Youth Track Program
Introduce your younger child to Track & Field and/or help your older child improve his/her event specific skills. This low-key, fun program includes sprinting and distance running, jumping, and more. Athletes will learn a routine of proper warmup, drills, and stretching, and be exposed to some of the more specific, technical aspects of certain events (starts, form, etc.)
The 8-week program is offered in the Spring and Fall. During summer we sometimes offer shorter sessions, reducing early summer conflicts with other sports and vacations. Youth Track is appropriate for youth from ages 4-13, as well as high school athletes seeking additional help in the off-season/over the summer. The program includes regular harder bouts and time trial efforts. Though we are unable to consistently offer the "mock meet" we've had at times in the past due to space/time constraints at SLHS, smaller timed efforts will be included throughout the program when appropriate. If your child is 9 or over and seeks a more competitive opportunity, during the spring months, consider the Youth Track TEAM, described below.
Also, note our NEW Youth Speed Camp options for the summer -- Speed Session #1 is one day, 6/28; Speed Session #2 is two days, 8/23 and 8/30. Details below!
Intro to Track & Field/Youth Track Program
The program meets SUNDAYS at South Lakes High School in Reston. In the future we may add locations, but the coaching/volunteer demands for a youth program are such that we are limited to Reston for the moment.
Participants are encouraged to attend weekly, but we understand that school events, vacations, other sports, and family commitments may mean participants cannot always attend every session. The program is designed with this fact in mind -- your child's experience will NOT be compromised if you cannot attend every week. Older participants can also ask coaches for guidance on what to do on their own during the week.
Practices also enable athletes to test their progress with some timed efforts. Coaches may suggest further competitive opportunities for more experienced athletes and/or those seeking a more official timed competition.
The $70 program cost for Spring/Fall sessions includes a program t-shirt and 8 weeks (or as many as you can attend) of coached sessions. The June Summer Session is only $35 for the 4 weeks, the Late Summer Session is $55 for the 6 weeks. Active participants also receive special promotions at Potomac River Running Store.
=PR= Youth Track Team
For older runners (age 9-17) seeking a more serious training regimen and racing opportunities, the Youth Track Team enters its second year, kicking off February 8 from 3-4 PM. The session will meet weekly (weather permitting) carrying forward to late May. Team members would also attend 2-3 local meets, for which registration is included in the $159 team fee. The session will culminate in USATF champs/Junior Olympics/AAU champs.
The Team program sessions will initially last roughly 60 minutes to allow participants to adjust to the winter weather and gradually build skills. Starting March 22, the Team practice will begin at 4 PM (30 minutes prior to the regular Youth Track Program) and last 90 minutes. The Team program includes more event specific coaching as well as some advice on training routines for other days of the week. We anticipate the initial group will be fairly small, enabling more athlete-specific attention than the standard Youth Track program.
The Team is only offered in the spring, following the outdoor track season. There is not a summer/fall youth team program -- athletes interested in continued progression should participate in the regular Youth track program -- coaches will challenge them appropriately.
=PR= Youth Speed Session/Camp
New for summer 2015, we are offering two Speed Sessions. These are stand-alone/separate from the regular Youth Track program, focusing on developing speed, quickness, and explosiveness with an emphasis on learning drills (which can become a regular part of the athlete's warmup routine) and starts. These sessions are great option for those looking for some focused attention (perhaps to help out in that other sport) who have conflicts and cannot attend the regular Youth program.
Speed Session #1: 6/28 from 5:15-6:45 PM at South Lakes HS, $15, no shirt.
Speed Session #2: 8/23 and 8/30 from 5:15-6:45 PM at South Lakes HS, $35, includes shirt.
2015 Youth Track Program sessions include:
- Spring Session: 8 weeks, March 22 - May 17 (no season 4/5 Easter), meets SUNDAYS from 4:30-5:30 PM, $70 fee includes shirt.
- Summer Session #1 - June: May 31 - June 21, meets for four weeks, SUNDAYS from 5:30-6:30. Four week program, $35 fee includes shirt.
- Summer Session #2 - Late Summer: July 12 - Aug 16, meets for six weeks, SUNDAYS from 5:30-6:30 PM, $55 fee includes shirt.
- Fall Session: September 13 - November 1, meets for eight weeks, SUNDAYS, from 4:30-5:30 PM, $70 fee includes shirt.
- Speed Sessions: See Above
While we plan to engage as many coaches and volunteers as necessary to accommodate interest, the program MAY fill, so early registration is encouraged. Assuming the program is not full, we WILL continue to accept participants throughout the program's duration and welcome late joiners -- but, there is no pro-rating of the $70 fee (which has already been subsidized due to the youth focus of this program.)
Registration for the Spring and Summer 2015 sessions is now OPEN! Speed Session registration will be open by 4/20.
To register for this program, click HERE! If you are a past =PR= Training participant, you'll note that we are using a new registration tool so you'll need to create new credentials; however, if you've registered for a =PR= race before, you should be able to use those credentials to login. The process is very streamlined compared to the past =PR= Training Registration and should minimize confusion. Coaches may collect additional information from you as well.