With track season only a month or so away, we thought we share with you common questions we get about the team:
Q: What ages is the club for?
A: Any age really. Most kids start around 6 years old, but we’ve had younger. Also, adults are more than welcome to join our club, too. There are not as many meets for adults as there are for kids, but it’s fun to lace up those spikes and see what you can do. There are folks in their 80s and 90s who still compete in track and field!
Q: When does the season start?
A: The season officially starts on the first Monday in January after the New Year. But the first meet is not until early March.
Q: How long is the season?
A: It starts in January and ends in June for most athletes, and goes until late July for those who make regional and national meets.
Q: What days and times are practice?
A: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Mountain. Pointe High School in Ahwatukee (4201 E. Knox Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85044)
Q: What if we can’t make it to practice everyday? Does that mean we can’t compete as much as the other athletes who are able to come regularly?
A: Absolutely not. Track and field is primarily an individual sport, so if your child needs to miss practice he/she is not “put on the bench”, so to speak. Obviously, the more an athlete can make practice the more he/she will improve.
Q: When are meets?
A: Meets are generally on Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays as well. It’s really an all-day event, so the club usually sets up camp with tents, chairs and food while the team competes throughout the day.
Q: Do we need to travel far for meets?
A: Most meets are in the valley. We do go to Tucson once during the season and if you’re child qualifies for regional or national championship meets those are out of state.
Q: What is included with the club price?
A: Uniforms, training, USATF card (which is needed to compete and insurance purposes) and entries into meets (other than regional and national championships).
Q: Will you make my child compete in certain events or will he/she be able to choose what events he/she competes in?
A: While we will let you and your child know about events he/she may have a better aptitude for, we by no means make any child compete in a running or field event he/she doesn’t wish to try.
Q: Are parents expected to help out or volunteer during the season?
A: Yes. All USATF clubs are non-profit and in order to keep costs down we need parents to help at meets. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with a certain event, we’ll teach you how to run it.
Q: What events can my child participate in track and field?
A: Please check out our track info page to see what events there are for your child.
Hopefully, this gives you a good start on what we are all about. Please check out the rest of our website to learn all about Phoenix Flyers TC and how to become a member of our club.