We have a busy week coming up! Here are a few notable points I need to pass along to everyone.
1. I have created a Sign-Up Genius for volunteers to help feed the team before our (weekday) meets after school. Most of our LCCS teams have “team feeds” before their games. Please consider helping to supply the team with healthy snacks and/or drinks before our meets. Use this link to go to the Sign-up Genius site to help: : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FAAA62DA1FC1-2022
2. Meet start time has been changed – Due to busing issues, Southeast has requested shifting our start time slightly, to 5:15. Field events will begin as close to 5:15 as possible, with running events to follow.
3. Meet events – I have assigned students their events for the first meet so that we can focus on event specifics rather than continue to “try things out”. Please understand, these are not permanent assignments. Students and their events will likely be shuffled throughout the season to experience a variety of races, relays, jumps, etc. As coaches we need to juggle athletic ability, order of events, number of participants per event, and scoring (it is a team competition) and cannot alway accommodate individual’s event requests. Communication is key. It is the athletes’ job to talk to the coaches (we don’t bite). As a parent, I understand the desire to advocate for my kids, but participating on a team is a learning/growing experience for the athlete. Please encourage them to tell us how they like/dislike certain events before you step in as the parent. We are open to changing things if/when we have taken into consideration all parts of the equation.
4. Event Schedule – For those of you who are new to track & field meets, it can be a little confusing trying to figure out what is going on. The order of events at a meet are typically the same each time. Depending on the meet coordinator, there may be minor changes that can happen. If there aren’t many teams/participants in an event, and if there is space on the track, events like hurdles, and relays could be run with girls and boys running at the same time to be more efficient. I have attached a pdf with the standard order of events along with some viewing information to help keep up with what is happening and when.
5. Uniforms – Uniforms are in and will be distributed to the team on Tuesday. They look great! I’m excited to see everyone sporting their new duds. Uniform shorts will be from the old uniforms. They are a royal blue track short. We ordered extra shorts last year due to sizing issues, so hopefully everyone will have a pair that fits. Students will be allowed to wear their own blue shorts if we can’t accommodate everyone. There were several students who were given and/or still have the old uniforms. Those need to be returned prior to receiving the new one. Please bring those back on Monday or Tuesday of this week so I can get you checked off my list and give you the new ones. Thank you.
6. Check the weather report! Currently it looks like it will be a great day for a meet, but it is Ohio, so anything can happen. As long as there is no thunder or lightning we will run in whatever conditions God blesses us with. I will try to make arrangements for us to use the varsity team’s canopy shelter to help keep things dry if rain shows up in the forecast. For colder meets, white tops (t-shirts, compression shirts, etc) and black bottoms (compression shorts/pants) will be our official team expectation for foundation garments under the uniforms.
7. Home meet Help / Volunteers – Running a track meet is quite an undertaking. The high school team is expected to be on site to help, but additional adult assistance is still needed. If you are willing to help be a timer, record results, help measure field events, etc. please let me know and I will put you one our list of volunteers. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
I am excited for our athletes to finally get to compete. I hope you all can make it there to cheer them on. Please let me know if you have any other questions/concerns that I can help with.