

                Sat 19th

              Mon 21st

Sat 26/Sun 27

Sun 27th

 
 
Yeovil Spring Open - Yeovil
Southern Athletics League (1) - Plymouth
Bill Whistlecroft Memorial Hurdles Festival - Yeovil
Somerset Combined Events - Millfield
Youth Development League (1) U20/U17 - Gloucester
 

May

 

Sat 3rd

Sat 3rd

Wed 7th

Sat 10th

Sun 11th

Tues 13th

Sat 17th

Sat 17th

Sat 17/Sun 18

Sat 31st

 
 
Southern Men's League (1) - Guildford
Youth Development League (1) U15/U13 - Yate
 South West Colleges - Yeovil
Men's British Athletics League (1) - Yeovil
South West League (1) - Yeovil
Disability Competition - Yeovil
Southern Athletics League (2) - Winchester
Southern Mens League (2) - Yeovil
Somerset AA Championships - Yeovil
Youth Development League (2) U15/U13 - Bath

June

             Sun 1st

Wed 4th

Sat 7th

Sat 14th

Sat 21st

Sat 21st

Sun 22nd

Sun 22nd

Sat 28/Sun 29

Sun 29th

 
Youth Development League (2) U20/U17 - Swindon
County Junior Schools (U14)- Yeovil
Men's British Athletics League (2) - Mile End, London
County Senior Schools - Yeovil
South West Schools Inter-Counties - Yeovil
Southern Athletics League (3) - Lewes, Sussex
Southern Men's League (3) - Portsmouth
Youth Development League (3) U15/U13 - Cwmbran
South West Schools Combined Events - Yeovil
Youth Development League (3) U20/U17 - Telford

July

                              

                 Sat 5th

    

                     Sun 6th

                                    

                Mon 7th

         Fri 11/Sat 12

 Sat 12th

 Sat 12th

 Sat 19th

 Sun 20th

 Sun 27th

 
 

Men's British Athletics League (3) - Newquay

 

South West League (2) - Yeovil

Middle Schools - Yeovil

English Schools Championships - Birmingham

Southern Athletics League (4) - Eastbourne, Sussex

Southern Men's League (4) - Windsor

Youth Development League (4) U15/U13 - Coventry

South West League (3) - Exeter

Youth Development League (4) U20/U17 - Yeovil

 August

Sat 2nd

Sat 2nd

Sun 3rd

Sat 9/Sun 10

Sat 9th

 
Southern Athletics League (5) - Yeovil
*Southern Men's League play-offs- Windsor
South West League Cup - Exeter

British Masters Championships - Birmingham

Men's British Athletics League (4) - Bournemouth

 

 

September

Sat 6th

Sun 7th

Sun 7th

Sat 20/Sun 21

Sat 20/Sun 21

 
*Youth Development League Final U15/U13 - TBA 
*Youth Development League Final U20/U17 - TBA
South West League (4) - Exeter
 National Schools Combined Events -Bedford
British Masters Combined Events - Birmingham