1. The Friday night races will start at 7pm, not 6pm, as previously scheduled. Apparently DVC has their own track meet Friday afternoon which won't be over early enough for the scheduled start. (They didn't tell us until last night.) We hope to be on the track at 6:30pm and racing at 7pm.
2. There will be a $3 admission charge on Saturday for adults. High school students will be charged $1. Seniors, young children, athletes, and coaches with a 2009 CYO Coaching Card are admitted free. (There has always been admission fee for the Diocese Championships, but charging for the Sectional Championship was last year's innovation.) The cost of using DVC has gone up significantly this season, perhaps due to the track and field renovation there. Yes, even meet volunteers have to pay admission, alas.
3. Trish Brown, our volunteer coordinator, is looking for volunteers to help run the Sectional Championship Meet. We have several jobs that need to be filled for Saturday. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can work. If your child is running and you don't volunteer, please expect a phone call! If you want to see what jobs are available, look for "CTK" or "SC" or "SS" on the overall schedule here . Hearty thanks to all who have already volunteered!
If you are not a weather watcher, you might be surprised to learn that there is a 50-80% chance of rain Friday evening and Saturday. But we all realize that we need it, even if the meet is a little damp. So dress accordingly!
I hope those of you who were away last week enjoyed your break. Now back to your regularly scheduled track season!
Thanks once again to all of our volunteers who helped run our meet so smoothly on Saturday. If you looked up at the bleachers during the meet, you might have noticed (as I did) that they were nearly empty. That's because all available parents had been put to work around the track. We greatly appreciate those who worked double shifts. I especially want to thank the setup and cleanup crew (both of them!) who helped schlep all of the meet equipment across the parking lot Saturday. If you were wondering why the parking lot was closed, informed sources tell me that DVC is hooking up the solar panels now.
As of 8pm Sunday evening, the results of Saturday's meet are still not available so are not posted yet. You'll see them soon after I do!
We have only three more weeks of practice! We'll practice twice this week:
Tuesday, April 21, from 5-6:30pm on the grass field behind the baseball field at College Park. (We have to stay off the track due to a CPHS lacrosse game at 5pm.)
Thursday, April 23, from 5-6:30pm at College Park HS track
Qualifying Meet, April 25, at 9am at Diablo Valley College track
Next weekend is our Qualifying Meet. It's called that because athletes must qualify through this meet to advance to the Sectional Championship Meet and afterwards to the Diocesan Championship Meet.
New families interested in the details of this process should check the home page of our web site where I've attempted to explain everything. If your family has been involved in the past, it's pretty much the same this season. If I have failed to make something clear enough, please don't be afraid to ask.
There are three things not mentioned there (now that I think of it!)
Athletes who cannot attend the Qualifying Meet cannot qualify to run in the Sectional Championship Meet. Of course, some athletes have to miss each meet due to other family or personal commitments and there is an appeal process for athletes who feel they would have qualified had they been able to run. However, since this is CYO track, the only acceptable grounds for appeal is attendance at some religious event which is usually their own or a sibling's first communion, but may also be a funeral, wedding or confirmation. (No one's ever asked about a bar mitzvah -- I have no idea how that would play!) Please speak to me in advance of the qualifying meet if you feel this may apply to one of your children.
If your athlete is not able to participate in the Qualifying Meet, PLEASE tell your child's primary coach as soon as possible. There are restrictions on relay teams next weekend (see the web site) so the sooner your coach knows who will be missing, the better.
If your athlete fails to qualify in any of his or her events next weekend, they are probably done with meets for this season but they are still VERY welcome at practice for the remaining two weeks. We may give precedence to the qualifiers who need to practice field events, but all are welcome. Some of the kids like the practices more than the meets and there's no reason for them to stop coming to practice if they still want to.
I want to repeat just one thing that's also on the web site:
If your athlete qualifies (even as a member of a relay team), but will be unable to attend the Sectional Championship Meet, please tell ME right away. Next Monday evening there will be a seeding meeting and knowing who can't make the Sectional Championship Meet ahead of the meet is a great help.
As kids finish their season with us, I want to remind everyone to mark their calendars for Sunday, May 31 when we'll have our annual Team Picnic where we hand out way too many awards. More details are coming on that, but I hope you'll save the date.
See you on the track. (Or near the track on Tuesday!)