USATF Member Club



The Club is a member of USA Track & Field (the U.S. Governing body of the sport) and practices at Glendale Community College. Athletes may become a member of the Club at ANY time during the season (January-July). See Registratoin info here.

Register at a practice session.

Check out our Frequenly Asked Questions for the answers to most of your questions.
Feel free to Contact Us if you have additional questions.

The purpose of the Club is twofold. First, the Club has provided many athletes with their first exposure to Track and Field. Participation in the sport provides athletes with opportunities for individual competition rather than the team experience available in many other youth sports. The Clubs primary purpose is to provide an atmosphere for athletes to get plenty of exercise, develop Track & Field skills, and have fun. Emphasis is placed in personal development and goal setting; with achievement of performance goals as the basis for measuring success. Athletes are focused on striving for continual personal improvement rather than winning.

Secondly, the Arizona Puma Track Club provides an opportunity for qualified athletes to participate in Invitationals, Regional, National and International level competition.
Through constant challenge, an athlete reach their true potential.

We primarily seek athletes for whom Track & Field is their main sport to assist in developing a path to education.

The Club is run by Head 'Coax' Ray Davis whose athletes compete in running and hurdle events from 100m to 5000m including the Steeplechase, jumping events which include  Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault and Triple Jump and throwing events which include Javelin, Mini-Javelin (for the Bantam & Midget age groups), Discus, and Shot Put.
The Club supports ALL events in Track & Field.

Ray, who was named as the USATF 2008 Western Region Youth Coach of the Year, is serving as Executive Vice President of the Arizona Association of USA Track & Field and additionally serves on the coaching staff at Glendale Community College.
He is a graduate of the IAAF Level 3 Elite Coach Academy and USATF Level 3 Certified Jump Coach.

Parents are asked to volunteer some time as helpers during Arizona meets to insure that they run smoothly and quickly. Arizona Puma is responsible for running the High Jump. We seek parent volunteers to help run this event at each meet to insure that our club is meeting its commitment to all of Arizona’s athletes.

Club athletes compete in USATF, Junior Olympic and USA Junior Track & Field competitions on a State, Regional, National and International level.

USATF Youth programs are open to athletes from ages 7 to 18.
The USA Junior program is open to athletes from ages 14-19.

Athletes who are currently enrolled in HIGH SCHOOL may also become a Club Member with opportunities to compete in Youth National, Junior Olympic, Junior National and International competition during the summer.

During the High School Track Season, however, the athlete's first responsibility is to their school program. Coach permission should be sought before participating in any Club practices or activities.

Youth competitions take place in two-year age divisions.

Youth Age Divisions:
 
Age Division Birth
Year
8 & Under 2006+ *
9-10 2004-2005
11-12 2002-2003
13-14 2000-2001
15-16 1998-1999
17-18 1996-1997 ** Athletes who are still 18 through the final day of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships (7/27/2014) are still eligible to compete
14-19 Must be 14yrs old on the day of competition, & not turn 20 during 2014

Note:
Youth divisions are determined by birth year.
* Per USATF Rule 300.1 (c) “Athletes must be at least seven (7) years of age on December 31 of the current year to compete at the Youth Athletics or the Junior Olympic National Championships.”