- Mini-meet this Saturday, March 9
The mini-meet is a good time to experience the workings of a track meet before our regular season begins. It's also a chance for the athletes to try out some of the skills they've learned at practices.
Like last year, I've extended an invitation to the St. Perpetua/St. Monica/Santa Maria team from the Lamorinda area to come run with us. Please be welcoming and accommodating to their parents and athletes.
We'll conduct this meet like a regular-season one, with the following tweaks:
- The 50m and 100m races will all be on the home side, not split up
- We will probably not run the 4x400 and sprint medley relays at the end
- Since this is not a league meet, we don't have ribbons, but we are still recording all results
- Volunteer jobs
I tried to mix in new families with more experienced ones as much as possible. Remember to keep perspective, bring your sense of humor and your patience, and keep in mind that we're doing all of this work for the athletes' enjoyment.
If you need a refresher on the jobs, there's a write up on the team site:
There are many gaps in Saturday's schedule. I've asked St. Perpetua's parents to try and help out where they can, and we always have tremendous gratitude for those families that can work extra shifts. Trust me: the meet goes faster when you're working a job.
We have many openings in the second shift at the mini meet, and for meets during the rest of the season. Even if you don't sign up in advance, you may come to the volunteer sign-in person before a shift and see if there are openings. There's usually plenty to go around.
If you haven't signed up to work at other meets, please check the team schedule and let me know which Saturdays you are available. We have more openings in the latter part of the season.
- Meet locations
March 16 - Ygnacio Valley High
March 23 - Diablo Valley College
April 6 - Ygnacio Valley High
We don't yet know the locations for meets after April 6. I'll let you know as soon as I find out.
Ygancio meets start at 9:30am, the DVC meet starts at 9:00am. The schedule page has all the details:
- Rent-a-student at YVHS is back
To hire a student, do the following at least one week in advance of the meet:
- Tell me the date and shift(s) you want to have a student work in your place
- Get me $25 per shift in cash or in a check made out to CTK CYO Track
- Your name on it
- The date of the meet and the shift(s) you are hiring
Once the shirts and sweatshirts have been worn, they are yours to keep. Please put your name in the sweatshirts. Lost and found is big enough without orphaned team sweatshirts.
We can try to swap up or down a shirt size if you mis-judged or if your athlete grew (or shrunk?), but your selection is limited to whatever surplus we have on hand. We can only accept new, unworn shirts in exchange.
I ordered a few extra sweatshirts in youth and adult sizes, if you or your athlete is feeling the pangs of peer pressure. They are $30, and again, they'll be from our surplus inventory. You'll be glad you have them for those cool mornings at the track.
- Practices this week
Please remember to meet in the middle section of the stands, out of the way of the high school team.
- Full refund period is over
After March 16, there are no refunds. I will still need to know if you are leaving the team, though.
I think that's more than enough for this week -- see you at the track!