The primary goal of the Va Pride Track & Field Club is to provide athletes who have an interest and enjoyment of running as a fitness activity that can improve overall health, and to set and achieve personal performance goals. We recognize that the goals of each child will be different. Some may want to make a serious effort to run faster or longer and relish the competition with peers. Others may view running more casually as a means to increase endurance for other sports, such as baseball, soccer, swimming, or lacrosse. Still others may look to running as means to maintain fitness or a healthier weight, or simply as a way to relax and unwind. Overall we want to provide athletes with an interest in competing in track & field with the opportunities to do so.
The level of instruction and competition depends on the individual child. We have programs in place for the athlete who is just learning about track & field and the athlete who wants to compete at the highest levels. Our hope is for the participant to achieve his or her individual goals, and to steadily improve levels of performance and fitness. While the team meets (competitions) are the most obvious way to assess this, those who do not wish to compete are also most welcome.
What separates Virginia Pride from other club’s is out coaches and our partnership with NCSA (Next College Student Athlete). If you have the desire & drive to compete at the next level, we can help you get there.
Virginina Pride is a Year Round Club
There are four seasons:
Spring Track and Field, from Mid-March to late May
Competitive Club – This portion of the club requires a little bit more commitment from our athletes and parents. The practices are a minimum 3 days a week and the meets are a lot more competitive. When you are with this group you will be pushed to your limits and beyond.
Intro to Track - This portion of the club is primarily for younger less experienced runners. In this group you will be exposed to the basics of each event in track & field. You will have the ability to compete in a few local meets. The practices are once a week.
Fall Off Season Conditioning September – November
Fall Cross Country, from late Aug to mid-November
Indoor Track – December – March
The different seasons each have a different focus for training and competition:
Track and Field: sprints from 50 to 400 meters, and longer distances from 800 to 3,000 meters, with training to develop aerobic and anaerobic endurance and speed. We also have a limited slate of field events, including shot put, long jump, and turbo javelin.
Cross Country: exposure to distance running from 1 kilometer to 5 kilometers, on varied terrain including wooded trails, fields, hills, and streams. Emphasis is on pacing.
The program is open to runners ages 5 through 18. Runners are grouped with other children of similar age and ability.
We respectfully ask that parents/guardians consult the website links for information about the program. Additionally, the list of FAQ on the main running webpage provides answers to many common questions. If you are unable to find the answers to your questions on the website, please feel free to contact the directors. Thank you.
Vannie Coles and Kenneth Bolton
Directors of Virginia Pride Track Club