Training takes place Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Horspath Track. Training is designed to be fun, and begins with introducing young athletes to the basics of good movement, while also progressively introducing strength and endurance. All athletes will be given an opportunity to learn the elements of running, jumping and throwing, and as they progress through the junior age groups will be given ever-more structured coaching in the various athletic disciplines. Athletes will also be given opportunities to compete, in indoor Sportshall Competitions and outdoor Quadkids Competitions, where they will compete against children of the same age and general ability. Competitions are generally short, and parents are encouraged to support and assist their children to learn about the sport.
Monday evening training is by invitation to the most committed athletes, while Wednesday evening training is open to all.
On reaching the age of 13 we expect athletes to progress to training with our seniors on a Tuesday and Thursday, where they will be coached alongside other experienced juniors.
At junior training all athletes must register and wear a wrist band so that we know who is training each night. There is a small training fee for each training session which must be paid on registration. Parents are encouraged to arrive in plenty of time to enable their children to book in well before training starts at 6.30pm, and are asked to collect their children promptly at 8pm.
Junior training generally continues throughout the year and in all weathers. Please make sure that your child comes properly dressed in warm clothes when the weather is cold – gloves, track suit and hat, and in cool clothes when the weather is warm – shorts and T-shirt. Children should wear trainers on their feet.
On a few occasions each year we cancel training due to extreme weather conditions or due to a shortage of coaches in peak holiday periods. As we are not always able to give distant advance warning of such cancellation parents are advised to regularly check the club website for announcements about last-minute cancellations.
Junior Cross Country training
Training takes place as part of the regular Monday and Wednesday training sessions. Please ask any junior coach about cross-country training.
In October 2016 we introduced a waiting list for new junior athletes. Waiting times on the list depend on the availability of places in appropriate training groups – meaning that waiting times will depend on both age group and specialism. In practice, we expect that the waiting list will only apply to junior athletes but the waiting list may also apply to older joiners, depending on the availability of training places in their chosen training group.
If you wish your child’s name to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail their name, date of birth and contact details to the Junior Section Coaching Coordinator, Ashley Barton – firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition from Junior to Senior Coaching Groups
As noted above, we expect all athletes to transition from Junior (Monday/Wednesday) to Senior (Tuesday/Thursday) training nights at the start of Winter training following their second year as an under 13 boy or girl. This provides a clear transition point for junior athletes.
Monday evening training is reserved for ‘committed’ athletes. Commitment is measured by regular attendance at training sessions and appearance at competitions (in an Oxford vest) the previous summer. There are no strict age criteria for the Monday evening sessions but we selected athletes are largely be drawn from U9 athletes who are competing in Sportshall and Quadkids events and second-year-U11 and U13 athletes. The core Monday evening coaching team comprises Denise Shorter, Wendy Fowler, Ashley Barton, Richard Hart and Mark Bristow.
Wednesday evening training remains open to all junior OCAC athletes. On Wednesday evenings we coach around 90 athletes with seven coaches.
Junior Information Booklet
For new athletes, parents and guardians we produce a booklet which gives you all the information you can find on this website, and which will guide you through from getting started in athletics to competing. It also covers all the opportunities for parents to volunteer: information pack_v4
Please see the attached PDF: OCAC Track Rules
Please see the attached PDF for what happens in competitions, and the basic competition rules: competitions march2014
QuadKids Clubs promotes competition in athletics clubs throughout England with inter and intra club competitions and athletic network leagues and events. Targeting under 9 and under 11 age groups this is a perfect stepping stone encompassing all the key aspects of athletics; endurance, speed, agility and strength.
This is the link to the quadkids website for more information: http://www.quadkids.org/
Athletics 365 forms the basis for junior training. It is a multi-event, young people development programme, which introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics (vital to every sport). It is aimed predominantly at 8-15 year olds, but the resources can easily be adapted for use with younger athletes.
Click here for more information: http://Athletics 365
Sportshall enables year round athletics for all juniors.
The Oxfordshire Sportshall League allows junior athletes to maintain a focus throughout the winter, whilst also building the fun and competitive spirit vital for a young sportsperson’s development. In Oxfordshire this league forms the basis of selection for the regional rounds UK Championships. There are normally 5 matches each winter at various indoor locations throughout Oxfordshire. Please speak to one of the junior coaches for more information.
Click here for more information on Sportshall athletics: http://www.sportshall.org/
Opportunities to Compete for the Club in League Fixtures
All club members are expected to compete throughout the season if asked by team managers. Team managers are listed on the ‘Contact Us’ part of the website. If you wish your child to compete for the club then please contact the relevant Team Manager and tell them about your child and what events he or she would ideally like to take part in – which matches, and which individual events. Team Managers are encouraged to make contact with all parents and children, but remember Team Managers are also volunteers, and may doing other things besides Team Managing, so please help them by responding promptly to their communications and keep them up-to-date with your child’s availability.
You can also fill in an availability form which you can hand in at the tea bar; this will be passed to the relevant team manager.
See the fixtures page for a complete listing of Fixtures for the forthcoming season; this fixture list is kept continuously up to date.
5 Star and 10 Step Competition
This is OCAC’s annual competition for all children aged 7 to 15. Entry forms enabling online entry are usually available in February annually.
If your child is old enough they may be eligible to take part in Open Competitions (our own Open Graded Meetings are open to under 13s but not under 11s or under 9s). Look at our website for information about other clubs’ open competitions. You can also find information about Open Competitions on the Power of 10 website.