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Track & Field Class

In February of 2014 Todd will start a series of track & field classes in 11 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. 



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.  OPEN TOED SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED!  This can easily cause a broken toe!

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. 

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 11, 2014, meeting 8 consecutive weeks.  The weekly schedule will be as follows:


9:00-10:00         Costa Mesa

10:30-11:30       Mission Viejo

12:15-1:15         Carlsbad

1:45-2:45           Escondido

3:15-4:15           Rancho Penasquitos



8:30-9:30           Chino Hills

10:00-11:00       Riverside

12:00-1:00         Torrance

1:45-2:45           Glendale

3:45-4:45           Claremont

5:30-6:30           Anaheim/Orange


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 17, 2014.  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.


These are directions to the Basketball Classes in Southern California held in October-November of 2013.  At each class site, look for me.  I'm 6' 3", 225 lbs, easy to spot!  I will park and immediately start unloading equipment - send your kids over to help!

Tuesday 9:00-10:00 Costa Mesa:  Wakeham Park, Costa Mesa.  Parking lot at the intersection of Smalley Rd & Salinas Ave, Costa Mesa.  Meet at the parking lot in the northwest corner of the park. 


Tuesday 10:30-11:30 Mission Viejo:  Cousteau Park:  Take I-5 to Alicia Pkwy West, after about 100 meters, turn left at a light on Cousteau, the park is immediately on the right.  Parking is on the street.  Meet at the grassy area near the backstop.

For the Long Jump and Shot Put weeks 6 and 7 we will meet at Alicia Park.  Mapquest the intersection of Via Linda and Alicia.


Tuesday 12:15-1:15 Carlsbad:  Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92011. Meet in the parking lot at the top of the soccer field.


Tuesday 1:45-2:45 Escondido:  Calvin Christian School, 2000 N Broadway, Escondido.  Wait outside the gates on the north side of Vista Ave, but park in the lot on the south side of Vista Ave, away from the high school.  Todd will meet you at the gates there and let you in to the outdoor courts we will use.


Tuesday 3:15-4:15 Rancho Penasquitos:  Views West Community Park: Thomas Guide p. 1189, F-5.  Take I-15 to the Rancho Penasquitos/Poway Rd exit, go west to Rancho Penasquitos Blvd, at the top of the hill, turn left on Calle De Las Rosas, at the top of the hill, turn right on La Tortola, park is on the right at the bottom of the hill.  Meet in the parking lot immediately as you enter the parking lot area.  We will use basketball court just above the bathrooms.



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 field on the left immediately after entering the park.  Mapquest the intersection of Cleveland and Van Buren in Riverside. 


Thursday 12:00-1:00 Torrance:  McMaster Park, Thomas Guide p. 763, E-1, I-405 to Artesia East, right on Yukon at the library, immediate right behind library into lot. 


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.


Thursday 3:45-4:45 Claremont:  Blaisdell Park, 440 S College Ave in Claremont.  From the intersection of Arrow Hwy and Towne Ave, you will take Arrow Hwy East, turn right on College after about a mile, then the park is on the left side after about mile.  Meet in the parking lot and we will go to the field together.


Thursday 5:30-6:30 Orange/Anaheim:  Grijalva Park, 368 N. Prospect, Orange.  Find the entrance on Prospect and park in the lot, meet at the edge of the lot closest to the entrance.  We will go to the sand volleyball court on the east end of the park (near Prospect).





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.