READY TO REGISTER? We’ve put together a new procedure to register your children, and to pay your team fees and dues. Click here, and we will walk you through the multi-step process of registering your children.
INTERESTED, BUT NEED MORE INFORMATION? Here’s some basic info about our club structure, as well as a FAQ. Review this, and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to drop a message into our contact form at the bottom of the page.
Practice: Every week Starting April 1st on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm.
Meets: Saturdays starting at 8am and completing around 3 or 4pm.
See our meet schedule for details. http://oregon.usatf.org/Youth/Track-Field-Schedule.aspx
How old does my child need to be? Many kids start at age five. However, Albina’s athlete development policy restricts us to a minimum age of 8.
I don’t know anything about Track so how do I know my kid will like it? Track is a “No Cut” sport and has over 15 different events. Some events are not available to kids at younger ages. We believe that every child can find an event that they like and can develop in. Although it may take time, with our assistance and your encouragement we are confident that the right event(s) can be identified.
Does my child need special shoes? Yes. Outside of the standard running shoe that most kids will come with, most kids will need a track spike or a thrower’s shoe. For spikes, it is recommended that most beginners get a track spike with a heel. The Foot Traffic store in Portland offers these shoes as do websites such as www.EastBay.com or www.EverythingTrackandField.com. If you have further questions getting the right shoe, just consult a coach.
What is a track meet like? It can be overwhelming for both new parents and athletes. The early season meets are developmental, meaning that the intention of these meets are for the kids to learn and be reminded of track rules and protocols while getting a taste of what the later season meets might be like. Most importantly, it’s a chance for the coaches to monitor progress and steer the athlete towards an event, or events, that best fit them.