Our first session is this Sunday, October 2, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
We meet at the playground in front of Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204.
Registration is open at www.pvtc.org/youth, and we welcome additional athletes to join us. For every pre-registered young athlete and for coaches, we have a pre-printed name tag. Please find your young athlete's name tag and pin it on so we know everyone's name.
If you want to serve as a coach, please use this form
PVTC reimburses its coaches' $30 USATF membership and $8 background screening. Then at your convenience, complete USATF's free SafeSport program.
If your high school age student wants to serve as an assistant coach, please fill out the form above. No USATF membership, background screen, or SafeSport is required for assistant coaches. At the end of the season, we present letters of recommendation to our assistant coaches, and we gladly support applications for college and for jobs.
On Sunday, October 2, we stay outdoors, as TJ hosts Mid-Atlantic Pickleball Tournament in the gym, so we can't use the indoor track. Instead, we'll use the lovely half-mile outdoor trail. Please dress for the weather. On the rest of the Sundays, October 9 to December 11, we meet on the indoor track inside Door #12.
After you get your name tag, form a circle on the green area north of the playground so we can lead the young athletes in a warm-up, including stretching, strengthening, and dynamics. Then we break into three groups: 1st and 2nd graders go with coaches Betsy Peace and Abdelillah Razah for sprint training; 3rd-4th-5th graders stay with me for middle distance training; 6th-7th-8th graders go with coaches Jim Darr and Liza Recto for long-distance training; and advanced sprinters of all ages go with coach Chuck Williams for specialized training. At 4:00 PM, coach Abdelillah walks to each group to tell them to re-group for the second part of the training session. From 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, we have electives -- sprint, distance, race walk, and throws, with a coach for each. Then at 4:30 PM, we re-group into four-person relay teams. Outdoors, we practice shuttle relay. Indoors, we practice 4x200m relay.
Every week at 4:55 PM, we provide refreshments. We currently have 50 young athletes signed up, so 40 bananas, 40 juice boxes, and 40 energy bars is a typical order. Post-workout refreshments on our first Sunday are sponsored by Trader Joe's of Clarendon, and I'll pick them up.
Refreshments on the subsequent Sundays are provided by parents of athletes, and I encourage you to shop at Trader Joe's in Arlington or near your home. I shall publish the list of families and their refreshment dates in my next message.
We have many Young Flyers t-shirts ready for pick-up on Sunday. If we don't have your young athlete's size, then we'll order more for pick-up on a subsequent Sunday. Extra t-shirts for parents are $10 (free to coaches -- hint!)
For the first 5 weeks, the Sundays in October, I have a prepared five-minute lecture about an aspect of training:
I invite parents and other coaches who have expertise in an area of training to present a five-minute prepared lecture. We've have speakers in the past about posture / alignment, allergies, and national programs like Junior Olympics.
I want the parents to be involved. Besides prepared lectures, please join us running with the young athletes, and please help us with administration of the program. In particular, I need one parent to help distribute name tags and collect any new registrations this Sunday, October 2, and thereafter.
Note: I shall be absent on Sunday, November 5, as I shall run New York City Marathon. The other coaches will lead the workout on that day.
We look forward to a successful season with you and your young athlete!
Jay Jacob Wind, secretary
Potomac Valley Track Club