Track and Field


UPDATE: 8U, 9-10 age groups full, all others remain open

Who, when, where and why?

Helena Novas, a USATF member club, offers its youth outdoor track and field program to Helena-area residents between the ages of 7 and 18. Our mission is to develop individual athletic skills, foster personal growth, improve health and wellness, and pursue competitive track and field in an optimal training environment. All experience and ability levels are welcome. Our older athletes often serve as mentors for younger participants. To ensure the club is accessible to as many children as possible, we go above and beyond to keep registration costs low. 

Out of respect for middle school and high school coaches and athletes, we limit our practices to athletes who have already completed their scholastic seasons.

Please view the practice schedule in the right column.

We do not require attendance at every practice, but strongly encourage participants to attend AT LEAST two training sessions per week, which allows us to encourage and monitor development and strengthen relationships with participants.

How much does it cost?

Our $100 registration fee includes:

  • Coaching at 3 practice sessions per week (We recommend attending at least two practice sessions per week)
  • State Junior Olympic Championship Meet Registration
  • Regional Junior Olympic Championship Meet Registration
  • National Junior Olympic Championship Meet Registration
  • Big Sky State Games Meet Registration
  • Bozeman TC Spring Classic Meet Registration
  • Facility and equipment use during designated practice times
  • Season-long use of a team singlet/jersey
  • Team T-shirt

USATF Membership: All participants must sign up for a USATF membership, which is available here and costs approximately $34 per year. Be sure to affiliate yourself with the Helena Novas when signing up for that membership.

More information?


Official Practice

  • Elementary Ages Only: April 29-May 23, 6-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday
  • All Ages (7-18): May 28-July 18,  5:15-6:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • Where: Vigilante Stadium (Helena Middle School)

NOTE: All practices beginning July 1 are intended only for participants who choose to compete at the Big Sky State Games July 20-21 or those who qualify for and intend to compete at the National JO meet July 22-28.

  • Sprints (100, 200, 400)
  • Distance (800, 1500, 3000, steeplechase)
  • Hurdles (80, 100/110, 200, 400) 
  • Jumps (long, triple, high)
  • Throws (shot put, discus, javelin) 

Younger age groups do not participate in some events, as they work their way through the developmental stages of track and field. 

Pole vault instruction is not offered at scheduled Novas practices because of facility requirements and coaching, but athletes interested in that event can contact for information about independent coaching.

  • May 30, HEAT Meet (free)
    Helena, ages 9-11
    Athletes/parents are responsible for registration.
  • June 14-15, USATF Montana Junior Olympic Championships
    Helena, ages 7-18
    We will register athletes as part of club membership.
  • June 20-22, USATF Region 11 Youth Championships
    Missoula, ages 7-18
    We will register athletes as part of club membership.
  • June 29 (tentative), Bozeman TC Spring Classic
    Bozeman, ages 7-18
    We will register athletes as part of club membership.
  • July 20-21, Big Sky State Games
    Lockwood School, Billings, ages 8-18
    We will register athletes as part of club membership.
  • July 22-28, USATF National Junior Olympic Championships 
    College Station, TX, ages 7-18
    We will register athletes as part of club membership


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