Welcome to the Coquitlam Cheetahs Information Page. Here you will find information about the Coquitlam Cheetahs, a track and field club located in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The club was established in 1976 and has since provided opportunities for athletes of all ages and skill levels to train and compete in track and field events.
Junior Development Training – Ages 9-13 Development Training – Ages 14+ Cross Country (Ages 9 and older)
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Junior Development Program:
Junior Development Program, is dedicated to nurturing and improving the fundamental skills of running, jumping, and throwing. This program aims to provide young athletes with the training and knowledge they need to excel in these core aspects of track and field. It's a platform for developing speed, power, agility, and precision, essential for success in track and field events. The program not only enhances athletic skills but also instills valuable life lessons that extend beyond the track, making it a stepping stone for young track athletes.
Outdoor training: April to July Practices: Monday to Thursday* Location: Percy Perry Stadium, Town Centre Track meets: Weekends, some may extend to three days. Athletes can choose their events and meet participation.
Athletes aged 14 and older participate in a different training program than the Junior Development athletes. Where the Junior Development program encourages athletes to train and compete in a number of different events and only train from April to July, the club training program for athletes in the older age groups (U16,U18, U20, and Seniors) is different in a number of ways.
Although athletes generally begin to specialize in specific events, our training goal is to create well-conditioned athletes who then build on this foundation for their particular event(s). As a result, our training program works well for athletes interested in general fitness across multiple events or for athletes looking to specialize in specific events.
Athletes working to compete at the national level, or athletes simply wishing to stay involved in track and field, may find our development training program effective for their needs.
Base Training: October to December
Practices: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm
Pre-competition Training: January to February
Practices: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm; Saturday at 10:00 am
Competition Training: March to July
Practices: Monday to Thursday at 5:00 pm
Rest Break: August
Cross country training: September
Practices Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 pm, Saturday at 10:00 am
U16 (Age 14 - 15)
Attend U16-Senior BC Athletics Provincial Track and Field Championship Jamboree. The 15 year old age group is eligible to be selected for the BC Legion Provincial Team. Eligible to qualify for BC Summer Games based on qualifying standards. The BC summer games are held every 2 years. Refer to the Handbook for details on the Games and the Track and Field competition.
U18 (Age 16-17)
Attend major meets in BC. Attend the U16-Senior BC Athletics Provincial Track and Field Championship Jamboree. Eligible to qualify for BC team and Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships.
U20 (Ages 18-19)
Attend U16-Senior BC Athletics Provincial Track and Field Championship Jamboree to qualify for the U20-Senior Canadian Track and Field Championships. Opportunities for athletes to attend international meets for athletes achieving the established standards.
Aim to make the team competing in the Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, and Olympics.
Cross Country (Ages 9 and older)
Aim to make the team competing in the Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, and Olympics.
🏅ATHLETE RECOGNITION & AWARDS
Junior Development Crests Junior Development Awards (9-13-year-olds) BC Athletics Cross Country Athlete of the Year Awards BC Athletics U16 Annual Athlete Awards BC Athletics Athlete of the Year Awards U18 / U20 / Senior BC Athletics Cross Country Athlete of the Year Awards
Junior Development Crests
This program rewards and encourages JD athletes who participate in a variety of track and field events.
Crests are awarded to athletes who meet BA Athletics JD Crest Award standards for their age categories in three events. All performances must be attained at track and field meets recognized by the BC Athletics. Results are calculated automatically by BC Athletics to determine crest winners.
BC Athletics Awards
The BC Athletic Awards, presented by the BC Athletics organization, encompass various categories to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in sports in British Columbia.
Junior Development Awards (9-13-year-olds):
Athletes meeting the following criteria may be nominated for a BC Athletics JD award:
(1) Competed in at least ONE of the three JC Championships in the previous 12 months
(2) Competed at THREE meets from the JD approved list in the past 12 months
(3) Meet published standards
(4) Athletes 9-12 must participate in at least one running event, one throwing event and one jumping event
BC Athletics U16 Annual Athlete Awards:
Awarded to the Top Female and Male athletes in the U18, U20 and Senior age categories. Athletes may be nominated automatically or through the submission of the online nomination form.
Athletes are automatically nominated if they have:
Placed in the Top 3 (medallist) at a Canadian Age Group Championships; and Have been named to a National Team(i.e. Canadian U18 Team, Pan Am Games Team) BC Athletics Cross Country Athlete of the Year Awards
Awarded to the Top Male and Top Female in the U16, U18, U20 and Senior age groups. Recipients are selected by the BC Athletics Cross Country Committee.
🎽 Registering for Meets
If you have not already done so, please read the because it contains information that most athletes and parents will need to know about track and field meets and events
There are many track and field meets during the year. A complete list of track and field meets can be found at BC Athletics (look for the year of interest and there will be a Track and Field Calendar link for all events)
The Cheetahs typically attend the meets that make up the BCJD Program (for athletes age 9 – 14). With a few exceptions, there are meets virtually every weekend from May through July (see the Parent Information Manual for the schedule of meets we will be attending). We encourage athletes to take part in as many or as few as you wish (the Pentathlon requires athletes to compete in all five events). Some meets are one day long and those that are three days long start with a few events on Friday afternoon or evening.
Registering for a Meet - It's Your Responsibility
It is the responsibility of the Cheetah athlete or their parent to ensure that they are registered for the track meets and events that are available.
Please ensure that you read all the information about the track meet before signing up and sign up by the cut-off date! Many meets do not accept late registrations. If late registrations are accepted, any late fees which apply will be the responsibility of the athlete/parent.
A sign-up sheet is placed on our bulletin board, inside the equipment shed at Percy Perry Stadium, approximately two weeks in advance of the meet's registration deadline date. The sheet has the name of the meet, the location, and the deadline date.
The sheet also has several columns in which the athlete can sign-up for the event(s) they wish to compete in. If an athlete changes their mind about attending a meet or entering certain events before the sign-up deadline, please ensure that these events are deleted from the sign-up sheet.
Once an athlete is registered for events at a track meet, the Cheetahs are required to pay for these event regardless of whether an athlete turns up to compete or not.
It is the responsibility of the Cheetah athlete or their parents to make note of what events have been registered for, and the time(s) and location(s) of each event for that meet.
Record Tracking for Awards
Please keep a record of your own results at the track and field meets that you attend. BC Athletics compiles the BCJD crest list now and posts it on their site so you do not need to submit this information for the BCJD crests. However, for those athletes that have met the requirements for a BCJD Award, athletes or parents will need to submit the BC Athletics online form by the end of August.
You can obtain your results by checking the posted results that are made available at most meets, or via the hosting club's website. Most clubs submit the results of their meets to BC Athletics. You may have to wait a few weeks, as some clubs are slow to submit. You can record your results using the Track Meet Record Keeping form which can be found in the Reference section.
Who Will be at The Events
Our coaches volunteer a great deal of their time during the week to prepare your child for the meets on the weekend and may not necessarily be at all of the competitions to oversee your child. There will be a designated contact person at each event as well as seasoned parents that can assist new members. Look for the familiar Cheetah singlet and banners (where possible).
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