Above is the printable information packet for our track club.
2015 Sun City Track and Field Club
Welcome to Sun City Track & Field!
First, thank you for taking the time to inquire about our team. Our team has a two-year tradition in cross-country but 2015 will be our first year in track and field. Our goal is to offer high caliber, exciting, and dynamic training under the guidance of experienced and dedicated volunteer coaches. Our coaching philosophy is to first make track fun, be athlete-focused and goal-oriented. We welcome youth ages 5-18 with varying levels of fitness. Our goal is to build the athlete’s confidence, work collaboratively with the athlete and parent to get the best performances at the right time while preserving the athlete’s physical and emotional well-being. We respect and understand the unique physical needs of young, growing athletes and will not compromise an athlete’s long term health for short term gains. We insist that our athletes have Fun, strive for Academic excellence, model Sportsmanship on and off the field, and run with Tenacity at practices and during meets. My goal is for our athletes to first, have fun! I also hope for them to build lifelong friendships, develop a healthy respect for the sport, model true sportsmanship, and experience success with a team that continues to solidify our place on the national stage of youth track and field. I look forward to our team continuing to grow while providing a safe, structured, and fun environment for athletes to meet and exceed their performance goals. The Sun City Track and Field team looks forward to having you join us in 2015!
Coach Erik Mickelson, Head Track and Field Coach
If you have any questions, give me a call or text at 941-5191 Track & Field is a multifaceted sport that allows the athlete to develop skills and compete in various outdoor running, jumping, or throwing events. Against the list of events that we coach (below), athletes will typically specialize and compete in up to three – subject to the limitations and standards of their age group. Track Events 100 meter 200 meter 400 meter 800 meter 1500 meter 3000 meter Hurdles (contingent on getting a coach in 2015) 4×100 meter relay 4×400 meter relay 4×800 meter relay Field Events Shot Put (perhaps in 2016) Javelin (perhaps in 2016) Long Jump High Jump (contingent on getting a coach in 2015 as well as making sure our facility has the equipment)
How to join Sun City Track and Field Club
Come to our parent meeting April 13th at 6pm at the Franklin Park Rotary Pavilion by the Yakima Valley Museum. If you come to this, you will also get a $10 discount off of your registration. If you can’t make it to this meeting, just show up at the first practice on April 27th at 6pm and find coach Aleah and give her your registration packet.
The Sun City Track and Field Club will be having its inaugural season starting April 27th in Yakima. Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7pm with three formal meetings.
Who: Anyone ages 6-18 who wants to be active, have fun and learn the sport of track and field
What: Sun City Track and Field Team
Where and When:
Monday practices are still to-be determined but will be either at West Valley High School or Franklin Middle School at 6pm
Wednesday practices will be at West Valley High School at 6pm
Saturday (distance runners only) practice will be at the uplands trailhead at Cowiche Canyon for the distance runners at 9am.
May—We will have a home meet. We have not heard back from the school district yet (as of 3-29-15) on what date or track this will be held at yet. This entry fee is covered in your $50 entry fee for the track club. This will also be open to the community (event fee will be $5/event for non-Sun City track and field team members).
June 6th—Cascade Strider Invitational in Bellevue, WA ($6/event entry fee)
June 19th & 20th—Junior Olympic Association Championships in Spokane, WA (http://inlandnw.usatf.org/USATF_ASSOC_35/files/c6/c60c0c1a-4a8d-435a-a393-a5d86c353b65.pdf) Top eight athletes per event qualify for regionals in Portland the weekend of July 11th.
Coaches and Volunteers
We need coaches and volunteers!
As of the writing of this (March 29th) since we have not had a track season yet, we only have coaches for sprints and distances. I have had preliminary discussions with a jumps and hurdles coach as well.
The purpose of the parent meeting (and why we are offering a $10/discount) is to recruit volunteers/coaches.
Who are we looking for?
- We are looking for former college athletes who are experts in their track and field specialties.
- We are looking for parents who may not know a lot about the sport but are willing to learn.
- We are looking for parents willing to run with our athletes and encourage them at practice.
What events will my child compete in, they have never done track before?
One of the great things about track and field is there is a lot of events. We strongly encourage kids NOT TO SPECIALIZE in any event early on. My eldest daughter is planning on doing sprints on Mondays, hurdles on Wednesdays, and distance practice on Saturdays. In my ten years of youth track, I competed in sprints, distances, long jump, hurdles and even the discus!
We are all about kids learning and experiencing the sport of track and field!
SUN CITY TRACK & FIELD CLUB
Athlete’s Name: ________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth: ___________________________ Female / Male (Circle One)
School Attends: _________________________ Grade: ________________________
Primary Phone Number: ____________________ Email: ______________________________
Parent/Guardian Names: _________________________________________________________
Alternate phone/email contacts _____________________________________________
Emergency Contact: _____________________________ Phone: _______________________
Previous Running Experience: _____________________________________________________
Are you Available to Assist as a Parent Volunteer? _____________________________________
All parent volunteers receive a free team shirt
Goals for the Season (Select one or more):
This helps us develop an appropriate training program for your child
Have fun! _________ Increase fitness ________ Compete at Local Track Meet __________
Place Top-8 at Local Races _______ Compete at Junior Olympics Meets __________
Return team registration forms to:
Sun City Harriers
C/O Aleah Mickelson
320 Stanley Blvd.
Yakima, WA 98902
SUN CITY HARRIERS
SUMMER 2015 – TEAM FEES
Team Fees: $50.00 per child* (Team T-Shirt Included) $_________
* Take off $10.00 if you come to the parent meeting April 13th
Please Note: Race fees and USATF Membership Fees (required for Inland NW XC and Region XIII XC Meets) are not included in the team membership fee.
Shirt Size (circle): YS YM YL S M L XL
Team Merchandise: $15.00 per extra shirt (adult sizes available) $_________
$35.00 sport sweatshirt with logo $_________
$5.00 name on back of sweatshirt $_________
$30.00 warm-up pants with logo $_________
Clothing Size (circle): YS YM YL S M L XL
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “SUN CITY HARRIERS” TOTAL: $__________
- Team fees include competition singlet, entry into home track meet and Junior Olympic Association Track meet.
- Extra charges are for a USATF card if you do not previously have one from cross-country season if you plan on competition in the Junior Olympic Meets.
- Scholarship are available, contact Aleah if you have questions about this.