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

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!

Sun City’s Postseason and a Preview of What’s Next

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Julia qualified for JO Regionals in Portland with a great 80 meter hurdles.

Welcome to the postseason Sun City Track and Field.

Congratulations on making it to summer!  Everyone should be out of school and into the summer.  Vacations should be planned, and we made it through the main part of track season.  As the head coach, I’m totally biased but think our first season was a huge success.  Several highlights:

  • Kids competed well.
  • They learned new events.
  • They supported their teammates.
  • They were willing to try new events (high jump, hurdles, distance, sprints, shot put, etc.).
Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet.  Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

Kate was one of the 16 athletes running in the meet. Here she ran in the 200 meter dash.

We have officially transitioned to the postseason. Our first postseason meet was a huge success this last Saturday June 20th in Spokane at Central Valley High School.  It is the Junior Olympic USATF (United States of America Track and Field) Association Finals Meet and all 16 athletes who competed qualified for the Regional Meet the weekend of July 11th and 12th in Portland, Oregon.  We need to know by Wednesday July 3rd at the latest if your child is competing.  Any athlete who finishes in the top three in the Regional meet will move on to the national meet in Jacksonville, Florida.  Coach Aleah and I are planning on holding practices through July 8th since our three daughters are planning on running through the USATF Regional Meet.

For the last three weeks of practice, we will only be doing sprints but we will be overseeing the distance workouts for Henry, Brayden, and Hayden.  We will also have hurdles out for our few hurdlers on Wednesdays who will be running in Portland. Anyone is still welcome to show up but we will really be focusing on the kids getting them ready for competition.

For those looking for other activities this summer:

  1. Yakima Youth Track is having their all-comers track meets the next two Wednesdays at Kumler Field. Cost is $5 per child.
  2. Yakima HC Runners has their annual summer cross-country series at Franklin Park. Each race is only two miles long and the race dates are: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5 & August 19. Cost is $5 per race and you register at Franklin Park each race day-of in the Rotary Pavilion at 6:30 for a 7pm start.
  3. Already looking ahead to the fall, we plan on the third season of cross-country. Tentative start date will be September 15th. We’ll be practicing Tuesday and Thursdays at both Franklin Park and Kissle Park (Franklin on Tuesdays and Kissle on Thursdays). More about this on future blogs in August!

***An earlier version of this blog had the first date of XC practice on September 22nd.  We plan on starting XC practice three weeks before Sunfair.  Last year it was on October 4th so this date is still somewhat in flux.***

400 Meters Into The Season

Sun City Athletes doing "Bicycles" to work on our core strength

Sun City Athletes doing “Bicycles” to work on our core strength

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

400 meters of the way into the track season (pun intended) First and foremost, we want to wish all mom’s out there a very happy Mother’s Day.  There would be no Sun City Track and Field if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the mom’s out there. I want to congratulate all of the kids on finishing the first two weeks of track season. It is always difficult to start a new sport. Some of our highlights so far:

  1. Watching the kids the first two weeks do drills have been remarkable. Their form and muscle mechanics is already getting significantly better. This is a vital component of running and the better one’s form the less of a chance of injury and faster he/she will run!
  2. Andy and Marie have done a remarkable job coaching our field events! It is one thing for the rest of us to coach sprints and distances but they have literally been building from the ground up. Andy built Sun City’s first hurdles and Marie brought a special bungee cord for kids to high jump over. Parent’s when you see the two of them; give them a huge “thank you”!
  3. We’ve had amazing weather. Track takes place no matter the weather (except for thunder and lightning) but it is still a whole lot nicer when we have 70’s.

In the next few weeks we are going to really start gearing up for our home track and field meet June 6th at West Valley High School in three weeks. Each athlete is allowed to compete in up to three events at the track meet. * Start thinking of which events you will want your child to compete in.  I would recommend one field event, one running event, and one relay but you can juggle this if you wish and we will talk more about this as the meet gets closer.  We will also need about twenty parents to volunteer on race day so please plan on volunteering.  We will need parents to: time, check-in, run concessions, etc. The track meet on the 6th will also be open to the entire community as well. So if your child has a friend that would like to run please pass the word around.  For non-Sun City athletes the cost will be $5/event. Last, it is not too late to join Sun City.  Especially for those athletes wanting to go on to competing in the Junior Olympics in the summer, there is a lot of track left to be run.  So let everyone know they can still come.  Anyone is allowed to come to one practice and just “check” things out.  After this, registration is $50 for the season which includes a competition shirt. I’ll be in San Diego this week for a conference so the workout have been written for the coaches. Parents, please consider running with your kids.  The more kids we have running the easier it makes it on the coaches. Coaches Erik and Aleah

Monday practices is at Franklin Middle School from 6-7pm

Wednesday practice is at West Valley High School from 6-7pm

Saturday morning distance practice is at the lower parking lot of Cowiche Canyon at 9am

June 6th–Home Track Meet at West Valley High School, Yakima

June 19th and 20th — Junior Olympic Association Championships in Spokane, WA

Weekend of July 11th — Junior Olympic Regionals (must qualify from the Association meet in Spokane the weekend of the 19th and 20th to move on)

*(It was brought to my attention that an athlete must be born in 2004 or later if he/she is going to do hurdles in a track meet.  These are USATF rules that we have to adhere to.  We are going to let those born 2005 and before practice hurdles but our insurance wont allow it in meets) ** Here is the link to the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and Waiver-and-release-form-2015 if you would like to register still.

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon.  Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners.  We have had two amazing weather days so far.  Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon. Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners. We have had two amazing weather days so far. Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

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

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