Thank you to all who attended our parent meeting last night. We had over 90% of our athletes represented at the meeting which was a huge success. I was glad to get to see and/or meet each one of you and look forward to the upcoming season connecting as a track and field family.
I did forget to mention one item at the meeting, and that is shoes. Athletes are probably tired of hearing these comments, and they were also in the team handbook--but they bear repeating. It is imperative that each athlete is outfitted in a quality pair of running shoes for the upcoming season. This should happen as soon as possible. Running shoes provide the proper cushioning and support for your athlete and help prevent injury, especially when training in events that cause an excess amount of pounding on the legs--such as distance running, hurdles, and the jumping events.
I highly recommend getting shoes from Gazelle Sports in downtown Kalamazoo. If you mention you are a G-A runner, you will get a 10% discount. These shoes will be more expensive than what you find at walmart/target/meijer but the money will be worth it.
It is a BAD IDEA to run in: basketball shoes, cross-trainers, shoes from last track season, or even shoes from this past cross country season. When track and field athletes complain of injuries like shin splints, the first thing any coach will do is look at what is on his/her feet.
If investing in a high quality pair of running shoes is a financial burden to your family, please contact me soon, as there are several options available.
Finally, while spikes (or throwing flats) can help improve an athlete's performance in a meet, they are rarely-if-ever worn in practice, and are never a requirement for competing. If purchasing new spikes, it is not worth spending extra money on a "top-of-the-line" pair, as the only thing you will be paying for is style. For spikes, I recommend www.firsttothefinish.com, especially their clearance section.
Thanks again for attending the meeting. Please take care of all items on your orange sheet. And keep praying for sunshine.