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Who are the Cornhusker Flyers?
What is Age Group track?
What is USA Track & Field?
What are Youth Athletic and Junior Olympic meets?
When are the meets and how do I enter them?
Will the Flyers help me get to these meets?
What about practices?
What about uniforms?
What are the parents' roles in the Flyers?
Are the Flyers more than just meets and practices?
How much does it cost to join the Flyers?
What do I need to do to join the Flyers?
How can I stay up-to-date on Flyer happenings?
I’m in track at school. Can I also participate with the Flyers?
The Cornhusker Flyers Track Club is a private organization established in 1977 to promote the sports of track & field and cross country in the Omaha metropolitan area through age group competition. The Flyers are a member of USA Track & Field's Nebraska Association, which includes all of Nebraska's 93 counties.
Age group track is just as the name implies: track & field competition based on an athlete's age in the current calendar year. The age group divisions for competition in 2017 are as follows:
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body of track & field. Before any athlete can compete in a USATF sanctioned meet, whether as a member of the Cornhusker Flyers or not, he/she must first become a member of USATF. Included in the Flyers membership fee is the cost of the athlete's USATF membership. Any athlete wishing to join the Flyers must, after paying the club membership fee, complete a USATF membership application and return it to the club along with proof of age verification, such as a copy of a birth or baptismal certificate, state or military I.D. card, or driver's license. The athlete is encouraged to apply for their USATF membership as soon as possible to ensure that they have their USATF membership card in hand before their first meet.
Both Youth Athletic and Junior Olympic meets are sanctioned by USA Track & Field, and the same events are offered in both. Kids in the 17-18, 15-16, and 13-14 age divisions may compete in up to four (4) events, while kids in the 11-12, 9-10, and 8 & Under age divisions may compete in up to three (3) events. Combined event competitions (e.g. triathlon, pentathlon) do not count against an athlete's event limit.
Youth Athletic (also sometimes called "Youth" or "Age Group") meets are open to all USATF member athletes. The entry procedure for each Youth meet will be explained at club practices, usually within a week or two of the meet. Any USATF member athlete may register for and compete at any Youth meet. All meets on the competition schedule are Youth meets except those that include the phrase "Junior Olympic".
Junior Olympic (or "JO") meets are based on a stair stepping program of qualifying meets, leading to the National Junior Olympic meet.
The advancement procedure looks like this:
Our 2017 meet schedule is here. An athlete wishing to compete in any of these meets as a Cornhusker Flyer must first become a member of the club. After practices begin in early April, the competition season starts in early May, with meets held generally each weekend through the end of July. As information on each of these meets becomes available to the club, it will be relayed to the athletes during the team meeting that begins Wednesday practices. Note: May meets are usually open only to the younger age groups (13-14, 11-12, 9-10, 8 & Under), since the older age groups may not compete until the high school season has completed.
Meet signup is done online here. Before an athlete can sign up for a meet, they must have a season paid membership and the meet must contain events in their age division. At each meet, kids in the 17-18, 15-16, and 13-14 age divisions may compete in up to four (4) events, and kids in the 11-12, 9-10, and 8 & Under age divisions may compete in up to three (3) events. If an athlete wishes to run on one or more relay events, they have the option to select an alternate event in case they are not entered into the relay.
If you have any questions or difficulty in meet registration, please contact Brian Zimmerman, our Meet Entry Coordinator by e-mail.
Yes, in some cases. The athlete and their parents are, for the most part, responsible for securing their own transportation to any instate meets (e.g. in Omaha or Lincoln). However, the Flyers will provide assistance to out-of-state national meets for athletes who have met pre-determined performance criteria. If an athlete twelve (12) years or younger qualifies for out of state competition, their parents have the responsibility of accompanying the athlete to the meet or procuring adequate supervision for the athlete before he/she will be allowed to accompany the club on the trip. All athletes who receive assistance will be required to adhere to the club's travel policy form. The criteria concerning assistance with national transportation and housing will rest with the coaching staff. There will also be a practice attendance expectation during June and July.
The Flyers track practice season begins in early April and ends in late July. Practices are at Millard South High School, near 149th & Q Streets (map), and will generally be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, starting at 6:00 p.m. Check our web site's Calendar page for the most up-to-date schedule.
The 6:00 p.m. starting time is the actual time our workouts begin. Please arrive at the track 10 or 15 minutes early to warm up and stretch so that you're ready to begin your workout at 6:00. Most practices will last between 60 and 75 minutes. Wednesday practices begin with a mandatory team meeting, where the coaches will share important club news, such as information on upcoming meets and practices and to recognize athlete accomplishments. Parents are also encouraged to attend these team meetings. If an athlete needs to leave practice early for any reason, it is their responsibility to inform the coaching coordinator at the beginning of practice. In the event of inclement weather, each athlete's parents should make their own decision on whether to come to practice. Practices will normally be held, but may be cancelled at the last minute if the weather is a problem. If practice is called off early enough, we will post a notice on the club's web site and Facebook page, and also e-mail all parents and athletes whose addresses we have on file.
The Flyers' basic philosophy is that our coaches cannot help an athlete unless they are at practice. Our practices are very demanding, so if an athlete is not coming to practice to work hard, then the Flyers may not be for them. We'd like the athlete to attend practice as often as possible, but also encourage them to participate in other sports that they enjoy. If the athlete needs to miss a practice for any reason, the coaches can give them a workout to do on their own. Ultimately, the harder the athlete works in practice, and on their own outside of practice, the better they will perform in meets.
The Flyers uniform kit consists of a jersey, warm up suit (jacket and pants), and travel bag. A kit will be issued to each club member after a $100 uniform deposit check is submitted to the Uniform Coordinator. Club members are expected to adhere to the Flyers Uniform Agreement policies. The uniform kit is the property of the Flyers and must be returned to the club after the season is over. If the kit is returned in a comparable condition as when it was issued, the deposit check will either be returned or shredded. Competition shorts and Flyer T-shirts are also issued with the uniform kit, but are the athlete's to keep, and so need not be returned.
The Flyers uniform is nationally recognized and club members wear this distinctive uniform with pride. Athletes will represent the Flyers by wearing the uniform at all USATF meets, including any award, opening, and closing ceremonies, and as also directed by the executive director. Shoe choice and style is up to the athlete. The Flyers have many shoes available through our Shoe Exchange program. Contact the shoe exchange coordinator for more information. Parents are also encouraged to represent the club at meets by wearing a Flyers shirt, available for purchase from the Uniform Coordinator.
Parents are strongly encouraged to be involved in the support of the Flyers. The club welcomes parents to attend our practices. This gives you the opportunity to meet the parents of other athletes, and, by being at practice, you will get the same information we give the athletes during Wednesday's pre-practice team meetings. We would ask, however, that parents watch the practices from the bleachers. Also, we encourage parents to become USATF members by purchasing a USATF card, which can be used to gain free admission into all USATF-sanctioned association meets.
Yes! Our club motto is "The Family of Champions". Lifelong friendships between athletes, and also between adults, have been fostered through participation and involvement with the Flyers. Club members and their families are encouraged to sit together and support our athletes at meets. Parents get to know each other while sitting in the bleachers during practice. The club will host an Awards Night at the end of the season, tentatively scheduled this year for Sunday, August 20th. Check our web site's Calendar page for additional information on any club activities as it becomes available.
The 2017 track & field season membership fee is $225. This includes:
For families with more than one child joining, a compounding $25 membership discount is available for each additional child. For example, the first child would pay their regular membership fee, the second child would receive a $25 discount from their membership fee, the third child would receive a $50 discount, the fourth child would receive a $75 discount, and so on. No athlete will be denied membership based solely on financial considerations. Please contact the head coach regarding payment options.
No one need sign up for club membership if they are unsure if the Flyers are right for them. We encourage newcomers to participate in a few practices first to see if it is something they want to do. Before competing in a meet as a Flyer, however, the athlete must first become a member by paying the membership fee.
If you want to join for the upcoming season, here's what we need:
The best way to stay up to date is to attend the team meetings that precede every Wednesday practice. Any upcoming meet, practice, or other club activity information will be distributed or discussed there. Another way is to check the www.cornhuskerflyers.org for updates. Plus, make sure the club knows your e-mail address, as occasional announcements, reminders, or other news items are e-mailed to parents and athletes.
High school athletes may not participate in our practices or compete in our meets until after the state high school meet, whether they compete in it or not. Junior high and middle school athletes may participate in our practices and compete in our meets, but only with the permission of their school track coaches.