I’ve figured out how to make all of this snow go away here in Yakima . . . start thinking about track! I was joking with a Sun City parent the other day at church that it started snowing the day after we left for cross-country nationals December 8th and the snow & ice hasn’t left yet. Coaches Casey, Aleah and I always strive to improve year over year and as we go into our third year of track this is no different. Here is the upcoming schedule for this track season:
Pre-season will run & drill (pun intended) from February 27th – March 29th. (Cost is $40 per child)
Pre-season is geared toward runners ages 9-14 or if your child has previously done Junior Olympics in either track or cross-country before. We will be doing the preseason at Franklin Park Monday and Wednesday nights from 5-6pm for this month.
If your child has never done track before this is NOT the time to start track. We use this pre-season to build on what we have previously done in other Sun City seasons.
This one-month season will be very heavy on drills, strength-work, and basic speed drills which will be geared toward all track athletes whether one plans on doing sprints, throws, or distances. The reason for the 9-14 year window is we want to keep everyone in one large group. It is also because most older kids need a little more to get into shape compared to younger kids come track season.
April will be off but we will be having informal Saturday runs for anyone interested at the upper parking lot at Cowiche Canyon every Saturday morning at 9am. There will be no cost for this but there is a high probability of free popsicles after practice. Coaches Casey and I will also posting workouts this month for anyone wanting to get in some pre-track workouts.
Regular track season will be from April 24th- May 20th. This is what we are gearing up for EVERYONE. This season we will be able to offer both sprints, distances, throws, and long jump. Practices will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-7pm. Wednesday will be the only day sprints and long jump will be offered since we are short coaches in these events. Monday and Friday will be distance only practice. We are still waiting on formalizing where we are going to practice but more than likely it will be Franklin Track. The cost for the regular season will be $40 with a $10 discount for each child in the family down to $20. We will have a home meet this year on May 20th at one of the local schools and this will finish up the regular season. A Sun City t-shirt will be included in the registration fee.
Post-season for track will run from May 22nd-July 9th. There are a number of track meets we will be attending this year which will be:
- Portland Track Festival June 3rd-4th
- Seattle on June 11th
- Junior Olympic Association Finals in Tri Cities June 24th
- Junior Olympic Regionals in Spokane July 8th-10th (different events are on different dates depending on the athlete, most kids only compete one or two days)
- Junior Olympic Nations is in Lawrence Kansas this year July 27th-30th (the Mickelson family will be going to this as long as one of our kids qualifies for it since our kids are at the top of their age groups this year)
Cost—The cost for the post-season is $75 per athlete and includes a black Sun City racing singlet. If you have one of these from previous seasons you may take off $10. We are not sure how many coaches we will have for the post-season. We will for sure have distance coaches and be able to coach sprints one day a week. After this, it will depend on turnout, volunteers, and participation.
For new families who have not been part of Sun City in the past, we are a very Facebook heavy group of coaches and parents. The best place to post your questions is on Facebook so everyone can see your questions and our answers. You can always IM (instant message) me (Erik) or even call or text my cell (941-5191). Looking forward to a great 2017 track season. We will start posting every week or so going forward getting ready for the season.
Coaches Erik, Casey, and Aleah
PS In the coming months we are excited to announce a volunteer throws coach who has multiple state titles and competed for a major division 1 school back in the day . . . stay tuned!