Welcome to the 2016 Track & Field Season
VYC Parents, Friends and Families, Welcome to the 2016 Valley United Striders. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the VALLEY UNITED STRIDERS ALL STAR TEAM (VUNS). Born in 2000, Valley United has served as a vehicle for our top athletes of the VYC to unite together and compete locally and nationally. The Valley United Striders compete in the USA Track and Field circuit as well as the AAU. Over the past decade Valley United has proven itself to be a dominating force locally and a nationally recognized power house. Our club has produced many National Champions, broken records, set records and won National Team Titles.
This years All Star Team will be made up of all participating teams in the Valley Conference, each club will send an invite to their team athlete who has reached the qualifying mark in his/her event or events. This year, we have voted to run USA Track and Field. Southern California Association has decided to implement a rule that will force independent leagues to compete in at least one USA Track and Field meet, each athlete must run a qualifying time that has been set by USA Track and Field league officials (please see attachment).
There are two meets we can attend that will not interfere with our conference meets, Pasadena Running Roses Invitational May 21st and 22nd @ TBD. The only other qualifying opportunity will be the LA Jets Invitational on Labor Day Weekend, May 27th thru 29th Site TBD. If you have successfully qualified in one of the two USA Track and Field Meets, the post season will begin on May 15, practice sites Monday’s TBD, Wednesday TBD and Thursday TBD. For the Athletes who have qualified in a USATF meet, will compete at the USA Track and Field Southern California Association Meet that will take place on June 10th – 12th. The top 8 athletes will move on to the USA Track and Field Regional Meet in Las Vegas, NV on June 24th – 26th, the top 5 athletes will advance to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Sacramento, CA from July 25th – July 31st at Sacramento State College.
Team Hotel is Sacramento has been reserved, information will be sent out after the Regional Championship meet. In efforts to meet family financial hardships, Valley United Striders have created a way financially that will help with the cost of Post Season. Please see below; Pasadena Running Roses Invitational May 21st and 22nd – Parents can sign their athlete up for this meet if they’re unable to run in the Jets Invitational meet. Parents must register their athlete and pay the fee for their events. LA Jets Invitational May 27th thru May 29th –
The cost for this meet per athlete is $15.00 for all events, fee must be paid by May 16th before the club will enter athlete in competition. Southern California Association Meet June 10th thru June 12th – The cost for this meet per athlete is $25.00 for all events; fee must be paid by May 30th before the club will enter athlete in competition. (The top 8 athletes will qualify for Reginal meet). Regional Championship Meet June 24th thru June 26th Las Vegas, NV – The cost for this meet per athlete is $35.00 for all events, fee must be paid by June 13th before the club will enter athlete in competition. (The top 5 athletes will advance to the Junior Olympics). Junior Olympics July 25th thru July 31st Sacramento State College – The cost for this meet is $50.00 per athlete for all events; fee must be paid by July 11th before the club will enter athlete in competition. To participate as a Valley United Strider, you will need to purchase a USA Track & Field (USATF) membership card by logging onto www.usatf.org. You will use team code 15 Valley United
Track Club, Region: Southern California. The cost is for the USATF membership is $20.00. You will be asked to email a copy of your Birth Certificate to the local USATF office. You must participate in a USATF meet and achieve a qualifying mark that meets or exceeds the Valley United Striders’ qualifying mark that is listed in this package.