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2014 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 Cross-Country Season

 The Ann Arbor Track Club (AATC) Youth Cross-Country season starts next Monday August 25.

 

For the first month of this season -- practices will rotate at three (3) diferent locations:

 

- (Washtenaw) County Farm Park       (on Mondays, through September 22, except Monday September 1)

 

- (Ann Arbor) Gallup Park                    (on Wednesdays, through September 24)

 

- (University of Michigan) Arboretum.  (on Thursdays, through September 25)

 

All practices will be held from 6:30-7:30 PM on those nights.

COUNTY FARM PARK (Monday nights, except Labor Day September 1)

 

The entrance to County Farm Park is located at: 2230 Platt Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

 

Admission is FREE, and parking is FREE. Please meet at the Pavillion.

 

More info on County Farm Park (including maps of the running trails) is here:

 

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/forms%20and%20publications/brochure/brochure_cfp.pdf

 

GALLUP PARK (Wednesday nights)

 

The entrance to Gallup Park is located at: 3000 Fuller Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

 

Admission is FREE, and parking is FREE. Please meet on the far (south) side of the first wooden bridge.

 

More info on Gallup Park (including maps of the running trails) is here:

 

http://www.a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation/parks-places/Pages/Gallup.aspx

 

ARBORETUM (Thursday nights)

 

The entrance to the Arboretum is located off Nichols Drive -- the "River/Hospital Entrance" near UM Hospital.

 

Admission is FREE, and parking is FREE. Directions are attached -- please meet at the gate to the park entrance.

 

A Map of the Arboretum is here:

 

http://www.hr.umich.edu/um/attractions/images/NA%20map.pdf

HOW TO GET STARTED
  1. 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.
  2. There will hand-outs available. Among the hand-outs, there will be "Athlete Data Forms" for the new families.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ( youth@aatracckclub.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 (youth@aatrackclub.org).


AATC Parent Handbook


The 2014 Cross-Country Meet Calendar is as follows:

 

Date         Name/Location  Contact                                            

 

09/6/14     Running-Fit/UDM “Tommy-Titan” 5K

                 Cass-Benton Park -- Northville, MI

                 
                 Contact: Guy Murray (313-993-1724)

 

09/13/14   Kensington Challenge – Kensington Metro-Park (Milford, MI)

                   Contact: Doug Goodhue (248-762-3693), douggoodhue@aol.com

 

09/13/14     Huron Invitational         

                   Willow Metro Park -- Hudson, MI

                  
Contacts: Sean Maloney (734-783-0324), Dave Lawrence (734-377-2430,

                    del552@yahoo.com), Greg Everal (734-507-1789,greg@everalracemgt.com)

 

09/13/14   Fennville Open    (Grand Rapids area)

 

09/20/14     Jefferson C-C Invitational

                  Sterling State Park -- Monroe, MI

                  
Contact: Jefferson Athletic Department 734-289-5590 (Phil Speare)

                   http://www.jeffinvite.org/

 

09/20/14  Cougar Falcon Invitational    (Grand Rapids area)

 

09/26/14    CoachingLegends Invitational

                  Huron Meadows Metro-Park – Brighton, MI

                  Contact:  Coach Tom Micallef (mobile: 734-649-2091)

 

09/27/14  Allendale Falcon Invitational    (Allendale, MI)

 

10/04/14    PortageInvitational

 

10/11/14    RunThrough the Meadows

                  Huron Meadows Metro-Park

                  Contact:  Coach Tom Micallef (mobile: 734-649-2091)

 

10/18/14    Middle School Mega-Jamboree

                 
                  Hudson Mills Metro-Park

                  Contact:  Coach Tom Micallef (mobile: 734-649-2091)

 

10/25/14    AATC Invitational (Location: TBD)

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS MEET CALENDAR

 

11/08/14    USATF JuniorOlympics State Championship Cass-Benton Park, Northville, MI

 

11/15/14    AAU Junior Olympic State Championship (location: TBD)

 

12/06/14    AAU Junior Olympics National Championship (Lawrence, KS)

 

12/13/14    USATF Junior Olympics National Championships (Myrtle Beach, SC)

 

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)

GLOSSARY

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.


 


 

2014 Parent Handbook 


AATC Parent Handbook

AATC Youth Tri-Fold Brochure

 

 

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