Sunday, January 26, 2014

2014 Track Signups Night #2

Signup night #2

If you missed our first signup session, you have another chance on Tuesday evening at Christ the King school in Pleasant Hill. We're in room 222 -- the sixth grade classroom -- starting at 6:30pm. I have copies of all the forms, though you can get a head start and fill them out in advance, too:

If you attended the first night and need to drop off something like your volunteer deposit or a copy of your athlete's birth certificate, you may stop in and hand that right to the cashiers.

We're asking for five shifts this season at the meets. Please be aware of when spring break takes place for your athletes: the lateness of Easter this year is adding an extra element of chaos to volunteer scheduling.

Practice starts February 4

Our first practice is Tuesday, February 4 at College Park High School's track in Pleasant Hill, starting at 5pm. Park in the big gated lot, then please accompany your athletes down the stairs and to the stands.

Parents are welcome to stay in the stands for practice. If you have not turned in medical forms, then a responsible adult must be present the entire time. I'll be there to answer questions and handle any missing paperwork or late signups. Look for the guy in a brown cowboy hat: that's me.

I'll send more about practice after signups.


Athletes should wear a good pair of running shoes to every practice: laced, and with socks! Track shoes (with spikes) are not required and should not be worn to practice, no matter what the kids might tell you. We also don't encourage barefoot running or the Vibram-style shoes.

You'll hear this speech from me a lot, but I highly recommend getting the athletes fitted at one of the local specialty stores: Fleet Feet in Pleasant Hill, Road Runner in Concord, or Athletic Outpost in Walnut Creek. In years past, all three have given discounts if you mention that you are running in the CYO track program.

A good pair of shoes should be supportive and comfortable right away, and not pinch or slide around. Your athletes will be putting a lot of distance on their shoes, so please take the time to fit them out right.

The team does maintain a collection of gently-used track shoes for athletes to borrow later in the season with their coach's approval. If you have an outgrown pair that you'd like to pass along, feel free to give them to me at signups or during practice.

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