Parent of Champions Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

COVID-19 (Important)

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Adhering to the COVID protocols below is a condition of club membership.

Our COVID Risk reduction protocols include:

  • Face masks are required for athletes, coaches, and parents at track practice, club events, track competitions.
  • Social distancing 6-10 feet when possible.
  • Face mask use while on the sidelines or not actively participating.
  • Hand hygiene
  • No sharing of water bottles or equipment.
  • Athletes warm up in large circles or next to assigned cones spaced 6-10 feet apart.
  • Virtual practices via Zoom when needed.

PRACTICE LOCATIONS

Sat, 10 AM-12 PM – McDonough H.S., 155 Post Master Drive, McDonough
Sun, 2 PM – 4 PM – Hills Practice @ Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, GA

Tue, 7 PM- 8 PM – Core Work Wednesday, Zoom (13-18)
Wed, 7 PM- 8 PM – Core Work Wednesday, Zoom (8 U - 12)

Thu, 7pm - 8:15 pm - Hills & Core practice, Conyers

Practice Schedule

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WHAT SHOULD MY CHAMPION WEAR/BRING TO PRACTICE?

Summer months -

  • shorts
  • shirt
  • running tights (if it's not too hot)
  • good pair of running shoes
  • running spikes
  • 2 water bottles
  • a great attitude

Spring months -

  • shorts
  • shirt
  • warmups
  • running tights (if it's not too hot)
  • good pair of running shoes
  • running spikes
  • 2 water bottles
  • a great attitude

Winter months -

  • shorts
  • shirt
  • warmups top/pants
  • wool hat
  • gloves
  • running tights
  • good pair of running shoes
  • 2 water bottles
  • a great attitude

Track Meet Schedule

2022 Season Meet Schedules

Winter Track / Indoor Season 

    • Sun, Dec 5, 2021, 7 AM – SEAAU Invit, Birmingham Crossplex, AL
    • Sat, Dec 18 Galleria Games, Birmingham, Crossplex, AL
    • Fri, Dec 31, Alumni Age Group Speed Invitational (Youth), Birmingham Crossplex, AL
    • Sun, Feb 13, TFCUSA Indoor National Championships, Birmingham Crossplex, AL
 
  • Spring Track Season
    • Sat, Feb 26, 7 AM – Tracklab Time Trial (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Sat, Mar 12,  7 AM – Tracklab Meet (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Sat, Mar 26, 7 AM – Tracklab Meet (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Sat, Apr 9, 7 AM – Tracklab Meet (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Sat, Apr 23, 7 AM – Bring The Heat Invit, Charlotte, NC
    • Sat, May 7, 7 AM – Tracklab Spring Championships (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Sat, May 21, 2022, 2 PM – Champions United Invit, McDonough HS, McDonough, GA
    • Fri, May 27-29, 2022, 7 AM – Mark Trail Invit, Discovery H.S., Lawrenceville, GA
 
  • Summer Championship Season
    • Jun – TBA, AAU District Junior Olympic Qualifiers (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Jun – TBA, USATF GA Association Junior Olympic Qualifiers (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Jun – TBA, USATF Regional Junior Olympic Qualifiers (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Jul – TBA, AAU Regional Junior Olympic Qualifiers (Atlanta Metro Area)
    • Jul – TBA, AAU Primary  Nationals is Satellite Beach, FL (ages 8 and under athletes only)
    • Jul – TBA,  AAU  Club Nationals is Satellite Beach, FL
    • Jul – TBA,  AAU National Junior Olympics, North Carolina A&T, Greensboro, NC.

Note: Meets are still being added by meet operators as we get closer to the season(s).

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You must obtain an AAU Annual Membership ($14) to compete in AAU competitions, including the AAU Junior Olympic Series, and receive AAU insurance coverage for AAU sanctioned practices and competitions. 

When completing the AAU form you must enter the Blue Lightning AAU Club ID - W348DA before checking out.

Click here - https://play.aausports.org/joinaau/multimembershipapplication


The competition uniform* is only included with the All Seasons Membership. Warmup are purchased separately for all memberships.

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*The competition uniform is included with the All-Seasons Club Membership.


Uniform Bundle Cost

To keep it simple, your Champion will need two types of shoes, one for practices and another for track competitions. A good running shoe (without spikes) for practice is the Nike Zoom. This shoe comes in kids and adult sizes. Another shoe is the Nike Revolution, it's a good starter shoe for kids. A good starter spike for competition is the Nike Rival.

NIKE ZOOM RUNNING SHOE + FIVE OTHERS (recorded 2019 & many shoe models are still in production.)

Other Brands: Nike, New Balance, Sucany, Under Armor, Brooks, Nike Zoom

NIKE RIVAL SPIKED SHOE + OTHERS

WHERE CAN I BUY RUNNING AND COMPETITION SHOES?

  • Academy Sports
  • Amazon
  • Dicks Sporting Goods
  • Hibbett Sports
  • New Balance
  • Ross




To order Blue Lightning Parent of Champion gear, go to www.bluelightningtrack.com and click 'Team Gear on the main menu.  You can also click "Order Parent Gear Here".


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An athlete may participate in another sport during the same season as track and field but it is not recommended. Doing so can lead to missed coaching and development opportunities and track competitions, fatigue, lack of focus, burn-out, and injuries.

Note: If the other sport is a middle or high school track and field team, please make the head coach aware so he can make sure the athlete is getting adequate rest for recovery. Typically when an athlete is also competing for their school, the focus is rest until after their school season.

Participating in Blue Lightning Track practices is a condition of being a club member unless the athlete is competing on the track team for their school.

  1. Go to the Meet Schedule link below or on the menu above. 
  2. Click on the meet registration link next the track meet you want your Champion to compete in.
  3. Enter your Champion's name, complete the fields, and checkout.
  4. You will receive a confirmation confirming you Champion's participation, and next steps.

Meet Schedule

WHAT IS A MEET FEE?

Meet Entry Fees (also called a competition fee) are charged by meet operators to compete in their track meets. Think of it as a cover charge for athletes, which covers the bib#, officials, starter, awards, timing company, and meet host.

The average meet fee charged per meet

  • $30-$35 during the Winter Indoor Track season
  • $14-$18 during the Spring track development season
  • $6-$25 for Junior Olympic Qualifying meets (Summer)
  • $6 for final USATF National Junior Olympic Championship (covers 5-days)
  • $52 for final AAU National Junior Olympic Championship (covers 5-days)

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What's included and the investment are based on the club membership season that you select.

There are four seasons:

  1. Off-Season Conditioning -  9/4 - 10/24
  2. Winter Track Season with track meets  - 11/6 - 2/13
  3. Spring Track Season with track meets - 1/8 - 5/28
  4. Summer Track Season with track meets (includes Jr Olympic Series) - 4/2 - 8/2 

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**What Is Included Detail**


Off-Season Conditioning (9/4 - 10/24)

  • Track Club Membership
  • Coaching & Development
  • Track & Field Fundamentals
  • Proper Running form
  • Off-Season Conditioning
  • Speed and Endurance
  • Strength & Core Training
  • Max Velocity Training
  • Middle Distance Training
  • Field Events
  • Hydration & Nutrition Guides
  • Supplemental Training Resources
  • Link to Action Photos for social media

Compare Memberships / Price

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Winter/Indoor Track Season (11/6 - 2/20)

  • Track Club Membership*
  • Coaching & Development
  • Track & Field Fundamentals
  • Proper Running Form
  • Speed and Endurance
  • Strength & Core Training
  • Max Velocity Training
  • Middle Distance Training
  • Compete in Track Meets
  • Starting Blocks
  • Relay Training for relay members
  • Field Events
  • Hydration & Nutrition Guides
  • Supplemental Training Resources
  • Link to Action Photos for social me

Compare Memberships / Price

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Spring Track Season (1/8 - 5/28)

  • Track Club Membership
  • Coaching & Development
  • Track & Field Fundamentals
  • Proper Running Form
  • Spring Track Meets
  • Speed and Endurance
  • Strength & Core Training
  • Max Velocity Training
  • Middle Distance Training
  • Starting Blocks / Sprinters
  • Baton Passing For Relays
  • Field Events
  • Hydration & Nutrition Guides
  • Supplemental Resources
  • Link to Action Photos

Compare Memberships / Price

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Summer Track Season (4/2 - 8/2)

  • Track Club Membership
  • Coaching & Development
  • Track & Field Fundamentals
  • Proper Running Form
  • Summer Track Meets
  • National Junior Olympic Series (championship season)
  • Speed and Endurance
  • Strength & Core Training
  • Max Velocity Training
  • Middle Distance Training
  • Starting Blocks / Sprinters
  • Baton Passing For Relays
  • Field Events
  • Hydration & Nutrition Guides
  • Supplemental Resources
  • Link to Action Photos

Compare Memberships / Price


1. Team competition uniform and warmup (Note: All seasons membership include a team competition uniform)

2. Meet fees.  Track meets are run by independent entrepreneurs, and youth track and field associations. Each meet has a fee to participate.

WHAT IS A MEET FEE?

Meet Entry Fees (also called a competition fee) are charged by meet operators to compete in their track meets. Think of it as a cover charge for athletes, which covers the bib#, officials, starter, awards, timing company, and meet host.

The average meet fee charged per meet - 

  • Indoor / Winter Season $30-$35 during the Winter Indoor Track season (4 meets)
  • Spring Season - $14-$18 during the Spring track development season (7 meets)
  • Summer Season - $6-$25 for Junior Olympic Qualifying meets (7 meets)
  • Summer Championships Season $6 for final USATF National Junior Olympic Championship (covers 5-days) (1 meet)
  • Summer Championships $52 for final AAU National Junior Olympic Championship (covers 5-days) (1 meet)

3. AAU and USATF

You must obtain an AAU Annual Membership ($14) to compete in AAU competitions, including the AAU Junior Olympic Series, and receive AAU insurance coverage for AAU sanctioned practices and competitions. 

When completing the AAU form you must enter the Blue Lightning AAU Club ID - W348DA before checking out.

Click here - https://play.aausports.org/joinaau/multimembershipapplication

Yes, depending on the club membership type we provide from $25-$100 off each additional member.

Off-Season Conditioning - $25 off
A single Season Club Membership - $50 off
A Multi-Season Club Membership - (discounted $100 + $50 off)
All Seasons Club Membership - (discounted $200 + $100 off)

Yes, you will receive a multi-season discount when you combine more than one season.

Examples

  • Off-Season Conditioning & Indoor Track
  • Indoor Season & Spring Season
  • Spring Season & Summer Season
  • All Seasons


Multi-Season Rates

Running Events

    100 Meters
    200 Meters
    400 Meters
    800 Meters
    1500 Meters
    3000 Meters
    80 Meter Hurdles
    100 Meter Hurdles
    200 Meter Hurdles
    Race Walk
    Relays (4x100, mixed 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800)

Field Events

    Long Jump
    High Jump
    Triple Jump
    Javelin
    Turbo-Javelin
    Shot Put
    Discus

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The competition age division is determined by the age your Champion will be on 12/31.

Note: We compete under two different track and field associations, AAU and USATF. One of the main differences between them is that the AAU has single age competition divisions, and USATF has double age divisions (see below).

RELAY TEAM SELECTION & POOL

Relay teams require 4 committed Champions to learn how to pass the baton around the track as a tightly synchronized quartet. This requires teaming, timing and communication, athletic ability, responsibility, and commitment by each relay team member. Just like the Blue Lightning Track Club, no one athlete is bigger than the relay team and the effort of one team member can impact the team as a whole.

Blue Lightning Track Club Relay Selection Protocol

• Relay teams are typically comprised of the 4 fastest athletes on the team within their age group and the contingencies and responsibilities below. The four fastest athletes typically make up Relay “A”, and the second four fastest will make up the “B”, “C”, and etc. The order each relay member will run is determined by the Head Coach or a delegated coach (for example, which athlete runs 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th)
Contingencies and Responsibilities

Relay members must:

• Be on time for relay practice.
• Maintain a Championship attitude and work ethic
• Give 100% in practices.
• Learn relay exchange zones and rules, set fly markers, communicate with relay team members, and learn how to successfully pass and/or receive the baton in practice.
• Support their team and relay team members.
• Complete relay practices. Missed practices or incomplete practices can result in a relay team member being removed from a relay team. If a relay team member is removed from their relay team they must earn their way back onto a relay team by meeting the athletic requirements and contingencies and responsibilities above.
• Not practicing on team rest days.
• Not competing on team rest days. (Middle and high school students on their school clubs are exempt since they do not control their meet schedule)
• Eat healthy, hydrate, and get enough rest (8-9 hours of sleep) for three days before a track meet.

Important National Junior Olympic Relay Selection Protocol (applies to the above Relay Selection protocol as well)

The four fastest athletes with the best baton exchange and synergy will compete at the National Junior Olympics. Qualifying relay teams at the District and Regional Championships, along with relay alternates, will make up the available relay pool for the National Junior Olympic Games. There will be three weeks of important practice and preparation between the Regional Championships and National Junior Olympic Games to select the four fastest relay members with the best baton exchanges and synergy.

To be considered for relay selection relay members must maintain a Championship attitude, work ethic, and have consistent practice attendance for this important preparation time-frame. If required, time trials will be held at least three weeks before the Junior Olympic Games to help select the four fastest relay members. The coaches have the discretion to make changes to the relay order and member selection up until the race. This relay selection protocol is designed to send the fastest, most competitive, and prepared relay team members to compete against the best teams in the country at the National Junior Olympic Games.

Craig Johnson, owner of Kumon of Conyers Math and Learning shares how sports can improve academics.

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Center Decades of studies show the link between sports and improved academic performance, self-esteem, and confidence ). Physically active people remain healthier and are able to perform better on tests of cerebral or intellectual ability.

A study of 317 middle school students by James Pivarnik and colleagues at the American College of Sports Medicine discovered that the fittest kids scored nearly 30 percent higher on standardized tests than the least-fit group.

Los Angeles Unified School District conducted a study on 35,000 student-athletes which showed that students average 21 more days of school attendance per year than their counterparts, while they also achieved GPAs some 0.55 to 0.74 points higher than non-athletes.

“What was proven is that students in our schools who participate in athletics attend school significantly more often, have higher GPA’s and score higher on the CST’s in both English and Math when compared to the rest of the student body,” according to a memo sent to Los Angeles Unified School District schools from Barbara Fiege, the commissioner of athletics.

An integral success factor of students who scored higher was attributed to the intervention and guidance provided daily by qualified coaches, who understand the relationship between academic and athletic success.

Some of the major benefits and life skills of students participating in the Blue Lightning Track Club include –

  • a learned practice work ethic applied to academics and other areas of responsibility.
  • improved self-esteem and confidence
  • leadership skills
  • motivation, improved goal setting, and developing perseverance
  • learning how to team and collaborate other others
  • a positive outlook on what is an achievable
  • learning how to persist and bounce back from obstacles

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