Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
Programs Offered Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is composed of three divisions, based on the athlete’s ability and age. Event coaches decide when an athlete is ready to advance to the next division with final approval from the Head coach and Assistant Head coach.  It is at the discretion of the Head and Assistant head coaches to decide which competitions each athlete may participate in. Division 1: Getting Started Program For Rolling Thunder’s youngest athletes, ages 5-10 years’ old, new athletes or for those requiring more help, the club offers a Getting Started Program.  This entry level program teaches athletes the fundamentals of the sport of running and stretching while they have fun playing games, such as relay races.  Athletes will develop the skills necessary to advance into Rolling Thunder’s Junior and Open Division.  This division typically meets for 45 minutes at each scheduled practice.  Getting Started athletes typically compete in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters events at track meets and in Fun Run (1 mile) at road races. Division 2: Junior Division This program is designed for individuals in middle and high school.  Athletes are given either a one to one coach or work in small groups with an event coach depending on each athletes needs.  The goal of this program is for athletes to gain speed and endurance, learn the biomechanics of running, and develop confidence to advance to Rolling Thunder’s Open division.  This program helps athletes to acquire the athletic and social skills to successfully participate on their local mainstream junior high or high school cross-country and track team.  Rolling Thunder’s athletes are given the opportunity to qualify to compete in the USA National Junior Olympics for track and field and cross- country. Division 3: Open Division Athletes age 18 and up participated in Rolling Thunder’s Open division.  Athletes continue developing speed, will increase mileage and improve their running form.  This division is comprised of individuals who have aged out of the junior division, novice and advanced athletes.  Rolling Thunder’s athletes are given the opportunity to compete in various road races (5k, Marathons, etc.), USA Paralympics events and INAS events. Swim Program: In January 2001, Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program started a weekly swim program to teach athletes swimming and cross- training techniques in the pool.  This program meets during the school year and  availability to participate in this program is limited.
Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program
Programs Offered Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program is composed of three divisions, based on the athlete’s ability and age. Event coaches decide when an athlete is ready to advance to the next division with final approval from the Head coach and Assistant Head coach.  It is at the discretion of the Head and Assistant head coaches to decide which competitions each athlete may participate in. Division 1: Getting Started Program For Rolling Thunder’s youngest athletes, ages 5-10 years’ old, new athletes or for those requiring more help, the club offers a Getting Started Program.  This entry level program teaches athletes the fundamentals of the sport of running and stretching while they have fun playing games, such as relay races.  Athletes will develop the skills necessary to advance into Rolling Thunder’s Junior and Open Division.  This division typically meets for 45 minutes at each scheduled practice.  Getting Started athletes typically compete in 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters events at track meets and in Fun Run (1 mile) at road races. Division 2: Junior Division This program is designed for individuals in middle and high school.  Athletes are given either a one to one coach or work in small groups with an event coach depending on each athletes needs.  The goal of this program is for athletes to gain speed and endurance, learn the biomechanics of running, and develop confidence to advance to Rolling Thunder’s Open division.  This program helps athletes to acquire the athletic and social skills to successfully participate on their local mainstream junior high or high school cross-country and track team.  Rolling Thunder’s athletes are given the opportunity to qualify to compete in the USA National Junior Olympics for track and field and cross- country. Division 3: Open Division Athletes age 18 and up participated in Rolling Thunder’s Open division.  Athletes continue developing speed, will increase mileage and improve their running form.  This division is comprised of individuals who have aged out of the junior division, novice and advanced athletes.  Rolling Thunder’s athletes are given the opportunity to compete in various road races (5k, Marathons, etc.), USA Paralympics events and INAS events. Swim Program: In January 2001, Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program started a weekly swim program to teach athletes swimming and cross-training techniques in the pool.  This program meets during the school year and  availability to participate in this program is limited.