2018 CROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM

Registration for our upcoming cross country program is now open.  All registrations will be done online via family id   -  https://www.familyid.com/waltham-track-club/2018-youth-cross-country-program   

A preseason cross country program focusing on general conditioning and strength training will begin on August 12 and be offered Sunday through Thursday evenings at 6:00 thereafter and will flows directly in to our formal XC training, which begins immediately after Labor Day.

The fall cross country program is open to boys and girls, ages 8-14.  There are no tryouts or cuts.   Practices are held Sunday through Thursday from late August through late November -  participants choose which nights they want to attend, but are expected to come to at least two practices per week and encouraged to attend three sessions per week.

The program offers training and racing for distances of 1.1 to 2.4 miles on grass fields and wooded trails.

Boys and girls who are also on their middle schools' cross country team may train with those teams until the scholastic season concludes and then join our program on a regular basis (though they are welcome to practice and compete with WTC on days they do not do so with their schools' team). However, all middle school Club members are expected to attend our Club’s practices each Sunday during the season and are expected to compete in our Club’s two main regular season competitions – the Wayland Classic and the Boston Mayor’s Cup.

All sessions will be held at the J Lee Gould Track & Field Facility on Bacon Street,Waltham.

Our formal cross country program will begin immediately after Labor Day, with practices offered Sundays through Thursdays.   Practices will initially be held at the J Lee Gould Track & Field Facility for the first few weeks, but may then move to various course locations based on specific training needs.

TENTATIVE XC RACE SCHEDULE

Sunday, Sept 9- GBTC XC Festival at Elm Bank, in Wellesley

Sunday, Sept. 23 - Waltham XC Invit at The Cove in Auburndale  ???

Sunday, Sept. 30 - Waltham XC Invit at The Cove in Auburndale  ???

Sunday, Oct. 7 - Wayland XC Festival

Sunday, Oct. 21 - Mayor's Cup

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Middle School State Meet at Devens

Sunday, Nov. 11- NE Jr O Championships Mine Falls Park, Nashua, NH

Sunday, Nov. 18 - Region 1 Jr O Championships at Bowdoin Part, in Wappinger Falls, NY

SUMMER POLE VAULT AND TRACK AND FIELD TRAINING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AGE MEMBERS

Practices for high school age track and field athletes has begun and will continue through the fall.  Sessions are offered Sunday through Thursday evenings at 6:00.  The Program provides general conditioning and strength training via body weight exercises weight lifting.  Event specific training, with a focus on high jump is offered on Sundays and Wednesdays, throws on Tuesdays and Thursdays and sprints on Sundays through Wednesdays.  Distance training schedules are design on a more individual basis, but are offered every session.

Pole Vault practices are held at Newton North High School.  Current schedule - Tue 7/10, Fri 7/13, Mon 7/16, Thu 7/19, Mon 7/23, Wed 7/25, Tue 7/31, Fri 8/3.

Interested participants should contact us via this web site for registration info.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 SPRING/SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM

Registration for our upcoming 2018 Spring/Summer program will close the first week of April..

Before registering for the Spring/Summer Program, members are first required to become members of the USATF (United States Track & Field Association) before registering for our Program.  Go to the USATF membership link  https://www.usatf.org/membership/application/index.asp  - fill in all of the requested info for an individual membership - BE ABSOLUTELY SURE TO AFFILIATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE WALTHAM TRACK CLUB  (Our Club # is  55).   Also be sure that the info you enter is for that of your child, not you the parent.  Once you submit your online application, you will be instantly assigned a membership number.  The cost for a USATF Youth membership is $20.

Once each member has his/her  USATF number, you can then register for our Clun via our familyid link  https://www.familyid.com/waltham-track-club/2018-youth-spring-track-program    You will then enter your USATF number on our familyid registration – there is a specific area for doing so.

We hope to be able to offer three sessions per week, Sundays at 5:00 and Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00.  Sundays and Thursdays are definite.  Mondays, however, will be included only if we get enough parents to sign up to be coaches so that we can cover all three nights.  We strongly encourage parents to consider becoming a coach.  It is really simple and requires no previous knowledge or experience with coaching or with the sport – we will teach you all that you need to know.  Many parents are interested, but tend to be intimidated by the title – there’s no need to be – it’s really much simpler than you may think.

The Spring Program is currently scheduled to start on Sunday, April 22 and continue every Sunday, Monday ?? and Thursday thereafter through June 3.  As in the past, the first two weeks will be dedicated to instruction and practice of events – members learn and get try all events offered.  Then we will provide competitions each night, starting on Sunday, May 6 and continuing through JUNE 3.

We will also be encouraging members to do the NE Jr Olympic age group meet on June 16 at Fitchburg State College.  Members who have done this event in past years have enjoyed and benefitted from the experience and often achieve huge personal records via the competition. 

All Spring Program members are automatically eligible to participate in our Summer Competition Program – all members need to do is inform us of their interest.

There will be a mandatory parent’s meeting on Sunday, March 18, at 5:00, at the Kennedy Middle School (655 Lexington St., Waltham).

 

 

2017-2018 WINTER TRACK & FIELD REGISTRATION

Registration of our upcoming Winter Track and Field Program is now open.  All registrations will be done online via family id.

Register online via family id at   https://www.familyid.com/programs/2017-2018-youth-winter-track-program-copy-2  

Registrations are limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, but preference will be given those members whose parents are willing and able to coach.  We will limit our 8-9 year old memberships to the first 25 boys and first 25 girls to register.  All 8-9 year olds may ONLY attend on Sundays and Tuesdays.  All other ages (10-14) may attend any session, Sunday through Wednesday – members choose which nights they wish to attend.  There are no attendance requirements, but we do suggest at least twice per week.

We will try to accept as many members as we can, but due to space restrictions (indoor tracks are small and can only safely accommodate a specific number), we will need to limit numbers accordingly.  The other factor influencing numbers is the number of parents who volunteer to coach – the more coaches we have to assist with each night, the more members we can accommodate.  We encourage parents to consider being a coach, even if just for one night per week – we will teach you everything you need to know – no preference experience in the sport or with coaching is necessary.  WE ALSO WELCOME ANY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES WHO MAY WISH TO COACH, ESPECIALLY FORMER YOUTH MEMBERS WHO WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE PROGRAM OR MAY NEED TO FULFILL A COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITMENT.

This year’s program will start on Sunday, December 3 and run through the end of February.  There will be a special parent’s and member’s meeting on December 3, at 5:00, to explain the program and to answer any questions – practice will follow this meeting. 

Sessions will be offered on Sundays at 5:00 and Monday through Wednesday at 6:30.  All sessions will be held at the indoor track at the Kennedy Middle School, 655 Lexington Street in Waltham.

General conditioning will be the focus the first few weeks and we will then gradually introduce the various track and field events.  Members will be able to try all events and will then choose the events that they wish to focus on.  Events will include the 55 dash, 55 hurdles, 200, 400, 800, mile, 800 race walk, long jump, shot put & high jump.

 

2017 CROSS COUNTRY REGISTRATION IS OPEN

OurCROSS COUNTRY PROGRAM will officially begin on Sunday, August 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the outdoor track at Leary Field.  Cross country involves training and racing of distances of 1.1 to 2.4 miles over grass fields and wooded trails and offers outstanding conditioning for all sports. 

Practices will be held at the outdoor track, Sunday through Thursday (Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the preferred practice days, but members choose which nights they can attend –  8-10 year olds are encouraged to attend on Sundays, Tuesdays or Thursday so that we can have all younger members training together, which will be more enjoyable and efficient for them).   

The main part of the Program runs from August 27 through October 22 – members will then have the opportunity to continue on through November with the Jr. Olympic level races if they choose.

Registrations for our XC Program are now open via familyid(early registration is strongly encouraged – there will be a pre-season conditioning schedule for those who are registered early – 11 year olds on up may start their pre-season next week) 

2017 INDOOR DEVELOPMENT MEET

The Waltham Track Club's Annual Indoor Youth Development Track and Field meet is scheduled for Sunday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m..  The meet will be held at the Kennedy Middle School Indoor track (655 Lexington Street in Waltham - drive to the back of the school building and enter through the gray metal doors that are located just to the left of the school's rear entrance glass doors).  Age groups are 8-10, 11-12, 13-14.  Events include 55, 200, 400, 800, mile, 800 race walk, LJ, HJ and shot put.  Participants may do one field event and up to two running events.

Entry forms can be found on the FORMS page of this web site.  There will be NO post entries or day of meet entries - ALL entries MUST be in by Sunday, January 29.  The meet will be limited to the first 250 entrants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Region 1 Junior Olympics Update

Region 1 Junior Olympics Update

We hope that everyone enjoyed the Region 1 Jr O experience this past weekend. As always with these events, there are many stories now to be told and remembered.  Race day is always chaotic, especially when our Club has so many competing in race after race – we never really have the opportunity to talk with everyone after their races, but we do hope all members walked away glad that they attended – cold & wet, but happy.