This page is dedicated to answering most of the initial questions you might have about Delta Hawks Racing, like parent involvement, costs, and time commitments.
Dues & Costs This is a volunteer-led team. Coaches do not take any kind of stipend. We aim to run the team in a way that our athletes can be proud to wear the team uniform and be confident and supported at every starting line. Your team dues fund the costs of using the track at River City High School, club member affiliation dues for USATF and AAU, insurance, travel costs for volunteers and incidental costs for the team. Our rates are commensurate with other club teams in the region. Limited scholarships are available upon request.
$195 - Registration Dues per athlete per season
$55 - Uniform: each athlete is required to purchase and race in a team uniform. This includes a singlet and shorts. (Uniforms are used in subsequent seasons and do not have to be repurchased until your child changes size.)
Additional Team Gear is available, including shirts, sweat shirts, and hats. These items are not required, although black athletic pants and team sweatshirts are highly encouraged as team warmups.
Racing Fees for all track/xc meets will be paid for by the Delta Hawks. Any road races will be paid for by parents and will range from $25 - $50 per race. You only pay for the races your athlete competes in and athletes are not required to run in these road races.
Association Memberships (Required)
$25 - USATF: each athlete must have a USATF membership with Delta Hawks for insurance purposes.
In total, you should budget a minimum of $275 for the first season, not counting optional road race fees.
NEW IN 2022: For certain athletes whose school's cross country team season has ended but wish to continue training and join the Hawks, there is a discounted "Championship Season" rate of $80 which includes a team uniform. Please discuss with the coaches whether or not this could work for you.
*Payments for dues and uniforms are due at the time of registration. There is a $50 discount for additional children within the same family. You will receive a registration link with payment information once your athlete has completed the two-week tryout.
Please have athletes arrive on time for practices and competitions.
Our supportive parent community is an integral part of our team's success. We encourage parents to be present at weekly practices. (For new athletes and those 10 years old or younger, parents must remain for the duration of practices and competitions.)
Please be sure to pick up athletes on time and check out with a coach before leaving.
During practices and competitions, please stay off the field and give coaches room to work with the athletes.
Be nice and treat everyone with respect.
Don't set unattainable expectations for athletes.
Remember everyone involved is a volunteer.
Support your athlete in getting out for additional training when appropriate.
Help set a positive atmosphere at all practices and competitions.
Please pay for registration and competitions at the earliest possible date.
Volunteer where you can. You are part of the team.
Take pictures and share.
Cheer on every athlete.
Many factors affect the training for each athlete including experience, age, ability and events. Our training focus and therefore practices will also vary throughout the year. Our goal is to finish every practice in 90 minutes. We understand that families have a lot to juggle and our hope is to be as efficient as possible at our practices.
Each practice will include a warmup, drills, strides, cooldown, education/character, core, and strength. Each day will have a training purpose and although the day's purpose may move around, a typical week will look like:
Monday (team practice): Intervals or Speed Training
Wednesday: Easy Run on own (advanced groups)
Thursday (team practice): Tempo or Strength Training
Saturday: some Competitions and Time Trials
Sunday: Longer Run with meet-up groups
The two team practices and Sunday long runs are typically enough training for 7/8-year-olds, while older athletes need additional training to truly be ready for competition.