About COTC
Posted May 6, 2014

The Mission of the Central Oregon Track Club (COTC) is to provide junior (age 14-19) and youth (age 6-14) with the FUNdamentals of running, jumping and throwing events, in a FUN atmosphere. Events covered will include sprinting, middle and long distance running, relays, long & high jump, throws, and hurdles. Stretching and conditioning games will be integrated each day. Safety and etiquette emphasized. The program will provide character development through junior and youth participation in the sport of track and field, as a result of which each young athlete can realize his/her full social, intellectual, and athletic potential and develop a strong sense of loyalty, commitment, and appreciation in the following focus areas: Personal Responsibility, Team Unity and Cohesiveness, Community Awareness and Good Sportsmanship. COTC will follow model for a Long Term Development Athlete (LTDA)

Central Oregon Track Club will provide an avenue for athletes to compete in USATF, Junior Olympic and USA Junior Track & Field competitions on a State, Regional, National and International level. 

Model for Long Term Development Athlete

Sports can be classified as early specialization (e.g. gymnastics) or late specialization (e.g. Track and Field, Team sports). Early specialization sports require a four phase model while a late specialization model requires five phases.

Early Specialization Model                           Late Specialization Model

  1. Training to train                                                                     1. FUNdamental
  2. Training to compete                                                              2. Learning to train
  3. Training to win                                                                       3. Training to train
  4. Retirement & retainment                                                       4. Training to compete
  5.                                                                                               5. Training to wn

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a sports development framework that matches training needs to a child's growth and development. In athletics a novice athlete will go through the following stages of development:

  • Fundamentals - developing agility, balance, coordination
  • Foundation - developing run, jump, and throw skills
  • Event Group - developing the athletic event skills associated with the Sprints, Endurance, Jumping or Throwing
  • Event - develop the skills specific to one athletic event

The following is an example of a five stage progression for long term athlete development:

  1. Fundamentals - where the emphasis is on fun, developing basic fitness and general movement skills - training years 1 to 3 and ideally a chronological age of 6 to 13.
  2. Learning to Train - where the emphasis is to learn how to train and develop their general skills - training years 3 to 5 and ideally a chronological age of 10 to 15.
  3. Training to Train - where the emphasis is event(s) specific training - training years 5 to 7 and ideally a chronological age of 13 to 17.
  4. Training to Compete - where the emphasis is to correct weaknesses and develop athletic abilities - training years 7 to 9 and ideally a chronological age of 15 to 19.
  5. Training to Win - where the emphasis is on enhancing performance - training years 10+ and ideally a chronological age of 18+.