Track & Field FAQs
- What days and times are practices and where are they located?
Practices take place on Mondays and Thursdays, from 5:30pm-7pm at the Holy Trinity track. Practices begin the week of March 16 and will run through the final meet of the season in May.
- What days do the track meets occur and where are they located?
There are a total of 6 track meets throughout the season, with the final 2 meets being the Championship meets. Meets 1-4 are called Developmental meets and run consecutively on Saturdays, from April 11- May 2nd. The end of season Championship meets are May 9th for 3/4th graders, and the Meet of Champions on May 16/17 for 5-8th graders. Locations for all meets will change from week to week but will located at the area High Schools. Locations will be posted well ahead of the meets, for all 4 developmental meets. The Championship meet for 3/4th graders always takes place at LaSalle High School and the Meet of Champions events take place over 2 days, at Jesuit High School.
- What if my child has other activities that conflict or overlap with track practice times or track meets?
We know that many kids are playing other sports or have activities in the spring that may conflict with track practices. We ask that your child make it to at least one practice a week to be able to participate in the weekend meets. We also know that some athletes may miss a track meet on a Saturday, but they must attend at least 2 of the 4 meets to be able to run in the Championship meets at the end of the season.
- How long do the track meets last? Where are they located?
Typically, you will be at the meet by 8:30am and the day will conclude around 1:30pm. You will be given the schedule early in the season on where our meets will be held. CYO uses the local High Schools, Catholic schools where applicable, but all track meets are within the metro area.
- Do I need to stay for the entire meet if my child is only participating in certain events?
No. We don’t require all of the athletes to stay for the entire day at the track. We do require that the athletes are there at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled event time and that they have time to warm up before they run or do a field event. We always encourage our runners to cheer on their teammates at the meets and many of them enjoy the social aspect of the sport. If they are able to remain for a bit to cheer other runners on, that’s always a plus!!
- What if my child is only running in an event scheduled in the afternoon? Do I need to be there at 8:30am?
No. But, they absolutely need to be there 30-45 minutes ahead of their event, especially if it is a RELAY. If a runner is part of a relay team, the coaches need to know that all 4 runners are in attendance prior to lining up for the race. Additionally, relay teams practice hand-offs before race time. Again, 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled race time.
- Are all races scheduled to start at the same time for each track meet?
Yes, but all times are estimates. Some track meets will run faster than others which may move up the start time for each event. Use the listed start time as only an ESTIMATE for that event, being ready for an earlier start possibly. The order and estimated time of events is listed on the CYO website under Track and Field.
- Will the Roadrunner Championship and Meet of Champions meets run on the same schedule for event times and order?
No. These are the only races of the year that will have a different set schedule. The schedules for the championship meets comes out a week prior to the meets. Order of events for the Championship meets stays fairly the same each year. Event order and times will get posted to the CYO website prior to the Championships.
- What is the breakdown for my child based on his/her age/grade?
3-4th graders are called Roadrunners. 5-6th graders are called Cubs. 7-8th graders are called Cadets. Each race at the meets is broken down by gender, in each of these categories. Girls vs. girls, boys vs. boys within the same grouping.
- What does my child need to bring to practices and to the track meets?
Every athlete should be wearing running shoes for practices and the meets. They do not need to be expensive shoes but they should be ones made for running to prevent injuries. Water bottles are a must at both the practices and meets!! Also, bringing layers of clothing for each runner is a good idea due to our wet spring weather.
- Can my child bring/wear spikes?
Only 5-8th grade runners are allowed to wear spikes to both practice and meets. The 3/4th graders may wear racing flats but not with holes for spikes. Just meant to be worn as flats. Most of the younger kids just wear their training shoes at the meets but many of the older kids do change into racing spikes for their meet events. We encourage the older kids to bring their spikes to practices too, so they are more comfortable running in them prior to a meet.
- What are the events, both track and field that my child may enter into?
3-4th graders (Roadrunners):
Track events: 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, 4x60m shuttle relay, 4x100m relay.
Field events: Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, Shot put
5-8th graders (Cubs/Cadets):
Track events: 3000m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay.
Field events: Long Jump, Turbo Javelin, Shot Put, High Jump
- Do I need to volunteer at all for this program?
YES!! We rely heavily on our volunteers at all of the track meets. Track practices are covered by coaches that have gone through the CYO background and certification process so we can’t have parents helping out for practice. Prior to each meet, there will be an online opportunity to sign up for different positions on the track for the meet. We are required to have 10% of our team size as volunteers, which leaves us at about 20-25 people, to create split shifts. Each volunteer shift is about 3-3.5 hours.
- I don’t know anything about track and field. What will I need to do to help at the meets?
There will be trained CYO HS students that are paid to manage each area of the track. You as volunteers, will be working with them under their instruction, helping to move kids through their events. This may be measuring the distance at the long jump pit or it might be helping out with the timers at the finish line of a race. You will be assisting alongside of volunteers from other schools as well. Each volunteer position will be listed via the website we use (Volunteerspot.com), with numbers of people required from our team, and the time requirement. You will be able to fill this out and then will receive an email confirmation prior to the Saturday meet. If for any reason you CANNOT make it to your volunteer commitment, please get a replacement for yourself. All volunteers must be there and accounted for on race day.
- How do I know what events my child will run?
Most of the time kids have an idea of what distance they like to run, or what field events they want to try. The coaches will expose them to all the distances and field events at practices prior to the first meet, so that should help them narrow things down. As the season progresses, coaches may ask them to try another event that is new to them, based on how their practices have been going. Coaches will also work with parents on suggestions when needed.
- How many events can my child participate in at the track meet?
Each athlete is allowed 3 individual events and 1 relay event. An event is considered either one running event or one field event. Athletes are NOT allowed to run in 4 individual events.
- Can my child run with an older age group at the meets?
No. Each child is placed in the running group that correlates with the grade they are currently in. If they happen to be old for their grade, they are still only able to run in the group that correlates with their actual grade.
- Which running group should my child run with for practices?
Our 3/4th graders run with the Roadrunners group which has 2-3 coaches assigned to coach them at practices. Field events are incorporated into their practices as well as track workouts geared towards their age group. For the 5-8th graders, the groups are broken out into Sprinters (shorter distance runners) and Distance Runners (any distance 800m or more). Each group works on specific workouts to help the runners become stronger at the distances they like to race.
- What if my athlete likes to run distance events as well as some shorter distances? Where should they practice?
Talking with the coaches about some of this helps them to split some of the athlete’s workouts up. They may have them run with the distance group one day, sprinters the next practice day.
- Will the older athletes have an opportunity to work on field events at all?
Yes. We have a couple of field event coaches that take time during the week of practice to allow all of the kids to practice in an event they enjoy.
- How are relay teams determined? Can my child run in a relay each weekend?
The coaches will work with interested relay runners each week to put together different foursomes to race that weekend. We make a commitment to try to get everyone that is interested in running a relay, into a relay sometime during the 1st 4 developmental meets. This means that is not likely that your child will be entered into a relay team every weekend. Also, your child may get into one of the relay options (by age group) but not both of them. As long as an athlete lets us know that they are interested in running in a relay, we will try to make that happen once for them. Championship relay teams are determined by the coaches though, and will be assigned based on times and best team combinations (handoffs, transitions, etc.).
- How can I track my child’s race times?
CYO sends out meet results usually on the Sunday after the track meet has occurred. Those results are reviewed by the coaches to ensure accuracy and to process any corrections that need to be made, i.e. athlete listed in the wrong age group, athletes missing from the event, finishing times off, etc. Once things look fairly accurate, the head coach will send out the results to the team for viewing. NOTE: This is not the final results, but a chance for parents to catch any other errors that might have been missed by the coaches. By WEDNESDAY following the Saturday meet, the final results will be uploaded onto the CYO website under results and also to Athletic.net (the website used to track all of the athletes and their history of times/event). All team members will be given the link to athletic.net to view their child’s results from week to week.