Code of Conduct

THE HANDBOOK

Directors of Elite Speed: Fred & Alexia Sands

Contact Information: 404-993-8701 or 678-670-8585

WEBSITE: www.ELITESPEEDATHLETICS.org

EMAIL ADDRESS: elitespeedga@gmail.com

COACHES COMMITMENT

 

  •  Respect our athletes
  •  Respect the Elite Speed athletes, Elite Speed parents, officials, other coaches and opponents
  • Demonstrate positive open communication between coaches, athletes, parents & officials
  • Reprimand or confrontation with an athlete will be restricted to the athletic domain and administered tactfully without insulting or using a derogatory tone
  • Elite Speed will follow all USATF & AAU rules
  • Acknowledge and demonstrate good safety in practices and events
  • Demonstrate respect and ethical conduct in interactions with officials, other coaches, opponents and all others in the athletic setting
  • Exhibit self-control in disagreements and emotional situations
  • Criticism of other coaches, officials or athletes is inappropriate
  • Ensure that when you leave an area (practice or meet) you leave it cleaner than when you arrived
  • Support volunteer opportunities provided by the both USATF & AAU (e.g., volunteer support for school district, NCAA, and Olympic Development meets)
  • Continually seek opportunities to improve skills as a T&F coach
  • Do not smoke at practices or meets nor bring alcoholic beverages to any events.
  • Foul language will not be tolerated
  • Be honest

 

ATHLETES COMMITMENT

  • Arrive on time to practice and competitions
  • Respect the Elite Speed coaching staff, Elite Speed team members, officials, other coaches and opponents
  • Come prepared to practice by wearing proper shoes and attire; bring sweats in case the weather gets chilly; bring a towel or blanket to lay on during warm ups / cool down / ab workout if it’s wet outside
  • Ensure that you are mentally ready to train
  • Hydrate, eat nutritionally and get plenty of sleep prior to practice and competitions
  • Acknowledge and demonstrate good safety in practices and events
  • Demonstrate positive open communication between coaches, athletes, parents & officials
  • Positively support fellow Elite Speed team members at practice and in competition
  • No gossiping or slandering others on the team
  • Ensure that when you leave an area (practice or meet) you leave it cleaner than when you arrived
  • Strive not only to be the best athlete but also the best student; keep your grades up
  • Do not smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, use illegal drugs, and any banned substances. Note: This will be an automatic ban from the club if caught.
  • Wear the team uniform neatly and properly at all competitions, wear proper attire when not in uniform during practice and competitions as determined by the host school facility dress code
  • Foul language will not be tolerated “PERIOD” 
  • Be honest & Have Fun!

 

PARENTS COMMITMENT

  •  Ensure your athletes arrive on time to practice and competitions
  • Respect the Elite Speed coaching staff, Elite Speed team members, officials, other coaches and opponents
  • Allow enough time to stay and support “ALL” Elite Speed team members at competitions
  • Provide water, nutritional food and a quiet place to rest for your athlete
  • Demonstrate positive open communication between coaches, athletes, parents & officials
  • No gossiping or slandering others on the team
  • If a parent has an issue or concern, they should schedule an appointment to discuss with the coach and / or director – parents should not demand an immediate hearing at practice or a competition as this approach is generally confrontational and non- productive
  • Ensure that when you leave an area (practice or meet) you leave it cleaner than when you arrived
  • Support volunteer opportunities provided by the USATF & AAU (e.g., volunteer support for school district, NCAA, and Olympic Development meets)
  • Do not smoke at practices or meets nor bring alcoholic beverages to any Elite Speed events
  • Foul language will not be tolerated around our Athletes

 

Elite Speed Policy Regarding Weather Cancellation

Track & field practices and competitions are usually conducted on an “all-weather” surface with drainage. If there is bad weather that day, as a guide practices and competitions will go on as scheduled if there is a “break” in the weather since the surface is always usable (unlike a soccer field or baseball field).

 

For team practice, we will practice if – a) it is not raining at the start time and b) it looks like the rain will hold off for at least the first 1 hour of the session. If it is lightning or heavy rain at start time we will cancel and resume on the next scheduled date. As everyone who lives in Georgia  knows – it could be raining at your home or job and not raining at another area location. If the weather looks really bad the coaches will make an official decision to cancel approximately 30 – 60 minutes before practice start time

Note: Parents please do not make a decision not to attend practice based on what your Athlete tells you without consulting with a coach first.

 

For track meets, the competitions will generally continue as scheduled unless there is lightning or heavy rain. The host team’s meet director will decide to cancel or delay the meet if the weather turns worse during the event. For championship meets however, most will continue in adverse weather conditions regardless, except for lightning. We will use Email, Text, or Calling Post to notify of rain delays / cancellations as soon as that information becomes available to the Directors.

 

It is mandatory that we have the correct telephone number and email address for each parent including an alternate number.

 

 

 

 

Parents / Guardian Signature                              Date Signed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents / Guardian Signature                              Date Signed

NUTRITION GUIDE

DAY BEFORE A TRACK MEET

DO Eat and Drink

Pasta, Pizza, Noodles, Potatoes, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Bananas, Oranges, Toast, Angel Food Cake,

Plenty of Water

For speed / power events (i.e. sprints, hurdles, jumps) eat grilled, baked or roast chicken, turkey

Be in bed by 9:00 PM (You will be waking up around 6:00 AM)

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Sodas, Candy w/ Nuts or Fruits, Milk Products (Including Butter), Greasy Foods, Gravies, Large Quantities of Meat, High Sodium Drinks, Nuts

No Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Martial Arts, or other sports.

MORNING OF A TRACK MEET (Breakfast)

All athletes MUST eat some form of breakfast as outlined below, a minimum of 2 hours before competing in an event. This

will require eating your meals no later than 6:00 – 7:00 AM. DO NOT bring breakfast to the meet site. For many of you, it will be too late to digest the food and perform on a competitive level.

DO Eat and Drink

Dry Cereal, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bananas, Oranges (NOT Processed Orange Juice) – the juice only and not the pulp from the Orange, Oatmeal, Malt-O-Meal, Pancakes and Waffles with Syrup, Chocolate and Granola Bars without Nuts, Water, Honey.

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Milk or Milk Products (Including Butter), Greasy Foods, Meat, Plums, Grapes, Peaches

DURING THE TRACK MEET

DO Eat and Drink

Plenty of Water, Pedialyte, Juice from Oranges, Honey as Needed, Plain Chocolate, Granola Bars, Peanut Butter and Jelly,

An Apple (without skin) followed by a small amount of cheese can be eaten immediately following your race/event.

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Meat, Plums, Grapes, Peaches, Dairy Products, Jams with Fruit and Seeds, Nuts, Sodas.

Gatorade/Powerade

 

NOTE: Chicken and Turkey sandwiches can be eaten upon completion of all events. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches can be eaten during the track meet. Athletes are not allowed to each concession stand food unless you have finished competing for the day.

 

If you are not sure what to buy, ask a coach so that you do not buy the wrong thing. DO NOT buy the athletes what they want; buy them what they need to compete effectively. Coolers are a great way to store food and fluids during the meet.

 

 

Youth Track & Field Frequently Asked Questions

What Should My Athlete Bring To Practice?

 

(1)  Come appropriately dressed in shorts, t-shirt, athletic socks, and running shoes. In cooler weather, you may also want to wear warm-up pants and jacket.

(2)  Although it is our goal to bring water every day to practice. Please bring plenty of water just in case we forget.

(3)  May want to bring towel

(4)  Good attitude, desire to work hard, respect for coaches/teammates Make sure all items are labeled with athlete’s name

 

Where Can I Get Practice Running Shoes / Track Spikes?

 

Practice Running Shoes – any sports store or some department stores; i.e. Academy Sports, Sports Authority, Dicks Sporting Goods, Phidippides (Ansley Mall), Ross, T.J. Maxx,or Marshalls. In addition, you may visit  www.firsttothefinish.com, www.eastbay.com. Get running or possibly cross-training shoes. No basketball shoes (high tops) or casual athletic shoes. There   is no need to overspend on practice shoes. Adequate shoes may be found from $20 – $30, particularly if you find some on sale. Track Spikes – for younger athletes or smaller sizes

(< size 5) – try any of these locations.

 

NOTE: PARENTS PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TRACK SPIKES RUN SMALL SO PLEASE ORDER ½ – 1 SIZE LARGE THAN CHILDS NORMAL SIZE SHOE.

 

What Can I Expect at the Saturday Track Meets?

 

  • Although the team will provide drinks and snack for our athletes. Parents if you have a child(ren) that is not participating with the team. Please bring additional snacks and drinks for your non-athletes.
  • Please bring CASH! Most meets require between $4 – $8 entry fees for athletes and spectators
  • Track meets will typically last all day (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or later); therefore, unless there is an emergency, please be prepared to stay for all of your child’s events.
  • ALWAYS pull/print the meet schedule from the website the day prior to the meet (there may also be changes on the day of the meet, so listen to the announcers carefully)
  • Make sure your athlete has their ELITE SPEED UNIFORM and both practice shoes and spikes. Some athletes prefer to wear another shirt and/or shorts (fitted type gear) underneath their uniform.

 

 

Continuation of Youth Track & Field Frequently Asked Questions

 

Like with all sports, participating in track is a growth opportunity for your child(ren). Help your athlete learn to be INDEPENDENT at meets (i.e. listening for their race, learning where to check in, learning to report to their assigned lane, knowing where to go after

  • the finish, etc.) in preparation for the upcoming championship meets when parents/coaches are not allowed on the field. Of course, the coaches will be assisting with this step as well.

 

  • Have enough healthy food (see Nutrition Guide) for athlete and other family members (if necessary); Although concession stands are usually available,

 

“NO” concession stand food for the athlete until AFTER all events are complete

  • Keep your athlete properly hydrated, particularly once the weather gets hotter

 

 

  • Sports drinks, like Gatorade or PowerAde, are recommended to be consumed after competition. Bring books, games, cards, coloring books, etc. to entertain the athletes and siblings between events (LABEL and Keep Up With Everything!)
  • You may want to also bring hand sanitizer or wipes, paper towels, a roll of toilet tissue, and extra clothing (socks, underwear, shorts)

 

 

 

Anything Else I Need To Know?

 

You may want to consider investing in a wheeled cooler (for food and drink) as well as collapsible chairs for seating at the meets.

You may consider bringing a blue tarp (very inexpensive at Wal-Mart) to put down under the chairs or under the tents – it covers up fire ants and mud, and allows a place for the athlete to lie down, if needed. Reinforce to your athlete the importance of getting their times after their races and reporting it to the recorder/coach so that we can continue to assess their progress.

All trash must be picked up from the tent location at the meet sites

 

 

INFORMATION

                Physicals/Insurance:

  • Athletes must have a current physical on file
  • Physicals are valid for one calendar year.
  • Without a physical on file, your athlete cannot participate.

Dues:

  • The 2017 Track and Field dues are $161.00 for returning athletes and $431 for new athletes. Family discounts also available.
  • Dues should be paid in full by Friday, April 30th.
  • Athletes who need a uniform will need to be sized.
  • No uniform will be ordered until paid in full. Athletes willberequiredtopayan

                  Communication:

  • General announcements, scheduling, upcoming events, and heat sheets for meets will be announced on the website.
  • Please check the website consistently for updated information.

 

                  Attendance Standards

  1. Attendance is mandatory. Consistent attendance is expected from all athletes

 

  1. Practices, meets, competitions, and scheduled events:
  2. Attendance at all track and field events is mandatory unless otherwise specified or excused by the coach.
  3. Attendance involves being prepared to begin at the designated time and remaining throughout the entire event unless excused by a coach. It is your responsibility to discuss conflicts with the coaches. NO SURPRISES.
  4. All athletes must wear proper apparel at each practice and meet.

 

  1. Absence Procedures:
  2. If an athlete feels he/she must miss an event, the proper procedure is as follows:
  3. Contact your coach prior to the event.
  4. If an emergency arises and you cannot reach your coach, contact the coach through email and leave a detailed message.
  5. Absences are considered excused only if you have a doctor’s note or your coach has given permission to miss a practice.
  6. Gear/Equipment:
  • Athletes should wear appropriate shoes for training in his or her events.
  • Athletes should have a new and quality pair of running shoes for training. This will potentially prevent injury.
  • Sprinters should have a pair of sprint spikes for competition in sprinting and jumping events.

 

  1. Parent Volunteers:
  • A successful Track & Field season is possible only with the support of our parent volunteers. We will be asking for your help at both home and away meets throughout the season. We will ask that all families be involved by helping with our home meets Volunteers will also be needed for our end of season banquet to decorate, assist with check in, and bring desserts.

 

VII.           Post-competition

  • Athletes should do their cool-down runs after race events.
  • Sports drinks, water, energy bars, and fruit for carbohydrate replacement

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Parent/Guardian #1  
Relationship to Athlete  
Work Phone  
Cell Phone  
Email Address  
Parent/Guardian #2  
Relationship to Athlete  
Work Phone  
Cell Phone  

 

 

I/we the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of the above named child know that participation in Track and Field involves certain inherent risks. Participation in activities associated with the Elite Speed Track Club may result in serious injury(ies), moreover protective equipment does not prevent the risk of injury(ies) to the participant. Therefore I assume all responsibility for said activity and/or child.  I authorize the Elite Speed Track Club to obtain necessary medical care and treatment for the said participant for any illness or injury occurring during the activity period, but I understand that Elite Speed Track Club is not assuming the duty to obtain medical treatment, make medical decisions, or render medical care or treatment to the participant. I release, indemnify and agree to hold harmless Elite Speed Track Club and its agents, officials, volunteers, and employees from all claims, actions, causes of actions and rights of recovery or reimbursements of any type that I may have and that any participant has or may have in the future which arise from or are related in any manner to the activity(ies)(including, but not limited to, claims of bodily injury and property damage or loss), and I assume all risks and hazards incident to such activities and transportation to and from the same. This instrument is signed both individually and on behalf of the participant(s) present at activity(ies).

 

Initials:                     

PHOTO AND VIDEO RELEASE
I hereby authorize and grant permission to Elite Speed Track Club to reproduce me or my child’s photographic or video image. I agree that such reproduction may be edited as desired and used in whole or in part for any and all print, audio visual, multimedia, online and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity, throughout the world.  I understand that I have no rights to any benefits derived there from. I recognize that I have the right to enter into the agreement and that my rights I have granted in this agreement will not conflict with or violate any commitment or understanding I have with any other person or entity. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Elite Speed Track Club from and against all claims, losses, expenses and liabilities of every kind including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of the inaccuracy or breach of any provision of this agreement. Initials__________

 

 

 

All athletes who participate in Elite Speed Track Club:

  1. Will show respect for adults. Coaches, staff and parents must be addressed by Coach, Mr., Ms.,Mrs., etc…unless otherwise instructed. This shows respect for authority and discipline, and sets a good example for other youth.
  2. Will be supportive of all athletes on your team.
  3. Will respect coaches, officials, teammates, and opponents.
  4. Will learn the rules and always compete by them.
  5. Will always remember, your opponents are necessary friends. Without them, you cannot compete.
  6. Will use appropriate language at practice and club events.
  7. Will do your best and never give up no matter the outcome.
  8. Will promote sportsmanship and eliminate horseplay.
  9. Will keep your hands and feet to yourself.

 

All parents who participate in Elite Speed Track Club:

  1. Will refrain from coaching their athlete or other players during practices and meets.
  2. Will respect the coaches and track meet officials and their authority at practices and meets.
  3. Will never question, discuss or confront coaches during practices or at a meet.

 

  1. Will take time to speak to coaches regarding any concerns after practice, after meets or at an agreed upon time and place.
  2. Will remember that athletes participate to have fun and that the sport is for youth, not adults.
  3. Will help teach their child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that the athlete will never feel defeated by the outcome of his or her performance.
  4. Will demand that their athlete treat other players, coaches, officials, and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  5. Will promote the emotional and physical well being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for their own athlete to win.
  6. Will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
  7. Will be a positive role model for their child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players’ coaches, officials, and spectators at every meet, practice or sporting event.
  8. Will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting or using profane language or gestures.

 

Relays:

  1. Elite Speed Track Club focuses on individual performance. An athlete’s individual performance takes priority over their participation in a relay.
  2. Participation on a relay team is a privilege. All relay teams will consist of 4 members plus 1 alternate.
  3. Relay teams will be determined by the following criteria: performance, attitude, work ethic, participation and practice attendance.
  4. Elite Speed Track coaching staff has the authority to remove any athlete from a relay team due to excessive tardiness, absence, lack of participation, & behavior towards coaches & other athletes.

 

 

 

Fundraising:

Everyone is encouraged to participate in fundraising. There will be fundraising activities. If you participate in fundraising, monies earned goes toward the Track Club for travel, qualifying meet entry fees, facility rentals, training & equipment cost.

 

Donations & Sponsorships:

  1. All donations and sponsors go towards the overall operations of Elite SpeedTrack Club to include but not limited to: website, operating cost, advertising, additional apparel, transportation, certification etc.

 

At the meets the Club likes to sit together

 

Note: Please ensure the athletes are properly rested, have had a healthy breakfast, and are properly hydrated before arriving to the meet. Avoid dairy products before and during meets.

 

NOTES