Youth Track & Cross-Country News
INDOOR TRACK -- SEASON START AND END DATES
- Tim Harris. He is the Head Coach, and coaches the short sprints (any race 200 meters or shorter), the long jump, and the long sprints (400/800 meters)
- Vesna Cadikovska: She coaches the shot-put and the long sprints. Vesna is also an EMU track & field alumnus
- Mike Munson: He coaches XC and the distance athletes
- Gary Morgan: He also coaches XC and the distance athletes
- Hailey Richards: She also coaches XC and the distance athletes
- Lori Guy-Robinson: She coaches the "Basic Training" athletes (ages 10-under), and is a Club Administrator
- Wanda Brann: She also coaches the "Basic Training" athletes, and is also a Club Administrator
- Susie Sutter: She is the interim high-jump coach. Susie is also an EMU track & field alumnus
- John Palmer: He is the interim hurdle coach
- Stacey Jackson (our mid-sprint, hurdle and high-jump coach) will return to coach in January. Stacey is also an EMU track & field alumnus.
- Everyone has to enter the Fieldhouse from the upstairs lobby, including the other clubs as well. The lobby is located at 936 West Circle Drive (Ypsilanti, MI 48197). Coach Wanda and/or Coach Lori and I will be taking attendance in the lobby, check to make sure every athlete is registered, and then athletes can take the stairs down to the track. The lobby doors won't open until 6:30 PM.
- Parents who feel comfortable doing so can drop their kids off at the curb outside the lobby, and then park their vehicles. Or they can leave and return to pick up their kids after practice is over.
- You can't park on West Circle Drive (that's only for drop-offs and pick-ups) -- you'll have to park in the lower-level gated parking lot in front of Bowen (take West Circle Drive back to Oakwood, take a right, go north one block over to Structure Drive, and take Structure Drive all the way down to the parking lot (again: parking is $2/hour -- rounded up to the next hour). Directions to Bowen Fieldhouse is attached.
- If the Bowen parking lot is full, you can also park in the "Student Center" parking lot, which is another block further north. Parking there is the same price. And then walk over to Bowen from there. Or you can park at the side street meters (again: same price -- enforced 24x7).
- Once athletes are downstairs, they should find our "Team camp" in the north-east bleachers and start warming up at 6:40 PM. Coach Tim and other coaches will still be busy getting their equipment inside and setting up while athletes are warming up.
- Every athlete should bring running shoes to practice every day. Athletes will do their warm-ups, drills, cool-downs (and sometimes training runs) wearing regular running shoes. Athletes who also have track spike shoes should bring those as well -- especially the sprinters, hurdlers and long jumpers. Track spike pins should be 1/4 inch "pyramid" style pins (not the needle type).
- Our team will practice their track events (including hurdles) from 7-8 PM. Athletes who practice field events will practice field events on the infield from 8-9 PM. Once athletes are done practicing all their events, they should "cool down" (jogging and stretching) for 15 minutes. Athletes who practice just track events can "cool down" from 8-8:15 PM on the infield -- they should use the infield because other clubs will be using the track for their track events from 8-9 PM and we don't want to interfere with them or get run over. Athletes who also practice field events can "cool down" from 9-9:15 PM on the track, since all clubs will be finishing up and cooling down on the track at that time.
- Everyone has to exit the building by 9:15 PM. Everyone can leave Bowen by the big brown medal doors downstairs by the track to the parking lot if they want (you can exit but you can't enter). Parents who drop their kids off and return after practice can pick up their kids from that parking lot -- you get a "10-minute grace period" to enter the Bowen parking lot, pick up your kids there, and get out the parking lot for free.
- Use the web-browser (Safari, etc) on your phone to download the app from https://teamapp.com
- When you bring up the app, please create your own log in, and request access to "AATC_Youth"
- There are groups in "AATC_Youth" for parents and others for athletes that you can associate your account with and receive announcements for. You can request access to any groups you wish:
- There is a group named "Cross-Country Parents" for parents whose kids participate in cross-country.
- There is also a group named "Indoor Track Parents" for parents whose kids participate in indoor track
- There is also a group named "Indoor/Outdoor Track Parents" for parents whose kids participate in both indoor and outdoor track.
- There is a group named "Distance Crew" for athletes that compete in the 1500-meter run and longer track events (indoor and/or outdoor) as well as cross-country.
- There is also a group named "Mid Sprint (400/800 meter) Athletes" for athletes that compete in the 400-meter dash or the 800-meter run (indoor and/or outdoor)
- There is also a group named "Track & Field Athletes" for any other track & field events (indoor and/or outdoor)
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CROSS COUNTRY -- SEASON START AND END DATES
The club cross-country season starts Monday August 22. The season ends Saturday December 3
WHAT IS CROSS-COUNTRY
Cross-country is an outdoor distance-oriented "off-road" running sport, and in cross-country meets athletes typically race distances ranging from 1000 meters to 5000 meters (1 race per meet), depending on their age. Cross-Country is not track & field or a sprint-oriented sport. Cross-Country training and racing is typically done on grass and dirt trails (sometimes with hills), whereas track & field is done on a flat oval 6-8 lane track (and athletes usually race in 2-4 events per meet). In cross-country meets, each course is usually different (some courses are hilly while others are flatter). Whereas in track & field meets, each track is generally very similar/uniform (although the tracks may be different colors).
Practices will be held in Ann Arbor on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, through Thursday December 1.
Practices will be from 6 - 7 PM through Thursday November 4. Practices will be held at UM Ferry Field during this time.
There will be no practices on Wednesday November 23 or on Thursday November 24, due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
The last practice for the cross-country season will be Thursday December 1.
Cross-country athletes will then have the option to continue training indoors the rest of the winter with the indoor track team for an additional price.
The indoor track season ends Sunday March 19, 2023.
The team will compete in seven (7) cross-country meets from September -through- December. One will be on Friday and the rest will be on Saturdays:
- USATF Junior Olympics Association Cross Country Championships (Northville, MI) on Saturday November 12
- Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships (Shelbyville, IN) on Saturday November 19
- AAU Junior Olympics National Cross-Country Championships (Knoxville, TN) on Saturday December 3
Our club cross-country program is open to kids in grades 2-8 of all abilities, and to high schoolers *not* running for their high school teams. Kids need to be at least 8 years old (or turning 8 later this year) for safety reasons. Athletes will be running up to 5 miles each night, depending on their respective age and skill level.
Parents of athletes running for middle-school teams should check with their school coaches first before joining the club. We want to avoid over-training your kids and avoid other conflicts between the club team and their middle-school teams (such as meets). School teams come first.
Athletes running for their high-school teams should never train or compete for the club under any circumstances, once the high-school season starts, until the high-school season is done. Otherwise, athletes may risk losing eligibility to train or compete with their high-school teams. Again: school teams come first.
Athletes running for their respective schools this fall can (re-)join the club later in the fall when their school seasons are done and finish the club season out and compete for the club in the November and December National Qualifier and Championship meets!!
However, the following restrictions will apply, based on the latest guidelines from the CDC, the MDHHS and the club Board of Directors:
1. Anyone who has COVID-like symptoms should not come to practice -- they should stay out of practice and get a COVID test.
Phone: 800-336-4486 ext.1214