Sunday, February 26, 2017

News for the Week of February 26th

Practices this week will be 5:00 pm to about 6:10 pm.

I have updated the meet schedule on the website to include locations and start times.

We got our meet assignments from the league and will be posting positions on Signup Genius soon. We still have 3 weeks until our first meet that needs parent staffing, so no need to panic. On the other hand, I'm sorry to say I underestimated the number of volunteer hours we would be assigned and we won't make it without boosting the family commitments a little. Therefore we are requesting that each family help out as follows: Assuming that working a full meet counts as 2 "shifts", we need a family with one athlete to work 5 shifts; a family with 2 athletes to work 6 shifts, and a family with 3 or more athletes to work  7 shifts. I apologize for the bait and switch, it was not intentional.

Meet Coordinator Needed
We have been assigned to host 2 of our 4 regular season meets, because we have one of the larger teams. I really need someone to take on this role so that I can concentrate on coaching. If you're willing to do both meets, that would be worth 7 shifts and satisfy your commitment for the year! I can of course get you the information and support you need to do the job. Please let me know if you'd be willing.

More about the upcoming Warpath Invitational meet in next week's post.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

News for the Week of Feb 19th

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

Practice this week, 5:00-6:00pm

Safety at College Park

There are lots of other sports going on inside and outside of the track stadium. Remind your athletes to walk around the outside of the track fence to get to the stands. Don't cut across the field during games or other teams' practices. And look both ways before stepping onto the track--a good rule for volunteers and spectators as well as athletes.

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


...have been ordered. We'll let you know when they come in and are ready to be picked up.

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 (real) meet on March 18 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 11

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.

Volunteer News

We hope to have the volunteer schedule posted in the first week of March. We're still waiting for final meet information from the League. We'll let you know when you can start signing up. If you have questions in the meantime, you can email

Sunday, February 12, 2017

News for the Week of Feb 12th

Practices continue Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00 until dusk (~5:50).
We will have practice on President's Day, but it's not a big deal if an athlete can't make it.

Fee checks will be deposited on 2/21, or shortly thereafter. (We had a few requests for forewarning.) This does not apply to volunteer checks, which are held until the end of the season.

Weather Watch

If the forecast calls for rain, I will post any cancellation of practice by 3:00pm on the team Twitter account (@ctktrack). Those tweets appear on the front page of our web site, too. If there is no tweet, practice is on!

Late Signups Still Accepted

We're still taking signups at practice and we're still collecting missing birth certificates, concussion forms, payments, and deposits. If you haven't received an email reminder, then you probably aren't missing anything.

See you on the track!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

First Practice and Late Signups

Late Signups

Missed signups? Bring the paperwork and two checks (1. $150 volunteer deposit and 2. $80 per athlete plus $15 per shirt) with you to practice. Requirements and forms are on the team site:

First practice Thursday February 2, 5pm at College Park track

You can park in the large lot under the solar panels and then walk your athlete down to the track. There are stairs near the school-side corner of the lot, and a paved path leading along the side of the baseball field to the stadium. Athletes should resist the urge to run up and down the hillside and climb fences.

Please walk your athletes down to the track to avoid anyone wandering off. We are planning to meet in the stands as usual. Athletes need to stay off the track until instructed by a coach.

Practice ends at dusk, which is around 5:45pm right now. Parents are welcome to stay and watch from the stands.

If you have turned in all your completed paperwork, adults do not need to stay at practice, but do need to be back in time for pickup. Please don't make your athletes suffer the embarrassment of being the Last Kid Waiting with me and the other coaches.

Being Prepared

Athletes should come to practice:
  • Dressed appropriately. It can be cold and windy at the track. Dress in layers, and label your team sweatshirt and anything else that could be easily mixed up.
  • With water to drink. A reusable sport bottle with plain water is the best drink, and the only beverage allowed on College Park's track and turf -- no sports drinks. Label the bottle, too!
  • Wearing running shoes. Flats, basketball shoes, and skate shoes (Vans) are not running shoes.
Athletes never need track shoes ("spikes") at practice, and generally don't need them at all.

See you soon!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

2017 Registration

Hello CTK/SC/SS Track families. It is almost time to register your athletes for the upcoming season.

Signups for the 2017 season will be held at Christ the King Church on Thurs 1/12/17 and Tuesday 1/17/17 from 6 pm to 8 pm. (The exact room is TBD.) The following three forms must be turned in (paper copies will be available at signups): Family form (1 per family), Medical Permission (1 per athlete, signed by parent), and Concussion Awareness (1 per athlete, signed by parent and athlete). In addition, we need a copy of birth certificate for each new athlete.

Practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays at the College Park High School track. Practice is from 5pm to 6:30pm (or dark). The first practice is on Thursday, February 2nd.

Cost is $80 per athlete, plus $15 for a uniform shirt if needed. Sweatshirts are also available for $35.

Volunteering: the team is 100% volunteer-run and every family is required to contribute a certain number of hours to make the program work. There is a $150 volunteer deposit per family that is returned/shredded if obligations are met. See Volunteer Obligations and Refunds. We currently have a dire need for a Volunteer Coordinator and more coaches. Please email if you can help out in either role.

Feel free to spread the word about the team--lots of kids makes it easier to form relays!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Picnic Reminder

Pot Luck Picnic and Awards, Pleasant Hill Park, Saturday May 28th 11:30 AM

Please come to the picnic and RSVP. Bring your own entrĂ©e to grill and a side dish to share. The team provides drinks and hot coals. Remember to bring utensils, plates, and napkins.

We have lots of unclaimed ribbons (and some medals!) from the season, plus 7-up Club patches, various special recognition awards, a "helpful family" prize drawing, and two Athlete of the Year trophies to bestow!

The kids (and child-like coaches/parents) usually play some kickball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, or football while waiting for lunch.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 9, 2016

News for the Week of May 9th

2016 Season: That's All Folks
We had our last meet last weekend. Our team garnered a few firsts, a lot of personal bests, and one meet record! Congratulations to all who competed in the Diocese meet and to all our athletes who worked hard and improved over the course of the season.

Results from the meet will be posted at the Oakland diocese web site at some point. When they are, I'll try to import them to to keep the kids' statistics complete.

Awards & Picnic May 28th 11:30-3:00 Pleasant Hill Park
RSVP for the picnic online through the signup site so we know how many drinks to purchase and which awards to get sorted:

The team provides cold drinks and hot charcoal grills: you bring something to grill for your family and something to share with the team. Salads, fruit -- picnic fare, nothing fancy.

Picnic is from around 11:30-3:00 on Saturday May 28 at Pleasant Hill Park. We should have the fires hot by noonish, and we'll start awards around 1:00pm. Note that there are awards for Sportsmanship, Team Spirit, Effort, etc. in addition to performance-based awards. We'd like to see all athletes and families at the picnic. Some awards are more likely to go to athletes who are known to be attending, so RSVP!

There are also many unclaimed ribbons and medals from past meets and two lost & found team sweatshirts that will be available at the picnic.

If you can't make it but a friend or classmate will, please have them check for any ribbons or awards for your athlete. Unclaimed awards wind up in a box on my front porch for a while this summer.

Track Shoe Amnesty Program
If you borrowed a pair of track shoes/spikes from the team this season and they are still in wearable condition, you can bring them to the picnic to drop off.  If you happen to have outgrown pairs littering the closet floor, the team is happy to accept donations for future seasons. Thank you!

Off-Season Events
Pleasant Hill hosts a 5K "fun run"
the morning of the Fourth of July, and you'll see good turnout from CYO coaches and athletes there. It's a loop around the downtown area, and then you're in a perfect spot to see the parade.

CYO cross-country starts up in August. It's low-key and lots of fun, with meets held along marked trails in local parks. I hear there are often popsicles. Expect email about this program later in the summer.

Volunteers for 2017
Coming back to track next season? We have a few critical openings for team-level jobs to help with general administration. And I've added a signup for coaches. Please sign-up if you can help.

Working a team job or coaching fulfills your volunteer obligations for the team.

On behalf of the coaches, thank you for helping us make this a successful season! We appreciate the sacrifices you've made working the meets and supporting the team. We take pride in seeing your children grow and improve, and will gladly take credit for their future successes. I hope CYO was a good experience for them, and that they had fun. If so, we could use some word-of-mouth advertising so we can field more relays next post-season!

Hope to see you all at the picnic.