Track & Field 2022
March 14, 2022

We had a great mock meet! There is a lot to still learn! Thank you for all who volunteered! Hopefully you learned a lot about how the meet is set up. It takes a lot of volunteers but we have great parents. This week we will have a full track set up so, Please make sure you sign up on the link below to get credit for your hours. All times for events are approximant but you can try and volunteer when your athletes are at the event, for example Sub Gremlins and Gremlins are at long jump at 8:30 so that is a good time for those parents to volunteer ect. This is how I got involved with track 35 years ago and it is so much fun to be on the field with the kids. You will also receive a email from our Board Member Alison Bertola with this info.
https://www.trackitforward.com/site/637295/events

As we start our official meets please make sure your athlete is in full team uniform. They must wear the plain black shorts If they would like to wear under shirts or tights they must be plain (no design) and solid white, black, grey, or black. There were a lot of tights with colors and patterns not allowed in competition. Now would be a good time to review the parent packet again.

This week the only parents allowed on the field will be the volunteers. Please check your athletes in with their coaches for warm up. Please do not go on the infield with them!

Saturday we will compete with the Flying Phoenix and the North Valley Golden Bears. They are very fast team and we are looking forward to the meet.

Results for all meets can be found on our website under the "Track and Field " tab on top of the web site. We also will be updating results during the meet to livetrackresults.com! Our meet schedule is also on this page. we are a member of the Valley Youth Conference (VYC) You can find results for all the league teams on that web site valleyconference.org

Please be sure to look at the full newsletter each week. Please Read this email several time. There is a lot of information. and you will need to know this info for Saturday !!


This Week's Practice Schedule
Age Group / Sprints and Distance
Monday – Castaic HS – 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday – COC - 6:00- 7:45
Thursday – Castaic HS
Saturday – Valencia High School – 8:00 am – 3:00 Track Meet
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Parents please arrive 15 minutes early for pick up, in case practice ends early.
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.First Track Meet
Our first track meet will be this weekend It is at Valencia High, If your athletes will be doing one of the first events please arrive at 8:00. All 4x100 relay runners must arrive by 8:30 am

Athletes this week will be signing up with their coaches at practice for the events they would like to do. Depending on the age of the athlete there are limits to how many events they can do each week. Sub-Gremlins & Gremlins are limited to a maximum of 3 events, everyone else is limited to 4 event maximum, but 1 event has to be a relay for Bantam through Youth , Intermediate 15-18's 4th event can be an individual event (ie not limited to a relay), an event is either a running or field event, so the limitation can be any combination of those events but not more that 3 single events for example 100. 400, and High Jump would be 3 single events.
Events can be changed at the meet if needed.

If you have any questions about the number of events please ask your coach. The conference has a very strict policy about over eventing, the athlete will be Disqualified in all events of the day if they compete in too many events at a meet.

Order of Event
Please arrive at 08:00 am so you can do your warm-ups if you are in the first events . Track and field events will begin at 08:30 am . The normal order of running competition will be Sub Gremlin Girls, Sub Gremlin Boys, Gremlin Girls, Gremlin Boys, Bantam Girls, Bantam Boys, Midget Girls, Midget Boys, Youth Girls, Youth Boys, 15-18 Young Women, 15-18 Young Men. Deviations in this order are shown in the order of the events which follow. We can not predict times so please arrive with enough time to check, get your tags, and warm up.

Running Events
3000 Meter Run  MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW, IB/YM
(All age groups may run together. In this event)
80-Meter Low Hurdles   MG, MB
100-Meter Low Hurdles  YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
100-Meter Low Hurdles  YG
4×100 Meter Relay   SGG, SGB, GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
1500 Meter Run  GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
400-Meter Dash  SGG, SGB, GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
100-Meter Dash  SGG, SGB, GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
800-Meter Run  SGG, SGB, GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
200-Meter Dash  SGG, SGB, GG, GB, BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*
4×400 Meter Relay  BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW*, IB/YM*

Field events will begin at 08:30 and run concurrently unless combined
Running events take precedence over field events, athletes should check out of their event on the third call for their running event, athletes need to return to their field event within 5 minutes of finishing their running event. High Jump takes precedence over other field events.

Field Event Order

High Jump  BG, BB, MG, MB, YG, YB, IG/YW, IB/YM
Long Jump  SGG/GG, SGB/GB, IB/YM, IG/YW, MG, MB, YG, YB, BG, BB
Shot Put  YB, YG, IG/YW, IB/YM, BG, BB, MG, MB

Number of Events for each Athlete
Sub Gremlins and Gremlins can compete in a maximum of 3 events only. Athletes who are Bantam and older may add one extra event, IF THE 4th EVENT IS A RELAY. Athletes who compete in more than the maximum number of events will have ALL marks for the day disqualified, and would cause their relay team to be disqualified. Please address any questions to your coach to avoid any possibility of exceeding the maximum allowable number of events.

Running vs Field Events

Running events take precedence over field events. First check in at your field event. After the 3rd call for a running event, check out with the field event judge and proceed to the staging area to check in for your running event. Return to the field event within 5 minutes of completing your race or you will not be allowed to complete the event.

THINGS TO BRING TO A TRACK MEET
Water (lots of it)
Snacks (healthy ones) fruits, veggies, sandwiches, power bars, health bars, etc.
Sunscreen
Umbrella/canopy
Complete uniform
Games
Sweats/warm-up outfit
PowerAde/Gatorade (if desired)
Running Shoes/Spikes

THINGS TO DO AT A TRACK MEET
The first thing on arrival is to have your child find his or her age group coach. Check in with them to get the event tags they will be doing at that meet. Make sure they have their sweats on, it will be cool when they arrive. Announcer calls:
First call means go your coach for warm up
Second call means coaches are finishing up warm up
Third and final call means to go to staging and check in. If your child is at a field event they must check out with the judge and go to staging and they must return 5 minutes after their running event is complete.

Your child will need to be aware, at all times, of where his or her coaches are. Keep track of what event is being called (“First call, all Gremlin Girls 200 meters, Last call, all Midget Boys 1500 meters”, etc). It is impossible for the coaches to know where thirty or forty athletes are.
Athletes must warm up before each event. Have them check with their coach on when they should report in for warm ups with their group.
As the day warms up, keep your athlete OUT OF THE SUN. Use lots of sunscreen, and have them drink plenty of water and drinks like Gatorade/Powerade. NO SODA!!. Soda depletes the body of fluids. Keep them relaxed and from running around. This is a good time to have them play cards or board games with a friend.

Volunteer Sign up
https://www.trackitforward.com/site/637295/events

Here is a brief description of what we need this Saturday:
Long Jump - record measured marks, measure marks, rake and clear sand
Shot Put- Record Measured throws , measure throws, return the shot put after throws (shagging)
Race Announcer - Sit in the middle of the field and announce the next race in order of events.
Finish line recorder- collect Tags from athletes and put them on the clip board for timers Help athletes get in their lanes
Tag pullers- pull tags off athletes at the end of the race or in staging
Data input - input race and field events at the timing table
Stagers- Put athletes in order in the middle of the field and take to starting line for each race
Race Escorts - walk athletes to the starting line and help them get on the track
Relay zone judges - help athletes on the track in their zone and report if they pass out of the zone
Set Up and Clean up - at the beginning and end of the race
Each week we will have different duties but after the mock meet you will be able to see each duty/ You can try to sign up at a time your athletes competes so that you can be near that area.

Weekly Schedule
Monday - Sprints and Distance - Castaic H.S. 6:00 pm-7:45 pm (Gremlins 7:15)
Tuesday - All athletes - College of the Canyons- 6:00-7:45 (Gremlins 7:15)
Thursday -All Athletes- Castaic H.S. -6:00 pm - 7:45 pm (Gremlins 7:15)
Saturday - First Meet - Vslencia High School -8:am - about 3:00
All athletes should arrive at 8:00am -

Remind App for age groups:
Down load the Remind app on your phone for the meets. the coaches will use this during the meets to communicate with the athletes to tell them when it is time to warm up. There will also be announcements when to go the staging, but his is for each age group to use ! Athletes that have a phone are also encouraged to have the Remind app.

or you may download the app and then use the following codes to join those classes.
grem2022
bant2022
midget2022
youth-2022
Jelly Beans
Jelly Beans and Jolly Ranchers! Please bring 2 large bags of either one to practice. We need parents to take some of them home to bag. Please see Laura at the table to pick them up !! We still need parents to help at the end of practice
Loaner Spike Shoes! We have some used loaner spike shoes that you can borrow for the season. They will be out at practice at Castaic ! If you have spikes that no longer fit please consider donating them. You will still need to buy the correct spikes to put in them from the table. The cost is $5.00 per set.
Humanitarian Support for Ukraine
Many of our Storm families suffering in Ukraine. They have partnered with many of our City Official to put on a rally to help send humanitarian relief to the people in Ukraine. Our Coach Irina has helped put this together. It is Saturday March 19th 3- 6:00 pm at Bridgeport Park in Valencia. Please stop by after the meet if you can. Here is a link to a vidio that will give you all the information.