Welcome to the ThunderBolts! We are located in North Shelby County, with athletes from Pelham to Montevallo, and everywhere in between. This club is for all students, ages 5 to 18, regardless of where they attend school. The spirit of the Thunderbolts is not simply about winning races. It’s about allowing your child to uncover a hidden talent, or get more conditioning to support another sport. Most of all, I want your child to have fun, both at practice and at competition. Not every child will win. My goal is to instill in them the desire to compete, the ability to work hard to achieve desired results, and the drive to do their best no matter what. However, this is a competitive team, and we train to compete, so I will expect all athletes to compete in certain meets.
Each athlete must have current USATF and AAU memberships. The cost is $20 for USATF and $14 for AAU and is in addition to the club fees. If your child needs either or both memberships, please include those fees with your registration so that I can add them to the team with USATF and AAU. USA Track & Field (USATF) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) are two different nationwide organizations that sanction events in cross country and track. You can go to www.USATF.org and www.AAUsports.org to learn more about each group. Each child competes in their own division, based on the year of their birth, and each age group competes in specific events.
Practice schedules will be posted on the Outdoor Track and Cross Country pages. Athletes must attend the practices, unless otherwise approved by me. I ask that you and your child respect this sport in the same way you would any other sport, and commit to being at every practice. This may not be considered a "team sport" like football or baseball, but we do compete as a team, and as such we need to practice as a team. If you have conflicting obligations, please let me know.
WHAT NOW: Click on the Registration tab at the top to register your child. Then go to the Store tab to pay your registration fees.
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