JACKSONVILLE ATHLETIC CLUB
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JAC Kids / Youth

 Jacksonville Athletic Club Youth Fall Track and Field Training!


What?- A unique track and field experience for elementary school and middle school kids! 

Who?- Boys and girls ages 5-12 who want to learn more about track and field, as well as train speed and agility for all sports. The athletes will be able to learn from former D1 collegiate track and field athletes who competed at the highest level! 

Where?- The Bolles School (7400 San Jose Blvd, 32217)

When? -Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  Fall training will run from the beginning of September until the end of  November.  Athletes will also have a chance to compete in a meet at the end of the fall season!

Printable JAC Youth Practice Schedule is here!

Cost?- $300 for the entire fall period 

Sign Up Today!-  Fill out the registration packet (check "JAC Youth" box) and email us to solidify your spot today!

More Information?- Feel free to call (423-943-5507) or email us at track@jaxtrack.com


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                        Please see below for our club's training philosophy on youth, ages 5-12:

"I feel most strongly that the beginner athlete must be well taught, with teachers and coaches committed to ensuring that the various 'technical models' are stabilized before moving on to competition or advanced training. 
The years 8-11 for girls and 8-13 for boys have been referred to the 'skill-hungry years'.  Hopefully, teachers and coaches will concentrate on these age groups, and use their ingenuity and inventiveness to the advantage of their young children."
          - Frank Dick, former Director of Coaching, British Athletic Federation


"Specialization aims at achieving the highest performance in an adult on the basis on versatility.  A wrong understanding of the term specialization can lead to a one sided training of juniors in one particular event.  Such youngsters are generally capable of achieving good results at a relatively early age, but often do not improve, as expected, their performances when they become adults.  Track and field athletes who have reached their best performances before the age of 18, have undergone the wrong training."
         - Gerhardt Schmolinsky, "The East German Textbook of Athletics" 





The Jacksonville Athletic Club works with kids of all ages, and where we differ from other track and field clubs is that we want the best LONG TERM development for your child.  The goal for our club has always been to help kids obtain college scholarships in the sport of track and field.  This can only be done when your child is competing at their best from the ages of 15-18.  We keep the big picture in mind, and understand that no one gets recruited based off what they did when they were 11 years old.

What we strive to do with kids ages 5-12 is teach them sound fundamentals, so that they will be able to continue to improve year in and year out.  We don't pressure them to compete, rather we allow them to have fun, learn, and become better athletes.  We teach the kids how to do things properly from the beginning, so that they will have long term success.  Only on rare circumstances do we allow kids in our youth program to compete in ultra-competitive youth track meets, as it pushes them too much, takes the fun out of it, and usually leads to burn out. Again, we are most concerned about how they perform when they are 16-18 years old, not 8 years old.


 
              Learning the fundamentals of the throws                                                                 Learning to pole vault!
 


We encourage kids from the ages of 5-12 to play many different sports, and not specialize in any one sport.  The ages of 5-12 are when kids should be running, jumping, throwing things, and becoming overall better athletes.  

Excellent talk on youth sports 



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JAC Youth Track and Field Games Meet Headquarters
                              Sunday, March 20th, 2016                            

     Final JAC Youth Track and Field Results- Click Here

Click Here to View Over 1,000 Pictures From the Meet!



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