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Track & Field Class

The week of February 16, 2015 Todd will start a series of track & field classes in many sites in southern California for children ages 5 - 18.  See the class list below for the days and times in your area.  The class will teach students a different event each week for the 8 week series.  Students will learn the long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, discus throw, sprinting technique, hurdling, and run relays.  It is a great class for students of all ages to learn all of the events in track & field and see what they enjoy and are good at.  The class will finish April 9.



Each class will finish with some strength or conditioning work for the last few minutes.  This work will not by any means get your child into great physical shape by itself, but it will show them what they can do at home to work on strength and conditioning.  Homework each week will be strength or conditioning drills taught at the end of each class along with practicing the skills worked on in class that week.  The class is open to all students ages 5-18, and is good for students of all skill levels and athletic abilities.


Cost:  The fee for the class will be $90 per student ($95 for charter school PO).  There are no discounts for multiple siblings.  The fee must be paid prior to the start of the class.  If you have a charter school paying for the class, you will not be required to pay a deposit if the charter school PO is in Todd's possession before the start of the class.  If there is no PO in hand prior to the start of class, you will need to give a deposit check for $90 per student which will be deposited into the bank until the class is complete and the charter school pays for the class.  Todd is a vendor with all charter schools who pay for classes.  Check with your charter school under TODD NASH and under CALIFORNIA ATHLETICS.



Requirements:  Wear tennis shoes, athletic shorts or sweatpants, and a T-shirt.   Bring water. 

SHOES:  Parents, please do not bring your kids to classes with Sandals, slip on shoes, or barefoot.  Without proper shoes, children may be required to sit out the class.  Many of the activities in class could injure your child's foot without adequate support and protection.  Lace up tennis shoes that are tied tightly (not baggy, untied, and loose) are the only proper footwear.  OPEN TOED SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED!  This can easily cause a broken toe!

To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  THIS IS NOT AN INTEREST LIST!  If you register, you are expected to pay and attend the class!  Classes are planned, schedules set, and money is spent based on registration numbers, so do not register unless you will be paying for and attending the class.  Also make sure you read the cancellation policy on the CONDUCT AND POLICIES page, and read the same page to understand the behavior expectations for your child.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.   

Schedule:  Starting the week of February 16, 2015, meeting 8 consecutive weeks. 

The weekly schedule will be as follows:

Mondays (starting Feb 23 or March 2):

9:00-10:00         Rancho Penasquitos

11:15-12:15       South Corona

1:30-2:30           Murietta


Tuesdays (starting Feb 17):

9:00-10:00         NUA Mission Viejo PE Class

10:30-11:30       Mission Viejo Track & Field  Class

12:00-1:00         HSCOC Costa Mesa

2:00-3:00           CCS, Calvary Chapel La Habra


Wednesdays (starting Feb 18): 

9:00-10:00         ILA Aliso Viejo Fundamentals of Sports Class

10:10-11:10       ILA Aliso Viejo Fencing Club

12:15-1:15         Carlsbad

2:00-3:00           Escondido


Thursdays (starting Feb 19):

8:30-9:30           Chino Hills

10:00-11:00       Riverside

12:00-1:00         Torrance

1:45-2:45           Glendale


See below for detailed directions to the locations for each park.  To sign up, go to the registration page linked to the home page.  You may contact Todd Nash at California Athletics with questions, but please register through the website.


If you are with a charter school which will pay for your class, contact your teacher and have a PO issued immediately. If I have a PO in hand prior to the class start I will not require a deposit check.  This is your responsibility as the parent to arrange!


Todd will then host a home school track & field meet on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  The meet will be held at Calvin Christian High School in Escondido, starting at 2:00 PM, finishing between 4:00 and 5:30, depending on the age group.  The meet is not a part of this class.  It is a separate registration and fee (only $10 per athlete to register).  More information will be on the website later in the spring about the track & field meet.





Monday 9:00-10:00 Rancho Penasquitos:  Views West Community Park.  12948 La Tortola, San Diego, CA (Rancho Penasquitos).  Meet at the field on the right after entering.


Monday 11:15-12:15 South Corona/Elsinore:  Deleo Regional Sports Park, 25655 Santiago Canyon Rd, Corona.  Meet in the parking lot next to the playground.


Monday 1:30-2:30:  Murietta:  California Oaks Sports Park.  From I-15 take California Oaks north, park on the street on the right next to the basketball courts.  Meet at the basketball courts.




Tuesday 9:00-10:00 National University Academy, Mission Viejo:  27192 Jeronimo Rd, Mission Viejo (NUA Mission Viejo Enrichment Site - Classes start on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 for the 15 week spring semester).


Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 Mission Viejo:  Cousteau Park, Mission Viejo, at the intesection of Alicia and Cousteau, 200 meters west of I-5.


Tuesday 12:00-1:00 HSCOC Costa Mesa:  Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, 1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa.


Tuesday 2:00-3:00 CCS, Calvary Chapel La Habra:  1370 S. Euclid St.  La Habra



Wednesday 9:00-10:00  Independent Learning Academy (ILA), Aliso Viejo (Fundamentals of Sports Class)

5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo


Wednesday 10:10-11:10  ILA Aliso Viejo (Fencing Club)

5 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo


Wednesday 12:15-1:15  Carlsbad:  Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011. When you enter the park, turn left at the T, follow the road to the baseball field at the bottom of the hill, meet in the parking lot by the big baseball field.


Wednesday 2:00-3:00  Escondido:  Calvin Christian School, 2000 N Broadway, Escondido.  Meet in the parking lot on the right side of the school by the gate, we will go to the track behind the school when I arrive.



Thursday 8:30-9:30 Chino Hills:  Grand Avenue Park, 1301 Grand Avenue, Chino Hills, CA.  Just west of Pleasant Hill Dr on Grand Avenue.  Entering the park turn left in the parking lot and park immediately.  Meet on the field just right of the gazebo.


Thursday 10:00-11:00 Riverside:   Arlington Heights Sports Park.  Take 91 to Van Buren South.  After crossing Victoria, take the next left on Cleveland at the end of the park, then enter the park on the first drive on the left.  We will meet at the basketball courts and go to various parts of the park from there.  Mapquest the intersection of Cleveland and Van Buren in Riverside. 


Thursday 12:00-1:00 Torrance:  Guenser Park, Torrance.  Meet at the intersection of 178th & Gramercy Pl. 

From 91/Artesia, take Van Ness south, then turn left on 178th, the road dead ends into the park at the end of the block.

It has a playground and bathrooms.  We will meet here for Track & Field and Fencing.


Thursday 1:45-2:45 Glendale:  Brand park, Glendale.  1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201/  Meet at the field immediately on the left as you enter the park.  Meet by the top of the stairs that go down to the outfield area of the baseball field.





Please feel free to email Todd Nash if you have any questions.




Here is your homework/workout for the Track & Field Class participants.  Do this workout 3 times each week - every other day.  You can do the running work every day if you like.  The strength work should be done every other day.


Running/Warm up:

Jog 1-2 minutes, increase this over time to as much as 5-10 minutes.

Dynamic Stretching:  Walk 4-5 times over a 20 meter distance doing different dynamic stretches.

Skipping: do each of these drills 2 times for 20-25 meters:

A Skips: Drive the knee high, pull the foot under your seat, keep the toe high.

B Skips: Do the same as "A" and then extend the foot in front of you.

A Strides: Run slow strides driving the knee high, pull the foot high under you.

Strides focussing on Arm drive: stride out and work on a straight arm drive, keeping arms bent 90 degrees.

Lunges walking forward

Build ups 2 x 20-50 meters

Hard sprints for 20 meters x 2 to 4 reps.

Run hard for 100 meters (3-5 times) up to 1 mile to work on speed or endurance.


Upper body strength work.  Do 3 sets of 10 of each of these, increasing the number of reps when it becomes easy.

Push ups: Keep the body straight

Sit ups: Hands behind the head, legs bent 90 degrees, someone holding your feet, touch the head on the ground and bring your head past the knees.

Dips: Legs straight, hands facing forward, fingers hanging off a bench or table, lower the body down and up bending the arms.

Arm curls: use dumbells or water jugs to do arm curls.  10 each arm.


Lower body strength work.  Do 3 sets of 10 of these, and 3 sets of 20 reps on the calf raises.

Squats: arms out in front, bend the legs until thighs are parallel with the ground.  Hold at the bottom for 2 seconds.

Step ups: Step up onto a bench, table or chair left leg 10 times first, then right leg 10 times.

Calf Raises: Hang your heels off a curb or step, lower all the way down, then raise all the way up.  As far as you can go each way each time.  3 sets of 20 of these.