The Juniors are divided into traininggroups of a maximum of 25 athletes. After the club championships – every year at the beginning of October – the athletes automatically move on to the next age category, but not necessarily to another training group.
General management is in the hands of the Junior Coördinator. Each traininggroup has several trainers, with one trainer appointed as head trainer. The head trainer is the first point of contact for athletes and parents/carers with questions or problems.
There is ALWAYS training, except for:
– 4-6 weeks summer vacation, to be determined by the head coach per training group
– Christmas vacation
– matches or activities planned on training days
– extreme weather conditions: thunderstorms or sleet/black ice
– cancellation by head coach
The athletes are divided as much as possible into smaller groups with a focus on, for example, running, jumping or throwing. In doing so, the D-juniors stick to the joint warming up.
Where desired, the BCD athletes will remain in their current focus group, the remaining athletes will be divided among the groups to be partly formed.
The focus of the groups depends on available trainers and will be determined in the run-up to the new season. Athletes can always indicate when they want to switch to another all-round group. In consultation with trainer (s) and athlete / parents, a switch can be made.
Standard training is twice a week. In order to meet the wishes of motivated athletes, it is being investigated whether we can offer a 3 “additional training from the time of the group change. These training sessions are not group-dependent and are accessible to all all-round athletes.
From D it is possible to train at the MiLa. Some athletes indicate at a young age that they prefer to run and are hardly interested in the technical parts. They can go to MiLa young 3 times a week. This group requires the necessary motivation for both training and competitions. There is some times trial training to see together with trainers and parents whether this is the right step.
When an athlete has chosen MiLa young, he/she can move on to the following MiLa groups. This is always done in consultation with the relevant trainers. Of course it is always possible to train with the all-round.
Athletes who are extremely motivated to train and who also want to do a lot of competitions can be invited to train at D+. Trainings are 3x per week. All technical parts and center distance are covered in this group.
After 2 years of D+, the athlete moves on to C+.
An athlete is not obliged to go to the D+/C+, you can also choose for MiLa or all-round. If the athlete or trainer feels that moving on to D+/C+ is not desired, consultation will take place. We are looking for a group where the athlete is well suited.
To facilitate the transition to a plus group, an evaluation meeting is held with the athlete (+ parents) after the first 6 weeks.
The outcome of the evaluation determines the next step:
• If the outcome is that the athlete is in the correct group, the situation remains;
• If the athlete or trainer is not yet sure whether the correct step has been taken, the athlete continues to train, and finds again another evaluation, after approx. 6 weeks;
• If the step to the new plus group is not the right one, according to the athlete or trainer, it will be looked into which group is suitable to go to.
After C+, the athlete in principle moves on to the so-called “selection”. This is done in consultation with the trainers. Here the number of training sessions is increased to 5x per week.
If “selection” is not an option, other options within the club will be examined.
The selection also includes a throwing group, shot put, hammer throw, discus throw and weight throws. Suitable athletes can join this group.
The historically created group started as an ordinary BC+ group, and the group served as a model for the all-round groups with its own focus. The idea has been to act as a plus group for B athletes and older. The group now consists of approximately 25 athletes from junior C till seniors. You can train 5 times a week on all components. Given the size of the group, an athlete can currently only be added in exceptional cases. Motivation and competition orientation play a major role in this.