2015 Lightning League - Youth Track and Field

The Lightning League provides youth athletes with access to first-class track and field experiences. The league is open to recreational athletes, competitive summer track athletes, and their respective teams. This league allows track and field programs to participate in a safe, competitive environment that is managed by a qualified meet management team. Coaches are free to instruct their athletes during the competition and don't have to concern themselves with the meet management process. The league offers professional announcing and fully automatic timing services with results posted after each race. The league offers athletes and teams several packages for individual or multi-meet registration. If you are an unattached athlete, park and recreation or summer track team and would like to learn more about participating in this league, please click on "Contact" on the top of the page.

Facilities:

The Lightning League contests all track meets at one of the locations listed below. Specific location for each meet is listed below. 

Twelve Oaks Stadium (Lovejoy HS) - 1587 McDonough Road, Hampton, GA 30228

Tara Stadium - 1055 Battle Creek Rd., Jonesboro, GA 30236

Southern Crescent Stadium (Drew HS) - 6231 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale, GA 30274

Meet Management Staff:

The Lightning League is managed by a core team of USATF certified coaches and officials. This nucleus has trained an entire meet management staff that is trained to provide a great meet experience for all competitors. All meet management personnel are compensated for their services. Meet management staff will include roughly 30 people. These people will serve in a variety of roles such as: assistant clerk of course, marshall, assistant bullpen coordinator, hipping clerk, results runners, water table, awards tent, finish line coordinator, field event officials, data entry, starter and back-up starter, etc. The meet management staff completes a mandatory professional development training course each February to prepare for their meet management responsibilities. If you are interested in joining our meet management staff, cplease click on "Contact" on the top of the page.


Concessions:

Full service concessions are available at every meet. Italian Ice vendors will also be onsite (weather permitting).

Events:

The Lightning League will run events that support the Georgia Parks and Recreation format. Athletes can compete in 3 individual events (2 track, 1 field; 2 field, 1 track; or 3 field events) and 2 relays. Generally speaking, the league will enforce Georgia Parks and Recreation rules and procedures; however, there may be some deviation from this structure. For example, spikes are allowed in our meets. 


Order of Events:
FIELD EVENTS: (Start at 9:00am)


Standing Long Jump - (F)
Running Long Jump (F)
High Jump - no 8U (F)
Shot Put - no 8U (F)
Softball Throw (F)

TRACK EVENTS: (Start at 10:30am)


1600m run (F)
4 x 100 relay (F)
50m dash (F)
400m dash (F)
100m dash (F)
800m run (F)

Coaches/Parent Relay - April 4th meet only

200m dash (F)
4 x 400 meter relay (F)

Entry fees:
The entry fees per athlete are as follows:

Full season ticket (4 meets) - $20

Mini season ticket (3 meets) - $18

Single meet ticket (1 meet) - $6

In order for athletes to participate, entry fees must be paid before the start of the meet unless other arrangements have been made with the league director. 

Lighning League Meet Schedule:

March 7 - Lightning League Meet #1 - Southern Crescent Stadium (Drew HS)
March 21 - Lightning League Meet #2 - Southern Crescent Stadium (Drew HS)
March 28 - Lightning League Meet #3 - Twelve Oaks Stadium (Lovejoy HS)
April 4 - Georgia Recreation State Track Preview Meet - Twelve Oaks Stadium (Lovejoy HS)


Awards:

Ribbons will be awared to the top 3 placewinners in each event/age group.