Junior Development (ages 9 - 13)

The Junior Development (JD) program gives children the opportunity to:

  • Develop physical literacy, speed, and fitness

  • Learn Track & Field specific skills

  • Compete in alignment with the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway

  • Make friends and HAVE FUN

The Nanaimo Track & Field Club Junior Development (JD) program is a comprehensive program that prepares young athletes for performance in all track and field events. Our focus is on participation and proficiency across the disciplines of runs, jumps, and throws. Athletes will be introduced to and receive training in:

  • sprints

  • sprint hurdles

  • middle distance

  • relays

  • race walk

  • shot put,

  • discus

  • javelin

  • long jump

  • high jump

  • triple jump

  • pole vault

The distances run on the track, the heights and placement of hurdles and the weight of the throwing implements are appropriate for each age group. Younger athletes do not compete in the longer races and do not throw the more dangerous implements. Full details may be obtained from the BC Athletics website at www.bcathletics.org

The focus for the JD Program is to gradually introduce athletes to competition.  Early season intra-club meets held on the Island and Lower Mainland provide many opportunities for athletes to participate in competition.  The season culminates in mid-July with the BC JD Pentathlon Championships and BC JD Championships. Participation is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.  Full details of all these meets can be found at http://www.bcathletics.org/CalendarResults/

In Zone 6 (Vancouver Island and Powell River), the various clubs are members of the Vancouver Island Athletics Association (VIAA) which organizes meets and training sessions for athletes in the Zone. 

To Qualify for Island Series Awards athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

Compete in 3 of the 4 Island Series meets

For Best of Three awards total points of three best performances from three different meets.

For Run, Jump Throw awards total points of best Run, best Jump and best Throw during series.

There will be a performance points table for each event and age group, some points for placing and 10 points for competing.

Team Awards are based on the points totals of all the athletes in a given club..