::CLUB UPDATE, MAY 15, 2020::
 
Good morning, everyone. I apologize for the lateness in posting this as it is a post that I have put off writing due to the sadness it is causing. Unfortunately, due do the extension of the Governor's stay at home orders the 2020 T&F season is cancelled. This is not the outcome we were hoping for, but it is out of our control. If you had already registered for this season, your registration will roll over to next year's season.
 
I believe I can speak for all of the TCT coaches when I say we are saddened that we aren't able to train with your athletes this year. After spending countless spring and summer days up at the track with all of our athletes over the years, this is a hard pill to swallow. I can honestly say that despite the hours I (and all the other TCT coaching staff) personally invest in trying to be the best coach for our athletes, it has always been worth it. As a coach there is nothing better than than seeing an athlete work hard towards their goals, and seeing their joy when they score a PR in their respective events. I truly miss seeing all of you, and am counting down the days until next season when we will come back stronger than ever.
 
Now, for a small (hopefully!) bright spot this summer. It is our intent to put on a couple track meets this summer. With the Southridge HS track undergoing major renovations this summer, we will have to find another place to hold meets. Our plans include holding a high school aged only meet where athletes from across the state will be invited to compete, as well as a typical USATF meet where we have all ages compete. We are also considering on holding a track camp of sorts for our athletes between the ages of 6-14. I know this isn't much, but it is all we have to offer at this point. As soon as we are updated on what we will be allowed to do this summer, we will make sure to let you all know as well.
 
Stay strong and healthy everyone. And it is my sincere hope we are able to spend a few days together this summer out at a track.
 
Donald Sorenson
Head Coach, Tri-City Thunder

Mission Statement

Tri-City Thunder is a USA Track and Field Club focused on providing opportunities for athletes of all ages to experience the sport of track and field while creating lasting friendships and developing leadership skills.

Tri-City Thunder promotes the development of good work ethic through structured team practices. Athletes are encouraged to focus on their development and strive to achieve personal bests.

High school age athletes are asked to serve as mentors for the younger athletes. In this capacity, the mentors lead post-workout activities, present athlete suggestions to the general meetings, assist younger athletes at meets, and support club fundraising activities.

Looking to join us out on the track, but not sure of what costs are involved? Here is what to expect for the 2020 T&F season! For a description of each program, please see below.

 

Intro to Track:

 - A USATF Membership is required to join the Tri-City Thunder and can be obtained at www.USATF.org. Currently, yearly memberships for youth are available for $20 per calendar year, but are scheduled to raise in price after April 30, 2020.

- Club fee of $75 per athlete.

 

Competitive Team Costs:

- USATF Membership

- Club fee of $95 per athlete with discounts for the 3rd and 4th family members registering.

- $40 volunteer fee per family. (Volunteer fee is refundable if certain conditions are met.)

- Uniform $35 for top (Required) $25 for bottom (Optional, unless on a relay team. USATF guidelines state all relay team members must match.)

UPDATE ON THE UPCOMING 2020 SEASON

::CLUB UPDATE::

I know there are a lot of you who would like to know what the current status of the information meetings scheduled this week, as well as what the plan for the season is. Since the last time I posted, Governor Inslee instituted tight restrictions on what is allowed. Due to the current environment which we are all adjusting to, the information meetings scheduled for this week will be cancelled. We discussed rescheduling them; however, as of right now things are very much up in the air. At this point we plan to rely on either doing a video laying out what will happen for the season, or put out a PowerPoint presentation outlining what to expect this year.

Here is what we do know so far, both the positive and negative:

+ The season as of today is still expected to commence this year.

- We do not know when we will be able to start due to the Governor's restrictions on youth sport practices and the current social distancing guidelines. Originally we were aiming for the week of April 20th, but that date looks to not be feasible now.

+ USATF Junior Olympics meets in June and July are still scheduled to happen on their respective dates.

- Once again, due to circumstances out of our control, these could easily change.

+If we are able to do our season, we will still plan on both our Intro to Track and Competitive track teams.

+If we are not able to meet as a group at the beginning, we will be posting training regimens for athletes to follow and prepare for the season.

+We are looking at still putting on some local meets this summer, regardless of the USATF meets happening or not.

As far as registration for the club goes, it is still open. If the season is not able to go forward, registrations will be credited towards next season. There is also a special code for high school athletes to register with and was given to many area high school coaches. If you have not been notified of this code, please send me an email at tricitythundertc@gmail.com and I will provide this info to you. We expect many will want to wait until they get word of the season officially going forward, so hopefully we are able to provide that sooner rather than later.

I will be the first to admit: this isn't what any of us were hoping for. I remain cautiously optimistic we will be able to have a season, but only time will tell. Until then, let's all try to stay healthy and prepare as if we will all meet out on the track later this Spring.

 

Donald Sorenson
Head Coach, Tri-City Thunder

 

Intro to Track Program

Intro to Track and Field:  An introduction to track and field for athletes 8 and Under.  Developmentally age appropriate light conditioning and exposure to all aspects of Track and Field.  Athletes will train one night per week for 45 – 60 min. Athletes will be taught the basic fundamentals of sprints, shot put, long jump, and turbo javelin.  Athletes will learn track etiquette and be exposed to agility and speed work through the use of developmentally appropriate games.  Athletes will have the opportunity to attend low pressure All Comers Meets to experience a traditional track meet setting all via local events.  (Additional fees for All Comers Meets per event will be required.) 

Cost:

 A USATF Membership is required to join the Tri-City Thunder and can be obtained at www.USATF.org. Currently, yearly memberships for youth are available for $20 per calendar year, but are scheduled to raise in price after April 30, 2020.

Club fee: $75 per athlete.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Intro to Track start date will be announced as soon as we have clearance from the Governor to commence youth sports activities. 

Competitive Track Program

Tri-City Thunder Competitive Track program is open to athletes born AFTER January 1, 2012. 

This program is intended for athletes who want to develop their track and field skills. For our younger/newer club members, please do not allow the name to intimidate you; "Competitive Team" is simply the name we chose for any athlete above the age of 8 years old. Athletes will train with others in their ability and age group and will receive coaching from the area’s top track and field coaches. 

Practices will be offered Monday – Thursday; however, you are not required to attend all of them and your child will attend practices based on the events they choose to participate in.  Our practices are structured in order to better accommodate coaches and athletes who choose to participate in multiple events.  These athletes are strongly encouraged to attend Junior Olympics, although not required.  

Adult Thunder memberships are available and we strongly encourage the participation of adult members.  Adult members who wish to run with and assist training of youth athletes should contact us PRIOR to registering. 

Athletes born PRIOR to that date are required to register for the Intro to Track program.   

Costs:

- A USATF Membership is required to join the Tri-City Thunder and can be obtained at www.USATF.org. Currently, yearly memberships for youth are available for $20 per calendar year, but are scheduled to raise in price after April 30, 2020.

 

- Club fee of $95 per athlete with discounts for the 3rd and 4th family members registering.

- $40 volunteer fee per family. (Volunteer fee is refundable if certain conditions are met.)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Competitive Track Season start date will be announced as soon as we have clearance from the Governor to commence youth sports activities. 

 

Tri-City Thunder also offers a track and cross country season for ages 8-18.  The season typically runs from mid September through November.  Athletes who qualify for Nationals will continue to train through mid December.