What ages participate in the program?
We are open to ages 7 and up, youth and adults. We currently have ages 7-43, plus parents/mentors, most are ages 7-20.
Does my child/do I need to be a good athlete to join?
No. We are open to everyone regardless of athletic ability. Workouts at practice are tailored to individual abilities. You may join us for fun and fitness or to train for competition.
Does my child need to come to every practice?
No. We encourage and greatly stress the importance of being as consistent as possible and coming out as often as possible because they will benefit the most from it, but we understand that schedules just may not allow, or that someone may be going through a tough phase, or that you just couldn't get everyone out the door no matter how hard you tried. Come out as you can and as it works for you. We ask that if you know in advance that you will not be attending a practice that you let the head coach know.
How long are practices and what do you do at a practice?
Practices are 45-60 minutes. Depending on your child's needs, they may stay for the entire practice or for a shorter amount of time as works for them. A typical practice starts with a short jog/walk as a group for warm up, followed by drills. Then we break into groups to do our main workout. We come together again at the end for some fun short sprints and/or circuit exercises, followed by an easy short jog/walk, then stretching. Total distance is typically 1-3 miles depending on athlete. Weeknight practices in Cambridge utilize the grass hill for hill repeats, or as part of our cross country course runs. During cross country season, the main workout may be practice running a cross country type course, following cones through fields. Winter indoor season will include more focus on strength and skills, and shorter distance running.
Do I need to be there while my child is practicing?
This is dependent on your child's needs. Please discuss with the head coach at your first practice.
Do I need to run with my child?
No, however, if we are short on volunteers and you are able to participate, it would be helpful. Many parents have bought sneakers and jumped out there on the track with us and enjoyed getting the exercise (sometimes after a bit of groaning).
Will someone be with my child?
We have parents and volunteers to run with everyone who needs support. Please notify the head coach at your first practice of any needs your child has and if they need constant supervision.
Can everyone participate in races?
Everyone may participate in road races. There are minimum requirements for participating in track and field, cross country, and wheelchair racing. (Eg.: You must be able to complete 1 mile in under 14 minutes to participate in cross country.) Coaches will decide when an athlete is ready to participate in given events.
Is there a fee?
There are no membership fees to join. Race fees are paid by you. We hope to cover some race fees in the future as the program grows. If you need financial assistance with race fees, please discuss with the head coach or one of the Board members, we may work something out. We want everyone who wants to participate to have the opportunity!
How long does the program go?
We go all year, broken into seasons. Winter (Jan-March), Spring (April-June), Summer (July & August), Fall (Sept-Nov). You can join us all year or for seasons. Once you sign up, you are considered an active team member through the end of that year.
How do I sign my child up?
Come out to a practice to try it out and meet the team and coaches. You will need to complete the Athlete Registration/Waiver form. If you wish to continue participating, you will need to also complete the Medical form.
Do you offer plans for running outside of VERGE practices?
Yes, as requested, along with support and communication throughout your training process. Training plans may be provided for:
INDIVIDUALS who wish to advance their running, or to maintain a structured routine during a time when they are on break from school teams, or to train for specific events.
FAMILIES looking for direction, structure or motivation to run together on non-practice days.
VOLUNTEERS who have shown a commitment to the team may also request a training plan.