Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions we get asked and their answers. If we fall short, need to clarify, or you do not see the answer to your question at all, then please click on this link and submit the "Contact Us" form.
01 Where do you practice?
Practices are currently held at West Middle School in Nampa. The address is 28 S Midland Blvd. Limited parking is available on S. Benewah Dr. and in the parking lot on the corner of S. Benewah Dr. and Lonestar Rd.
During our season, practices are subject to change to a Nampa-based high school depending on our training needs.
02 What days and times do you practice?
We will practice 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. This provides our athletes 24 practices per month versus the traditional 8 practices per month most track clubs offer.
Our tentative practice schedule for the fall/winter season is:
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (due to limited daylight hours when the time falls back an hour, times are subject to change to 4 pm).
5:30 to 7 pm: Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 to 11:30 am: Saturday
Practices for our fall/winter season will begin on November 7, 2022. Any athlete who intends on competing with Spike Up Athletics this fall/winter is highly encouraged to get registered as early as possible, even if currently playing a fall school or club sport. Registration begins on September 1, 2022. Athletes who are new to Spike Up Athletics (even if playing a fall school or club sport) should register no later than November 6, 2022 to give plenty of time for their uniforms to arrive before our first competition. If an athlete registers and decides prior to November 6 that he/she will not compete, Spike Up Athletics guarantees a full refund of the paid registration fee. To begin the registration process, click here.
03 My school sport does not end before Spike Up Athletics' practices start. Can I still come practice?
Out of respect for your school and coach(es) of your particular sport, we ask that you please not come to practice with Spike Up Athletics until your school season is complete or your school's head coach provides written permission for you to practice with both your school team and Spike Up Athletics simultaneously, if schedules allow. In the meantime, while waiting for your school season to end, please go ahead and complete Spike Up Athletics' registration process ASAP, and we'll see you when your school season ends. Registering as soon as possible allows you to take advantage of any discounts that we may offer and to get your uniform ordered so that you'll have it in time for the first meet of the season.
04 Does your club offer training for all track & field events?
No, we train for all track & field disciplines except pole vault. It is in our long-term plan to provide pole-vault training beginning with our summer 2023 outdoor season. The disciplines that we train also include race-walking for both our youth and adult athletes. The only time we will not offer training for a particular discipline is when we do not have the quantity of coaches needed to provide balanced and equal training opportunities for each discipline.
05 Does your club offer a weightlifting program as part of your track & field training?
Yes, we do for our fall/winter indoor season. We do not offer a weightlifting program for our summer outdoor season because our summer outdoor season is not as long as our fall/winter indoor season. Plus, many of our athletes come to us directly from their spring school season and therefore are well past the general preparation phase of training where most of the strength development typically occurs.
It is vital that we include a weightlifting program for our longer fall/winter indoor season to supplement our running, jumping, and throwing practices. Having a lifting program during our fall/winter indoor season helps our athletes strengthen their bodies to avoid injuries due to the high demands we place on them and due to the fact most of our training takes place outside. Training outside during the winter helps our athletes acclimate to the cold temperatures our athletes compete in during the early part of their school's spring track and field season.
06 Do you help athletes with their nutritional and dietary needs?
Although no one in our club is a certified nutritionist, we have teamed with FNX Fit based out of Salt Lake City, Utah to help provide nutritional supplements to our athletes. Click here to see their supplement guide.
FNX Fit supplies us with pre-workout, intra-workout, and post-workout recovery supplements to help our athletes repair the muscle fibers they tear up during our intense workouts. FNX products are safe to use. None of their products' ingredients are on the World Anti-doping Agency's (WADA) list of banned substances. WADA oversees doping for international sports and publishes a prohibited list of substances and doping methods. Just like collegiate and professional athletes, any of us can check WADA's prohibited list at any time by clicking here.
FNX Fit has also given Spike Up Athletics our very own discount code that can be used by ANYONE, including Spike Up Athletic athletes and their families and other local middle school and high school athletes, regardless of sport. If you'd like to get some nutritional products to help with your nutritional needs and save 20% off your entire purchase, just click here to visit FNX Fit's website and be sure to check out using discount code SPIKEUP20. If you are a current Spike Up Athletics athlete, check with coach Renz first to see if he has the product in stock to save you shipping costs.
07 What is the cost and are there any hidden costs I need to be aware of?
Because we know we live in a low economic area, we want our costs to be as affordable to the community as possible, so our athlete registration fee is set at $200 a season. While other clubs in the Treasure Valley charge upwards of $190 for a season, only practice 8 days a month (with no weightlifting during the winter/indoor season), and participates in a limited number of meets (1 or 2 winter/indoor meets and 2 or 3 major summer/outdoor meets), we practice 24 days a month (to include weightlifting during the winter/indoor season) and aim to participate in 3 to 5 indoor and outdoor meets depending on availability. We also offer a 10% discount per athlete living in the same home. We offer first responders and military families a 15% discount per athlete. We offer adult race-walkers a 70% discount per athlete. To take advantage of these savings, click here to begin the registration process.
Spike Up Athletics currently has two seasons: a fall/winter season and a summer season. The athlete registration fee covers the cost of providing coaching and training to our athletes. There will be a separate one-time competition uniform cost of $85; however, they are subject to come down in price depending on the quantity of our bulk order. Athletes will never be required to purchase a new uniform unless they choose to or our uniform manufacturer discontinues our uniform selection. Opportunities will be made available for athletes & parents to offset the one-time uniform cost by participating in team fundraisers. The athlete or parent/guardian may also check with Spike Up Athletics to see if they have any used uniforms in stock in the athlete's size, which can be obtained for approximately $40. Beginning with our June 2022 summer season, athletes will be required to purchase additional uniform items such as team t-shirts, training shorts, and backpack for travel meets (and for our winter season long-sleeve t-shirts, a track suit, and a backpack for travel meets). The cost of these additional items range from $160 to $260 per athlete depending on whether the items are for our summer or winter season. Again, these additional items are typically a one-time cost and will therefore pay for themselves over the course of time that the athlete trains and competes with Spike Up Athletics.
All competing athletes will be required to purchase two memberships: a USA Track & Field (USATF) and an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). USATF youth memberships are currently $25 per year (January 1 through December 31), and adult memberships are $40 per year. AAU youth memberships are currently $16 per year (September 1 through August 31 of the following year), adult athlete memberships are $27.50 per year, and adult non-athlete memberships are $18 per year.
There will be costs associated with travel to/from competitions that athletes will evenly share, such as van rental & fuel costs and hotel accommodation costs. All competition-associated costs will be itemized and presented to parents and athletes via our athlete pool account spreadsheet. Associated costs vary per competition and can range somewhere between $70 and $160 depending on where we're traveling, how long we'll be there, whether the athlete will be rooming with his/her parents or sharing a room with other athletes, whether the athlete will be traveling to/from the competition with parents or in the team van, and how much the athlete will be able to earn via his/her fundraising effort. Please be advised, the more athletes we have who ride in the team van and share hotel accommodations, the cheaper the shared expenses will be for all athletes/families. We also do not put pressure on any athlete or parent to travel for competitions as each individual family's financial situation is unique; but, if the family's goal is to make the athlete a better runner, jumper, or thrower then we will emphasize that the only way to get better is via hard work and competing against top level athletes both within and outside of Idaho.
08 How many travel meets do I need to plan and budget for?
We typically have 2 to 3 travel meets, but it varies depending on the season. Our travel meets can be as near as Boise and as far away as the east coast of the United States during the summer outdoor season, and as near as Boise and as far away as Pullman, WA during our fall/winter indoor season. Our tentative schedule can be viewed by clicking here and then on "competition schedule."
Just to clarify, we don't purposefully look to the east coast or to states that are not nearby for competition, but we have no say in where USA Track & Field (USATF) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) decides to hold our district/division and regional meets during the summer season. Again, we are very comfortable with leaving travel decisions up to each individual family. The beauty of track and field is that although it's a team sport, it's still very much an individual sport as it pertains to the events in which the athlete competes. The only time a family's decision to not let their athlete travel and have that decision negatively impact the team is when their athlete is on one of our top relay teams and that team has a realistic chance of getting on the podium at a regional or national event, which could end up being a huge disappointment to his or her relay team members if the athlete does not go. Spike Up Athletics will always be very honest with parents about their athlete and his/her relay team's chances of reaching a podium, which information will help the family make travel decisions.
09 Can adults come train with Spike Up Athletics?
Yes! We want to build a community of race-walkers, especially for those adults over 30 years old. Although it is our dream to grow our sport by getting adults in our community to participate in competitive running, jumping, and throwing events because it helps keep our community healthy, their competition opportunities may be very limited, especially during the fall/winter season. But, we highly encourage adults to be active and train with us. However, because we have young athletes on our team, we have to take precautionary measures to protect them from sexual abuse and adult misconduct. As a result, any adult who wishes to train with us will be required to abide by the same rules as our coaches, which is to get a USA Track & Field (USATF) membership, pass a background check, and complete a mandatory online safety course called SafeSport. USATF memberships costs about $40 a year for anyone over 18 years of age (January 1 through December 31); the background check costs $22 and has to be renewed at least every 2 years, and the SafeSport course is free to anyone who has a USATF membership. If you'd like to learn more about SafeSport and USATF requirements for coaches, please click on the following links: