How can I sign my child up for the team? We will be announcing registration on this site, and on our Facebook page. At that time, we will provide additional information on the process. You can always register at the first practice your child attends.

My athlete is on a middle school or high school team. When should they join the team? After their last middle school or high school meet.

What is the youngest age to join the team? Six, although occasionally as young as five.

What if my child does not want to compete in meets but only practice? They are welcome to come to all practices but not compete.  


When does practice start? Usually the last week in April, participants active at this time are usually elementary aged. Middle school and high school athletes should wait until their regular season is over before joining the team.

When are practices? Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:15 to 8:00. Individual coaches may make arrangements for additional practices.

What if it is raining? There is always practice, even if it is raining at your home. Practice will be stopped however if there is lightning or thunder.

What does my athlete need to bring to practice? A water bottle or sports drink, and proper running shoes (no street, basketball, football or soccer shoes) and running shorts.

Is attendance at practice mandatory? No, attendance is not taken, but athletes are encouraged to be at practice as often as possible if they wish to improve.


What is Junior Olympics? The national youth track & field program that is run by USA Track & Field, our national track & field organization. It is the largest youth track & field program in the world. Over 6000 athletes participate each year in the National Championship.

What determines what Age Division my child is in? The year of his or her birth.



How many coaches does the team have: About 5

How large is the team? Typically about 50 athletes participate

How long as the Asheville Lightning been in existence? Since 1991

Does the Asheville Lightning have a Cross Country team? Not at this time


How many meets are there? At least three meets for all athletes.  None of these meets are in Asheville and will require travel.  Parents may need to arrange for overnight accomodations for some meets.  Consult the calendar for meet dates and locations..

How many events may my athlete compete in? 12 and under may compete in 3 events, Athletes older than 12 may compete in 4. Relay and combined event participation counts as a single event.