Practices began Monday, October 9th, and will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m., and on Saturday. Saturday practice time is 2:00, or as determined by the coaches.
Practice will be at East High School. 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 athletes 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 parents or guardians.
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 weekly deadlines imposed for meet entry. We strictly adhere to those deadlines.
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.
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 and track and field club with the same "Denver Lightning" name.
If an athlete is unfamiliar with track and field events, has never been exposed to the competitive environment, or has never competed in a sanctioned track meet, we will encourage them to join a 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, ability, and knowledge. The competitive team schedule is more rigorous and so is the practice, training, and conditioning. The financial commitment for competitive athletes is quite different than that for 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 that program. It is run in the summer and registration begins in early March. Residents of Denver will have priority in that program. The recreation program teaches an athlete the fundamentals of track and field while allowing the athlete to train and participate in CARA recreational track meets during the summer months.
Recreation and competitive teams are not managed by the same organizations.
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