Sunday, February 15, 2015

Track news for the week of February 15

Hello families, it's time again for this week's news...

Practice this week: 5:00-5:55pm

Five more minutes of daylight is plenty of time for an extra lap! If we're sending the kids home tired, then we've done our job.

If rain is forecast, check @ctktrack on Twitter or the team web site for practice status.

Safety at College Park

Winter sports are ending at College Park, and spring sports are beginning. When you arrive at practice, please walk around the outside of track fence to get to the stands. Don't cut across the field during games or other teams' practices.

During lacrosse practice, we get to add obstacle-dodging to our list of skills. Please make sure your athletes keep their eyes open for the occasional missed pass.

Uniform Last Call

I need to get our order in for this season's uniforms and sweatshirts. This is your last call for size changes or for adding on anything to your order. I am ordering a limited number of extras for the inevitable size swaps.

Please check the team roster to make sure I have the sizes correct for your athlete:

Uniform shirts are required for meets, but not practices. Our first official meet is March 14, and we'll hand the uniforms out at practice once they come in.

Family Meeting February 25, CTK school, 6:30pm Room 222

If your family is new to CYO track this season -- or if you forgot everything from last year -- please try to send an adult to our family information session next Wednesday at Christ the King school in Pleasant Hill, room 222. This is the same room where we had signups. It's off the lower parking lot, on the right as you come down the drive from the upper lot.

I'll be there around 6:00pm for late signups and general questions. We'll come to order around 6:30, and I'll try to have you out in an hour or less. Details about meets, shoes, events, practices, ribbons... all shall be revealed.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Or a nurse, or any EMTs? Since we host most of the practice meets, we like to staff a first aid station with a trained volunteer. The majority of the issues are scrapes, muscle pulls and mild dehydration.

If you're in the medical field and available on Saturdays, please let Gina know about spending your meet volunteer shifts in the comfort of the first aid station. Her contact details are on the volunteers page:

Track not working out?

Hopefully things are starting to get a little smoother for your athletes. The first few practices can be chaotic until the groups settle in.

Sometimes track isn't a good fit, though, and that's OK. You may drop from the program with a full refund if you notify me via email by February 28. Your deposit check will be shredded, and we'll remove you from the volunteer sheets.

Starting March 1, the fees refund drops to 50%, with the deposit check shredded.

Dropping on or after our first meet on March 14 means a forfeit of both your fees and deposit.

Uniform costs are refunded at 100% or 50% as above, provided you haven't picked them up yet. Once handed to you, the uniforms and sweatshirts are yours to keep.

Don't just vanish. Let me know if you need to withdraw an athlete from the team so we can update our records and handle any refunds you're entitled to.

Upcoming Event: "War Path" Invitational, March 7

It's hard to believe, but we're halfway through February already. That means our first event is coming up.

Ygnacio Valley High School holds a special all-comers track meet each year to help raise funds for their track team and for new equipment. Provided we have good weather, we'll attend this meet as a team again this year. The team will pay the admission fee for our registered athletes and coaches.

I highly encourage everyone to come out if they can. It's a very low-key event, with no volunteer requirements. It gives everyone a chance to see how meets work. Think of it like a special Saturday practice.

We don't need our uniforms for this meet since it's not a CYO function. Regular running clothes are fine.

The flyer is on our web site:

I'll send more reminders as we get closer to the event.

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