Mission Statement

To provide youth athletes with the opportunity to pursue the sport of track and field and provide them with all the tools to compete at a championship level.

 

Vision Statement

To provide opportunities for youth through track and field that transitions them into the consummate student/athlete at the collegiate level. Through our programs, we aim to develop world class athletes not just in talent, but also in character, strength, and intelligence. We strive for our athletes to be scholarship athletes on, and off the track.

On television, most events are pre-recorded, and most events are shown in an hour. That gives a misperception to most parents that this is not an “all day” sport. When parents experience their first meet and realize that we arrive at 7am in the morning and often times do not leave until 6pm…. It is a shock to the parents the level of commitment it takes to support their kid in this sport. Let alone the four days a week at practice for nearly two hours. Most parents just have not considered that level of commitment when first starting out.

 

Every year, we have an orientation for new parents trying to explain the time commitment, the financial commitment, and the personal commitment for the athletic and personal development of their kid in this sport. And of these, the personal commitment is key to the child’s success in the sport. In our organization, athletic achievement is important, but personal achievement has always been more important. Did the child/athlete improve on the track? Did the child/athlete improve in the classroom? Did the child/athlete improve in conduct and community (or family) awareness? When we influence our families with those values, it also takes some accountability on the part of the parents. And often, parents were not ready or willing to make those types of commitments.

 

In talking with other coaches about this, we found that this isn’t something exclusive for Premier Athletics. It is an ongoing problem in youth sports overall. Because youth track and field requires a parent commitment unlike many team sports, we find that parents are often asked to commit their time on the track, in the stands, and even away from the track. And not just from the dominate parent (in non-custodial situations), but all family members involved. In talking with Sorento Griggs, head coach of Fort Worth Flyers and over 20 years coaching youth track and field, he agrees wholeheartedly that “Just because you (parent) are in the stands doesn’t mean you are supporting your kid. Often times, you are just their ride. Because often parents rely on me to tell their kid they did a good job. But once they hit the car, track is over.”

 

We found that when it come to that nearly 61% that no longer participate in youth track, the overwhelming reason was that they did not know the time commitment involved in the sport. They did not realize the financial commitment in the sport. And they did not understand that training involved to compete at the Junior Olympic level. And when leading an organization in this sport, it is very important to define exactly how you plan to measure your success or failure as an organization. For us, Premier Athletics, we wanted to compete at the highest level…. Junior Olympics. We also wanted to perform at a high level in the classroom. Which often meant we put athletes/families on “academic probation” if their classroom performances did not measure up to our standards. Telling a family that their kid could practice with us, but not participate in a meet until the child brought their grades up?? Not something these specific parents were used to. And often times felt that we had no right to do. If they paid their money, they are the parents and decided whether their kids would participate.


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