- My favorite question: Which events will my kid run?
That said, coaches do try to encourage athletes to try certain events, and to step outside of the comfort zone of always doing the short sprints and softball throw. Sooner or later, everyone seems to find an event that they're pretty good at, though it may take a season or two (or more) to find it.
* Athletes in 5th grade or younger may do the 50m (sorry, middle schoolers)
* Athletes in 5th grade or older may do the shot put and high jump (sorry, elementary schoolers)
Everything else is open to all ages.
Athletes may do two running events and one field event, or two field events and one running.
- My second-favorite question: What about uniforms?
All registered athletes wear a sticker that identifies their parish, so we'll still be able to sort out who's who. If you want to be fashion-forward, you're welcome to wear red (CTK), blue (St. Catherine), or yellow (St. Stephen) but it's not required this week.
- Saturday's events
That means this Saturday's event order is all the individual events:
50m (5th grade and under)
Girls always run in an event first, then boys, and we work from lowest to highest grade order. We combine heats for less-popular races, so pay attention to the calls!
We're planning to hold all four field events:
Shot put (5th grade and up only)
High jump (5th grade and up only)
There is no order to these events, though they should open to different grades throughout the day. Listen for the announcements.
Athletes must report to running events when their grade is called, which means they may have to leave a field event and come back later.
- Other differences
Please be patient with your fellow parents as they learn where to stand and what to do, and be understanding of the athletes, too, as they negotiate the complexity of the meet. We'll all be experts by the end of April, I promise.
We'll have a hard stop at 4:00pm, no matter where we are in the events. If that means that we have to sacrifice a late race, then so be it. I'm sure everyone will be eager to get home by that point.
- Special guests
Don't forget that you're trying to meet a minimum number of volunteer shifts this season: going above and beyond enters you in the team "super-helpful drawing" at the picnic for fabulous prizes.
If you are not working a shift or are a coach with a current CYO badge, you must stay in the stands during the meet. For athletes' safety, only authorized adults may be "inside" the meet. Your kids will come find you when they're thirsty or hungry, so hunker down in the stands with a cooler full of snacks and enjoy the meet. Anyone wandering around the meet who isn't a coach or volunteer will be asked politely-yet-firmly to sit down.