Thank you for your interest in joining First State Destroyers.
Please download the Application Form and Waiver, Release and Statement of Physical Condition form below.
File name: FSD Application Form
File name: FSD Waiver Form
What is Age Group track & field?
Age group track is just as the name implies: track & field competition based on an athlete's age in the current calendar year. The age divisions for competition year 2016 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 are Youth Athletic and Junior Olympic meets?
Both Youth Athletic and Junior Olympic meets are sanctioned by USA Track & Field, and the same events are offered in both. Athletes in the Young Men/Women, Intermediate, and Youth age groups may compete in up to four (4) events, while Midgets may compete in up to three (3) events. Combined event competitions (e.g. triathlon, pentathlon) do not count against an athlete's event limit.
Youth Athletic (also called "Youth" or "Age Group") meets are open to all USATF-member athletes. Any USATF-member athlete may register for and compete at any Youth meet. All meets on the competition schedule are Youth meets except those that include the phrase "Junior Olympic".
Junior Olympic ("JO") meets are based on a stair-stepping program of qualifying meets, leading to the National Junior Olympic meet. The advancement procedure looks like this: compete in the 17-18 age division through that meet. This extended eligibility does not apply to cross country events.
- Association JO meet - The top six (6) in each individual and combined event and top four (4) in each relay event from the Association JO meet qualify for the Regional JO meet.
- Regional JO meet - The top five (5) in each individual and relay event and the top two (2) in each combined event from the Regional JO meet qualify for the National JO meet.
What about practices?
The Destroyers track practice season begins in late April and ends in late July. Most practices will be held at William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Road New Castle, Delaware 19720. Practice dates and times during April – July will vary depending on William Penn High School activities calendar, although most practices will start at 5:30 p.m. Practices during June and July will generally be on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m-8pm. There will be a Weekly Bulletin explaining everything for the week.
The 5:30 p.m. starting time is the actual time our workouts begin. Arrive at the track 10 to 15 minutes early to warm up and stretch so that you're ready to begin your workout at 6:00. Practices will last until 8:00pm and are followed by a 10-15 minute mandatory team meeting, where the coaches will share important club news, such as information on upcoming meets and practices and to recognize athlete accomplishments. If an athlete needs to leave practice early for any reason, it is their responsibility to inform the head coach at the beginning of practice. In the event of inclement weather, each athlete's parents will receive a text message or phone call 30 minutes to an hour before practice. Practices will normally be held, but may be cancelled at the last minute if the weather is a problem. If practice is called off early enough, we will post a notice on the club's web site and e-mail all parents and athletes whose addresses we have on file.
The Destroyers' basic philosophy is that our coaches cannot help an athlete unless they are at practice. Our practices are very demanding, so if an athlete is not coming to practice to work hard, then the Destroyers may not be for them. We'd like the athlete to attend practice as often as possible, but also encourage them to participate in other sports that they enjoy. If the athlete needs to miss a practice for any reason, the coaches can give them a workout to do on their own. Ultimately, the harder the athlete works in practice, and on their own outside of practice, the better they will perform in meets.
How much does it cost to join the Destroyers?
For athletes interested in joining the Destroyers for the 2016 track & field season, the fees are as follows:
Athlete club membership fee - $380 ($175 due at registration (3/22/2016), balance of $205 is due on or before 4/19/2016.
|USATF Membership Fees||$20|
|Meet Transportation Costs||$75|
|Meet Entry Fees||$150|
For families with multiple children joining, a compounding $25 membership discount is available for each additional child. For example, the first child would pay the regular membership fee, the second child would receive a $25 discount from the membership fee, the third child would receive a $50 discount, and the fourth child would receive a $75 discount, and so on. No athlete will be denied membership based solely on financial considerations. Please contact the finance manager regarding payment options.
If you are unsure if FSD is the right club for your child, we are inviting you to one free practice session. However, before competing in any meet as a Destroyer, you must become a member of the club by paying the appropriate fees.
What do I need to do to join the Destroyers?
If you want to join for the upcoming season, all of the following must be completed and submitted on the date of registration.
- Completed club registration form for each athlete
- Completed USA Track & Field Membership form for each athlete (and parent, if desired)
- Copy of proof-of-age document for each athlete
- Cash , Money Order or cashier check (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) for each family, payable to "Rose Hill Community Center " for the family's total athlete club membership fee(s), plus any parent USATF cards (@ $30 each)
- Copy of your child’s recent physical and 3rd Marking Period Report Card to be submitted with your application.
How can I stay up-to-date on the Destroyers happenings?
The best way to stay "in the know" is to attend the team meetings that follow most practices. Any upcoming meet, practice, or other club activity information will be distributed and/or discussed there. Another way is to periodically check the Destroyers web site or our Facebook page FSD Track for updates. Ask your child for the “Weekly Destroyer Newsletter” given every Monday to each athlete. In addition, please ensure the club has your e-mail address, as occasional announcements, reminders, or other news items are e-mailed to parents and athletes.
I'm in track at school. Can I also participate with the Destroyers?
High school athletes may not participate in our practices until their school season is over, either after the New Castle County meet or state meet. Junior high and middle school athletes may participate beginning with the first day of practice on April 11, 2016.