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OUR PROGRAMS

Kajaks Track & Field Club (KajaksTFC) provides three types of programs: Annual, Seasonal and Camp/Clinics.  Within those types we offer programs based on an athlete’s age (as of December 31st 2022).  The age groupings for these programs are as follows:

Program
Age
Junior Development
9-13Y
Masters
35Y+
Track Tykes
3-5Y
Track Rascals
6-8Y
Athlete Development
14Y+

Track Rascals and Junior Development are identified age groups under BC Athletics (BCA), our provincial sports organization.  The Athlete Development program encompasses 4 BCA age groups.  These are U16, U18, U20 and Senior (20+).  Masters is also a BCA age group for athletes 35 years and older.  Athletes are separated into 5 year groups (example: 35 – 40 years and 40 – 45 years).

TRACK TYKES & TRACK RASCALS | 3-8Y

The KajaksTFC Track Tyke and Track Rascals programs are seasonal programs designed to give kids a fun and active experience. We use track & field focused games and activities to introduce kids to our sport.  Kids in this program will learn the very basics of athletic movement like running, throwing, and jumping.  The goal of this program is to give kids a fun and active start that will hopefully stick with them in the years to come.  We place a high importance on a child’s physical literacy and its importance in their overall development.

For practice schedules and start/end dates please download the 2021-22 Program Info above.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT (JD) | 9-13Y

Our Junior Development program is designed to give athletes ages 9-13 years old a gradual introduction in the sport of Track & Field and Cross Country.  Training in groups based on age, athletes are introduced to the various disciplines within our sport: Sprints, Hurdles and Relays, Jumps, Throws, Endurance & Walks.  Once comfortable, athletes are encouraged to test their new skills in competition.  The goal of this program is for athletes to gain a general understanding of track & field events and begin to find their focus as they transition to their next phase of athletic development.   There is no prerequisite for registering for this program.  We offer both annual and seasonal Junior Development programs. 2022 Junior Development age groups are as follows (based on age at December 31st 2022):

Title
Age
Year
U14 / JD 13
13
2009
U14 / JD 12
12
2010
U12 / JD 11
11
2011
U12 / JD 10
10
2012
U12 / JD 9
9
2013

For practice schedules and start/end dates please download the 2021-22 Program Info above.

ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT (AD) | 14Y+

The KajaksTFC Athlete Development program is the starting point for athletes who wish to hone their skills in Track & Field, Cross Country and Road Running.  As mentioned above, the Athlete Development program encompasses the U16, U18, U20, U23 and Senior (20Y+) BC Athletics age groups.  Similarly, this includes High School, University and High Performance levels.  Within the program KajaksTFC offers a Varsity membership for athletes who train/compete for a university during the school year.  

Group
Ages
Year
Senior
20+
2002 and older
U20
18-19
2003-2004
U18
16-17
2006-2005
U16
14-15
2008-2007

EVENT GROUPS

Registering athletes must indicate their primary event group focus.  An event group is the event(s) that you will be training for.  If an athlete is new to track and field and is unsure of which event group they will focus on, they can select “Unsure” and contact the club manager (info@kajaks.ca) or head coach (headcoach@kajaks.ca) to proceed with an event tryout phase.  Once they have found an event focus, they can begin training with that group.  Event groups are as follows:

  • Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps: Track events up to 400m + hurdle and all jumping events

  • Endurance & Cross Country (XC): Track events 600m and longer + Cross Country

  • Circle Throws: Shot Put, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw

  • Javelin: Javelin Throw

  • Combined Events: Pentathlon, Heptathlon, Octathlon and Decathlon.

Annual or Seasonal membership fees will be for your primary event group focus.  If athletes wish to train in another event group, an “Add on” fee will be required. Athletes in the “Combined Events” event group will not be required to pay the additional fee as their event mandates training across all event groups.  Also, for athletes registering in “Circle Throws” no additional add on fee will be required for “Javelin.”  For information on fees please see the [Athlete Development Membership Menu] located at the end of this document.

For practice schedules and start/end dates please download the 2021-22 Program Info above.

HIGH PERFORMANCE | 14Y+

The Kajaks Track & Field Club currently offers High Performance programs in High Jump and Circle Throws (Shot Put, Discus Throw and Hammer Throw).  These programs are by invite only.  Please contact the head coach at headcoach@kajaks.ca for inquiries.

MASTERS | 35Y+

The Kajaks Track & Field Club Masters program is a training and competitive program for athletes aged 35 years and older.  This is an annual program with varying training days and times based on the event(s).  Members can join various events groups (based on availability) and can train year round.  The goal of this program is to give athletes a chance to continue their athletic endeavors while joining a great team of young-at-heart athletes.

For practice schedules and start/end dates please download the 2021-22 Program Info above.

VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT

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All members of KajaksTFC are required to commit to volunteer hours during the term of their membership.  Volunteer hours can be completed by the athlete or the athlete’s family.   See below for number of volunteer hours required.  Information on the opportunities available for completion of Volunteer hours will be shared at the beginning of each season and completed hours are to be recorded on an online tracking form.  Athletes who have not completed their volunteer hours by June 1st, 2022 will be required to pay the club the fee equivalent amount for remaining hours at a rate of $10/hour.   There are many ways that members can complete their volunteer commitment.  Some of these include:

  • Volunteering at KajaksTFC events

  • Parent volunteers at practice

  • KajaksTFC Commitees

  • Board of Directors and Committee appointments

  • And many more….

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact our Club Manager at info@kajaks.ca.

For volunteer hours please download the 2021-22 Program Info above.

QUESTIONS?

If you or your athlete have any questions or require more information, please contact us by email.  You can contact the team manager at info@kajaks.ca or our head coach at headcoach@kajaks.ca. We look forward to having you!