Graphic credit: Jefferson Township Recreation Department

The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the 10th season offering the program to children in grades K-8 during its 2017 season.  The program will again be part of the Lakeland Junior Track and Field League established in 1973 and will compete against the Denville, Rockaway, Mountain Lakes, Roxbury, and Hopatcong recreation leagues.

Boys and girls are invited to register for this program, which will provide a great opportunity for them, giving them the experience needed if they want to pursue track opportunities in the future on high school teams.  Weather permitting, the K-2 grade program will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the Jefferson Township High School Track, 1010 Weldon Road in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of the township while the 3-8 grade program will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.  The participation fee will be $100 per student at all levels and each participant will get a team T-shirt.

Please be advised that there has been a significant increase in the cost of maintaining the spring track program which is reflected in this year’s registration fees. When spring track first began many years ago, fees were based on a program that had volunteer coaches. For the last few years, we have been paying our coaches in order to maintain a quality track and field experience but did not raise the fees to accommodate these expenses. This year, the spring track and field registration fee will partially offset the cost of paid coaches.

The 2017 season will see the return of some phenomenal coaches that have run the program in the past. The K-2 program will once again enjoy a fun-filled season under the direction of Head Coaches Cheryl Heller and Ken Westburg. The 3-8 grade program will be reunited with Head Coaches Sue and James Hannon.

Practices will be held on Wednesdays for K-2 and Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3-8 starting at 6 p.m.  The events for the Instructional League for K-2 will include 50 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters, relay, and long jump with meets held on Fridays. Parental help is mandatory at this level and necessary to continue the program.

The events for 3-8 will include 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile, shot put, long jump, and 4×100 relays with meets held on Sundays, and parental volunteers are definitely needed to continue the program.

If you have any specific questions or would like to volunteer to assist with team activities (must be 18 years of age or older), you can contact Carol in the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 or email cpunturieri@jeffersontownship.net  Registration is strictly online through https://register.communitypass.net/reg/index.cfm

If you already have a Community Pass account, enter your log in and password, choose EITHER “Jefferson Striders Spring Track Kindergarten to 2nd Grade” OR “Jefferson Striders Spring Track 3rd to 8th Graders” under the season “Winter/Spring  2017” and register your child and pay the activity fee.  If you forgot your login or password, the system will allow you to recover using your email address and reset your password or call the Recreation Department for a temporary password.

If you need to set up a Community Pass account, a parent can follow the prompts to set up a personal family account in his/her name as an adult; and then add the child to the account, register the child, and pay for this activity.  You will automatically receive an email confirmation after you register and make your payment.

If you experience difficulty in setting up an account, log onto www.jeffersontownship.net  click on the “Form Center” link on the left side of the home page, and scroll down to the Recreation Department to find “Community Pass Online Registration Instructions” with step-by-step directions.  If you need further assistance, please contact the Recreation office at 973-663-8404 x4 or cpunturieri@jeffersontownship.net for assistance.

Registrations received after March 17 will incur a $20 late fee charge for a total fee of $120 per child.

For information on Recreation Department activities, programs, and events, visit our website at www.jeffersontownship.net as well as visit www.thejeffersonchronicle.com and www.mylakenews.com as Jefferson Township no longer has a local newspaper publication. We will attempt to advertise in other area paper publications as well but have no guarantees that our press releases will be published.   As new Board of Education policy no longer allows us to distribute flyers, brochures, etc. through our school system, information will also be available on their website www.jefftwp.org under their link “Virtual Backpack”.

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