Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
February 24, 2014
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Dear Storm Family,


Yesterday many of our coaches spent their day learning how to coach better at a clinic designed for youth athletes. I want to personally thank each of them for their commitment to coaching for Storm. Let's hear it for the coaches!!


Looks like we might see some rain towards the end of the week, please remember that if its raining practice is canceled.


RAIN POLICY posted below in the practice schedule, mostly if its raining practice will be canceled. light drizzling and we may start practice. (Please don't call, there is no way of telling until we get to the track, and Alan will be working still first hour).

  • Sign-Ups Closed,
    • Some athletes paperwork is incomplete, we must have everything to certify our roster, athletes who remain incomplete when we certify our roster will be dropped from the team.
  • This Weeks Practice Schedule
  • Urgent Text Alert System
Coaches Corner
The first full week of practice was awesome! 
Please be sure your athlete has the proper shoes or they will not be allowed to practice. 
Remember that athletes are to attend at least 2 practices a week, but the more they attend, the stronger they will be. 
We will begin specialty and field events this Saturday. We are still in need of block training coaches. 
Remember to hydrate and eat healthy all week long. 
Coach Bingham 
Meet the Olympian
This Saturday (March 1st) during practice we will have David Neville coming out to meet and inspire the kids. David Neville was the 400 meter bronze medalist and a gold medalist as a member for the 4x400 meter relay team that set an Olympic record in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing
More About David
In the 2008 Olympic 400m final, out of Lane nine, he physically dove across the finish line with a time of 44.80 seconds, holding off Bahamian Chris Brown who placed fourth in 44.84. "Sometimes we have to sacrifice our bodies, our minds, our spirits," Neville said after the race. "That's what I did. I knew I had to dive." In the same Olympic Games, he captured gold as a member of the 4x400m relay team. Neville ran the third leg with a split of 44.16 helping the relay team set the Olympic record (2:55.39). The speedster attended Indiana University from 2003-2005, redshirting his freshman year so he could be a member of the IU marching band as a snare drummer. Music is a big part of Neville's life as he has been playing since the fourth grade. He also plays music at his church, the Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship. After returning to the track, he found his way into the IU records book on multiple occasions as he set records for the 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay and the distance medley relay. In addition to the school records, he captured four Big Ten conference titles. After an outstanding career at IU, Neville decided to forgo his senior season so he could sign a professional contract. He did, however, complete his degree in music education and would like to teach music at the middle school or high school level following his track career. 

Men's 400 Meter Final 

Paperwork Problems
Too Much Paperwork
We have a short list of problems that need to be corrected before we can certify our roster.

We will have a roster the practices, please check the roster for problems.   
Please check with Mark Cruz to see if your paperwork is complete. 
Jelly Beans & Jolly Ranchers
Jelly Beans Parents we ask that you bring 2 bags of jelly beans or Jolly Ranchers.

At the end of each practice we give the kids a few jelly beans as a treat. For the kids with braces, we give them a Jolly Rancher. The kids must be heading out the gate in order to get them.  
Urgent Text Alert System 
  If you would like to join our Urgent Alert Text System, on your cell phone text the word "STORMTF" to 41411 and you should be greeted with a welcome message, we use this system rarely for very important urgent alerts, for example, We cancel practice early due to unforeseen circumstances.

It's been brought to my attention that if your using T-Mobile, you may have to contact them to have Text Message Blocking shut off while you enroll. I believe once your enrolled you can turn it back on. Click here for more information

Please be sure to check with your cell phone provider if you are having trouble connecting to our urgent alert text system. 

We will try to help you, but in most cases if you get an error trying to connect, I suggest you contact your customer service and see if there is some type of blocking on your phone preventing signing up for these types of text systems, I've been told that some games use text systems to bill your phone, our system will not bill your phone, we are paying for it.
Tentative Practice Schedule (Subject to change)
Feb 24: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Saugus HS on the Track
Feb 24: 6:00 pm - Distance at Central Park

Feb 25: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Saugus HS on the Track 

Feb 27: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Saugus HS on the Track
Feb 27: 6:00 pm - Distance at Central Park.

Mar 1: 8:00 - 10:00 am Valencia HS on the Track -
Meet the Olympian!
Meet the Coaches for 2014 Season
Please meet the Storm Coaches for the 2014 season, Click Here to view their bios. We are very honored to have these great people volunteering for us. We will be updating this list as we finish gathering the information on all of our coaches.  
Storm Wear
Click Here to download the Stormwear order form, you can fill this out an turn it in at practice. Gin will be at the practices on March 8, 15, 22 for pick up of Stormwear. Please turn in form to Paperwork box and Orders maybe filled sooner.                        
Distance Practices 
The distance runners will be meeting at Central Park on Monday and Thursday this week at 6:00 pm.
Please be sure to drop off and pick up at Central Park. 

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club