2013-14 AATC Youth Coaching Staff
Joseph (Codgie) Codrington – Head Youth Coach; USATF Certified Coach
Joseph is a former athlete who had a successful career competing in the 800m for his native country of Barbados. Upon completion Codgie was recruited to run for Eastern Michigan University. At EMU he became an All American and graduated with a BA in International Trade. Joseph served as manager of the Barbados Amateur Athletic Association’s National team at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Currently Codgie serves as President and CEO of Codrington Enterprises, a sports marketing agency marketing and managing the careers of professional track and field athletes. He is a registered Authorized Athlete Representative with USATF. He began with AATC in the fall of 2006 as Assistant Youth Coach and now performs as Head Youth Coach. His goal for the AATC youth kids is to develop a sense of purpose and discipline, become physically fit, display good sportsmanship and prepare those who desire an opportunity for college track scholarships. Joseph lives in Ann Arbor and is married with four kids, one a former AATC youth and one currently a member of AATC.
Tim Glenn Harris – Assistant Youth Coach; USATF Certified Coach
Tim is a former track athlete and graduate of U of M Dearborn with a degree in Psychology. He is an employee and twenty five year veteran of the City of Detroit Fire Department. Tim has coached Pop Warner Youth Football for the past four years. For two of those years he unofficially coached AATC until recently he became an official assistant coach. Tim specializes in long jump, overall conditioning and ply metrics. His goal for the AATC kids is to train hard, have fun and when competing do so to the best that they are able. He lives in Belleville, Michigan; is married with four children, three of whom are members of the Track Club.
In addition, there are six (5) other Assistant coaches (their bios are pending)
Derrick Jackson (Distance, Middle-Distance)
Stacey Jackson (Sprints, Hurdles)
Fabian Rollins (Sprints, Long-Jump)
Danie Matusik (Distance, Midldle-Distance)
Gary Morgan (Distance, Middle-Distance)
2014 Youth Outdoor Track Season
The 2014 Indoor Youth Track & Field Season starts Monday April 14. This program is open to all kids ages 6-18, regardless of ability or skill level. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
1. Practices will be held at the UM Outdoor Track Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first 2 months. For the first 2 weeks, practices will be held from 6:30-8 PM.
NOTE: Since school at UM is still in session until May, there's a possibility that the UM Track team may still practice up to 7 PM. So if the UM Track Team is still on the track when we arrive, we MUST stay off the track until they are DONE !!
2. On Monday April 28 (since we'll have more daylight during the early evening), practices will be held from 7-8:30 PM to allow families who live or work outside the Ann Arbor area more commute time to get their kids to practice.
3. As a general rule, we will practice outside as much as possible despite the cool, damp weather we'll sometimes have during April and May, but we will have the option to use the UM indoor track if the weather proves too harsh for the kids to be outside, provided the UM indoor track is available. Bottom Line: Track practice will rarely be canceled during April and May on account of weather.
4. Since the UM Athletic Department reserves the track for camps in June and July, practices will be moved to Skyline High School on Monday June 16 (2552 N. Maple Rd. Ann Arbor Charter Township 48103).
5. Due to MHSAA (High School) rules, we move back to the UM Outdoor Track on Monday June 30.
6. On Monday July 7, we move back to Skyline High School.
7. On Monday July 14, we move back to the UM Outdoor Track to finish the season.
8. Our last practice will be Thursday July 24.
9. The spring/summer outdoor season officially ends Saturday August 2,
which is the last day of competition at the "AAU Junior Olympics National Track & Field Championships", which takes place this year in Des Moines, IA
10. Unlike the recently concluded indoor season, there will be no track usage charged to the families to use any of the outdoor tracks. The track rental will be completely paid for by the club. Therefore, (unlike the indoor season) will be no sign-in sheets during the spring/summer season.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Just show up with your kids during any night when practices are being held, and ask for Ron Beasley. Your kids should be dressed to run (running shoes, shorts, T-shirt, warm-ups/sweats), since we'll start them running on the first night. For the parents, there will be an orientation given while your kids are training.
- There will hand-outs available. Among the hand-outs, there will be "Athlete Data Forms" for the new families.
- New families will receive a 2-week trial membership for each of your kids -- no annual dues are required. This "FREE TRIAL" period gives you the time and opportunity to decide if this program suits your kids' needs. You can pay your "AATC Membership Dues" later if you decide to join the club.
- The club membership dues are paid online with a credit card at: http://www.aa-tc.com/join-now.
New families who join the club (after their FREE TRIAL membership ends) can sign their kids up for either:
A: "Recreational/Development Squad"
B: "Travel/Competition Team"
The cost to sign up your kids for the "Recreational/Development Squad" will be AATC membership dues ($20/kid or $40 for the entire family). The cost to sign up for the "Travel/Competition Team" will be same as for the "Recreational/Development Squad", plus the costs for your kids uniforms, track meet entry fees, AAU and USATF fees and travel expenses for any out of town meets your kids compete it. The "Parent Handbook" gives some examples on page #6 of what the costs could be for kids on the "Travel/Competition Team".
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We encourage parent involvement. Parents participate on the AATC Youth Committee and volunteer for club events and fundraising. The "Parent Handbook" provides examples of how you can help.
Please direct any questions to AATC Youth Program Director Ron Beasley ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call Ron at 734-330-7931.
NEW FOR 2014
1. The "Parents Commitee" will be organizing Fund-raisers durig this spring/summer season to help pay the costs for additional coaching that may be required, travel expenses to meets, etc. All families will be required to participate in at least two (2) of these fundraisers during this spring/summer season or pay an extra $50/child during this spring/summer season. The same will apply during the upcoming fall cross-country season which takes place late-August -thru- Movember: Two fund-raisers or $50/kid in the fall. More details will be announced later.
2. Web-Master wanted: I'm looking for a volunteer to assist me to keep the youth page on our club web-site updated. If anyone is interested, please contact me at 734-330-7931 (email@example.com).
AATC Parent Handbook
The 2014 Outdoor Track Meet Calendar is as follows:
Sat 5/10: Huron River Rat Invitational (High-School only) (Huron HS) (AAU/USATF memberships not required)
Sat 5/10: Gail A Blackwell Invitational (Elida, OH - just outside of Lima, OH) -- AAU
Sun 5/18: Columbus Track & Field Classic (Columbus, OH) -- USATF rules apply (but USATF memberships are not required)
Sun 6/8: Northwest Track Club Invitational (Trotwood, OH) -- USATF
6/14-15: AAU Junior Olympics District Qualifier (Ypsilanti HS)
Sat 6/21: USATF State Track & Field Championships (Olivet, MI)
Sat 6/21: Motor City Invitational (Oak Park HS) *** -- AAU
Sat 6/28: Blazer Invitational (Albion, MI) -- AAU
6/24-29: USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships (IU - Bloomington, IN) -- USATF
7/3-6: AAU Junior Olympics National Qualifier (Ypsilanti HS)
Sat 7/12: Grand Rapids Invitational (Houseman Field – Grand Rapids, MI) ** -- AAU
7/10-13: USATF Regional Track & Field Championships (Charleston, WV) - Must qualfy from USATF State Championship
Sat 7/19: Michigan All-Stars Invitational (TBD) **
7/22-27: USATF Junior Olympics National Track & Field Championships (Humble, TX) ** Must qualify from USATF Regional
7/26 – 8/2: AAU Junior Olympics National Track & Field Championships (Des Moines, IA) -Must qualify from AAU Nat. Qualifier
All meets listed above are open to athletes of all ages, unless specified otherwise.
All athletes MUST have a 2014 AAU membership to compete in any AAU meets
All athletes MUST have a 2014 USATF membership to compete in any USATF meets (unless specified otherwise)
For those who are new to the sport of youth track & field, or track & field in general, here is some terminology:
- AAU: "Amateur Athletic Union". This is one of the governing bodies of youth amateur sports in the United States, including youth track & field. Track meets that are sanctioned by AAU generally have the athletes compete in age-divisions based on birth year, as follows: Age 8-U (kids born in 2006-later), Age 9-10 (2004-05), Age 11-12 (2003-03), Age 13-14 (2000-2001), Age 15-16 (1998-99), Age 17-18 (1996-97), In any Championship AAU meet (State/Regional/National), the Age 9-10, Age 11-12 and Age 13-14 age-divsions are sub-divided further into Age 9 (kids born in 2005), Age-10 (2004), Age 11 (2003), Age 12 (2002), Age 13 (2001), Age 14 (2000).
- USATF: "USA Track & Field". This is THE goverrning body for track & field in the United States, including adult as well as youth, and professional athletes as well as amateur. Many of the competition rules adopted by the AAU come from USATF. The age-divisions for youth meets that are sanctioned by USATF are generally the same as for AAU, with the following exception: USATF meets do not sub-divide the Age 9-10, Age 11-12 and Age 13-14 age-divisions -- those stay as 2-year age-divisions all the way through their National Championship meets.
2013 Parent Handbook
AATC Parent Handbook
AATC Youth Tri-Fold Brochure