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. A slightly abbreviated Summer session is 6-weeks, 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 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, consider the Youth Track TEAM, described 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 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 is new in 2014. Weather permitting, the program will begin on Sunday, January 26 and continue for at least 16 scheduled practices. Team members will also attend 2-3 local meets, for which registration is included in the team fee. The session will culminate in USATF champs/Junior Olympics/AAU champs.
The Team program sessions last 90 minutes and include 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 Youth Track Team cost is $199, which carries from January through late spring.
2014 sessions include:
- Spring Session: March 23 - May 18 (9 weeks for 8 meetings - no session Easter Sunday, 4/20). Meets SUNDAYS from 4-5 PM.
- =PR= Youth Track Team: January 26 - late May (end dates may vary depending on athlete qualification for championship meets; no session Easter Sunday, 4/20). Begins meeting Sundays from 3-4:30 PM. Session time will change to 4:30-6 PM in mid-March and may move to 5 PM in May for those athletes still training.
- Summer Session: July 14 - August 18 (6 week summer session). Meets SUNDAYS from 5-6 PM.
- Fall Session: TBD. Meets SUNDAYS. TIME TBD.
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 (or Summer $55) fee (which has already been subsidized due to the youth focus of this program.)
Registration for the Spring 2014 session will be OPEN soon!
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.