News Letter - March 19, 2007

Coaches Corner 
Part of growing a world-class organization is a constant assessment of where we've been and where we'd like to go. That said, the Coaching Staff began the season with 3 objectives.

*Develop Disciplines
*Drive Performance
*Deliver Exceptional Student-Athletes

As a Coaching Staff, we're pleased with the disciplines we've created around Dynamic Warm-up. These important drills are at the cutting edge of thinking in the sport of Track and Field and are foundational to every event in the sport. An intense discipline around these drills at EVERY practice and EVERY meet will ensure that the fundamentals are in place for peak performance.

Part of achieving peak performance is maximizing every minute of training time. As we hind-sighted the first 2 weeks of practice we recognized 2 glaring opportunities.

#1 Athletes were spending too much time waiting around
#2 Event locations were being inundated with athletes impacting the ability of event coaches to do their job.

We believe that the infrastructure of the "Expert" event Coaching Staff is a BIG win over prior seasons. Allowing coaches to become a student of their event is invaluable in driving peak performance. To help with the management of both the track and field, we're pleased to announce 6 new Age Group Coaches to assist in the management of the athletes. We'll introduce this group during practices this week.

At the end of the day, it's all about the kids. We'll continue to focus on the fundamentals we believe in and assess our opportunities as we go. I'd like to thank all of the volunteers that have stepped forward to be a part of the solution.
Yours in Running,
Practice Essentials  

We require athletes to attend a minimum of 2 practices per week. If you are unable to attend all practices, please check with your coach about your workout plan, you will be expected to workout on your own in your absence. Please remember to bring sweats and water to every practice. Be sure to LABEL ALL clothing and water bottles.

Already we have several new sweat shirts and sweat pants in our lost and found donation collection. If your child is missing some clothing that they brought to practice and didn't bring home, check on the fence near the entrance to the track. Note items will only be held 1 week.

Photo Team

If you have a digital video camera we would like you to take the kids running, especially the kids at the track. Please get a cd to Alan Bingham at the end of practice.

Drop Date

This Thursday March 22nd is our drop date, if your paperwork is incomplete your child will be dropped from our program. If you have been contacted about missing paperwork and have not spoken to Liz Miller or Alan Bingham about the situation, you child will be dropped from the program. Please make sure that we have everything. IF you have any question please speak to us and let us know. 

Sign Ups

We are still accepting athletes, but registration will close this Thursday March 22nd If you know anyone who still wants to join the team, please tell them they need to act now. We will close this Thursday and will no longer accept athletes past that date. You can download your sign up paperwork here fill it out at home and then drop it off at practice. Team size is limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis. All paperwork must be 100% complete, all fees paid, and proof of age must be turned in

No Practice This Thursday
Due to a track meet at Valencia High School on Thursday, there will be no practice.  
We could use some volunteers to assist with timing the meet. Please see Alan if you can help.
Sore Muscles
No matter how fit you may be from other physical activities, when you begin to run you're probably going to experience sore muscles. Even after running becomes easy, you're still going to experience sore muscles from time to time. People get sore muscles for three reasons:
  • They are not used to exercising.
  • They are used to a different exercise.
  • They push their regular exercise too hard.
Scientists say soreness starts as a result of tiny tears in the muscle fibers, similar to a paper cut on your finger. (It hurts, but you can still use the finger.) What happens next is that the body's defense mechanism kicks in, white cells come to the rescue, fluid moves into spaces it normally doesn't occupy, resulting in swelling. This swelling nudges the nerve endings, causing soreness. It also contributes to stiffness in the muscles, partially immobilizing them. Swelling and soreness often peak 48 hours after exercise, one reason why your muscles hurt more the second day.

To relieve the pain of sore muscles, first use ice to reduce swelling. Heat, once pain has peaked, helps speed recovery by improving circulation. Massage and pain-relieving rubs may help. But if you want to become a runner, you may need to accept some soreness as a natural part of the conditioning process.

After your muscles recover, they actually should be stronger. Tearing and repairing is what gets you in shape and allows you eventually to run further and faster.
Hydration Hints

Water basics

Water is one of the most essential components of the human body, yet many people do not understand the importance of a well-hydrated body nor how much water is lost during the day.

Water regulates the body's temperature, cushions and protects vital organs, and aids the digestive system. And, because water composes more than half of the human body, it is impossible to sustain life for more than a week without it.

Hydration hints


  • Drink one to two cups of fluid at least one hour before the start of exercise.
  • Drink eight ounces of fluid 20 to 30 minutes prior to exercising.
  • Drink four to eight ounces of fluid every 10 to 15 minutes or so during exercise.
  • Drink an additional eight ounces of fluid within 30 minutes after exercising.
Have a great week!
Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club



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