Here are answers to a bunch of questions you probably have about the clinic, as well as answers to questions you didn’t reallize you have…
1. Send in your medical waivers or no soup for you!
WARNING: I sent an email on Monday explaining that you had to fill out the new Harvard University mandated waiver. If you sent in the one with the CTF logo at the top, it won’t get you in. 80% of people opened the email, but 80% didn’t send them in.
You will be sent to the line of shame if you/your parents don’t accurately fill out the form. So if you filled out waivers before Monday, they’re in my recycling bin.
You can scan and email them back to firstname.lastname@example.org OR fax them to (508) 699-2986.
If you send them after 5pm on Wednesday July 16, we didn’t get them. Bring them with you.
At this point don’t snail mail them, that window is closed. Not sending your medical waivers is like planning a trip out of the country and then showing up to the airport without your passport.
2. What you need to bring with you to the clinic
-LUNCH: We will provide lunch for all paying coaches/athletes. Day 1 will be subs and fruit. Day 2 will be pizza and salad. If your nutrition game is next level and unadvertised courtesy does not meet your culinary standards, that’s cool. We invite you to bring your own delicacies for lunch time.
-FLUIDS: We will provide an endless supply of water and gatorade for all paying coaches/athletes. However…
-Bring A Water Bottle! We’ll have plastic cups, but your life will be much better if you have your own water bottle that you put your name on.
-Bring your spikes in addition to your regular trainers.
-Bring sunscreen especially if you are of the fairer skinned persuasion.
-Bring workout gear because it’s a clinic and you’ll be exercising.
-Bring questions because this is your opportunity to consume as much information as possible.
-Bring a towel if you are the extra sweaty type. Plus if it rains we’re still outside so you might want to dry yourself off.
-Bring sunglasses because you’ll probably be outside most of the day.
-Bring a positive attitude because you’ll get more out of the clinic if you’re a ‘glass half full’ type of human.
-Bring a notebook and writing utensil because there will be too much information to memorize unless you are some sort of savant in which case come see me because I have questions.
-Bring sunscreen especially if you are of the fairer skinned persuasion
-Bring a chair because you might not want to stand for 7 hours, though the grass is always an option
-Bring questions because this is your opportunity to consume as much information as possible
-Bring a towel if you are the extra sweaty type plus it will likely rain at some point.
-Bring sunglasses because you’ll probably be outside most of the day -Bring a positive attitude because you’ll get more out of the clinic if you’re a ‘glass half full’ type of human
-Bring an umbrella in case it rains because we’ll be outside anyway and it gets cold when you’re just standing there.
3. Inclement Weather
It’s New England in July so thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. We do have access to the indoor track as well as Harvard stadium (which is a ‘lightning safe facility’) so we can move groups to those locations if the weather is ridiculous.
But, if we feel we should pause the clinic we will let the weather pass and then extend the clinic the amount of time there was a delay. There are no makeup dates. We will get through the curriculum on Saturday and Sunday even in the event of a rash of Sharknados.
4. Parking & Directions
Parking is one thing that is out of our control. There are parking meters that you can use or you can park across the street at the Business School for $14 per day. The parking meters are $5 for 4 hours of parking. You can park on North Harvard Street and a few other streets in the area for free if you can find it. Because it is the weekend and the summer, it will not be as crazy as during the school year. Regardless, the parking office will be notified not to ticket people during the ‘drop off’ time for the camp.
Click here for more information regarding parking.
There are two areas to park, at the track facility itself or at the Harvard Business School. I recommend the Business School.
We’ll have ‘Blue Shirts’ (staff) and signs directing you toward the two parking areas we have available as well as directing you from the Harvard Business School to the Registration area.
However, please save and print this form for specific directions and maps of the facility: Parking and directions
If you’re coming in from the hotel, it is roughly one mile from the track.
IMPORTANT: Registration on Day 1 will begin at 8am and run until 9:10.
With the waiver debacle in full swing, we’ll need the extra time to deal with freaking out kids and parents who think if they just repeat why they’re right and we’re wrong louder and louder, somehow reality will change. Don’t embarass your kid/s. Just stay calm and we’ll get it figured out.
No one has ever *not* gotten in by the start of the clinic.
When you arrive at the facility, please go sit in the bleachers. We will start at exactly 8:00 and not before. You will register by event group, but please note:
*All* jumpers will register together.
*All* throwers will register together.
In addition to the event group tables, there will be a ‘Didn’t Pay Attention to Detail’ table, which is basically the ‘we have a problem with your registration table’. After you register you have *two* options:
1. Go back and sit in the bleachers until we start up at 9:14AM
2. Roam around the facility until 8:59am when you are required to be back in the bleachers.
If you show up late and have to do the walk of shame through the whole facility into the bleachers, I WILL CALL YOU OUT! Ask around, it will give me great joy.
After Coach Mangiacotti and I make our announcements, you will break off into the event group you signed up for and begin the most mind altering 2 days of your track and field career.
6. Sneaky Parents & Coaches
Every registered coach/athlete will get a name tag. Those are your credentials.
Every yearI catch a sneaky parent or coach in a restricted area. Hopefully that doesn’t happen this year because I hate to see little kids cry. And that’s probably what will happen when I have to kick your kid out of the clinic because you cheated.
Same with coaches. You can’t buy one pass and use it for multiple people. I caught people doing it last year. People must think I’m dumb or that I’m afraid to bounce you from the clinic.
Business Latif doesn’t play.
Parents (who are not registered as coaches) will not be allowed in the practice areas. If you’re watching your kid high jump inside, you must be in the bleachers. If you’re watching outdoors near the track or throwing fields, you must remain in the designated areas which will be marked.
7. Stuff to Do While You Wait
Looking for some info on what you can do and where you can go during the day? Save and print out this form for directions to Harvard Square, places to eat, ATMs, Transportation options, etc.:
That’s all I’ve got because I already know this will be enough to frighten and confuse people. If you have questions about what is contained in this post, I’ll answer them below.
-See you next week!
Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics in the country. Over the past 15 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All State and New England Champions in the sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he had the emotional strength to go back and try to count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter