Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reminder: War Path Invitational this coming Saturday, March 8

Hello families, just a reminder that we are planning to attend a for-fun meet this Saturday at Ygnacio Valley High. Here's a recap, plus some frequently-asked questions:

What, When, and Where

The War Path Invitational is annual low-stress, all-comers meet hosted and run by the Ygnacio Valley High School track team. We spend a lot of time at YVH -- most of our 2013 meets were held there.

This is a fundraiser for the YVH team, and not connected to CYO. Many CYO alums go on to run in area high school teams, so this helps keep track going not just for now, but the future, too.

Ygnacio Valley High is in Concord, near the corner of Oak Grove Rd and Treat Blvd. There's a Trader Joe's plaza right on the corner, and the school entrance is on Oak Grove, just beyond the plaza.
  • Look for me or coaches in the YVH parking lot no later than 8:45am to sign in athletes.
  • Parents may enter the stadium at 9:00am. There is a $2 admission fee per spectator, and $5 for any non-team-members who want to participate. Exact change will be welcome, I'm sure.
  • The meet is scheduled to run from 9:30-12:30. You may leave early, but notify the athlete's coach before you go.
Attendance is encouraged, especially if you or your athletes are new to track.

Here's a copy of the meet details from YVH:

Do I need to work volunteer time?

No. This is not a CYO meet, so you don't need to work any shifts at this meet. This is purely for fun, so please enjoy being a spectator.

I plan to be in the stands with you, and am happy to answer questions about what's going on. Meets can look like a big circus, but there is some structure to them, honest.

The kids have a lot of fun hanging out with their track friends, even when they have to stop playing now and then to run a race.

What events?

The running event order is very similar to CYO:

4x100m Relay
4x400m Relay

The following field events will be offered:

High Jump
Long Jump
Shot Put

Coaches are sure to have opinions about what athletes should try, and athletes should be flexible and willing to try new things.

I've heard whispering that the coaches may also run in a relay. If it comes through, I promise you that this is a spectacle not to be missed.

What about uniforms/sweatshirts?

Uniforms are not required at this event, which is good news, since they haven't shown up from the printers yet.

If you have a shirt from a previous season or from cross country, feel free to wear it. If not, don't worry about it. Everyone should dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, etc., just like you do for practice.

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