Parents & Athletes


If you’re just joining the Club, we know there’s a lot to take in and understand.  The most important thing is to make sure you know where and when the Practices are (Click here to find out).  Occasionally, there’s a change in time or a complete cancellation of a practice due to extreme weather, conflicting meets or events.  We will do our best to make you aware of this through the website, newsletter and coaches.

 

To really help you understand the workings of the OAC, we’ve put together a Handbook to try and answer all your questions and tell you more about the sport and the Club.  You can download a copy here:

The OAC Handbook – 2015

If you ever have any questions or concerns, we want to hear from you!  Please feel free to talk to our Club Manager or, any one of our Board Members.  Our contact info is outlined here.

 

Athlete Attire

In the world of sports, track and field is one of the least costly for equipment requirements.  All you need is a shorts and shoes.  If you’re just getting started with the Club, the best equipment you can bring to the track is:

 

  1. A quality water bottle.
  2. A good pair of running shoes.
  3. Warm up clothing – (dependant on the weather)

The shoes don’t have to be super expensive but should be supportive and appropriate for running.  Do not come to the track expecting to run in sandals, soccer cleats or, skateboard shoes.  This footwear offers little support or traction when running and jumping and could lead to injury.

The other items an athlete needs for a good practice session is comfortable and warm clothes.  Yes, shorts and a t-shirt will work in May and June but until then a long sleeved sweatshirt and sweat pants or tights are needed.  It is easier to take layers off once you’re warmed up then try and find ways to keep warm.  Again, talk to your coach for more guidance and ideas.

 

Do You Need Track Spikes?

Most young athletes can usually practice and compete in a quality pair of running shoes.  However, as their competition level increases and skills develop they may want to begin using spikes appropriate to their event(s).  However, the types and availability of spikes can be very wide ranging so before going out and purchasing your first set of spikes, talk to your coach.

We know kids grow fast and we’ve all watched them grow out of a pair of shoes in what seems like months.  To help offset the cost of new shoes, the Club hosts a “Spike Swap” every Spring to allow parents the opportunity to get shoes from other members.  This is a good way to find a quality pair of spikes without spending a lot of money.  The date will be posted in the Newsletter and on the website calendar, so keep watching.