2018 YOUTH Cross Country (FALL)

Registration for this year's XC Program is open - all registrations are done online via family id   -   https://www.familyid.com/waltham-track-club/2018-youth-cross-country-program   

There will be a preseason XC Conditioning Program that starts on August 12 (and continues Sunday through Through Thursday) and flows directly in to our formal XC training, which begins immediately after Labor Day.

WTC’s 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.  Practices are at 6:00 and last about an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half.

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.

Upcoming CROSS COUNTRY Events

YOUTH Spring/Summer Track and Field

Registration for our 2019 Spring Program will open on February 17 and close on March 15 - EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGE, AS SPACE IS LIMITED.  (Go to our UPDATES PAGE for more specific info about our two Spring/Summer Programs).

Members MUST first become a member of the USATF  (United States Track & Field Association).   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 Club via our familyid link  https://www.familyid.com/waltham-track-club/2019-youth-spring-track-program   You will then enter your USATF number on our familyid registration – there is a specific area for doing so.

PROGRAM A of our spring/summer track and field program is open to boys and girls, ages 8-14, and, like all our club’s offerings, has no tryouts or cuts. It is held Sunday (5:00-7:00), Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, from the end of April 22 through June 3. Members interested in competing through August may continue as part of our “dare to dream” travel team.

The first two weeks of the program offer instruction and training in the basic skills of track and field, and are followed by 8 weeks of developmental meets, at which members compete against others of the same sex and near in age. (There are three age groups: 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14; age is determined by a member's age on December 31 of the current year.) Meets include the following events: 100, 200, 400, 800, mile, hurdles, long jump, shot put, turbo javelin and high jump. Participants choose the events and the meets in which they  wish to compete, and ribbons are awarded to all competitors.

An ice cream party/awards night is held at the conclusion of the program (traditionally in the cafeteria of Waltham High School) at which gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded based on the number of personal records (PRs) each child has achieved over the course of the season.

Since the program attracts more than 300 members each year, it cannot be run without the assistance of many volunteers. Hence, parents of participants must commit to join one of the following:

  • the volunteer coaching staff

  • the meet support staff

  • the meet result committee

  • the first aid staff

  • the concessions committee

  • the awards night committee

  • the WTC Board of Directors

For more information about this commitment see our commitment contract.

PROGRAM B of our spring/summer program is open to boys and girls, ages 12-14/Grades 6-8, who plan to compete in the Junior Olympic competitions in June and July and who want a more structured track and field conditioning and intermediate skills development program than Program A offers.  There are no special requirements or tryouts, but members should have experience in track and field - first time participants in track and field would be better served by registering for our Program A.  

Program B sessions will be held on Sundays at 4:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and will run from the end of April through July.  Members choose which events they will focus on, as well as the days they will attend (they do not need to attend every session).   Youth members who wish to register for our Program B MUST commit to compete in the USATF-sponsored Junior Olympic meet in June and are strongly encouraged to participate in other local competitions hosted by other clubs and organizations.  This program is not intended as a general conditioning program for youth from other sports.

The first several weeks of the program will include general conditioning (e.g. core, agility, strength, flexibility); followed by more specialized instruction in the track and field events on which the athlete will focus during the season. All sessions are held at J Lee Gould Track and Field Facility, located at the John J. Leary Field (19 Athletic Road, Waltham).

Interested members may register for either Program A or Program B, or Both.  Those interested in our Program A should register on this site.  Members interested in Program B need to contact Coach Joe at jtranchita@verizon.net for more specific info and for registration format. 9


Registration for our upcoming 2018-19 Winter Track Program is now open.  The program will start on Sunday, December 2.  Early registration is strongly encouraged to ensure a spot in the program - we will accept the first 200 who register.

Register via familyid using this link  https://www.familyid.com/waltham-track-club/2018-2019-youth-winter-track-program.  If you do not yet a family id account, create one first and then register.  Be sure to enter information correctly, especially if you are registering more than one child.  List your child's name (not yours) and be sure that date of births are correct.  Also be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of registration page to complete your registration and payment process.  You can use a charge card for payment or a pay pal account if you have one.  Any issues with registration should be directed to familyid help support. 

Sessions will be offered on Sundays at 5:00; Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30.  Members will choose which of those nights they wish to attend.  EXCEPTION:  All 8-9 year olds will attend on only on Sundays and Tuesdays.  Special Note:  we may need to limit 8-9 year olds to just Sundays, unless we get ample coaches to cover the Tuesday sessions - parents of 8-9 year olds are expected to assist on Sundays or Tuesdays.

All sessions will be held at the Kennedy Middle School indoor track (655 Lexington Street in Waltham).

The first few weeks will focus on general conditioning and development of athletic skills.  More specific sport skills will gradually be introduced.  Members will receive instruction in all basic indoor track events and then be allowed to practice all of the events, eventually choosing the events they prefer to focus on.  Events offered will include:  55 dash, 55 hurdles, 200, 400, 800, mile, race walk, long jump, high jump, and shot put.

There will be at least 3 competitions:  a home meet that we will host on Sunday, Feb. 3; a USATF Development meet on the Wednesday morning during Feb. vacation and the Northeast Classic on March 3.  All members are encouraged to participate in these meets.

Parents are encouraged to become a coach during this program - NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED - WE WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW VIA CLASSES THAT WE WILL HOST.  The number of participants we will be able to accept will be based on the number of coaches that we have.  Please reply back if you are willing to assist as a coach.  Coaches will select which nights you can assist - you are not expected to attend every session.  We hope to spread coaches throughout the fours nights we offer.  If we do not have ample coaches, then we may need to cancel one of the nights or limit the number of participants or nights that members can attend.  Please reply back if you are able to coach.  I will then contact you as to when our coaching classes will be.

High School PROGRAM

Open to high school males and females looking to prepare for upcoming seasons or to excel to the next level of their development. This program offers instruction and training by certified coaches in all track and field events, with specialization in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Practice sessions are held year round, but do vary with the season. The high school program is technically a part our Youth Program, but offers more specialized training than with members of younger age.

Open & Masters Program

This program is open to all females, college age on up, regardless of ability or experience. Members provide certified coaches with their specific goals and then receive training programs designed to achieve those goals. Training groups are based on ability and individual needs. Sessions are usually held Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.