Practices begin October 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Practices are held 3 days a week initially indoor at East High School in Denver. We will increase to at least 4 days a week adding in Monday, Wednesday, and incorporating Friday in November. We ask that competitive team athletes practice at least 4 days per week to build upon their skills and maintain a competitive edge. However, competitive team athlete must practice at least 3 days per week to compete in competitive meets.
The indoor competitive season meets are scheduled from January through mid-February of each year
A team uniform consisting of top, bottom, warm up suit, sack pack, and a bag is required. Track spikes are also required. The cost for these items are incurred by the athlete’s parent
Meets are not mandatory, but competitive meet participation will be highly encouraged.
Meet fees will be included in the registration package for those athletes that are going to compete. We will collect meet fees as part of the entire package versus individually as we have in the past. We are going back to group registration for meets. There will still be deadlines imposed for meet entry. Those deadlines are strictly adhered to.
Indoor Competitive Season
Outdoor Competitive Season
Practices begin in April
Practice will be held 5 days a week indoor during cold weather and outdoor on the track at East High School in Denver during warm weather. We ask that competitive team athletes practice at least 4 days per week.
The outdoor competitive season meets are scheduled from May through July/August of each year. Season length depends on an athlete’s advancement and performance in qualifying meets.
A team uniform consisting of top, bottom, sweats, jacket, sack pack, and a bag is required. Track spikes are also required. The cost for these items are incurred by the athlete’s parent.
Meet participation is not mandatory, but will be highly encouraged.
Meet fees are separate and not part of the registration fee. The meet fees usually run $7.00 to $10.00 per event and athletes can participate in up to 3 events.
Join The Club
Denver Lightning is always looking for new athletes as well as the return of current athletes. We are a private competitive track club. We operate our own competitive club while Denver Parks and Rec. operates the recreation programs. If an athlete has never been exposed to the competitive environment or has never competed in any sanctioned track meet, and is not familiar with track and field events, we will encourage them to join the recreation program until they are further developed and can compete at top 6 to top 8 in their age group. Competitive team is just that and we expect a higher level of involvement, attitude, and ability, and knowledge. The competitive team schedule is more rigorous and so is the practice, training, and conditioning. The financial commitment for competitive team is quite different than that of a recreational athlete. Athletes must be evaluated and accepted on to Denver Lightning Competitive Team.
The recreation team is managed by Denver Parks and Rec. and you must register through Denver Parks and Rec. for this program. It is run in the summer and registration begins in early March. Residents of Denver will have priority in this program. The recreation program teaches an athlete the fundamentals of track and field while allowing the athlete to train along the way and participate in CARA recreational track meets during the summer months.
You may join competitive, recreation, or both. However, you must be evaluated for competitive team and you must be accepted before you can register for competitive team. Recreation and competitive programs are not managed by the same organizations.