Youth Track and Field Frequently Asked Questions
What ages can participate in the Texas Stallions Track Club?
Texas Stallions Track Club is available to athletes from 6 -18 years old.
My child is 5, 6, or 7 years old. Can they join your track club?
Children who are able to follow directions and make it through a workout may join Texas Stallions Track Club. However, in competition, they may be competing against children who are 8 years old since this is usually the youngest age group.
Can my child sign up right now and train with your club?
Outdoor Track and Field - February through April
Cross Country - July - September
Indoor Track and Field - November - December
Registration is open and active. Athletes must be officially and fu.lly registered within 10 days of joining the club. There is typically a $30 late fee if we open a late registration period. Click here for registration info.
When is your season?
Our outdoor track season officially begins in March and, depending on what qualification standards are met by the athlete, ends with the AAU Junior Olympics around the first week of August. We have a white tiered registration for those who are cross training and their season would end typically the end of May or early June, with no qualifying meets.
Our indoor track season is the shortest and officially begins in January and ends in February
Cross Country officially begins in September and ends in November or December Learn more...
How much does it cost to register an athlete for Texas Stallions Track Club?
Dues for each season are around $150 + the fundraising requirement for the season. There are additional charges for meet entry during the season, as well as additional fees to cover travel to and participation in national meets. This amount may change.
What does the registration fee include?
The fee covers, uniform, track equipment, spirit pack, team liability insurance, AAU, USATF, and/or TAAF annual membership, and end of season award/party. All fees must be paid prior to participating in practice. Fees are nonrefundable nontransferrable. Texas Stallions Track Club is 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit corporation. All funds will be used to the benefit of the club. Learn More... Membership Docs
What are the different age groups and what is the birth date cutoff?
The athlete will participate in the age group determined by the athletes age as of 12/31 of the current year.
The age groups are:
Primary: 8 and under
Sub-Bantam: 9 Years
Bantam: 10 Years
Sub-Midget: 11 Years
Midget: 12 Years
Sub-Youth: 13 Years
Youth: 14 years
Intermediate: 15 and 16
Young: 17 and 18 (Kids whose turn 19 after the conclusion of the Junior Olympics are eligible to compete.)
What are the track and field events?
3000 Meter (Sub-Midget and up)
1500 Meter Race Walk (Sub-Bantam - Midget)
3000 Meter Race Walk (Sub-Youth and Up)
80 Meter Hurdles (Sub-Midget Midget)
100 Meter Hurdles (Sub-Youth and Up Girls, Sub-You and Youth Boys)
110 Meter Hurdles (Intermediate Boys and Young Men)
2000 Meter Steeple Chase (Intermediate and Young)
4×400 Relay (Bantam and Up)
4 x 800 Relay (Midget and Up)
Triple Jump (Sub-Youth and up)
Discus (Sub-Midget and up)
Javelin (Sub-Youth and up
High Jump (Sub-Bantam and up)
Pole Vault (Sub-Youth and up)
Note: 12 and under Age groups are allowed to participate in 3 events, 13 & up age groups are allowed to participate in 4 events.
*All events may not be contested at most of the developmental meets. Learn More...
Is parent attendance required at practices and meets?
Yes. A parent or designated adult is required to be in attendance during all practices and meets. The coaches will be responsible for the athlete while on the track, however should a child need to leave the track for any reason, a parent or designated adult will need to take responsibility of the athlete.
Who are the coaches?
We are lucky to have such great coaches. Our talented sprinting and jumping coaches are Coach Paul and Coach Amesha. Our distance and Race-Walking team is lead by Lavoxkeia Carnes and David Goodman . For throws we have James Carnes, Jeff Scheerhorn, and Brad Franklin. Learn more....
What are my volunteer obligations?.
Managing a team of 40 plus kids ranging from 6-18 requires a lot of support and help from the parents and all levels of assistance is appreciated.
What form of communication is used by the club to reach parents/athletes?
All communication is handled via e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org, the website, texasstallions.com and our Facebook/Twitter accounts.
If a practice will be canceled, the club will typically send an email by 5:30pm so it will be important to use an email that you can monitor during the day. A message will also be posted via Facebook and Twitter greeting. Typically, we will always have practice. We do not mind practicing in the rain, but if it is lightning or thundering we will send everyone home.
Are there additional expenses required by the athlete?
The athletes/parents are responsible for transportation to all meets. There are shirts and sweatshirts for sale, however purchase is optional. A good pair of running shoes should be purchased for the athlete. Spikes are optional, however most athletes above Sub-Bantam purchase them.
What running gear does my child need?
Your child will need to have a pair of athletic running shoes for practice and meets. Appropriate running attire should include warm ups/sweats (earlier in the season), running shorts, long, short sleeved, and sleeveless shirts. Running spikes are an option, they are not required. It is required that all athletes bring water and/or sports drinks to practices and meets.
Recommendation: Put your child’s name on everything they bring to the track, including drinks.
What are the practice times and where?
Practices will be 3 days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday unless reschedule is necessary due to weather or track availability due to sports taking place at the high school track. Most practices will take place at Klein Collins High School. Our alternate practice site is Krimmel Intermediate. Please check the calendar on the team web site for practice dates, times and locations.
What can I expect at practices?
At 6:15 sharp, athletes are to take a minimum 1 lap warm up jog and then proceed to the far end of the field for stretching. After stretching and announcements, kids will break off into groups: Sprinting (includes long jump and hurdlers), Distance, Throwing, and Race-walking. The athletes will spend the remainder of practice in their groups.
Note: Please do not have the athletes eat heavily or consume dairy products before practices. Ensure they are properly hydrated and have had a healthy snack before arriving.
What can I expect at meets?
Age-group track meets can take some time due to the number of events being offered and the large number of participates. Parents should expect to spend up to 4-8 hours, in the stands. Due to this reason we strongly recommend you come prepared.
We also ask that you stay through to the end of the Meet. Please do not “drop off” your athlete and leave them unattended at Track Meets. If you cannot stay for the meet you must make arrangements for supervision of your child. The Coaches are very busy and at times distracted with the flow of the Meet and cannot watch your child or be responsible for children that do not have parental supervision at Track Meets.
Bring lunches and snacks, a cooler with ice and plenty of water. Remember that meets are held under most weather conditions and some meets do not have covered seating so it also a good idea to have on hand some of following items depending on the weather conditions: Extra warm and dry clothing, umbrellas, seat pads, blankets, collapsible chairs, sunglasses, sunscreen, stop watches, binoculars, still and video cameras, and any other items you deem necessary. Check out the Stallions Shop for great deals on warm up jackets and pants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts available in youth and adult sizes. There is normally a concession stand to purchase food and snacks at all meet sites.
At the meets the Club likes to sit together. As the announcer calls out the event the athlete must report as instructed so you must listen closely. Stickers are given out to the athletes by the coaches with event, age and gender. Athletes are eligible in the developmental meets simply by showing up. The developmental meets in the beginning of the season are to provide each athlete with the opportunity to try a large variety of events and meet qualifying standards for larger meets. In the District, National Qualifier (Regional), and National meets there are qualifying standards and pre registration through Texas Stallions Track Club.
Note: Please ensure the athletes are properly rested, have had a healthy breakfast, and are properly hydrated before arriving to the meet. Avoid dairy products before and during meets.
Where can I buy running shoes/spikes?
You can buy running shoes at any of the sports stores. However, Fleet Feet has a knowledgeable staff, and a wide selection, they offer a 10% if you tell them you are with the Texas Stallions Track Club.
I really want my child(ren) to participate but I can't afford it, can you help?
The Texas Stallions Track Club may have a limited number of sponsorships each year. One option we offer parents is to sale the ESPN Magazine subscription. For each subscription sold, $30 can be applied toward your membership fee (Registration Fee + Fundraising Requirement). For outdoor, you must typically sell 11 subscriptions, for Indoor and Cross Cross Country you must sell 7 subscriptions to have all of your fees covered. However, parents of athletes receiving grants must volunteer and become active in the club. We are a nonprofit organization and collect registration fees and conduct fundraisers to cover our costs. Please visit our membership documents area for an application.