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EDUCATION

We believe that an athlete must not only strive to achieve and excel in the sports they play, but also academically. That is why we require our members to maintain passing grades. The successful blend of athletics and academics creates a more powerful and wiser athlete, a New Horizon athlete. It also positions the athlete to take advantage of college recruiting opportunities, when the time comes, and the rigid requirements for competing at the college level.

COMMITMENT

New Horizon Track Club is committed to the development of New York’s finest Track & Field athletes. Each year our coaches carefully select athletes who will offer the club a strong commitment to total personal development. Attendance at practices and events is strongly recommended, however, practices and meets with your school teams will always take precedence. New Horizon Track Club's Track & Field programs are as follows:

Fall Conditioning Program – (September – December) Designed to give sprinters, middle distance runners and field event athletes the strength and conditioning needed to compete at full capacity during the remainder of the year. There are no competitions in this program.
Cross Country Program - (September – December) Regular season for middle to distance runners. There are practices and competition during this program. Competition includes local, travel, district, regional and national meets and championships.
Indoor Program – (December – March) Regular season for all athletes. There are practices and competition during this program. Competition includes local, travel, district, regional and national meets and championships.
Outdoor Program – (April – August) Regular season for all athletes. There are practices and competition during this program. Competition includes local, travel, district, regional and national meets and championships.

TRAINING

Training will consist of many facets dedicated to the total development of the athlete and team. Each season will include a series of practices given by the Head Track & Field Coach and or other New Horizon Coaches. These practices will standardize fundamental techniques and concepts within the club creating a New Horizon style. Practices will involve individual event training for all events and team training for relays. Each practice and workout session will offer a good mix of individual technique training, team systems training, conditioning and sports education. We strongly encourage practice participation to receive maximum results during competition.

COMPETING TIME

Competing time at meets will be determined by the type of meet being attended. For the most part, all athletes may participate at a meet in up to 4 events. However, there are some meets that limit participation to certain qualifications (i.e. times or measurements or qualification at a qualifier meet).

Other factors that will determine an athlete’s participation at any meet are; regular attendance, health, personal attitude, abilities demonstrated at practice, and sustained personal progress. The coaching staff will recommend the meets and events that an athlete should participate in.

Relay selections are made completely at the discretion of the coaching staff. Athletes are always encouraged to give their best performances in practices and meets to assist the coaching staff in making the best selection.

ELIGIBILITY

Unlike school competition, athletes compete, for the most part, against other athletes in age appropriate groups. This allows athletes to compete against their peers and not have to worry about running with older and much stronger athletes.

Athletes should not, however, think that the completion will be easy. Their peers around the country are working just as hard, if not harder, to be the best in their division. Athletes may also find themselves competing against peers that are stronger and more talented and should not become discouraged. They will be able to see where they need to be in their athletic development and use it to challenge and motivate themselves.

There are district, regional and national recognitions  given to the top athletes in all age divisions.

AAU Track & Field Age Determining Dates:

AAU Division

Abbreviation (Girl/Boy)

Age Guidelines
Primary PG / PB 8 and under
Sub Bantam SBG / SBB 9
Bantam BG / BB 10
Sub Midget SMG / SMB 11
Midget MG / MB 12
Sub Youth SYG / SYB 13
Youth YG / YB 14
Intermediate IG / IB 15 - 16
Young YW / YM 17 - 18

 

USATF Track & Field Age Determining Dates:

USATF Division

Abbreviation (Girl/Boy)

Age Guidelines
Bantam BG / BB 10 and under
Midget MG / MB 11 - 12
Youth YG / YB 13 - 14
Intermediate IG / IB 15 - 16
Young YW / YM 17 - 18
Open OW / OM up to 29
Masters MW / MM  

 

INSURANCE

All New Horizon Track Club members will be registered with the AAU and USATF. The both organizations maintain insurance programs that provides coverage for their associations, member clubs/teams, and individual members conducting and/or participating in its sanctioned events. There are two broad types of insurance coverage included in the AAU insurance program: General Liability and Sports Accident