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Greetings Trailblazers Parents, Friends, & Athletes,  January 1, 2018

The Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry, Inc. coaching staff would like to extend a hearty welcome to each of you.  As we approach the start of our 2018 Track and Field Season, we want to pass along some information that will assist you with the registration process and the start of our season.  
 
The 2018 season will be our 20th endeavor since starting the program in 1998.  We concluded last season with 6 athletes qualifying for the AAU National Junior Olympics.  Since this programs inception, we have witnessed over 34 athletes who have competed at the collegiate level.  Our coaching staff is first-rate, and eager to work and train your child for the forthcoming season.  Our program has evolved over the years through education, training, and experience.  The staff has spent a lot of time evaluating the 2017 season and building a training framework which will allow us to take our athletes to the next level and meet our team objectives. Please note:  Only returning 2017 5 & 6 year old athletes will be able to re-regrister with the team.  New in 2018, only ages: 7 - 18 will be able to register.
 
Our plan for the 2018 season is to run in several track meets throughout the State of Florida.  We compete on both the USATF and AAU circuit, with all athletes having a chance to compete and qualify for the USATF or AAU National Junior Olympics.  The USATF National Junior Olympics will be held from 23 July – 29 July 2018 at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, NC.  The AAU National Junior Olympics will be held from 30 July – 4 August 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  Any athlete that qualifies at the District or Regional Championships (USATF and AAU), or the AAU Club National meet (AAU Only) will be eligible to compete at the National Junior Olympic Games.    
 
We will begin practices on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Rowlette Park in Tampa.  The first 6 weeks will focus primarily on conditioning.  Following our conditioning cycle, we will transition to the track at Rowlette Park (Mon - Thurs & Sat.), and Temple Crest Park (As Needed) for the remainder of the season.  Practices will be held Monday thru Thursday, and Saturday for the conditioning phase from (5:30pm – 7:00pm Mon – Thur, and 9:00am on Sat).  Our track phase will also include Monday thru Thursday practices with an additional weekend run for our distance athletes on non-competitive Saturday’s. Distance Athletes will have some variation with practice sites to accommodate their longer runs. We ask parents to please invest in a comfortable running shoe for your athlete.  Shoes worn during practice should be designed for middle distance running.  In addition, please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  We anticipate cooler temperatures for the first few weeks of the conditioning cycle.  Last, please make sure that you provide water for your athlete during practice.  Hydration is critical to safety and performance.  The coaching staff will factor in water and rest breaks through the course of practice.  Proper hydration starts at home, not at practice!  
 
We are absolutely delighted in your interest and look forward to working with you and your child.  We have a very dedicated staff that is committed to coaching, mentoring, and building character through athletics.  This program is a Christian based Ministry.  We place a very strong emphasis on God, family, respect, character, and integrity.  In closing, we would like to thank you for considering the Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry, Inc. for this Track and Field season.  We look forward to seeing you in February!

 
Respectfully,

Trailblazers Youth Athletic Ministry Inc. Coaching Staff

Please Note: Returning 2017 - 5 & 6 year old’s will be able to re-register with the team.
However, new in 2018, only ages: 7 - 18 will be able to register with the team.

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