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Where and when is practice held?The Charlotte Flights hold practice at Johnson C. Smith University Irwin Belk stadium. Practice is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Practice for long jump, field events and hurdles may be scheduled on Tuesdays. Communications will be sent during the season. Click for Google Maps.
How do I register for the Charlotte Flights spring/summer track season?You can register via two ways. You can either submit your registration and payment online, or you can print the forms and bring them to Pearl Blakney-Lewis at practice. In either case, please be sure to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. The cost is $100 per child (subject to change). The additional cost for uniforms, track spikes and track meet entry fees are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Visit our Registration page, to download forms or begin the online process.
How long is the season?The primary track season lasts from March to June for all participants. Participation in USATF Regional and National meets is dependent on the athlete's performance. Click here to view the schedule. See below for a high level description of in-season and off-season activities.
Offseason workouts include Water Running, Strength and Core Training, Endurance/Conditioning/Biomechanics drills.
- Early March - Registration
- Mid March - Practice begins
- Late April/Early May - Developmental Meets begin
- June - Invitationals and USATF State Track Meets
- July - Invitationals and USATF Regional Track Meets
- Late July/early August - USATF National Junior Olympics
- September 15th to February 28th - Offseason workouts
- Locations: JCSU, Revolution Sports Academy and Mecklenburg Aquatic Center
My child doesn’t have track and field experience, can they still compete?Working with youth is what we do. We strongly encourage you to allow your child to join us. No experience is required. If they participate in the program we've developed, they will experience personal improvement and success over time.
Where are track meets held?Early in the season, track meets are held locally in Charlotte, in Greensboro and Durham. As we progress to mid/late season we participate in USATF at the State, Regional and National level. Locations vary, each season. To view the current schedule, visit our Schedule/Results page.
What are the age groups?Membership is open to all boys and girls ages 5-18 that reside in Mecklenburg County and the extended Metro area. Youth competitions typically take place in two-year age divisions. These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability. Age divisions are based on the athlete's age as of December 31 of the current year. For competition year 2016, age divisions are as follows:
Age Division Year of Birth 8 & Under (previously Sub-bantam) 2008+* 9 - 10 (previously Bantam) 2006-2007 11 - 12 (previously Midget) 2004-2005 13 - 14 (previously Youth) 2002-2003 15 - 16 (previously Intermediate) 2000-2001 17 - 18 (previously Young) 1998-1999**
* Per USATF Rule 300.1 (c) “Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year to compete at the Youth Athletics or Junior Olympic National Championships.”** Athletes who are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships are eligible to compete in the 17-18 age division through that meet. This extended eligibility does not apply to cross country events.
What is the difference between USATF & AAU?The Charlotte Flights are members of United States of America Track & Field (USATF) which is the governing body for track and field, cross country running, road running and race walking. The Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) is a non-profit volunteer sports organization in the United States.
Is there travel involved? Is transportation provided?Travel varies year to year. In the early part of the season, travel is typically limited to the Charlotte and North Carolina region. The USATF Regional and National Junior Olympics meets are scheduled annually and locations can vary. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Limited transportation may be provided for the USATF State, Regional and National Junior Olympics participants on a case by case basis.
How can I get involved with volunteering or coaching?We depend on our volunteers and coaches. Volunteering will provide you an opportunity to help create teamwork amongst parents, coaches and team members; and create a sense of family and community. If you are interested in helping us, please visit the Support the Flights page to sign up for upcoming events or share your interests and expertise.