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November 2020 IMPORTANT Update:
Welcome to Indoor Season

October 29th, 2020
Dear KTFC Community,

What a positive and successful fall season! We were spoiled with the consistently beautiful weather (other than the snow lately, of course). Additionally, we were able to forge ahead amidst all of the changes with COVID, and with some strong leadership from within the Club, host many successful mini meets. Base training is complete and the motivation is high going into the indoor season! 

Although this season will look a little different than previous years in terms of COVID safety protocols and number restrictions, we are confident that we can offer a safe and positive experience for everyone involved. We are asking everyone to exercise patience as we navigate the new training and competition environment this winter. With one of the only indoor track and field facilities in BC, we really are "paving the way". 

Information: Indoor Programs

Important Reminders

  • The indoor season begins next week: November 2nd. Registration remains open. 
  • PROGRAM CHANGES: Please visit "Our Programs" page to ensure you are familiar with your program training time(s) and day(s). They are not necessarily the same as the fall season.
CLICK HERE to register.

Indoors and COVID-19 

KTFC has worked very hard with the City of Kamloops, BC Athletics, Interior Health, and the PHO to gain approval for us to operate our indoor programming. It is essential that we all work together and do our very best to abide by the rules and recommendations. Cooperation, positivity,  patience and diligence is needed to make this season a success, and to be able to continue training through the winter. Please take the time to review the following updates related to COVID: 


Public access

  • We have been informed that this year, we will NOT have private access to the track during training. This is due to financial shortcomings at the city facilities. The public will have access to the outside lane with a "barrier lane" in between our athletes. We need to remind athletes to be aware of their surroundings to prevent running related accidents, as well as give the public their space as it relates to physical distancing. 

Spectators

  • The city is discouraging parent spectators at the TCC track. There are limits to the amount of people allowed in the facility. Some exceptions can be made for younger children (under 9) who need a parent to be comfortable. Please be aware, however, that your presence there MAY take away from an athlete being able to participate. We encourage you to drop-off your child at the front door of the TCC. For younger age groups, your child will be met by a coach at the entrance. Pick up will be at the entrance as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's coach directly. 

Entrance procedures 

  • Ensure to conduct your or your child's screening assessment prior to attending each practice, and do not attend if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Athletes will enter and exit from the main TCC doors and will access the track by turning left, and then making a right at the end of the long hallway near the spin studio.
  • There will be a table for all athletes to sanitize hands upon arrival. Attendance information will be taken at the table for contact tracing purposes.

Masks

  • Masks are NOT required during training. Athletes are encouraged, however, to wear a mask while in the TCC common areas on their way into the fieldhouse (track). It is an expectation, not an order. Athletes are given a pass while on the "field of play" (i.e. track) in regards to distancing and mask wearing as long as they are within their training cohort. 

Bathrooms

  • KTFC athletes will be designated separate bathrooms from the public. They will be located in the changerooms at the end of the hallway near the far left corner of the track. 

Training pods

  • BC Athletics is allowing for a ratio of 20:1 for athletes to coach. This will affect the JD group only. They will be split up into two groups  to accommodate this training protocol.

Fall Competition Updates

October Mini Meets

Unfortunately our October 24th jumps mini meet was cancelled last Saturday due to the snowfall. Thank you to everyone who registered and signed up to volunteer. There will be more, and much warmer, opportunities to compete in jumps inside this season. 

It was encouraging to see such a great turn out for our meet on the October 17th. There was some competitive races, lot of smiles, and even some PBs run in Coach Lehmann's middle distance group! KTFC was happy to host Olivia Lundman from the Nanaimo Track and Field Club for the 3,000 metre race walk. She was targeting a Canadian record going into the event and accomplished her goal setting a new national standard in her U18 category! To read more, CLICK HERE.

We have one mini meet left taking place this Saturday, October 31st providing the track is free of ice and snow. Registration details are below. The system includes an option for parent volunteers to sign up to assist. We need 4 volunteers to help take out tables, chairs and tents for officials at 8:30am. 

Sat. Oct. 31 - 10:00am = ROLLING START : REGISTER HERE
  • 800m (+12) 
  • 5000m (U20, Senior)
  • 300m (12-15)
  • 400m (U18-Master)

KTFC XC Race

A reminder that the Club will host a cross-country race in Kamloops on Saturday, November 15th. The start time is 10:00am on the disc golf course (old gold course) at McArthur Island Park.  The meet will be limited to 50 competitors and is open to U16, U18, U20 (High School) age groups. Spectators will not be allowed. The event will be sanctioned by BC Athletics. 

CLICK HERE to register. 

XC High School Provincial Championships

There have been no updates regarding the Championships that are supposed to occur on November 28th in the Lower Mainland. It is still "pending approval". We will provide news as it arises. 

BUY NOW: KTFC Uniforms

KTFC apparel is available for order! The sale closing date is November 15, 2020. Please note any late orders will not be accepted to ensure delivery deadlines are met. Expected order delivery date is 4-6 weeks from the end of the sale. This is subject to change if the sale is extended.

There is some great stuff this year, including masks. This is a great way to show KTFC pride, promote the Club, and present a unified front at track meets! Happy shopping!

CLICK HERE to order. 

Coach Welcome: Logan Hwang

We'd like to extend a warm, official welcome to Coach Logan Hwang. You may have seen him coaching the Track Rascals with Gary Reed or assisting Coach Miriam with the destination trail runs with JD cross country over he fall. Logan has committed to the student coach role and will be helping us out in various ways over the course of the indoor season. Logan is attending university at UBC (working remotely from Kamloops). He was a long-time athlete of KTFC, specializing in middle distances under Gary Reed. He completed his Sport Coach course (level 1) last year. 

Logan will be running the Mini Track Rascals program on Mondays. He will also be helping with Coach Lehmann's middle distance group and Coach Miriam's JD group every Tuesday and Thursday. You may also see him at our check-in table doing attendance. Welcome, Logan. We are lucky to have your energy, knowledge, and positive attitude!

Volunteers Needed

  • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - We are looking for a replacement for Nicole Ritter who has served as a very dedicated volunteer coordinator for the Club. We cannot host meets without this person in place. Our first meet is January 15/16. If you have an interest in fulfilling your volunteer hours through this position, please contact Nicole at ritterfamily2000@yahoo.com. She is happy to provide training. The position involves creating a schedule of tasks and assigning parent volunteers for our track meets and fundraisers. It's a great way to get to know everyone, fulfill hour volunteer hours, and get a front row seat to the action! 
  • EQUIPTMENT MANGAGER - Please contact Judy Armstrong at judy54armstrong@gmail.com if you are interested in taking on this position. It would involve managing set up and take down of all equipment for competitions. No special skills are required - just a happy face! Jobs will be assigned through the Volunteer Coordinator, but we need someone to take leadership before the meets start.

Other news

  • REGISTRATION GLITCHES - We apologize for any issues with indoor registration. Trackie is in the middle of switching to a new system which will hopefully resolve any ongoing glitches we have had with inaccurate totals being generated. Kindly double check your receipts and ensure that you have not paid your BCA fee or volunteer fee twice. Additionally, please ensure that you were charged the appropriate program fees. The fees can be viewed HERE by clicking on the "fee info" PDF. 
  • BOTTLE DONATION - Don't forget to drop off your empties at the General Grants Depot on Camosun Crecent. Just ensure that a staff member knows that they are for KTFC. Every little bit helps! Thank you. 
Sent from: Caitlin Reed, Club Communications Manager, KTFC
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