Welcome to Potomac Valley Track Club
Thank you for entering Potomac Valley Track Club's Young Flyers youth track & field program.
Each week, I shall send you a message about the program on the upcoming Sunday.
Our next session is Sunday, October 9, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA 22204.
TJ is one block south of Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) and one block east of Glebe Road (Route 120). Parking is ample and free. Enter thru the main entrance, Door #12, next to the playground.
Directions: Arlington Blvd. (US 50), south on Irving Street (1/4 mile east of Glebe Road), west on 2nd Street South, entrance on right thru Door #12
Please tell your friends who have young athletes that we welcome new participants. They can sign up on-line or on paper on any Sunday afternoon. See www.pvtc.org/youth for full information.
We thank our dedicated coaches: Albert A. Arcand Jr., Jim Darr, Desta Beriso Morkama, Betsy Peace, Abdelillah Razah, Liza Recto, Phillip Riblett, Chuck Williams, and Jay Jacob Wind. This week, Ethiopian coach Feru Dadi Wake joins us.
Here is our daily schedule:
2:40 PM Administrators arrive to set up check-in -- please help us unload the coach's van outside Door #12
2:45-2:55 PM: Athletes and parents arrive, enter thru Door #12, and pick up your name tag in the lobby outside the gym
3:00 PM: Introductions, circle time - stretching and strengthening exercises and my prepared lecture on Planning Your Competitive Season
3:20 PM: Break into groups:
4:00 PM: Re-group for water and break into groups:
- Sprint (50 / 100 meters) for athletes in K, 1st, or 2nd grade, or older athletes who specialize in the short distance
- Middle distance (200 / 400 meters) for athletes in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade
- Long distance (800 meters, one mile) for athletes in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, plus younger athletes who have competed in longer distance races
- Race Walk for all ages
4:30 PM: Regroup into four-person 4x200 meter relay teams
4:55 PM: Regroup to thank all the coaches and enjoy post-workout refreshments
- Short distance
- Long distance
- Race walk
- Shot put & Discus Throws (outdoors if weather is nice)
Each week, one of the families brings post-workout refreshments -- example: 2 gallons of apple juice, 50 pieces of fruit, 50 energy bars.
This weekend, signed up for refreshments are these families:
Parents of Cleo Reed
Parents of David Runkle
Parents of Lucy Reed
Parents of Pano Doxakis
Parents of Sarafina Fabrizio-Jacobi
Please wear light clothing and running shoes (not spikes, not court shoes or street shoes)
On nice days, we run some of the time outdoors, so prepare for the weather -- jacket, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen if you're sensitive
Please bring a filled water bottle with your name written on it.
I have five prepared five-minute lectures:
October 2: Equipment
October 9 - Planning your training cycle
October 16 - Flexibility and physioligy
October 23 - Competitive Theory and Practice
October 30 - Pre-Hallowe'en Nutrition and Health
On the four Sundays in November and the first Sunday in December, we welcome any of the parents to present a prepared five-minute lecture on any topic that will help our young athletes. In past years, our parents have lectured on fascinating topics:
Posture and Balance
The Limits of Human Performance
The progression from young athlete to high school to college to national championships to International Competition to the Olympic Games
Allergies and how to avoid allergens when running
I shall be absent on November 6 to run New York City Marathon
I shall be tardy on November 20 because I direct a marathon in Carderock MD that morning startng at 8:00 AM, and somebody always takes 7 hours to finish.
On those days, Coaches Jim Darr and Betsy Peace will be in charge.
On a personal note, I run or volunteer at races every weekend. Feel free to ask me how I finished.
This Sunday morning, I shall run Army Ten Miler. I shall bring my finisher's medallion for how-and-tell
At all our workouts, we welcome parents to run with their young athletes. Think of it as Suzuki running!
We promote membership in Potomac Valley Track Club -- see www.pvtc.org/join
We look forward to coaching your young athletes this season. Welcome aboard!
-- Thank you
-- Jay Jacob Wind, secretary
-- Potomac Valley Track Club