YOUTH Fall Cross Country
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.
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
Waltham Track Club's 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 Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, from the end of April through June. 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 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.
YOUTH Winter Conditioning and Track and Field
REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2017 WINTER PROGRAM HAVE CLOSED
A High School Conditioning Program is offered to high school age members on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during the month of November and focuses on general athletic development for all sports. Emphasis is placed on core work, flexibility, agility and bio motor development, speed technique and general strength development.
WTC’s youth winter conditioning and winter track and field programs are open to boys and girls ages 8-14, andhave no tryouts or cuts, but are limited (on a first-come, first-served basis) to 200 participants. Both are held Sunday through Wednesday evenings, with conditioning in December and track and field in January and February.
All sessions are held at the indoor track at the Kennedy Middle School (655 Lexington Street in Waltham)
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.