Texas has several quality summer track camps for athletes of all ages and skill levels
Athletes who take their sport seriously never stop training, even in summer. They keep their bodies in shape and their skills honed year-round to stay competitive. Texas athletes take a great deal of pride in their achievements, and there are many summer track camps in the Lone Star state that help these “field warriors” stay at their peak performance level.
Champion Trainers, LLC
Eric Thomas, an award-winning hurdler and member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team, formed Champion Trainers LLC to bring his world-class skills and love of the sport to young athletes in Texas. Thomas’ summer track camps are held at the Track and Field Stadium of Rice University and offer students between the ages of 9 and 21 the opportunity to take advantage of his knowledge and experience. The weekly workout sessions focus on improving the speed, agility, and mechanics of running in an atmosphere of overall fitness and well-being. His extensive background in amateur competition has given him invaluable experience that he passes on through tips and secrets on speed training, endurance, and goal-setting. Sessions are limited to 20 athletes so that Thomas can provide individual attention to each student, much like a personal trainer. Session prices range from $35 for each child under 12 to $100 per person for professional athletes, as of 2010. Group discounts are available, and senior citizens may also register at discounted rates.
Champion Trainers, LLC
Texas A&M Summer Track Camps
Texas A&M University has one of the finest athletic programs in the country, as well as some of the best track facilities available anywhere. The university opens the doors to its state-of-the-art McFerrin Indoor Track Center each July to young athletes between the ages of 8 and 18. There are two programs offered each summer for advanced training in running and general track and field events. The Speed Development Camp focuses on acceleration skills, velocity training, and developing speed that helps young athletes improve their performance in any event. The Track and Field Camp includes intensive training in sprints, hurdles, pole vaulting, and throwing and jumping events (no distance training available). Online registration costs for these 3-day camps is $225 for the Speed Development Camp and $550 for the Track and Field Camp, as of 2010. The price includes meals and lodging and all training and instruction activities.
Texas A&M University
750 Agronomy Road
College Station TX 77843
Wes Kittley’s Champions
This summer track camp is held in June of each year and features instruction from nine coaches in all of the standard track and field events. The 800-meter hurdles are coached by Wes Kittley, track and field athletic director for Texas Tech University. The university track facilities are where the camp is held, and the rest of the coaching staff provides one-on-one instruction in fundamental and advanced sprinting, jumping, and throwing events. Middle and long distance running skills are also taught at this summer track camp, along with discus and shot put and all jumping events, including long jump and triple jump. Participants can either commute to the camp or can stay at the Wall/Gates dormitory. All meals are provided to resident participants, with breakfast and lunch provided to commuting participants. Camp costs are $395 for residents and $325 for commuters, along with a $100 non-refundable deposit, as of 2010. Participants must complete a medical form as part of the application process that provides their medical history, emergency contacts, and any special medical needs they have. The three-day camp is open to all ages.
Wes Kittley Champions Camp
6th and Boston Ave. Box 43021
Lubbock TX 79409