2017 Track Season Information

2017 Summer Track Season

Welcome to the 2017 Track Season! Coach Casey and I really enjoyed our pre-season crowd but are even more excited about starting the official season.

Regular Season

Regular track season will be from April 24th- May 27th. 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 at Franklin Middle School.  Mondays will be the only day sprints, long jump and throws (shot put and turbo-javelin) will be offered since we are short coaches in these events. The first week we will have our sprint/throws/jump day will be Friday and then move to Mondays. Wednesday and Friday will be a distance only practice.  The cost for the regular season will be $50 with a $10 discount for each child in the family down to $20. We will have a home meet this year on May 20th or 27th 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.

The end-of-regular-season track meet will probably take place May 27th at Zephel Stadium at Eisenhower High School.  I say tentatively because we are still waiting to hear back from the Yakima School District.  If this date is not available it will be May 20th or 27th at West Valley High School.

Post-Season

Post-season for track will run from June-July 9th.  There are a number of track meets we will be attending this year which will be:

  1. Portland Track Festival June 3rd-4th (very limited number of people going to this meet since it is the same day as the Gap2Gap)
  2. Xtreem Speed Meet at Kent Meridian High School on June 10th
  3. Junior Olympic Association Finals in Tri Cities June 24th
  4. 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)
  5. 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 $50 per athlete.  If you do not have a black Sun City tank-top racing singlet you MUST purchase one to run in the post-season as USATF rules requires we be in uniform.  These singlets run $30/each.  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.

We apologize we had to raise the price of track this year but the cost of buying implements and renting the track increased significantly. If you or anyone you knows needs a scholarship please talk to coach Aleah and she will give you an application for a waiver.

We will be placing our t-shirt and singlet order on May 8th so this is the due date to order singlets and register if you would like to receive a t-shirt.

Communication

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, Aimee and Aleah

Coach Casey Campbell comes to us from running youth track and field from the Federal Way Track Club as a youth.  He also boasts the fastest college mile on the team and competed collegiately for the University of Oregon in both cross-country and track.

Coaches Aleah and Erik Mickelson both won state titles while running in high school in both track (for Erik) and cross-country for Aleah (maiden name Thome who ran for Eisenhower). They met on the cross-country team at the University of Washington in 1997.

Coach Aimee Lybbert was a high school state champion in Vancouver Washington before competing collegiately at Brigham Young University (BYU).

Here you see some Sun City Athletes warming up at a recent pre-season practice at Franklin Park

Preseason is here for 2017 Sun City Track and Field Team

Congratulations on making it to the weekend Sun City Harriers and their parents. The snow is quickly melting almost as fast as our Harriers. In a little more than two weeks our pre-season fitness program is starting at Franklin Park. Coach Casey has written a month’s worth of workouts, I’ve seen them and they are fantastic for any sprinters, distance runners, or throwers who need some core strength and explosiveness!

Here is the rundown on preseason:

1. Do I need to pre-register? Nope. Just show up for practice the first day but you may not leave your child UNTIL you sign a waiver and pay ($40 for the month of 5 weeks with a discount of $10 for each child if you have multiple kids in your family. If you have a family of four, the fourth child is only $10.)

2. What age group can do the pre-season? Ages 9-14 unless your child has previously run in a Junior Olympic race. This is because we are starting mid-stream and a child must either be more mature or had a full season of running with the Harriers.

3. Who is this geared toward? Athletes who want to eventually run in the Junior Olympic series in the post-season.

4. What is a typical day of the preseason going to look like? There will be lots of drills to help us with our muscle memory, basic aerobic fitness, core work to strengthen our backs and core, and some good stretching.

5. Will it be fun? Running is always fun especially when we come together as a team, throw in some popsicles afterwards, and some fun games like the “Shuttle Relays.”

6. What is the role of parents? They can either drop their child off to run errands (as long as their kids don’t run off in the wrong direction), they can walk around the park and exercise while we coach, or they can work out with the rest of the team (strongly encouraged to get in better shape themselves).

7. How long is the pre-season? Five weeks from February 27th to March 29th before we take a month off before the regular season.

8. What is between the pre-season and regular season? The coaches will be hosting Saturday runs in Cowiche Canyon and writing suggestive workouts, posting them on Facebook.

First practice is February 27th at 5pm at Franklin Park. We will meet at the pavilion next to the big toy. As always, call or text me at 941-5191, IM me on Facebook, or post questions to this thread if you have any.

Coach Erik

2017 Track Season Schedule

Sun City kids do drills at a practice in 2016. Drills and core work will be a key component of the pre-season in 2017.

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

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

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 Season

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

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:

  1. Portland Track Festival June 3rd-4th
  2. Seattle on June 11th
  3. Junior Olympic Association Finals in Tri Cities June 24th
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

Communication

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!

Can’t wait to see what it is going to be like in 2017!

2016 Cross-Country Information for Sun City

I just finished our cross-country brochure so I will start to release information about the upcoming season in the next few weeks. Pull your calendars out though and tell your friends, the first day of fall cross-country season for the Sun City Harriers is Monday September 12th from 5:15-6:30!

Logistically we made a few changes:

1. We moved practices from Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Monday and Wednesday. There will also be a Friday practice for those who want to run in the post-season. Wednesdays will be at Kissel Park and Friday’s will be at Franklin again.

2. We moved practice back to 5:15-6:30 nightly to make it easier for parents to run with their kids.

3. We added an additional 15 minutes of practice for older kids. Practice will still be the normal 60 minutes (5:30-6:30) but kids who are gearing up toward the Junior Olympic post-season or those over the age of eight should show up at 5:15pm for the longer warmup.

As soon as we get the brochure from VistaPrint, we’ll be mailing it out to everyone on our mailing list.

Coach Erik

As always, post your questions to the FB feed, message me directly or call 941-5191.

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Welcome to fall Harriers

The leaves are beginning to change, which in our family means cross country is just around the corner. This is the first week the registrations have begun coming in the mail.  I have had a lot of phone calls and text messages about costs and registration so I will go over that again.

We have both a regular season and a post-season in cross-country.  Anyone can do one or both.  If you register BEFORE September 8th, there is $5 discount on the five-week regular season.  So if you think ahead and get this to us, it will be $30.  If you wait until September 9th, the price rises to $35 for the regular season.  We order our jerseys in bulk and save quite a bit of money which is why we can offer this discount.  This years jerseys will be fitted tank tops just like track season.

If you choose the full season, it will extend to the post-season and you get a $10 discount if you register by September 8th so it is $50 instead of $60. This also includes the jerseys as well as the registration fees for USATF meets.  When we run in the post-season, our team has to pay to register each athlete. Likewise, we also have a post-season only route which we have had several people enquire about because we have several people running with their local middle school team and once that season is over they will be joining us to run in the Junior Olympics.

Here are the forms we will need to have before your child can practice: Waiver-and-release-form-2015 & Registration Form 2015 Cross Country Sun City Harriers .  The brochure for the season is: 2015 Cross Country Brochure .

We still need one more volunteer coaches to help with groups two.  We have head coaches in these groups but if you have the time, we would love to have someone commit to this.  If you can’t commit to two days a week, perhaps you do one day a week and team-commit with another parent.

Last week one of the highlights was when a parent who knows very little about running volunteered to help.  This is perfect!  Remember, youth don’t expect coaches to be perfect, they want us to be available for encouragement and guidance. 

We will be mailing out to everyone on last year’s list some brochures. If you already registered, please give these out to a “future” Harrier you think might be a good fit with our team.

T-minus 1.5 weeks until our first practice at Franklin park September 15th at 5pm.

Keep on running!

Coach Erik

PS I’ve had a lot of phone calls.  If you have questions, feel free to call or text at 941-5191 and I’ll try and get back to you.  You can also drop by the brochures off at our house in our mailbox if you are by Franklin Park and want to save a stamp.  Last, if you are chronic procrastinator and haven’t mailed in your registration yet, please send me a message on Facebook so I can add your child to the t-shirt order we are placing on Wednesday.

Cross country season starts in less than two weeks Tuesday September 15th at 5pm at Franklin Park.

Cross country season starts in less than two weeks Tuesday September 15th at 5pm at Franklin Park.