CTAC Program FAQ’s

Structured high performance middle distance training

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Can prospective new members try the program out before committing?

Absolutely, in fact we require all new members to attend at least two "test drive" sessions before registering, and you are welcome to attend a maximum of three sessions before you register. 

What is a “Test Drive”?

The Test Drive Week is a three session trial period any time during the season so your young athlete has an opportunity to come out and see if they enjoy the sport of competitive running. Athletes should be ready to participate when they arrive for their Test Drive. 

How do I schedule a “Test Drive”?

Contact one of our coaches to coordinate your Test Drive with the appropriate group.

If your inquiry is for our high school group your contact is David Christiani davidchristiani@rogers.com

If your inquiry is for our development group (grade 6-8) your contact is Brent Lockridge bklockridge@sympatico.ca

Also check our website for training group times and locations. Please arrange Test Drives ahead of time so our coaches know to expect your athlete.

How often and where are the training sessions?

Click here to see the 2018/2019 training locations and schedules.

Which group would my athlete be placed in?

CTAC has three age groupings for their competitive athletes. We make every effort to place athletes with their peers, but periodically an athlete may train with a higher or lower group.  These three groups often train at the same time and venue, so moving to another group does not always mean a changing your training schedule. The groups are listed in the table below.

2017/2018 Athletics Ontario Age Groupings

2018/2019 Groups Born in
Bantam 2006/2007
Bantam/Midget 2005
Midget 2004
Midget/Youth 2003
Youth 2002
Youth/Junior 2001
Junior 2000


Program Bantams Midgets Youth\Junior
Ages 11,12&13 year olds* 14&15 years old* 16,17 (youth), 18,19 (junior)*
Program Season September 1 – August 31 September 1 – August 31 September 1 – August 31
Training sessions per week 3** 3** 3**
Training session duration 1:30 per session 1:30 per session 1:30 per session
Meets attended School , Minor Track Assn., Athletics Ontario School and Athletics Ontario School, Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada

*As of December 31 of the competition year

**Please note that these session numbers only reflect our time together as a group.  These numbers will change depending on the time in the season, and the number of ROYO (Run On Your Own) sessions athletes are expected to complete on their own time.

What are the costs?

See the 2018/2019 Fee Schedule.

When does the program start?

Our season starts at the beginning of September, and new members can join the team anytime during the season. 

We do hold informal training starting in mid August for returning members and any new prospective members that would like to do a test drive. Contact one of our coaches (see above) to arrange a test drive.

How long is the season?

CTAC athletes compete in three different meet seasons. They are:

Cross Country Season – September – November (pre-season in August)
Indoor Track Season – December – March
Outdoor Track Season – April – June (select midget, youth, junior and senior runners will compete into August)

While our registration dates are September 1 to August 31 each year, we do have a number of transition periods where there are no scheduled training sessions, or we meet informally as a group for low intensity training runs.

We take scheduled breaks in:

Late November (1 or 2 weeks depending on competition level)
School Winter Holidays (2 weeks)
March Break (1 Week)
Late June to Early August (4-8 weeks depending on competition level)

CTAC is a competitive running club for youths aged 11 (grade 6) and up. We are located in central Toronto and most of our athletes come from the North York, East York and Beaches area of the city.