MP track coaches start nonprofit running club - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

MP track coaches start nonprofit running club

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:49 pm

Two coaches from Mountain Pointe High School are starting a local track club to give younger kids a chance to experience track and field and provide additional training for competitive high school athletes.

“Unless you’re in the track community, people don’t know you can do track and field as a young kid just like any other sport,” said coach David Allison, the head cross country coach at Mountain Pointe since 2008. “I’m hoping this will open people’s eyes.”

Allison, who has done track and field since he was young, said he was talking with coach Larry Todd, a track and field coach since 1995, after the last track season. Someone asked the two how Chandler High School students are so consistently good at track and field each year. To Allison and Todd the answer was simple: There are more clubs in Chandler.

“He said, ‘Why can’t we do that?’” Allison said. “I said, ‘We can, but it’s a lot of work.’ I looked at Larry, he looked at me and we just thought I’ll do it if you do it.”

The coaches expect the club will mostly be for kids who are looking to start track at a young age, before they reach middle school and can join their school teams. They plan to allow ages 5 to 18. However, the club would also be beneficial for competitive high school students who want to do better during their short high school season.

“Three months is when you start to get in shape and in high school that’s how long your season is,” Todd said. “We have the club so they can be more prepared for the season.”

The club will begin Jan. 7 and continue through sometime in June. Practices will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road.

The coaches plan to only teach what they know. Allison has been a competitive middle distance and distance runner for 35 years so he will coach distance and sprints. Todd will share his knowledge about jumps. He had a successful collegiate career in the horizontal jumps and has trained Olympic athletes in the triple and long jump. As the season progresses, high jump, hurdles and throwing events may be added if they find coaches who specialize in those events.

Overall the two coaches decided to start the club because their coaching philosophy is the same. They want the kids to learn to do their best and have fun. Both coaches believe as the kids learn the skills taught by track and field it will make them better athletes in other sports and also prepare them for challenges they may face far into the future.

For more information on pricing or to contact either coach, visit www.phoenixtrackclub.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

WNBA Withdraws Fines Against Protesting Players

The WNBA is withdrawing all fines against its teams and players that showed support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. WNBA President Lisa B…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 1:48 pm @ http://www.vibe.com/2016/07/wnba-withdraws-fines/

Abbot Urges Monks Against Protest as China Razes Buddhist Academy

Print Re-election of Exiled PM Spurs Hope for Renewed Tibet Talks Tibetan Schoolboy Who Set Himself Alight Dies EXCLUSIVE: China Damming Lhasa…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 11:51 am @ http://www.voanews.com/content/abbot-urges-monks-a…

Phoenix Things To Do: 16 events to check out this week around the Valley (July 25

PHOENIX - Looking for something to do this week? We're here to help! It's another big week for concerts in the Valley. Modest Mouse, Brand New…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 11:15 am @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/phoenix-…

NASA’s Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission

An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 miss…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 11:15 am @ http://www.deepstuff.org/nasas-kepler-confirms-100…

Celebrate National Tequila Day with these magical margaritas

Previous Next Sunday, July 24, is National Tequila Day and you can bet we'll be celebrating with a classic margarita, a sweet and tangy paloma…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:51 am @ http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/07/22/celebrat…

'Arizona Grassroots Action' is Anything But Grassroots

The super PAC (political action committee) known as Arizona Grassroots Action has been lighting up the internet for the last few months with m…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:47 am @ http://politistick.com/arizona-grassroots-action-a…

WNBA withdraws fines for player protests

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shooting…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:45 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/national/wnba-withdraws-…

WNBA Rescinds Fines for Players Who Wore Black Shirts to Protest

The Women's National Basketball Association said it is rescinding fines imposed on players who violated league uniform rules in expressing sup…

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:44 am @ http://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/wnba-rescinds-f…

Phoenix police investigating deadly hit-and-run involving a pedestrian

PHOENIX - Police are investigating after a vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian Friday night.

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:19 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Phoenix PD: Central Avenue closed near Osborn due to crash

PHOENIX - Authorities say at least one person was hurt in a crash that closed a portion of Central Avenue.

Published: July 24, 2016 - 10:20 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…