Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
March 3, 2014
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Dear Storm Family,


This week we start working on specialty events (field events and hurdles) so those coaches will be joining in the ranks of coaching this week and there will be even more going on.


We also start going to Valencia High School this week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


Loretta Will have uniforms on Monday and Tuesday this week if you still need to pick up a uniform. 

Practice Schedule March 3 - March 8th
March 3: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Saugus HS on the Track
March 3: 6:00 pm - Distance at Central Park

March 4: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Valencia HS on the Track - Everybody

March 6: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Valencia HS on the Track

Mar 8: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Valencia HS on the Track Picture Day - See Schedule

RAIN POLICY If it is raining practice will be canceled. light drizzling and we may start practice. 
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.

Please follow our twitter account if you are having trouble getting the text alert system to connect, we also tweet all alerts. @stormtrackclub   

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.
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 15, 22 for pick up of Stormwear. Please turn in form to Paperwork box and Orders maybe filled sooner.                        
We will be taking pictures on Saturday due to the size of the team we will have the athletes arrive in shifts.
if you have kids in multiple age groups you should arrive at the earliest time. (Groups shots will be taken during the age groups time). All athletes are to arrive in uniform. Please be sure you have picked up your uniform this week if you have not yet done so.

Gremlins 8:00 am
Bantams 8:30 am
Midgets 9:00 am
Youth & Older 9:30 am

Coaches an Board of Directors please wear your coaches shirt, your group shot is at 9:30 am.
Meet the Olympian
We are rescheduling our Meet the Olympian for another time during practice where we will have David Neville coming out to meet and inspire the kids. We will let you know when that will happen via our newsletter.

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. 


Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club