McLean Youth Track and Field provides Northern Virginia kids (ages 5 through middle school) with opportunities to learn about, compete in and develop a love for track and field.
 
 
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  • Registration for Spring 2015 is NOW OPEN!!  Please read below and see our "News" page for additional info about the season as it becomes available.
Welcome to MYTF's home on the web!

McLean Youth Track and Field is an all-volunteer organization that provides opportunities for Northern Virginia kids ages 5 through 8th grade (13/14) to develop skills competing in track, field, and cross-country running.  Our aim is to help our kids develop a love for running, the respect of sportsmanship, and an appreciation for the sport. We focus on "house" events and encourage all of our athletes to strive for personal improvement. 

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SPRING 2015!!! We are already just over half full, so don't wait - sign up today to run with us this Spring!

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SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION - Updated 3/11/15

MYTF Families,
 
Registration for the Spring 2015 season WILL open as scheduled, this SATURDAY morning (3/14) at 9:00 am.  Following is a basic outline of the season based on what we have confirmed so far, as well as a few more details about registration itself.  PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS MESSAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY, AS THERE ARE NUMEROUS CHANGES THIS SEASON FROM PAST YEARS.
 
Context
As most of you know by now, the unavailability of Langley High School due to construction has made securing facility space for Track Meets more than a little challenging this season.  For the record, the County’s scheduling office has been very helpful, and we do believe scheduling for MYTF will improve in future seasons, even before Langley comes back online.  HOWEVER.  This season, in order to get in a full slate of Meets for the number of kids we serve and given the competition for facilities that include Tracks (which also happen to include turf fields, in very high demand by several other sports), we will:  1) have a unique Meet schedule; 2) have a strictly-limited amount of time for each Meet; and 3) make some accommodations in how we will configure our roster to ensure that everyone gets as equitable a season as possible.
 
Configuration
In order to accommodate an ever-growing base of kids interested in joining MYTF, and to be able to stay within the strict time limits for each Meet, we are going to divide the roster into Groups, based on ages.  Those Group assignments will be the basis for each child’s specific schedule this season, meaning: Groups will rotate through the Meets, so that not every Group runs at a Meet every week, but each child will get the same number of Meets over the season (the target total is six (6) Meets each).  Group assignments will also determine practice times.  Groups will be established based on actual registrations received, so unfortunately, we will not be able to tell you prior to registration what your child’s Group will be, and therefore what your exact Meet or practice times are.  While a first for us in MYTF, this is actually like almost every other sport, where you are assigned to a team after registration, and then given a schedule prior to the season start.  
 
We will consider adjustments for families with multiple children in the program and unique schedule conflicts on an individual basis, but please know that we may not be able to accommodate every change request.  As a Developmental League, it is important that we keep children of similar ages together (as in most other sports), and that we keep our numbers relatively balanced across Groups (as in most other sports), so exceptions will be rare.  That said, our policy regarding practices remains that they are highly encouraged, but not mandatory; your child is still able to participate in Meets, even if s/he is not able to attend practice(s).
 
Schedule
Practices will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Churchill Elementary School, in the 5:00 - 7:00 pm window.  Each Group will have ONE (1) one-hour practice session each week.  PLEASE NOTE:  Practices will begin the week of April 7th (after FCPS’ Spring Break), BEFORE the first Meet.  This is a change, for those of you who’ve participated in past seasons!  
 
Meets are currently slated as follows - PLEASE NOTE:  some Meets are on SATURDAY AFTERNOONS at Falls Church High School, while some are on SUNDAY MORNINGS at McLean High School.  Also, please remember that while the season is about 8 weeks long, each child will participate in about 6 Meets.  We expect to try to continue a “staggered start” or “split Meet” format so that no one age group has to be present for the entire 4-hour window; start times will be assigned when Groups are determined and a final schedule is prepared, which will hopefully be shortly after registration closes, and well before the season begins.
  • SUNDAY, April 12th, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon at McLEAN HIGH SCHOOL (MHS)
  • SUNDAY, April 19th, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon at MHS
  • SATURDAY, April 25th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Falls Church High School (FCHS)
  • SATURDAY, May 2nd, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at FCHS
  • SUNDAY, May 10th, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon at MHS
  • SUNDAY, May 17th, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon at MHS
  • — May 24-25 - NO MEET (Memorial Day Weekend) ---
  • May 30-31 - TBD (FCHS and MHS unavailable; working on alternate location)
  • SATURDAY, June 6th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at FCHS
 
Registration Timeframe
As noted above, Registration will go live at 9:00 am this coming Saturday, March 14th.  You will not see the Registration button or menu on our website prior to that time, but please be assured that it will appear at 9:00 am once the system opens.  We have had some technological issues in the past where it hasn’t switched on as planned; please know that if/when that happens, we are in a mad scramble to get it fixed as quickly as possible, and we usually have it corrected within 5-10 minutes, so please be patient and keep refreshing your page every few minutes.  Regardless of whether or not we are full, Registration will close on Saturday, March 28th at midnight.  Because of the need to establish the roster and subdivide into Groups, to order supplies, and to prepare materials for the season, we do not accept late registrations in MYTF.  Please note that in past seasons, we have been known to fill all spaces within 48 hours of opening Registration, so please plan to register as early in the window as you able.  If we do fill up before the 28th, we will keep a waitlist, but cannot guarantee a spot will open up.  Waitlisted participants will be informed no later than Friday, April 3rd, if they have been moved to a rostered position; so that we can submit a final roster to the County prior to starting, we will not make any additions to the roster after April 3rd.
 
Registration Process
  • Once Registration is live, you will see both a “Register NOW” button and a lefthand-side Menu option for a “Registration” page on the main homepage for www.mcleantrack.org.  Click either to get to the Registration page.

  • If you already have an account with MYTF, you’ll use that same login and password.  If you have a child in another McLean Youth Athletics sport that also uses the League Athletics website (including basketball, volleyball, rugby, and flag football), it is the SAME login and password.  If you do not remember your password, you can request a reset (it is automated, and should occur within a few minutes).  If you do not remember your login, please email   to request a full reset of your account, but please know that it may take several minutes (or more!) to process.

  • If you do NOT already have an account, it only takes a quick minute to sign up, so please don’t be panicked that it will somehow slow down your registration such that you miss out on getting a space.  Unfortunately, you cannot create an account on the site UNTIL Registration goes live, but again, it is a very quick and simple process.

  • Registration is open to children who are at least age 5 as of April 7th, 2015 (the start of the season) and no older than age 13/in 8th grade this year.  Birthdates MUST be between October 1, 2000 and April 7, 2010.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Please register ALL siblings who intend to participate in MYTF.  ONLY registered, rostered athletes are allowed on the Track or Field during the season at both practices and Meets, and we cannot make accommodations to add siblings after registration is full or closed, so please register all your kids at once if more than one will be interested in running this season.

  • You MUST pay registration fees electronically by credit card (i.e., no checks), and it is preferred that you pay at the time of registration.  Due to the high demand for space on our roster in past seasons, MYTF policy is that if you have registered but not paid within 48 hours, you will be notified and given 24 additional hours to pay, after which point any unpaid registrations will be deleted from the system.  

  • If we do fill all spaces prior to the close of registration and you are waitlisted:  you do NOT have to pay registration fees until or unless you are moved to a rostered position (i.e., taken off the waitlist). Once you are notified that you have been moved from the waitlist to the roster, you will have 48 hours to pay the registration fees, after which point any unpaid registrations are forfeited and we will move to the next child(ren) on the waitlist.

  • Registration fees will remain unchanged for this season.  Fees are $45 for the first child registered, $35 for the first sibling (second child in a family) registered, and $25 for any additional siblings.

  • Because of the unique situation this year regarding the schedule and Group assignments, we will amend our Refund policy to permit Refunds for withdrawals to be processed up to the start of the season (rather than the close of registration).  So, if you decide to withdraw your child(ren) from MYTF for any reason, Refund requests MUST be made to   by 12:00 midnight on Monday, April 6th (practices begin Tuesday, April 7th).  We will not honor any Refund requests made once the season has begun, although you are certainly able to withdraw at any time during the season.  This is because supplies are ordered and fees paid to the County based on the established roster as of season start, so late changes to the roster do not result in a change to our costs.  Again, this is in keeping with most other area sports leagues’ policies.

  • There are NO early registrations (NO exceptions!), so please don’t email us asking if you can register early since you’ll be out of town or otherwise unavailable.  If we permitted it, everyone would ask for that option!  Please make arrangements with a neighbor or friend to do registration for you if you will be unavailable this weekend.  Please make sure that anyone doing registration has your child(ren)’s full name and correct birthdate, and parent contact info available.

  • Finally, please understand that while we do monitor Registration live, there is ONE person handling ALL troubleshooting, so please be patient as we handle the multitude of questions and snafus that need to be worked through come 9:00 am.  We will get to you, we will do it as quickly as we can, we have never sold out in the first hour so you’re probably going to be fine, and if not, we will most likely make an accommodation for you if we can’t fix you immediately, so please don’t panic.  ;)

Questions
As always, PLEASE feel free to email us at   (or using the contact link here on our website, www.mcleantrack.org).  We are happy to answer whatever we can!  We will also continue to provide updates about the season and schedule as we are able, and we make every effort to make that information available through both email and the website, now and throughout the season.
 
Thanks, and we hope to see all of you this Spring!
Coach Katherine Quinn, Director &
Mickey Skelton, Administrator
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