Registration Information

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Team Mission
“To help kids get ready for competitive high school distance running while they still can, in middle school (or maybe just a little earlier)! High school distance running is challenging and takes a couple years of  training. So, to hit the ground running, as it were, you need good preparation, and importantly, know-how about the sport & racing techniques! Our hope is Alpha Crush Running Club will serve this need for youth  distance runners in Alpharetta, Roswell, and surrounding cities.” 

Fall 2019 Cross Country Registration
We have a Fall cross country program that begins in August (the Monday a week after Fulton County schools begin) and ends with the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in December. 
  • Registration opened July 8
  • First Practice August 19
  • Registration closed September 6 (original deadline August 31 extended due to technical difficulties with registration web site.)
Spring 2020 Track Registration
We have a Spring/Summer track program that begins in March (the Monday after daylight savings time begins) and ends with the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in July. 
    • Track registration opens in January.
    For the new athletes...
    This is a recap of information found elsewhere on this page and web site.
    • Yes, we really mean it when we say you can come to practice to give it a try before you register. No need to ask in advance, just show up! This offer is valid from the first practice of the current session until registration is closed.
    • We practice Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.  Coach Matthew usually arrives by 5:30 pm.
    • We practice at Wills Park and meet in the area near the equestrian center off Wills Road, near the corner of Wills Road and Alpharetta Hwy / S. Main Street / Hwy 9.
    • This Google maps link shows the exact spot where the team meets. From the Google maps image, you can see the parking lot where you can park and you see the grass field where we warm up. Coach Matthew stands in that spot at least 10 minutes before practice begins.
    • Please be careful when entering the parking lot. It is congested!
      • Please DO NOT stop at the entrance to drop off your athletes. Drive just a little further down the parking lot where you can let them out and they can walk back to our meeting area.
      • Please park in designated areas only (you know, between the white stripes.)
      • There is plenty of parking. It is congested where we meet, but there are plenty of spaces available.
    • A typical practice starts with 30 minutes of warm-up drills and exercises, 20-40 minutes of running, and another 10-15 minutes of exercises and stretches.   All ages practice at the same times.  All athletes of all ages do the same workouts, though the intensity, frequency and duration will change to accommodate their ability. All athletes of all age divisions and genders workout together, at the same time and same location.
    • For the first few weeks of practice athletes will not be far from "base camp". We typically do a series of out-and-back runs, or runs on an established loop, where new runners can take frequent breaks.
    • While the athletes practice, parents can wait in their cars, stand around and talk, can sit at the benches or picnic tables under the trees, can run with us or walk around the park.
    • Athletes should bring their own water.
    • Athletes are not required to attend all practices, though it is encouraged. We do not require you tell us in advance if you cannot attend a practice. It is not a problem if you miss the first practice. We understand that some athletes may have scheduling conflicts during the season or that some athletes may need additional rest between practices.
    • Our online registration system organizes the athletes by "team." Placing an athlete on a team is a manual operation. The "teams" are configured by age division and gender and is a way for us to organize the athletes in the online registration system. As a reminder, all athletes practice together, at the same time and same location, and all do very similar, if not identical, workouts (based on ability.)
    About our Club
    We provide track and cross country coaching to boys and girls ages 7 - 18 living in the north Fulton County cities of Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell.
    • In  track our athletes focus on the 1500m/1600m/1-mile, 3000m/3200m/2-mile and distance relay events. As a by-product of this distance training some athletes also participate in the 800m event.
    • In  cross country the distances are determined by the athlete's age division and are 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K in length.
    • See our USATF Junior Olympic page for a list of events.
    • We practice at Wills Park in Alpharetta. See below for additional details.
    Registration History
    • The athlete will participate in the age group determined by the athlete’s age as of December 31 of the current year.  See the USATF web site for the youth age group divisions.
    • Alpha Crush was founded in August 2011.
    • 2019 Cross Country as of 9/6/2019 11:59 pm. Registration opened 7/8/2019.
    Division 2019
    XC
    2018
    XC
    2017
    XC
    2016
    XC
    2015
    XC
    2014
    XC
    2013
    XC
    2011
    XC
    00-08-B 3 6 7 10 4 1 4 1
    00-08-G 8 8 7 1 4 6 4 1
    09-10-B 9 15 11 13 9 8 6 2
    09-10-G 17 14 11 14 9 12 8 1
    11-12-B 28 15 21 22 18 17 13 14
    11-12-G 28 28 22 15 21 21 18 2
    13-14-B 20 24 29 25 10 22 17 10
    13-14-G 14 18 18 20 24 26 14 4
    15-16-B 1 1
    15-16-G 1 1
    17-18-B
    17-18-G
    127 129 128 120 99 113 85 35

    Division
    2019
    Track
    2018
    Track
    2017
    Track
    2016
    Track
    2015
    Track
    2014
    Track
    00-08-B 2 6 1 4 2 1
    00-08-G 3 5 2 1 6 5
    09-10-B 8 5 11 13 14 5
    09-10-G 10 8 10 15 10 6
    11-12-B 12 16 14 18 16 18
    11-12-G 20 22 22 12 19 11
    13-14-B 24 37 23 22 22 19
    13-14-G 23 17 15 13 28 23
    15-16-B 6 6 6 4 3 8
    15-16-G 6 5 9 7 10 4
    17-18-B
    2
    17-18-G
    1

    114 127 115 110 131 100

    High Schools Represented - 2018 Cross Country
    As of 8/15/2019
    High School All Ages 13-14-G 13-14-B
    Alpharetta HS 811
    Blessed Trinity HS 6 1
    Buford HS2  
    Cambridge HS 15 2 5
    Centennial HS 3
    1
    Central HS


    Chamblee HS


    Chattahoochee HS 3

    Creekview HS

     
    Denmark HS2  
    Duluth HS
     
    Dunwoody HS 1 1  
    Fellowship Christian
       
    Fulton Science Academy
       
    Georgia Cyber Academy


    Home School 1
    1
    Johns Creek HS 3 2
    Johnson Ferry Christian


    Kings Ridge1 1
    Lambert HS


    Lassiter HS
       
    Legacy Academy
     
    Marietta HS


    Milton HS 16 1 3
    Mount Pisgah


    North Gwinnett 1

    Northview HS


    Rivers Academy


    Pope HS
       
    Rivers Academy      
    Roswell HS 1 1
    Sequoyah HS
     
    South Forsyth HS
     
    St Francis

     
    The King's Academy


    Unknown 2

    Veritas Classical


    Walton HS


    West Forsyth HS


    William & Reed Academy
     
    Woodward Academy      

    Where our athletes live
    As of 8/6/2019
    Since "the beginning of time", cities where our athletes reside:

    Primary cities (10 or more athletes):
    • Alpharetta (506)
    • Roswell (151)
    • Milton (140)
    • Johns Creek (68)
    • Cumming (35)
    • Atlanta (12)
    • Canton (12)
    • Suwanee (12)
    Other cities:
    • Acworth (1)
    • Ball Ground (2)
    • Buford (2)
    • Crawfordville (5)
    • Duluth (5)
    • Dunwoody (2)
    • Ellijay (2)
    • Gainesville (1)
    • Holly Springs (2)
    • Lawrenceville (1)
    • Marietta (6)
    • Peachtree City (1)
    • Peachtree Corners (3)
    • Sandy Springs (1)
    • Sugar Hill (2)
    • Woodstock (6)
    Find a Club
    If you are interested in sprint/field events or a USATF club located closer to your home visit "Find a Club" at the USATF web site.

    In track, we do not specifically train for sprint events (distances of 400m or less) or do any training for field events (such as long jump, high jump, etc.)  Alpha Crush athletes are welcome to participate in sprint and field events even though we do not train for those events. USATF clubs that  train for sprint and field events in the Alpharetta area:
    Our Programs/Sessions
    • Our online registration system can be found here.
    • We have a Spring/Summer track program that begins in March (the Monday after daylight savings time begins) and ends with the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in July. 
      • Track registration opens in the January/February time frame.
    • We have a Fall cross country program that begins in August (the Monday a week after Fulton County schools begin) and ends with the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in December.
      • Cross Country registration opens in the July/August time frame.
    • Prior to the close of registration, we do allow athletes to attend a practice session to determine if they wish to register with our club.
    • We do not offer any other program other than our track and cross country programs.  
      • We do not offer what is commonly referred to as a "summer program."  
      • We do not offer a summer camp.  
      • We do not offer a winter indoor training session.
    • We also schedule Group Runs during the 3-month break between Cross Country and Track sessions We don't typically schedule group runs in the summer, as we only have a 2 week break between Track and Cross Country..  This gives new athletes the opportunity to meet with the coaches and other team members.  These Group Runs are open to all.  Watch our team calendar for details.
    Registration Fees
    Registration fees range from approximately $125 to $245, depending on season (track or cross country) and whether you are a new or returning athlete (i.e. whether you need a uniform or not.)  The fees cover athlete USATF and/or AAU membership fees, team t-shirt, uniforms, meet entry fees and end-of-season team party.

    Fees for the Track season range from $125 to $175:
    • $125 registration fee (all athletes).  The registration fee covers meet entry fees (except where indicated), team t-shirt, end of season party and club administrative costs.
    • $20 USATF membership (for those who do not have an active USATF membership)
    • $30 uniform/singlet (required for all athletes; returning athletes can use existing uniform; athletes provide their own black shorts)
    Fees for the Cross Country season range from $125 to $245:
    • $125 registration fee (all athletes); this covers meet entry fees (except where indicated), team t-shirt, end of season party and club administrative costs.
    • $20 USATF membership (for those who do not have an active USATF membership)
    • $30 uniform/singlet (required for all athletes; returning athletes can use existing uniform; athletes provide their own black shorts)
    • $70 warm-up (required for all athletes; returning cross country athletes can use existing warm-up) .
    Uniforms and Uniform Sizes
    • A uniform singlet is required for all athletes.
    • A warm-up (jacket and pants) is required for all cross country athletes.
    • You will have an opportunity in the first couple weeks of practice to try on a uniform for sizing purposes.
    • We try to keep a reasonable number of uniform singlets in inventory. But, with 3 different sizes (small, medium, large) and 3 different styles ( youth, men's, women's) we may have to order additional items if we run out of a size in the 9 different combinations of size and style.
    Can we attend practice before we decide to register?
    While session registration is open your athlete can attend a couple of practices to see if they like it before you make the commitment to register. No reservations, forms or documents are needed for those interested in attending a practice to learn more about our club. We also have Group Runs (see above) between sessions. Group runs are another way for athletes to try our club and see what we are all about.

    Where we Practice
    We practice at Wills Park and meet at the equestrian center parking lot just off Wills Rd (11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009). We practice Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week from 6:00-7:30 pm.  See our  schedule for more details.  Note: In the fall when we revert to standard time from daylight savings time we have to start practice earlier (between 5:15-5:30 pm) since it is dark by 6:15 pm.

    About Practice
    Athletes are not required to attend all practices, though it is encouraged. We do not require you tell us in advance if you cannot attend a practice. We understand that some athletes may have scheduling conflicts during the season or that some athletes may need additional rest between practices.

    A typical practice starts with 30 minutes of warm-up drills and exercises, 20-40 minutes of running, and another 10-15 minutes of exercises and stretches.   All ages practice at the same times.  All athletes of all ages do the same workouts, though the intensity, frequency and duration will change to accommodate their ability. All athletes of all age divisions and genders workout together, at the same time and same location.

    Competitions
    Our focus is on competitive running, which may be a challenge for beginning runners unable to run continuously for 15+ minutes, but that should not stop them from trying!  We encourage all athletes to attend the meets and compete! It is especially important for our athletes to compete in cross country meets as it takes five athletes in each age division and gender to compete as a team in cross country.  The developmental meets are perfect opportunities to compete in a friendly atmosphere. Participation in meets is encouraged, but not required.

    How fast do they need to be able to run?
    We welcome athletes of all abilities.  Ideally, athletes should be able to run their USATF race distance prior to the first practice, but it is not a requirement. See our results page for historical performances of athletes. Below are suggested times for various distances:

    Cross country athletes:
    • 2K (1.24 miles) for athletes 8 years old and under less than 15 minutes
    • 3K (1.86 miles) for athletes 9 - 12 years old less than 21 minutes
    • 4K (2.49 miles) for athletes 13 - 14 years old less than 24 minutes
    • 5K (3.11 miles) for 15+ years old in less than 28 minutes

    Track athletes:

    • 1500m (0.93 miles) in less than 10 minutes
    • 3000m (1.86 miles) in less than 21 minutes
    To make our best attempt to ensure the safety of our athletes, we reserve the right to limit the size of the team.

    Inclement Weather Policy
    • We will send out an email communication if we know in advance we plan to cancel practice.
    • In reality, Coach Matthew is at Wills Park every practice day, regardless of weather, to make a last minute decision, so we don't normally send an email.
    • Often times rain is scattered and it is difficult to determine with certainty if it will affect practice.
    • Parents can always use their own best judgement if they want to try to bring their athletes to practice or not.
    • We will not run if lightning is in the area.
    • We may run if it is raining (depends on intensity and temperature.)
    • We may run if it is smoky from forest fires (depends on intensity.)
    • We may run if it is a bad air quality day (depends on intensity.)
    • We run if it is cold. Dress in layers. Wear gloves Bring clothes to "stand around in" for before and after the run.
    The social impact a running club
    Many of our athletes form lasting friendships. There is a certain camaraderie that comes from training with athletes of similar abilities, competing in meets, and cheering on your teammates.  Our club has athletes of varying ages from many area schools. As they move into high school, they enjoy seeing their former teammates at track and cross country events.

    Calendar of Events
    Our calendar has the current practice and meet schedule. We run a mix of middle school, developmental league and USA Track & Field (USATF) & AAU events.  See our Results page to get an idea of the meets we participate in. See the USATF / AAU youth calendar for future event planning.
    • For middle school meets, athletes in all grades, typically 6th-8th, run in the same race (with girls & boys events).
    • For our development league meets we run according to USATF age divisions
    • For the competitive events, we run by the sanctioning group's age divisions
    We want the kids to ramp up their training to get them ready for the mileage that high school will require and we want them to run in different kinds of competitive situations. Middle school meets will expose them to the environment where a variety of schools and older kids are competing. Our developmental league meets will introduce them to their local peers at other feeder programs.  The competitive USATF & AAU meets give them the chance to compete at the state, regional, and national levels. 

    Group Runs 
    In between sessions we host group runs that are open to the public. Your entire family and runners of all abilities are welcome; club registration is not required. There is no sign-up, no forms, no documents...you simply show up and run! These group runs give new athletes the opportunity to meet the coaches and team members and give our athletes a head start to the upcoming season. We do not hold groups runs during the track or cross country sessions; instead, we focus on practice with our registered athletes.
    • See our team calendar for a list of upcoming Group Runs. The schedule for Group Runs will vary from week-to-week. We typically send out a weekly newsletter announcing upcoming group runs.
      • Group runs will begin in December
    • We encourage athletes who are unsure if they want to register for our running club to attend one or more of these group runs.
    • We run in one or more groups in a group run (hence, the name.) We split into groups and/or alter the route and distance based on ability. We've had athletes that can comfortably run for an hour or more; we have others who can run for 10 minutes.
    • Group runs are not the same as "practice".  Practice consists of a 30 minute warm-up, a 45 minute workout, and a 15 minute cool down, along with instructions, lectures, advice and speeches. Group runs have a 5-10 minute warm-up, an easy run, then a 5-10 minute cool down. Anyone can participate in a group run. Alpha Crush Running Club members participate in practice.
    • Locations
      • The Wills Park Equestrian Center group runs are best for beginning runners.  We meet at the Wills Park Equestrian Center parking lot (Google Maps). We run a variety of distances from that location.
      • The Leita Thompson Park location is a challenging, hilly, 2.5 mile loop (we don't recommend this location for beginning runners); we normally do 2 loops. Located at 1200 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075. We meet in the gravel overflow parking lot as depicted here in this Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/biwXkbN88QK2 . You can enter the gravel lot from Hwy 92 near the dog park or, if you miss that entrance, turn into the main drive by the white memorial and follow the signs.
      • The Garrard Landing Park location is good for athletes of all abilities. Google map location: https://goo.gl/maps/htAwLj7s5XP2. You enter the park via the Johns Creek Environmental Campus parking lot entrance.
    Alpha Crush Invitational Fall Cross Country Meet
    Alpha Crush hosts a cross country meet during the Developmental part of the season. Parents will be asked to support the event by volunteering to help. We typically have over 500 athletes participate.  This meet is traditionally held in September.

    Coaches / Volunteers
    All coaches have completed the USATF required background check and are active USATF members. Our club is sanctioned and insured by USATF. Anyone wishing to join or support the coaching staff should email
    Team@AlphaCrush.org or talk to one of the existing coaches. The main requirements are a willingness to run, to follow the workouts, and to display a positive attitude with our kids.

    The site also has information on the coaches, on USATF & AAU, and we’ll post announcements and team photos from each event. We will also make announcements at practice and send out a periodic newsletter via email.

    Thanks again for considering our team. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

    Go Crush!! 

    Team Coaches and Staff

    Below is the list of Meets and Other Events (group runs, team party, etc.)  See full team calendar.

    Meets and Other Events