What is Indoor Track and Field? We train and compete primarily outdoors in the following field events: long jump, triple jump, high jump, and shot put and in the following track events: 55m dash, 55m hurdles, 300m dash, 500m dash, 1000m run, 1600m run, 3200m run, 4x200m relay, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m
What does “Tier II” mean? We are a financially-independent non-profit organization so therefore our operating expenses all come from money raised through the athletic fees (still paid as normal) and fundraising and any of the following may be true 1) we have a truncated competition schedule, 2) we may be creative with transportation options to and from competition, and 3) if we exceed the budget, we will have to collect additional money from each track and field participant
Coaches’ Introductions: Karen Richardson (Girls Head, distance and mid-distance), Michael Kitchens (Boys Head, sprints), Chris Hovan (jumps), Charles Alcorn (throws), Brian Diamond (hurdles), Chris Weeks (distance and mid-distance)
Coaching philosophy: trust the process (we strive to develop the whole student athlete), focus on family, and our season motto: “Stronger Than Yesterday”
Team rules and expectations: LCPS attendance policy, be wary of social media, focus on communication between student/coach/family
Lettering requirements: Varsity is only determined at the end of regular season at the end of January as the top three athletes in each event and those who qualify for the Conference/Regional/State meet by a qualifying standard.
Season Schedule on Indoor Track and Field Webpages: will be updated as soon as it is approved
*3 JV meets, 3 Invitationals (two of which are at an indoor facility—every other meet will be a “Polar Bear” meet at a high school)
Helpful gear: watch, dry-fit clothing, warm layers, training shoes and/or competition shoes; Freedom’s shoe night at the Ashburn Potomac River Running (43150 Broadlands Center Plaza #154, Ashburn, VA 20148) at 7:45pm Nov. 20, 2017
Track & Field Team Parent(s): organizes pasta dinners, communicates between coaches and parents, and plans the end-of-season banquet—feel free to reach out to help or with any questions
We still need host families for two pasta dinners: Dec. 8 and Jan. 19: please email Coach Rich if you would like to host!
We are SO excited to start Indoor Track and Field for the first time at Freedom! Please read through the following information:
Interested athletes, please ensure that you have all completed paperwork. If you have not submitted all electronic paperwork and a hard-copy physical to our athletic office, you will NOT be allowed to participate or tryout.
If you are cleared with paperwork, please change into athletic clothing/shoes in one of the locker rooms or bathrooms and ensure that you are covered in LAYERS HEAD-TO-TOE. Then, take all your belongings out to the track. Please be patient as we take attendance, clear paperwork, and explain tryout procedures. Schedule for tryout week:
Monday, Nov. 13-Friday, Nov. 17 from 4:15-6:15pm at the track: proper warm-up procedure, conditioning, and strength training
Wednesday, Nov. 15: MANDATORY WINTER SPORTS PARENT AND ATHLETE MEETING AT 7PM
Day 1 of evaluation: 800m evaluation, shot-put evaluation, standing jump evaluation
Day 2 of evaluation: 200m evaluation, shot-put evaluation, standing jump evaluation
Day 3 of evaluation: make-up evaluations, team-selections
As a Tier II sport, we have to establish our team as a private tax-exempt entity; this means filing appropriate paperwork with the state, county, and federal government. While all paperwork has been filed, we are still waiting on confirmation from the federal government. We anticipate this will come in any day. Until we have the official confirmation, our first tryout days will be reserved for preparation--athletes will learn how to warm-up and complete various running and/or strength workouts to prepare them for the evaluation days. Then, after we receive all the necessary paperwork back, we will begin with evaluation Day 1. Athletes will be kept aware of this timeline as the week progresses.