T-Minus 30-Hours Until the First Track Practice in Sun City History

It’s time!

The first track practice in Sun City Track and Field history starts tomorrow at Franklin Middle School at 6pm on the track.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please fill out the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and bring it to practice with the Waiver-and-release-form-2015.  We are not allowed to have anyone practice unless they have a signed waiver from his/her parents/guardian per USATF rules.  If by some chance you forget the packet, we will have a few more on hand.

For those of you who are high compliance individuals and don’t like change I wanted to blog about what we will be doing on the first day of practice. If you are not a high compliance individual, just show up at least by 6pm and watch what everyone else is doing, if you show up late, just jump on in practice.  If not, read on:

  1. Sun City athletes always start on time. You will hear a whistle promptly at 6pm and the whole team will start by jogging around the track once.
  2. After our warm-up lap we will be doing drills. Drills are imperative in any athlete’s development. This is how we teach muscle-memory on how to run with proper form which lessens the chance for future injury and makes one significantly faster and more efficient. Here is a YouTube clip of a few of the drills we will be doing.
  3. After drills we will split into two groups: sprinters and distance runners.
    1. Coach Erik (me) will take the sprinters. Sprinters are those kids who will focus on any event 400 meters and under. One lap is 400 meters for those who are novices. If you have no idea what group to join, start with the sprinters.
    2. Coach Waddle will take the distance runners. Distance in track is NOT cross-country. Our distance workout tomorrow will consist of 8X400 meter repeats or until we hit 6:55pm with a 2 minute rest in-between each interval. Distances races are 800 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters.
  4. At 6:55pm we finish with some quick striders to finish up, then it is team cheer time and a special frozen prize.
Track practice will be at Franklin Middle School track next to Franklin Park at the base of the terraces.

Track practice will be at Franklin Middle School track next to Franklin Park at the base of the terraces.

We will start both the hurdle groups and hopefully high jump on Wednesday’s practice at West Valley High School. Also, know that a child can change groups at any practice. What they do the first day does not mean they will be in that group the rest of the year. My 11-year-old daughter Kara is planning on doing sprints on Mondays, hurdles on Wednesdays, and running distance on Saturday morning (the optional distance workout which will be at Cowiche Canyon but more on that Wednesday).

Last, if you have an athlete who is still sitting on the fence wondering if track and field is right for them, have them show up for one practice (must have the parent at least sign the waiver) and they can decide by Wednesday before turning in their money and full-registration.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.  My wife Aleah will be walking around with the registration papers getting to know the parents.

Go Sun City!

Coaches Erik and Aleah

Call or text me at 941-5191 if you have any questions

Off and running!

We just heard back this morning from the Yakima School District and will be having our Monday track practice at Franklin Middle School from 6-7pm each week. So our first practice is official and will be April 27th!

As a reminder, our Wednesday practices will be at West Valley High School at the same time (6-7pm).

Next, it was our tentative plan to have our home track meet on May 30th. It only took three parents to remind me that this is the same date as the Junior Gap2Gap. I talked with Joel at the West Valley School District today and he said we can rent the track on Saturday June 6th instead. So the FIRST ANNUAL SUN CITY TRACK AND FIELD MEET will be on the 6th. There is probably going to be a cost for the use of the track but we are planning on opening up this meet to the whole community and can make up the money with the price from non-Sun City entrants and concessions. Parents, grandparents, and more we will be asking you to volunteer at this meet for a few hours either timing, registering, or running concessions.

Our home meet is the same day as the meet on Lake Washington so we will not be going to this meet. We will have an extra meet the weekend of June 13th in Spokane for anyone who wants to compete in one more meet. The Mickelson family will not be going to this meet but wanted to have that as an option for anyone who wanted one more meet.

In Summary:

  1. Practices are ready to roll the week of April 27th (Franklin Middle School and West Valley High School)
  2. First home meet will be at West Valley High School June 6th.
  3. If you haven’t signed up yet, just download the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet as Waiver-and-release-form-2015and have it in the mail to us no later than Thursday April 23rd. If it is later than that, just bring it to practice and Aleah can sign you up then.

As always, call or text me at 941-5191 if you have any questions. Also cheer on Aleah during the Boston Marathon this Monday!

Coach Erik

What event should my child practice in when track and field practice starts?

We don't have a jump coach yet but would love to offer high jump as well as hurdles and the long jump this track and field season

We don’t have a jump coach yet but would love to offer high jump as well as hurdles and the long jump this track and field season

T-minus one week until the parent meeting next Monday at the Franklin Park Rotary Pavilion at 6pm and three weeks until our first practice. You might be wondering, “What event will my child compete in track and field?”

Unlike cross-country where everyone runs the same distance, in track there are sprinters (100, 200 and 400 meters), middle-distances (800 and 1500 meters) and long distance (3000 meters).  There are also hurdles and field events (high jump, long and triple jump, shot put, etc.).

At our first practice we will split into two main groups: sprinters and long distance runners. On Wednesdays it is our plan to also add the hurdles to this mix.  Every practice, your child will get the option of trying out a different group to practice with.

For the first month of track season, we will strongly be encouraging all kids to practice with a different group.  This will give them a well-rounded track and field experience.

Update on Monday’s track practice facility

We’ve been working all angles trying to get a track for the Sun City Track and Field Team.  Our first choice for Monday’s is/was Eisenhower High School (they still have not said no but we’ve been stuck at no-answer for going on four months, my contact is Shirley Pectel and she has told me our request is waiting on the facilities team with five other requestors).  Unfortunately we have been passed around like a hot potato since December of last year when I made my first enquiry.  We also requested Selah High School’s track but this is out of commission because of construction.  We have pending requests to West Valley High School and Franklin Middle School’s track. So of the three requests we have, we will get one.  Our preferences are 1st Eisenhower, 2nd West Valley High School, and 3rd Franklin Middle School.

I have also been working with a member of the school board and we have a teacher at Eisenhower trying to work the teacher angle.  So stay tuned, we will have a Monday track practice, we just don’t know the location yet.  Good news is Wednesday’s date is set: West Valley High School from 6-7pm.

As soon as we find out, we’ll keep you posted.

Coach Erik