The APEX Youth Track Club is a national-caliber running program that is Competitive at the local, regional and national levels in all track & field disciplines by implementing USATF doctrinally sound methodologies and effective, professional coaching.
+ REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES:
Uniform (if uniform option selected). New athletes are required to purchase and wear the APEX Track Club uniform at all meets. Returning athletes with a uniform need not purchase a new uniform each year/season;
All meet registration fees, and relay team registration fees (where applicable) with the exception of the PGSLC Developmental Meets ($4 each);
Team equipment costs;
Field usage permits (where applicable);
Coach & Program Development Costs;
All costs classified as team functions; and
One (1) post-season series of meets (USATF OR AAU).
**In the event withdrawal from the team, or the season, is necessary, a partial refund will be considered. Dismissal from the team, based on misconduct, will constitute forfeiture of the registration fee.
+ REGULAR SEASON COMPETITION & EVENTS:
In the Outdoor Track & Field Season, the typical events in which APEX athletes compete include:
- Running: 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, and 1600M;
- Jumping: Long Jump, Triple Jump; and
- Throwing: Shot Put, TurboJavelin.
With coach and facility availability, APEX will also encourage its athletes to compete in:
- High Jump
Final decision regarding the event(s) in which an athlete should compete rests with the athlete; however, APEX will recommend, based on its knowledge and experience in the sport of track & field, the event(s) in which it believes the athlete is most competitive, and highly encourage competition in only those events that match the athlete's skill set and physical capabilities.
+ POST-SEASON MEETS
For the 2016 season, APEX Track Club will participate, as a team, in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships series of meets. Anyone interested in pursuing the AAU Junior Olympic Games must coordinate their athlete's participation in that series on their own.
More specific information coming soon.
+ INDOOR SEASON
APEX pursues a highly-competitive indoor track & field season. The meets are held, almost exclusively, at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex (next to FedEx Field)—8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover, MD 20785 (be prepared to park at FedEx Field and walk a short distance to the complex).
The typical order of the running events for the Indoor (Winter) Season are as follows:
* 55M dash (12&U) * 800M racewalk * 3000M racewalk * 55M hurdles * 55M dash (13&up) * 1600M run * 400M run * 4X200M relay * 800M run * 200M run * 4x400M relay (13&up) * 3200M run
The typical order of the field events for the Indoor (Winter) Season are as follows:
* Triple Jump * Long Jump * High Jump * Shot Put * Pole Vault
The season's practices start in early December and run through mid-March. The meets typically start in late-December and run through mid-March, culminating in the USATF Youth Indoor National Championship. Practices have traditionally been at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA, Monday & Friday, 7-8 pm. There are typically 15 training slots available on the indoor team.
+ PARENT INVOLVEMENT
Simply put, for the youth (8-18 y.o.) aspect of APEX, parent involvement is MANDATORY. If your youth athlete is showing interest and ability in track & field at the level required by APEX Track Club, then you, as a parent, should want to give your full support to what your child is doing. Everything about APEX, a training- and competition-focused club, is high-speed, full-speed, and committed.
That being said, roles on the team can vary from small to large, each one of which is very important in its own way. From being a parent race timer to being THE team Mom, the more involved the parents, the more involved the athletes, the more successful the endeavor.
From time to time, we will ask specific parents to help out, but don't be shy about asking us if there is anything you can do, should you find a gap that needs to be filled.
Finally, APEX loves subject matter experts. If you competed in track & field, help us coach. If you are a caterer, let's have a picnic. If you are great with databases, keeping track of athlete personal bests and team records is perfect for you.
+ WEATHER POLICY
APEX watches the weather reports closely on practice and meet days. We cancel practices and meet participation only in cases of "severe" weather. Showers and light rain are frequent during Spring and Summer months; therefore, APEX will practice in rain, and on damp (but not soaked) surfaces. We WILL cancel when there is a high probability of thunder and/or electrical activity. Untimely downpours will also prevent or end practices.
APEX DOES NOT CONFIRM a scheduled practice or meet; it only notifies of cancellations. APEX will notify of cancellations as early as is practicable, given the conditions.
If an athlete does not enjoy training under less than optimal conditions, or runs the risk of illness in those situations, please err on the side of caution.
+ IMPORTANT ADDRESSES
Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S 2nd St
Arlington, VA 22204
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22201
601 N Manchester Street
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785
Fairfax High School
3501 Rebel Run
Fairfax, VA 22030
Episcopal High School
1200 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302 (Use the Braddock Rd. entrance)
Centreville High School
6001 Union Mill Rd
Clifton, VA 20124
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
Spingarn Athletic Complex
2500 Benning Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002