Young Adults Policy

Guidelines for Juniors Transitioning to Adult Groups

Valley Striders AC actively encourages and supports its Juniors to make a successful transition into the Adult Improver, Intermediate & Senior groups. The primary objectives through transition are to ensure that Young Athletes remain safe, participate at a level they can physically manage and continue to enjoy their running in a supportive environment.

Any transition will only be permitted with the Approval of the Junior coaches.

1 Transition to Senior Group

As part of the transition, Valley Striders AC will observe the following guidelines.

1 Athletes under 14 years old must train with the Junior section, unless one of the following exceptions applies:

  • where appropriate, juniors 12 years + may be invited to join the Senior track session;
  • juniors 12 years + may be “counted” in VS Grand Prix parkrun events.
  • the minimum age for club handicaps is 15

The rest of this section applies to young adults aged 14 and above

2 Young Adults who wish to train with one of the Senior groups will be allocated a suitable mentor.

3 Young Adults who wish to train with one of the Senior groups will be discouraged from excessive mileage in any single session.

The maximum road race distances for juniors (UKA Rule 141) are as follows:

  • age 11, 12 – not more than 5km
  • 13, 14 – not more than 6km
  • 15 – not more than 10km
  • 16 – not more than 15km / 10 miles
  • 17 – not more than 25km

So we would not recommend an interval session where the total distance exceeds these distances by a lot.

4 Young Adults who wish to train with one of the Senior groups should be dropped off beforehand / picked up afterwards from the training venue. Young Adults will be discouraged from incurring additional mileage through running to / from training.

Each Young Adult will be allocated a Mentor to ensure their Welfare between intervals, provide guidance and assistance along with accompanying them when running to or from the session (and ensuring someone responsible takes the place as Mentor at the session if they cannot make it). The Mentor will also provide advice and guidance outside of the sessions by ensuring they are not training too much / running too far.

5 The young adult or parent should alert their Mentor prior to their attendance at the session to allow the Mentor to find a replacement if they are unable to attend.

If the parent is not also taking part in the session, the parent must give their mobile phone number to the Mentor (or replacement) and must be contactable for the duration of the session (Run Leaders should be able to access emergency contact details via Dropbox).

6 The young adult will be actively discouraged from participating in prolonged high intensity training in any single session. For example, during an 800m x 8 track session, the Young Athlete may be encouraged to alternate between 800m and 400m reps, allowing for a longer break between reps.

7 Valley Striders AC will seek out opportunities to engage the young adult in Senior, age appropriate, competition. However the young adult will always be encouraged to run with his / her peers in junior competitive events.

8 And finally, a young adult will only be permitted to train with one of the Senior groups with parent / carer’s permission.

2 Transition to Intermediates Group

Young adults will also be encouraged, after discussion with the Junior coaches, to run with the Intermediates Group subject to the following:

1 Is accompanied by a parent / guardian or designated participating adult (not the session leader) and who ensures the Safety and Welfare of the Young Adult during the session.

2 Young Adults who wish to train with the Intermediate Group should be dropped off beforehand / picked up afterwards from the training venue. Young Adults will be discouraged from incurring additional mileage through running to / from training.

3 Transition to Improvers Group

Young adults will also be encouraged, after discussion with the Junior coaches, to run with the Improvers Group subject to the following:

1 Must be a minimum of 12 years old

2 Slower than 25 mins for parkrun

3 “Mature” i.e. listens to and adheres to instructions

4 Is accompanied by a parent / guardian or designated participating adult (not the session leader) and who ensures the Safety and Welfare of the Young Adult during the session.)