MEMBERSHIP 

The membership fee will be determined prior to Outdoor, Cross Country, and Indoor seasons respectively.

Membership Fees are $100 per athlete

Uniforms are $90 per athlete (includes tops and bottoms)

Warms ups (optional) are $135 (includes tops and bottoms but not required)

 

Each membership fee includes:

•  Entry fees to club-scheduled meets.

•  USATF/AAU membership fees

•  District/Regionals/National Championship Meets

•  Coaching and Training from Certified/Experienced Coaches

•  Use of facility and equipment needed for competition

“Membership fees are non-refundable once the athlete has participated in one scheduled practice. Athletes will not be allowed to run in any meet or participate in a scheduled practice until all membership fees, birth certificates, physicals, and CCAC handbook is signed by all parties.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Conduct which is not in compliance with this Code of Conduct and/or which is detrimental to the Club may result in an athlete’s dismissal from the club.

Fees will not be refunded in the event of dismissal.  

Parents

•  Encourage good sportsmanship.

•  Demonstrate good sportsmanship toward all athletes, coaches and officials at every practice and meet.

•  Support the club by volunteering to help at meets.

•  Support the club by volunteering and participating in fundraising events.

•  Support the coaches and officials. Coaches and officials are volunteers donating their personal time. Parents may discuss the training/coaching program with coaches following practice, time permitting.  Appointments with the athlete’s coach is highly recommended.

•  Athletes are required to participate in or be available for all scheduled paid meet events and Fundraisers.

•  Arrive at meets 1 hour prior to a scheduled event and check-in with the designated parent or appropriate CCAC coach.

•  Place the physical and emotional wellbeing of your child above any personal desire that he or she win.

•  Demand a drug, alcohol and tobacco free environment for your child.

•  Remember, children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not ours. Children need role models, not criticism.

•  Parents should conduct themselves in a manner that promotes harmony among team members.

Athletes

•  Do your best to be at every scheduled practice on time and prepared. No athlete will be allowed to participate in training activities without completing the team warm-up routines. Coaches will not delay scheduled activities or extend practice to accommodate late arrivals.

•  Arrive at practice ready to listen, work hard and learn.

•  Be respectful to coaches, officials, teammates and competitors on other teams.

•  Use only appropriate language.

•  Older athletes should be mindful of the example they are setting for young athletes.

•  No one person is bigger than the team, CCAC is family! 

 

General

Any complaints or disagreements with the coaches or the Club shall be communicated through a designated officer of the Club. Speaking ill of the Club and/or creating dissention among Club members will not be tolerated. Violation of this rule will result in immediate dismissal from the Club.

If any athlete enters an unsanctioned meet or road race during the season a coach should be notified and give prior consent. This is for the health and concern of the athlete with coaches keeping in mind the conditioning and training the athletes go through throughout the season. 

 

EQUIPMENT

Club Uniforms Shoes for training

An authorized CCAC Uniform must be worn at each meet. The most important piece of equipment needed is a good pair of training shoes. Running shoes (not basketball, court or cross-training shoes) are required for all athletes for practice sessions. These shoes should have good support, be relatively lightweight and be comfortable.

Shoes for Competitive Events

Spikes are encouraged for all competitions (unless otherwise noted or prohibited by the coaches).  Please let Coaches and /or Board Members know if your athlete has extenuating circumstances which may prevent this requirement.

Sweats/Shorts and other athletic wear

Sweats and other athletic approved clothing for warm up are recommended for all practices and meets.  Other athletic wear, such as cold weather tights, athletic supports, etc. may be recommended by the coaching staff.

Track Bag

Each athlete should have a track bag at each meet, containing the following: track shoes, towel, and water bottle (with water or sports drink).  Other optional things you may want to have are: sun block, extra spikes, spike key, hair ties, deodorant, healthy snacks, books, music & headphones, slides, extra clothing, playing cards or electronics (be sure to keep up with them as we are not responsible for lost items at meets), and note to select a track bag that is easily recognizable.

PRACTICES

The Club schedules regular practice sessions that each athlete must attend. The practice schedule will be provided by the coaches. Supplemental, unauthorized workouts outside the CCAC workout structure are not encouraged, unless authorized by a CCAC coach. Violation of this rule could result in unsafe habits that could result in injury. 

 

Practice Regulations for Athletes

•      Athletes should attend all practices.

•      Athletes should arrive on time and ready to workout.

•      Athletes should have the following at each practice:  water, shorts or training pants, t-shirt or training top, appropriate shoes, and positive attitude.

•      Athletes must follow the directions of the coaching staff during practices. This includes doing the exercises, participating in all drills and completing the training program.

•      The following is not allowed: profanity, horseplay, abusive language, or fighting.

•      Athletes unwilling or unable to participate in workouts will be removed from the track or practice area for their safety and the safety of other athletes. The athlete will be allowed to return once cleared by coaches and coaches have spoken with the parents.

 

Practice Regulations for Parents

•      Parents are not permitted on the track or in practice areas during practices.

•      Parents shall refrain from coaching or instructing athletes during practices sessions. Coaching is the exclusive responsibility of the CCAC coaching staff.

•      Parents should not engage the coaching staff in conversation during practice sessions. Coaches are available to answer questions after practice or during scheduled appointments.

•      Please notify the coach if your child will not be able to participate in a scheduled practice. This notification should be given as early as possible, and preferably prior to scheduled practices.

 

Practice and Bad Weather

 

• The coaches will not cancel practice because of rainy weather in general. Practice will be held as scheduled except in the event of dangerous weather, such as extreme cold, heavy rain, or lighting. If a scheduled practice is cancelled ahead of time due to the weather, the club will notify the members via the GROUPME app, email, or on the club’s web site.

 

MEET RESPONSIBILITIES & RULES

To ensure the athlete’s optimum performance at meets, the CCAC Athletic Club athletes and parents have certain responsibilities and rules to follow.

 

General Information

 

Meet information will be provided prior to each meet.  The CCAC parents and athletes are responsible for knowing the athlete’s meet events and times.  CCAC Coaches determine what events the athlete will participate in for each meet. The parent may discuss this with coaches prior to entry, but the coaches have the final say.

 

The club’s primary mode of communication will be by GROUPME app, email, and the website. Please make sure that the Club has current email and contact information. If you do not have web or email access, please let the coaching staff know as soon as possible.

 

If an athlete will not be competing at a meet, this must be communicated to the coaches 1 week prior to the scheduled meet.  The Club will have a designated area for the CCAC athletes to sit during the meet. All athletes must sit together in this area.

 

Athletes’ Responsibilities

 

Check your event time prior to the Meet. Arrive at the meet at least one hour prior to your scheduled meet event.  For Spring Season meets or meets with rolling start times, coaches will announce the times for athletes to arrive at the track.

Check in with the Club. Upon arriving at a meet, check in with the Club at the designated area and get your bib numbers and instructions.

Sit with the Club during the meet. Athletes must stay in the Club area during the meet.

Come prepared. Wear your CCAC uniform. Have your shoe bag containing shoes and water bottle (with water or sports drink). Bring warm-up clothes to every meet – weather is unpredictable.

Warm-up. Warm-up with your teammates. Arrive in time to get prepared physically and mentally for your events. Do not get in the habit of showing up late. Others are depending on you.

Bring drinks and food. Bring plenty of water or sports drinks and healthy food. See the Nutrition section of this handbook for ideas.

Concession Stands. Athletes may only approach the concession stand after the completion of the athlete’s last event and/or with clearance from a CCAC coach.

Pay attention to the meet announcer. The meet announcer makes the calls for each event check-in. It is your responsibility to get to your event. 

Check in. When you check in, you should be ready to compete (with uniform, bib number and shoes). Take your water or sports drink with you to check in. Once you check in at your running event, you should not leave the check in area.

 

Parents’ Responsibilities

Make sure that your athlete is prepared, at meets early and ready for his or her events. All athletes should receive 8 to 10 hours of sleep two nights before a meet.

Athletes should eat a nutritious breakfast. This includes fruit, bread, cereal, water and juice. Little or no meat is best. More information is provided in the Nutrition section of this handbook.

Overnight meets entail additional Parent responsibilities, see the Travel Section.

 

CLUB TRAVEL

All athletes are expected to attend all meets for which they qualify (relays included). This includes out-of-town meets. A list of all meets and their locations will be provided in advance. If there are extenuating circumstances, they should be discussed with your coach in advance.

 

The Club arranges hotel accommodations for out-of-town meets. Payment for individual rooms is the responsibility of the parent. The Club will try to have all members stay at the same location, but this is not always possible. If the member does not desire to stay at the Club’s hotel, then the member is responsible for making his/her own accommodations.  

 

Children are influenced by parent behavior. Parents should acknowledge this impact and refrain from adult activities (late nights, alcohol consumption, etc.) in the presence of the children.

 

If the parent or legal guardian cannot travel with the child, a guardian can be appointed. The athlete’s coach must be advised of this and a proper waiver must be signed. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide for the athlete’s needs for the trip. The guardian is expected to fulfill the responsibilities of the parent.

 

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Pre-Competition Sleep

• Athletes should receive 8 to 10 hours of sleep two nights before & the night before a meet.

Pre-Competition Meals 3 – 4 hours before the event 

•      High in complex carbohydrates, such as bread, fruit and vegetables

•      Moderate in protein

•      Low in fat

•      Plenty of Fluids

•      Athletes should eat a nutritious breakfast before a meet, including fruit, bread, cereal, water and juice. Little or no meat is best.

Snack Hints – For All Day Meets  

•      WATER

•      Fresh Fruit – bananas, raisins, grapes, oranges, peaches, watermelon

•      Bread, bagels, muffins. With peanuts butter, cheese or cream cheese if within 3 to 4 hours before competition.

•      Crackers and pretzels

•      Fig Newtons, oatmeal-raisin cookies

•      Fruit and Vegetable Juice – orange, tomato

•      Cereal – With milk if 3 to 4 hours before competition.

•      Fruit yogurt – if 3 or 4 hours’ prior competition

Post-Competition

•      Athletes should always do their cool-down runs after race events.

•      Sports drink, energy bars, fruit and plenty of rest should be a consistent part of your post-race activities.

 

Safety and Sportsmanship

BE COOPERATIVE: Join teammates, opponents, coaches and officials in mutual quest for excellence. 

BE FAIR: Compete skillfully, guided by the letter and spirit of the rules. 

BE GRACIOUS: Savor the challenge of a tough competitor and meet it with your finest performance, win or lose. 

BE HONORABLE: Respect the game and everyone's contributions. 

BE HUMBLE: Take success in stride - share the credit.

 

General

Regular parent/club meetings will be called every Monday before a scheduled meet.  

Fundraisers. The Club will have several fundraising events throughout the year. All families are required to participate in fundraising efforts.  

CCAC Web Site. Keep up to date with the latest club information at

circlecitystars.org

Volunteer Commitment. An adult representative for each athlete/family will be required to volunteer throughout the Spring and Summer track seasons.

CCAC Logo. The CCAC Logo, mark and design are the exclusive property of the CCAC. Usage of the name, logo, marks or designs is prohibited in any form without the expressed written consent of the Board of Directors. Violation of this rule will result in immediate dismissal from the Club.