Santa Clarita Track Club
Santa Clarita Track Club Newsletter
August 17, 2015
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Storm team,

You know, every year I am more and more amazed at our program.  Yesterday was literally the best beach day in the history of the team.  From the weather, to the participation, it was awesome.  My family finally was worn out by 4:45 and we were still hanging with the Grossman's and Groller's.  The run was great, the relays were great, and even the garlic bagels from coach Alan were great.  I was speaking with coach Elaine while we were enjoying watching all the kids and during our reminiscing she recalled how we were at one time criticized for being the slower kids and the weaker team.  I love to focus on our team and not compare with others.  We keep doing a great job for our team and let the environment of family and camaraderie shine. 

Family is a key word around here.  I hear stories all the time of you guys helping each other out.  Right now we have a member of our team, Tyler Nilson, who has been spending his time in Children's Hospital being watched as a result of some very irregular heart beat issues.  We can fill you in on needs at some point but for now please keep this young man and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  He is an 8th grader so you can imagine not being able to start your school year, and having to stop doing what you love to do. 

On to this week.  Remember when I said if you are new to this you gotta give it 3 weeks?  Well this is the third week and I am confident we are going to have a lot of you gaining a new appreciation for running.  Keep your heads up.

We will start to introduce some pace variation this week with the older kids, you might hear the term Fartlek, or Interval, or Tempo.  These are all great terms that help you run faster is the bottom line.  This is a time when what you put into the harder workouts will start to be realized as you improve.  We are still going to be pretty warm out there although we aren't supposed to be 100+ still remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Drink a couple large sports bottles during school and then come prepared with more for the workout.  Also, several of you didn't eat as much as you should have at school.  This is another good reminder that when you are gone from home all day, you must have enough for lunch and snacks to keep you going.  I would steer clear of heavy food within 1.5 - 2 hours of practice.  Granola bars, fruit, electrolyte drinks or some crackers are a good after school snack.

Well, let's be excited for another week.  Parents, encourage your athletes and athletes, let's come ready to go!!

See you Monday!!
Coach Jeremy
Uniform Pick Up - Monday
Monday is the Last day to pick up uniforms. Please be sure to pick up your uniform. If you have not yet paid, be sure to bring payment with you in either cash or check. 
Birth Certificates
Too Much Paperwork New athletes, If you did not include a copy of your proof of age, we need that this week. You can scan and email it to me at this email address, or you can take a picture of it and text it to me at 661-755-6197 I will then print it at home for you. Note the the conference will not accept hospital birth certificates, it must be a state, or county issued birth certificate. In lieu of a birth certificate, a passport or state issued ID card, or school registration (cum file) from their school will be accepted. 

We are missing 13 of the new athlete's proof of age, and we must have that in order to certify our roster.  
Storm Spirit items 
This is the last week to order Stormwear, bring order form and payment to practice by August 24th for the new warm up clothes and the cross country shirt.  we also have forms available at practice. 
This Weeks Practice Locations & Times
Cross Country will practice at the following locations:
Monday - West Creek Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
24247 Village Circle
Valencia, CA 91354

Tuesday - Central Park - at 6:00 - 7:15 pm
Near Basketball Courts


Thursday - College of the Canyons - at 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Near Baseball Diamonds
Behind Track Stadium
(purchase day parking pass at kiosk for $3.00, 
COC does issue parking tickets from time to time.)


Saturday - Central Park - at 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Near Basketball Courts
Conference Pre-Season Race
There is a 2k (8 and under), a 3k (9 through 12), 4k (13 and Older), 5k (High School/Adult) cross country race planned for September 5th, 2015 at El Cariso Community Regional Park. (Registration opens at 7:00 am) First Race will be at 7:30 am. I will post a flyer when I get it and will update the website with information.
We need pictures of all the kids at practices, meets, the beach and all other events. In years past we had a parent that took very good pictures and could catch great shots, I know we have other parents who have cameras and can take pictures, I need help every week to get content for the videos that I post on our website. I can't do it by myself, I am asking those of you who have cameras to try to take pictures of as many of the kids and groups as you can, random pictures are best, while I know you like to take pictures of your own children, we need pictures of all the kids, so please if you submit pictures to me, try to make sure they have lots of everyone. I know we all love our kids, I love them all, so please send lots and lots. The more I have the more selection I have to make good videos.

I would like to make the video each week before the next race. I need pictures by Wednesday to complete them. You do not need to edit them as we like all the shots. It would be great if we can get several parents for each age group to send in pictures.

Please contact me by replying to this email and I'll give you a way to upload your pictures to our dropbox account.

Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club