Nike Track & Field Clinic at JDL Fast Track
PRE-SEASON TRACK & FIELD CLINIC
This is a 1-day Track & Field Clinic with an emphasis on block starts and acceleration. Participants will be introduced to general, intermediate, advanced, and specific training paradigms, as well as strategies to elevate their skill set.
2023 FALL DATES ANNOUNCED!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve spots, so please be sure to register early.
Upon completing this Track & Field Clinic, each participant will know the difference between frontside and backside mechanics, learn drills that will reinforce the proper mechanics to improve their overall performance, force production, and agility designed to translate specifically to block starts and acceleration.
DIRECTOR JAMES DANIELS
Coach Daniels has coached at all levels of track and field and has served as a consultant to numerous Elite Athletes. In addition, Daniels is a highly regarded lecturer and has spoken at the Nike Elite Summit, North Carolina Track & Cross-Country Coaches Association, and numerous high schools on the East Coast. Daniels graduated Cum Laude from Hampton University, earned Golden Key National Society Scholar Honors, became an Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society Inductee, and is a USA Track & Field Level II Certified Coach in Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays. Daniels holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.View JAMES's Bio ⟩
Coach Daniels has 30 years of experience as a USATF Certified Track & Field Coach, Instructor, Clinician, Speed Development Coach, USATF High-Performance Coach & Biomechanical Analyst; and Strength & Conditioning Coach which has led to 160 MEAC All-Academic Honors, 74 SEC All-Academic and USTFCCCA National Team Honors, 52 Conference Champions in multiple event disciplines, the Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Middle Distance, Throws, Cross-Country, and Relays, 4 Conference Record-Holders, 112 NCAA Regional Qualifiers, 2 NCAA Division III National Record Holders, 56 NCAA Championship participants, 155 NCAA All-Americans via Division I, II, III, 22 USATF National Qualifiers, 18 USATF Junior and Senior National Team participants, 5 USATF Olympic Trial Finalist, provided coaching/consulting services to six Olympic Medalists, Coached National Record Holder in the Women’s 100m Hurdles two-time Olympian Kierre Beckles of Barbados, provide NFL Combine Preparation/Consulting, and Independent Contractor for US/Nike Sports Camps, NSAF/Nike Indoor & Outdoor Sprints, Hurdles, & Relays National Meet Athlete Ambassador
As a Private Coach, Daniels High Performance and Jones Elite Training Athletes have been highly successful, Nationally Ranked, and won or part of 62 Individual, Relay, Conference, Regional, State, AAU, Adidas 100m Hurdle National Champion, and USATF Regional Age Group/High School Titles; 2 AAU National Age Group Champions, 36 Age Group All-Americans and one Gatorade athlete of the year (Cameron Rose). Additionally, their clients have acquired over three million dollars in athletic scholarships. As a result, many Daniels High-Performance and Jones Elite clients attend Power 5, Division I & II, and many HBCU Universities and Colleges on Full-Athletic or Partial Scholarships with minimum debt upon graduation.
HEAD COACH RALPH JONES
Ralph Jones is the Program Head of Track and Field at Charlotte Christian School and the Jones Elite Training Sports Performance (JET) owner. Jones is a USATF Level 3 Certified Speed Specialist, earning his IAAF elite coaching certification. He is USATF Level 2 Certified in sprints, hurdles, relays, jumps, and middle and long distances and also holds a Level I CrossFit Certification.View RALPH's Bio ⟩
Jones served as the USATF Pacific Association Chair from 2011 to 2014 and is also a USATF-Certified Coaching Educator, serving as a teacher in five (5) Level I Classes and hosting a Level 2 school at Cal State East Bay. The two-time National NJCAA Coach of the Year has over 20 years of College coaching experience coaching at Cal State East Bay, Morgan State University, Central Arizona, and Wilmington College (OH).
As the head of one of the premier High-Performance training programs in the country, JET has produced some of the top runners and jumpers in North and South Carolina. Since 2018, JET athletes have won 21 individual high school state titles. The 2023 season was among the most successful in program history by JET athletes and alums. 4 JET alums qualified for the USATF Championships, with one athlete making the U-20 team and bringing home Gold in the 110h! JET Special Olympic athlete Phillip Blount was the world champion in the shot put, and youth athlete Marcus Love was the national champion in the Long Jump and the state’s top-ranked middle school jumper. Jones also coached the top-ranked middle school 100m sprinter and 400m runner. At the high school level, JET athletes won 6 state titles in North Carolina and brought home 12 All-American honors from the youth National championships. In 2021, Jones youth athletes amassed a total of 21 All-American honors. Since 2019, JET has had at least two athletes ranked #1 in the state, including 2022, where JET athletes were ranked #1 in the Independent League 100, 110h, 300h, and 4x100 relay for high school, and #1 in the HJ, TJ, 300mh, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 3200, 800, 1600, 400, 100, and 200 in the independent league middle schools.
In 2020, Coach Jones coached the Indoor National Athlete and Gatorade Athlete of the Year, Cameron Rose. While at Morgan State University, Jones helped to coach 15 East Coast Regional qualifiers and five school record holders in track and field in his four years with the Bears. He also coached the program’s first and only 1500m, 5000m, and Cross-Country Champion and Athlete of the Year. As a Junior College Coach, Jones coached two individual Cross-Country champions and three team Cross-Country champions and led his sprinters and relays to five National Titles. In addition, he Coached over 63 athletes to All-American status. Jones is Level 2 Certified in Endurance and Sprints/Hurdles and Relays.
As a Private Coach, Jones Elite Training and Daniels High-Performance Athletes have been highly successful, Nationally Ranked, and won or part of 62 Individual, Relay, Conference, Regional, State, AAU, Adidas 100m Hurdle National Champion, and USATF Regional Age Group/High School Titles; 2 AAU National Age Group Champions, 36 Age Group All-Americans and one Gatorade athlete of the year (Cameron Rose). Additionally, their clients have acquired over three million dollars in athletic scholarships. As a result, many Jones Elite Training and Daniels High-Performance clients attend Power 5, Division I & II, and many HBCU Universities and Colleges on Full-Athletic or Partial Scholarships with minimum debt upon graduation.
Coach Tim Walls
Tim Walls has over 15 years of experience in speed training, Strength & Conditioning, and Agility. Walls is actively involved in providing instruction to professional athletes through designing and implementing speed and agility programs for NFL players such as Braushad Breeland (Minnesota Vikings), Walt Aikens (Miami Dolphins), Tyler Goodson (Green Bay Packers), and Cam Britt (Cincinnati Bengals).View Tim's Bio ⟩
Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Walls moved to Charlotte, graduated from West Mecklenburg High School, and was a 2004 North Carolina A&T University graduate. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Human Performance, and Leisure Studies, with experience coaching youth Track & Field as well as collegiate strength and conditioning while at North Carolina A&T.
He has experience on both the collegiate and professional level, Serving as an assistant coach under the instruction of Tim Hall to the Charlotte 49ers. While there, Walls provided instructions to sprinters and guidance in the weight room.
Walls has an impressive athletic career in the sprinting events as a collegiate athlete, including NCAA All-American honors in the 4x100m relay in 2001, three-time MEAC 100m Champion, MEAC MVP (2004), NC A&T Male Athlete of the Year (2004), the N.C. A&T Hall of Fame Award (2004) and team MVP (2004). While attending NC A&T, Walls established school records in the 55-meter (6.19) and 100-meter (10.19) and was a member of the 4x100m record relay team (39.43).
SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY! REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO CLOSE EARLY.
The Nike Track & Field Clinic at JDL Fast Track is a one-day camp focusing on block starts and acceleration for track athletes looking to work on their fitness and form prior to the start of the winter season.
Participants will be introduced to general, intermediate, advanced, and specific training paradigms as well as strategies to elevate their individual skill set.
2023 FALL CAMP OVERVIEW
- Dates: Saturday, November 11, 2023
- Ages: 10-18
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp type: Day
- Schedule: 12:00PM-4:00PM
- Check-in: 15 minutes prior to camp start time
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Grouped by: age, ability and experience
- Evaluation: by coaching staff
- Equipment Needed: Campers should bring at least one pair of broken in running shoes. Event shoes/spikes are recommended but not required. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: JDL Fast Track
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Packed snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
AAU Members receive 10% off. Use code AAUWS23 at checkout to receive your discount.
*NOTE: you must provide your AAU member number during registration to receive the discount.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TRACK & FIELD CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Track & Field camps please see our FAQ page.
• This one-day Acceleration and Block Clinic is a learn-by-doing Clinic that will incorporate a group warm-up session, small groups to allow for more focused attention, and an introduction to a series of drills to teach the correct Acceleration and Block Mechanics for optimum performance. There will be demonstrations during each session that will progress from general, immediate, advanced, and specific Acceleration and Block drills, as well as strategies to elevate their skill set.
• Upon completing this Acceleration and Block Clinic, each participant will know the difference between Frontside and Backside Mechanics and learn drills to reinforce efficient Acceleration and Block mechanics to improve their overall performance and force application.
• The Acceleration and Block Drill Series will be taught systematically to reinforce proper Acceleration and Block Drill Progressions and provide error correction feedback, turning an athlete’s weaknesses into strengths, improving skills, and increasing performance.
• This Clinic is designed to introduce athletes and coaches to the following Acceleration and Block paradigms: push mechanics, shoulder & hip action, low heel recovery, 45-degree acceleration angle, measurements, the set position, proper block clearance, and other pertinent Acceleration and Block Start details.
• Question and Answer session on College Readiness, NCAA Rule updates on Recruiting and initial Eligibility Requirements.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:15-9:30AM Check-in
- 12:00PM-1:30PM • Dynamic Warm-Up • 3-min Break • Breakout Acceleration Groups: Part 1 • Breakout Block Groups: Part I • Cool-Down: 3-min jog & Cool-Down Stretches
- 1:30PM-2:00PM • 30-min Break • Q & A Session
- 2:00PM-4:00PM • Dynamic Warm-Up • 3-min Break • Breakout Acceleration Groups: Part II • Breakout Block Groups: Part II • Cool-Down: 3-min jog & Cool-Down Stretches
JDL Fast Track is quickly becoming one of the premier indoor track and field facilities in the southeast. The dedicated indoor track and field facility, which opened in January 2012, houses a 200-meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface—the same surface that was used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Field event areas include two pole vault runways, two long/triple jump runways, one high jump apron, and one throws area.
The facility also includes a 100-meter warm-up track, office and meeting-room space, a training room, and hospitality suites for coaches’ or conference officials’ meetings at large events.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.