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Pingry Track and Field Camp

Basking Ridge
Rising Grades 3 - 8
7/6 - 7/10
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Signature Program
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$275 / week

Camp Description

Pingry Track and Field Camp:
Hurdles, Relays, Jumps, and more!

Pingry Track and Field camp will provide the opportunity to learn the basics of hurdling, relay passing, and the long jump.  Campers will be taught ample hurdling drills from skipping to wall drills to running over a full hurdle.  We provide a wide range of hurdle heights to fit the experience and age of any hurdler.  We will also teach baton passing for relays the Pingry way, a fun and simple exchange.  We have standing passing drills to get youngsters comfortable in passing the baton before we have them try it on the track.  Finally, campers will be taught a variety of jumping drills that can benefit the beginner and the experienced jumper in long, triple, and high jumps.

We will have fun competition and games to balance our drills, and if campers desire to learn other events, we can provide that, too.

Experienced and enthusiastic coaches of Pingry’s Varsity Track and Field team will administer, organize, and teach these drills and provide a fun environment for campers; there is no experience required.  Just be prepared to have fun as you participate in creative and exciting drills!

This is not a training camp… it’s a fun week of Track and Field to introduce the sport to less experienced campers, and sharpen the skills of those who may have tried it before.

Dates

Weeks Times
July 6 – 10 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*AM selections and After Care are available.

Drop Off/Pick Up Location

Parsons Field

What to Pack

  • Campers should bring running shoes, spikes (although they are not mandatory), shorts,  2 tee-shirts, a water bottle, and a snack.  Be prepared for any change in weather.  We have gym space inside for drills if the weather doesn’t cooperate!

Camp Credentials

Coach Chris Shilts

This camp is co-directed by Chris Shilts (p ’17, p ’19, p ’21, ‘p ’24), who is Pingry’s Head Football Coach, Head Indoor Track Coach (boys and girls), and Head Outdoor Boys’ coach.  He has coached and taught English at Pingry since 2000 and served as English Department Chair from 2006-2008.  While at Pingry, Coach Shilts has also been recognized with the Tomlinson Award, the Herbert Hahn Award, and the Greig Family Award.  Shilts, a thirty-year coach in track and football, was Head Track Coach at The Hill School and The Bullis School prior to coming to Pingry.

Coach Shilts earned his BA from The College of Wooster (’89) and is MA from St. John’s College (’04).  He earned four letters each in track and football while at The College of Wooster and played parts of three semi-pro football seasons for the Frederick Falcons, the Washington Metro-Bucs, and the Montgomery Invaders.

Coach Todd Joki

This camp is co-directed by Todd Joki, who graduated from NY Schuylerville Central High School in 2002, competing in Track & Field throughout his career.  Competing in the hurdles and jumps during the track season, Todd was an Indoor New York Federation State champion in the long jump and an Outdoor New York Federation State champion in the pentathlon.

Coach Joki attended Division I, State University of New York at Buffalo on a Track and Field scholarship, where he completed in the Decathlon.  During his Freshman year, he broke the school record for the 110 High Hurdles. In 2005, he competed in the Maccabiah Games which is an international competition held in Israel every four years.  There, he won 4 silver medals in Track and Field (Long Jump, 110hh, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay).

In 2018, Todd became an assistant Track & Field coach for the Pingry School working with both the Middle and Upper school teams.

What to Expect

Self-discipline. Sportsmanship. Teamwork. Developing skills and passions beyond the classroom.

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