Atlanta Track Club Youth Team

About Atlanta Track Club Youth Team

Founded in 2017, Atlanta Track Club Youth Team represents the competitive arm of the Club's youth running programs. Kids in grades 4-8 of all ability and experience levels from the Atlanta area are welcome to join the team during the spring Track & Field, winter Speed Academy and fall Cross Country seasons. The team's coaching philosophy focuses on long term development and incremental growth while creating an environment that encourages athletes to display sportsmanship, set goals, develop an enthusiasm for the sport, and learn health and wellness knowledge that can aid them throughout life.

Atlanta Track Club Youth Team Options

Youth Team Regular Season Dates Regular Season Price Postseason Dates Postseason Price Practice Locations More Details
Cross Country August 9-October 16, 2021 $160 October 16-December 11, 2021 $140 Brook Run Park (Dunwoody) & Piedmont Park (Midtown) Click here
Speed Academy December 2-February 10, 2022 $160 N/A N/A
Peachtree Middle School Click here
Track & Field February 14-April 16, 2022 $160 April 11-June 20, 2022 $140 Brook Run Park (Dunwoody) & Cheney Stadium (Summerhill) Click here
Please send inquiries to youthteam@atlantatrackclub.org

Atlanta Track Club Track & Field Youth Team

Run, jump and throw during the spring while developing the fundamental skills needed to excel in most sports

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Atlanta Track Club Youth Team - Speed Academy

Build speed, power and strength during the winter while preparing for the spring track and field season or other sports

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Atlanta Track Club Cross Country Youth Team

Develop endurance, strength and stamina during the fall while building healthy habits for life

Coach & Staff Bios


Nick Del Guercio, Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach

Nick Del Guercio joins the Atlanta Track Club Youth Team after serving as a Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Episcopal Day School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Augusta University, where he also competed at the championship level as a member of their cross country and track and field teams. Nick's passion for running dates back to his youth and has earned him several accolades including making the Gwinnett All-County Cross Country team, being named the 2015 PBC runner of the year and a spot on Atlanta Track Club's Powerade All-Metro Cross Country Team back in 2012.


O'Neil Wright, Coach - Sprints & Jumps

After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2004, O'Neil Wright worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping propel four of his athletes to All-American status. He went on to coach at the high school level, where five of his athletes earned conference championship titles and eight claimed school records. At Augsburg University and Winston State University, Wright helped his teams win four conference titles, coached 11 individual conference champions and seven All-Americans. As a professional athlete, Wright represented Liberia at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. Wright joined the Atlanta Track Club Track & Field Youth Team staff in 2019


Nora Solomon, Coach - Cross Country

Nora Solomon was a standout cross country and track and field athlete while at Marist School, placing fourth in the 2018 GHSA State Track & Field Championships 800m and finishing within the top 10 during the 2018 and '19 GHSA State Cross Country Championships. After graduating high school in 2020, Solomon earned a spot on the Davidson College track and field team where she currently focuses on distance events.

Eric Heintz, Director of High Performance

During his thirteen year tenure as Marist School's head track and field and cross country coach, Eric Heintz led his teams to win a total of 24 GHSA state championships. Marist athletes also secured 32 individual GHSA State Championships during this time. Also a history teacher at Marist, Heintz received the 2017 Goizueta Chair of Excellence recognizing innovative teaching, high standards of professional development, promotion of cross-curricular understanding and global interest and involvement in student extracurricular activities.


Justin Gaymon, Youth Programming Manager

While at the University of Georgia, Justin Gaymon captured three SEC 400m hurdle titles and was a three-time All-American. He went on to compete on the professional circuit, finishing fourth and fifth during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials, respectively. Justin has been a youth team program manager since 2018.

Additional Information

Parent's Informational Guide
To learn more about what to expect during the cross country season and how to prepare for practice and competitions, please review the team parent's guide click here

Team Code of Conduct
Each team member as well as one of their parents/guardians must sign and submit the code of conduct form to the team's coach click here

Team Accomplishments

Since 2017 Atlanta Track Club Youth Team members have recorded:

  • 16 top 3 State Championship finishes
  • 22 top 10 State Championship finishes
  • 7 top 10 National Championship finishes

Team Records
To view the team's cross country and track and field records click here

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

COVID-19 Statement

Atlanta Track Club continues to monitor news and updates surrounding COVID-19 from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information from these organizations continues to guide Atlanta Track Club's COVID-19 related safety protocols.

For physical activity related recommendations from the CDC click here.

COVID-19 Code of Conduct

Parents/guardians are encouraged to assess their child's health before each practice and competition by checking for the COVID-19 related symptoms listed below:

  • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea

Masks are recommended to be worn by unvaccinated individuals.

Non-team members must stay socially distanced from team members at practices and competitions.

Team members are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to be used during practices and competitions.

If Your Child Contracts COVID-19 and Has Symptoms
If you believe or know your child has contracted COVID-19 and has symptoms immediately contact the team coach and keep your child away from team practices and competitions for at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared, 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

If Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19 Without Symptoms
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 without showing symptoms immediately contact the team coach and keep your child away from team practices and competitions until at least 10 days have passed since they had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If Your Child Has Been Around Someone with COVID-19
If your child has come in close contact with someone with COVID-19 immediately contact the team coach and keep them away from team practice and competitions for at least 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What will athletes do during a typical practice?

Athletes will begin each practice with a team meeting where they will discuss the lesson of the week, which covers topics such as goal setting and hydration best practices. From there, team members will run warmup laps, stretch, engage in running drills and run their workouts.
What should athletes wear to practice?

During warm days, athletes should wear shorts and a t-shirt/singlet to practice. During cold days, athletes should wear layers. Bring warm athletic attire to wear during warmups with shorts and a t-shirt underneath to wear during the workouts.

Who can join Atlanta Track Club Youth Team?

Atlanta Track Club Youth Team is open to all middle school age kids in grades 4-8 who have an interest in being part of a competitive cross country and/or track & field team. The team includes a wide variety of ability levels, from beginner runners to state championship title contenders. Team members train with those who are close to their ability level to encourage a positive, competitive practice experience for all.

What are the competition age divisions?

Postseason 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. The 2019 USA Track & Field age divisions are 9-10 (3K), 11-12 (3K), 13-14 (4K), 15-16 (5K), and 17-18 (5K). Regular season competitions are typically not divided by age. Some competitions do not permit fourth or fifth grade competitors.

Will Atlanta Track Club provide travel to and from practice and competitions for athletes?

Travel for practices and competitions must be provided by the parent or guardian.


How can parents/guardians stay informed?

During the season, team members' parents/guardians will receive weekly emails from their child's coach including information on upcoming workouts and competitions. Parents/guardians will also have access to the team's Facebook group page, which will include team photos and information on a range of topics including nutrition and recovery best practices.

How can parents/guardians support the team?

Parents/guardians are encouraged to support the youth team by cheering on athletes during practice and competitions. Team volunteer opportunities will be included in the weekly team emails.

What kind of shoes should team members wear to practice and competitions?

Team members should wear running shoes during practice and competition warmups. Spikes are recommended during certain practice workouts and competitions, which will be indicated by the team's coach. Most running shoes are fine for sprinters and distance runners to wear, as long as they fit comfortably, but sprinters should wear sprint spikes and distance runners should wear distance spikes. We recommend visiting your local specialty running store and speaking with an employee to learn more about what running shoes and spikes would be best for your child. During competitions, team members should wear their team uniforms and team t-shirt.

What are the qualifying standards for the regular and postseason cross country meets?

There are no qualifying standards for regular season meets including the Georgia Middle School State Championships. The top 30 athletes and top five teams from the Georgia Middle School State Championships qualify for USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic XC Championships. The top 30 athletes and top five teams from USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic XC Championships qualify for USATF Region 4 Junior Olympic XC Championships. The top 30 athletes and top four teams from USATF Region 4 Junior Olympic XC Championships qualify for USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.

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