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Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
Newsletter  April 16, 2007
In This Issue
Track Meet This Saturday
Event Results
Supervision of Children
Scholastic Awards
Team Pictures
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May this week be your personal best!
Practice This Week will be: 
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm  
 "Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience.
You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." 
~ Joe Henderson
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Hi, we had a great meet on Saturday with the Chatsworth Chiefs. The meet was over by 1:45 which was great! It's nice to have an early get home type meet.
This week will be hosting our first home meet. We're going to need a lot of help. We'll need setup people to arrive early on Saturday (between 6:30 & 7 am) to help get stuff moved from parking lot & storage to the finish line, setup staging area, dig and turn over sand in the long jump pits. Post signs showing the direction to the rest rooms, which are across from the Gym, visitors don't always know that. Terisa is going to need a lot of volunteers to sign up, we need everyone's help.
FYI: Last Friday a man impersonating a LA Sheriff deputy tried to abduct a Saugus High Student.
Remind your children not to accept ride's from strangers, you can read more about the incident by clicking here.
Have a great week!
Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club President

Here's this weeks reminders to help you STORM into a great meet!

Track Meet This Saturday
Our track meet is at home, Valencia HS, this Saturday, April 21st, we will need everyone's help!  Set-up will be a big part.
Parents; volunteers are needed to arrive at 07:00 am to help out.
Terisa RiverPlease see Terisa at practice and ask how you can assist us. She will have a volunteer assignment sheet needing your input! We have 7 pop-up tents that need to be setup, long jump sand pits needing to be turned and raked smoothly, we need to setup timing tents, staging tents, shade tents up in the stands for our athletes. Hurdles need to be setup, you get the picture, there's a lot of work. We will need a crew to stay until the end to help take everything down and get it moved across the street back into storage. Your volunteer contribution in a meet is a great example to your athlete of what a team effort can accomplish.
For more information about at track meet Click here
Event Results at track meets
We try to have accurate results, however it has been noticed that some athletes at some of the meets have been given incorrect results. Please review your child's results and make sure that they are correct, if we have an incorrect result please let us know, we can fix it. (example, an athlete has ran an event, and is not listed in the results) we need to know this ASAP so we can get it corrected. Alan is still working on the first 2 meets. We have had several errors to correct. So please help us out by looking at the results and reporting any mistakes that you find. In most cases with 2500 athletes in the database it's just a typo and someone else has been credited with your child's result. We do have in most instances the data to find out exactly who should be listed. But your review guarantees our accuracy and success.
Note that at our meet we will be posting event results on the electric panel across from the finish line. Your reviews are very helpful because we are setup and can fix problems on the fly.
Supervision of children at meets
Parents please remember your responsibility in the supervision of your children at track meets is primary. Remind your athletes about good sportsmanship, respect for the facility, to listen for their event staging and to know where their coach can be found. But remember it is not the coaches responsibility to baby-sit your child. Their job is to advise, encourage, stage and coach your athlete.
Upon arrival point out bathroom facilities and discuss rules of use. Encourage a buddy system with another athlete in their event or age group. Establish a home base near team members where shade, drinks, food and books or games are available until their event. Be accessible to your athlete.
Parents with small children are not expected to volunteer in ways that leave their preschoolers unattended.
Scholastic Awards
In an effort to emphasize the importance of maintaining scholastic ability in conjunction with athletic ability, The Santa Clarita Track Club in cooperation with local school districts, awards a Scholastic Achievement plaque to all athletes that maintain a "B+" (3.3) grade point average or better during the season.  The plaque is engraved with the students name, year and symbol of the sport in which he/she is participating.  A special President's Award is presented to athletes that maintain straight "A's" (4.0)
Click here to download the scholastic form for your child. 
The Due date to turn in your scholastic awards forms is Thursday, April 19. Please give them To Liz Miller.
Currently this program is only for athletes of local school districts. 

A SCTC Storm tradition is set for Monday night, April 23rd!

We are excited about each and every athlete participating. During the practice in a few weeks the athletes will run laps for 1 hour at the track, this is a very fun event for the kids and an important fundraiser for our team. Money from this event keeps our registration fee low and helps us provide important track meet and training equipment for our athletes.

Typically this is a music-motivated event; singing along, running to the tempo! Oh WAIT! YOU'RE NOT A DISTANCE RUNNER!? NOT important! This is a fundraiser not a race ~ run or walk/dance, create an hour-long relay team! Challenge yourself!  Just recruit your donations accordingly!

The more per athlete sponsors you get the more donations! There are 2 ways for sponsors to support our athletes, one is a per lap donation such as $2.00 per lap for you distance runners; the other is simply a flat donation of any amount, for example $35.00.

Our team will acknowledge who runs the most laps, what family raises the most money and all participants in this event.  Prizes are still being solicited, but movie or Disneyland tickets are anticipated for the top 3 athletes who raise the most funds for the club.

If for some reason you are unable to participate the night of the event, families are encouraged to OPT OUT by giving a tax-deductible donation of $35 payable to the SCTC. This is our only team fundraiser and requires our team family's support. Your effort will be recognized and appreciated. Participants (athletes collecting donations from their sponsors for $40 or more) in past years have received a Storm Lap-a-thon tee shirt or runner's water bottle.

When turning in money, we ask that only ONE CHECK PER FAMILY, payable to SCTC, be written for the entire amount the athlete has raised. (Sponsor check donations written directly to the club by non-members may not be credited to your child. )

You can download a pledge form here, the due date to turn in the funds is May 3rd. Flat donations can be turned in immediately. Prizes will be awarded based on the most funds raised and turned in by May 3rd 7:45pm. Funds will still be accepted after that date but won't count towards the grand prizes.
Team Pictures

Team pictures will be taken by Phil from the Falcons on Wednesday, April 25th.  Each athlete will get an individual picture package in addition to a whole team picture. 

Board Elections

Greetings Storm members! 
We hope you all are having a great season so far. However, time flies so we must always look to the coming season. Every year according to our by-laws half of the positions on our board of directors expire and we must hold elections to fill those positions. We are currently putting together a nominating committee to find candidates to hold office on our board of directors, these are 2 year positions. If you are interested in serving on our board of directors, please see Alan Bingham.

Nominations for the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Track Club  are now open. The board positions that are up for election in odd years are:

PRESIDENT - The President of this Club shall

a.        Preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Membership.
b.        Appoint and discharge all committees, with the Board of Director's approval, and have power to call special meetings of its committees when, in the Presidents judgment, they are necessary.
c.        Provide direct supervision of any and all employees of the Club.
d.        Perform such duties as are usually delegated to presidents.
e.        Be an ex-official member of all committees within the Club.

SECRETARY - The Secretary of this Club shall:

a.        Keep minutes of all regular and special Club meetings; be prepared to refer to the minutes of pervious meetings; prepare summary of unfinished business.
b.        Maintain sign-in attendance record of all Board of Director and General Membership meetings; maintain list of member-in-good-standing eligible to vote.
c.        Supply copies of Club minutes, By-Laws and other documents as directed.
d.        Be responsible for notifying Club Board of Directors members of meetings as directed.
e.        Notify officers of their election and committee chairperson of their appointment.
f.         Perform other duties as directed by the Board of Directors.
g.       Maintain record of all active members of the Club.


 EQUIPMENT MANAGER - The Equipment Manager of this Club shall:
a.        Maintain records of quantity, location, and condition of Club possessions.
b.        Coordinate central storage and inventory of sport uniforms and equipment, with the assistance of General Manager; determine all uniform and equipment requirements, submitting same to the Board of Directors for approval prior to each sport season.
c.        Perform other duties as appointed by the Board of Directors.

 MEMBER-AT-LARGE - A minimum of one (1) member -at-large will be elected, who shall represent the Club as directed by the President.  Elected members-at-large may not constitute a majority of the Board of Directors.  Other members-at-large may be appointed to the Board of Directors by the Board of Directors.  Elected member-at-large shall have full voting rights of the Board of Directors.  Appointed members-at-large shall have no voting rights of the Board of Directors.


Are you tougher than the average Joe?
"Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." - Joe Henderson 
Joe Henderson born June 3, 1943, Peoria, Illinois is a avid American runner, writer, teacher, coach and former chief editor of Runner's World magazine. He has authored and coauthored more than two-dozen books about the sport of running and fitness, including the best-selling Marathon Training. Joe Henderson (runner) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
May this week be your personal best!
Heidi I Gierard - Public Relations
Santa Clarita Track Club
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