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TUESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2018

Good morning, MYTFers!

 
Some thank yous, a few reminders, an upcoming event, a substantial lost & found collection, and the weather implications for today's practices, below:
 
THANK YOU, generous and supportive MYTF Families!  
  • A huge virtual hug to our many families who brought donations for the F.A.S.T. Food Drive on Sunday!  We delivered three full boxes of foodstuffs and toiletries to the County for the food pantry we were asked to support.  It's such a great feeling giving back to our own community!
  • Your cheering this season is AWESOME!  We especially appreciate those of you who stuck around at the very last event even after your children finished to help cheer in our final runners.  This is what makes MYTF such a positive and fun place to be!
Friendly Reminders:
 
MYTF is NOT a drop-off sport, even at Meets.  As we reminded a 13-year-old girl who was clearly waiting for a ride after Sunday's Meets, parents MUST remain on site (or designate another adult WITH transportation to do so).  That is a requirement of our program (and a waiver you signed during registration...), and a fundamental imperative, no matter the child's age or level of maturity.  As many of you have seen, the stadium is open during Meets and we often have non-MYTF folks coming through, watching, and occasionally trying to use the track or field area, so it's not an imagined risk, and we absolutely have only your children' safety and security in mind.
 
The Volunteer shirts are loaners!  We know they are super stylish, but please remember to leave your volunteer t-shirt behind when the Meet is over.  We launder them in between - honest!  (Seriously, check our Twitter feed @McLeanYouthTF for evidence!)
 
The bleachers are for sitting on, not playing under.  Parents, please make sure your kids know that the space under the bleachers - while undoubtedly intriguing - is not a safe place to play, and is not open to us as part of our permit (hence the lock on the gate, even though small bodies can easily squeeze through the opening).
 
Friday Event:
 
Many of you heard us singing the praises of CHOPT McLean on Sunday as we reminded everyone to go collect their FREE kid's salad (or kid's box!) after the Meet.  HUGE props to CHOPT rep Teresa for inviting our Red Meet-ers who got rained out the previous week to join in on Blue's action this week!
 
--> But wait, there's more!  We also have a fundraiser with CHOPT this coming Friday, 4/27, from 4-8 pm!  <--
 
Hopefully, your appetite for CHOPT's amazingly fresh, locally-sourced (read:  non-lethal romaine!) salads and soups isn't exhausted yet!  Invite your friends and neighbors to head over to CHOPT at 1449A Chain Bridge Road (the same shopping center as our CAVA fundraiser, near Total Wine) this Friday (flyer attached), and remember to tell the cashier you're with the MYTF fundraiser!  MYTF receives 20% of the evening's proceeds!  What a healthy way to get ready for the inevitable weekend overindulgences (or is that just me?).
 
Found Items:
 
The Land of the Left Behind is growing rapidly for only being a few weeks into the season, so we thought we'd send a visual reminder (pic attached) of what may be your water bottle, shirt, or sweatshirt!  We also have a very nice, warm-looking blanket from the ├╝ber-cold event of two Sundays ago, a handful of gloves, hats, a scarf, and some blue pants added this weekend.  Anything look familiar to anyone?  Lost & Found items will always be at Meets, but feel free to email us here at   if you need them sooner or won't be able to attend a future Meet to claim them.
 
Weather & Practices this week:
 
Welp, we may not be having fun with the weather this season, but it's sure having fun with us!  There's a big green blob headed this way on the radar, so we are expecting a likely cancellation of today's practices (not because we can't run in rain, but because we're not allowed to ruin the tender grass fields that weaken with enough precipitation).  We will send a RainedOut alert as soon as we know for sure (because you never know when Mother Nature may change that finicky mind of hers).  If you're not already signed up for RainedOut, text the word TURBOJAV to 84483.  
 
That should do it until our weekly Friday Meet prep email.  Do your "Don't Rain!" dances, and we hope to see you all soon!
The MYTF Team
 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2018

Here's to a Friday that's looking at a much better weekend for a Track Meet!  WHEW.

 
First, a quick thank you to all of you who came out to support MYTF at the CAVA fundraiser on Wednesday.  We saw a lot of familiar faces, and we genuinely thank everyone for their support!
 
Next, some super important reminders:
  • F.A.S.T. Food Drive - Please remember this is our week to give back through Fairfax County's outstanding support program. We are asking (but not requiring!) families to bring an item from the list on the attached flyer as a donation to this important project.
  • This is BLUE Group's week for FREE kids' salads at CHOPT McLean this Sunday!  After the Meet, simply take in your blue race bib and let them know you're there for the MYTF free kids' salad deal - and remember to thank them for their support!
  • Help Needed at Meets - we know y'all were freezing last week and everyone just wanted to cuddle under their blankets, but we want to remind everyone that without enough adult volunteers, we cannot operate all the events at the Meet.  Please step forward and take a turn at the timer's table or a field event so that we can make sure everything is available to all of our kids each week.
  • Non-volunteer parents must remain OUTSIDE the fence - if you are not an actively volunteering parent/guardian, we ask you to do your cheering (just as enthusiastically) from outside the fence, and not on the track or field.  Only coaches and yellow-shirted volunteers should be inside, because otherwise we quickly descend into disorganized chaos (rather than our usual highly organized chaos).  We promise your 5-year-old will be just fine in our care, and she will still hear you from the other side of the fence!
  • Bring Water & Sunscreen - it hasn't been much of an issue in the freezing cold, blustery, gray days we've had so far, but with hopefully warmer temps, we want to remind everyone to bring PLENTY of water because there is NO source for refills on site.  And since there's even a chance we may see the sun (shhhh, don't scare it!), you might wanna throw some sunscreen in the bag too.
And finally, THIS WEEK'S MEET DETAILS:
 
1.  Ribbons & Results - Beginning this past Sunday, we are now recording the race and field results and providing them back to you in two forms:  1) ribbons and 2) results - both available at each subsequent Meet.  Places are determined by a child's age and gender within a race heat (or for field events, all participating members of the age/gender category, e.g., 5-year-old girls, 7-year-old boys, etc.).  Here's what you can expect:
 
Ribbons - EVERY participant gets a ribbon, but we do award places 1 - 6, with honorable mentions for everyone else.  Ribbons are a mostly self-serve operation due to the volume we process.  When you come to the Meet, there will be a ribbon table in the Admin area.  We print labels for every result, sorted by name (last name, first name); you locate your (child/ren's) labels, then pull the appropriate ribbons from our ribbon box; then put the label on the tag on the back side of the appropriate ribbon.  (We will have someone available to help with this process most weeks.)
 
Results - We also provide the race results to you in spreadsheet form online, and in a (single, shared) printed copy available at the Meets.  We try to get results posted by the weekend, but our main goal is making sure ribbon labels are ready, so sometimes the web results take a back seat in priority.  Still, they will ultimately be there for reference to see progress over the course of the season.
 
PLEASE NOTE:  Due to last week's weather conditions, we do have a few race result sheets and timing slips that are a wee tad hard to read, so it is possible we will have some race heats where we are only able to assign finish order (1st - 6th), and cannot provide exact times.  We do apologize for the inconvenience; please know our Head Timers all did an OUTSTANDING job, and this is the fault only of the weather and the timing devices which are sometimes finicky and do not want to cooperate with the computer, leaving us with only the printed (and in this case, damp) slips for reference.
 
2.  HIGH JUMP CLINIC:  We will again be offering the high jump clinic for the 9-14-year-olds before each of their respective Meets, so 9-14s who are interested should arrive at 10 am (Red Group) or 2:30 pm (Blue Group) accordingly.
 
3.  RACE EVENTS - And finally, this week's expected race events will be (in this order):  the 100M, the 800M, the 200M, and the 1600M/mile (time-permitting).  PLEASE listen for your age group to be called for races - things were very confusing in the high winds and rain last week so we were a bit more lax, but beginning this week, we will be enforcing our regular policy of NOT going back and running additional heats for kids who missed their age group's race heat.  PLEASE remind kids to listen for their age group to be called to the start line; once we've run their age group, we will not go back and add them to another age group or run an additional heat.  (Field events are always open to all age groups.)
 
One last reminder that we do post all of these emails to the "News" page of our website for later reference, and you can also always check the calendar on the front page for daily schedules.  
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @McLeanYouthTF, and we hope to see everyone on Sunday!
 
The MYTF Team
 
RED Meets
9:00 am - 5-8-year-olds
11:00 am - 9-14-year-olds
 
BLUE Meets 
1:30 pm - 5-8-year-olds
3:30 pm - 9-14-year-olds
 
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TUESDAY, APRIL 17th, 2018:
 
Good morning, MYTFers!
 
First, a quick note of thanks and a bit of awe for all of you who braved the weather on Sunday before it got out of hand and caused us to shut down.  We know the late afternoon group was disappointed, but trust us, it wasn't pretty out there!  So far, this Sunday's forecast looks MUCH better (although we're a bit afraid to say that out loud...), so hopefully we're on a warming (if still windy) trend - and dryer.
 
Now, two VERY important reminders for things coming up this week, and flyers for each are attached for your reference:
 
1.  Dinner at CAVA tomorrow night (Wed, 4/18) to raise funds for MYTF:  Please remember to make CAVA McLean (1445 Chain Bridge Rd) your choice for family dinner out tomorrow night!  From 6 pm to 10 pm (so, plenty of time to get there even after the late practices!), MYTF will be the beneficiary of the evening's proceeds.  Please remember to tell them you're with MYTF, and to thank them for their support of our program!
 
2.  MYTF gives back this Sunday, 4/22 - MYTF is a proud participant in Fairfax County's "Fairfax Athletes Stand Together (F.A.S.T.)" program, which matches local sports programs with communities in need.  We've been asked to support a local food pantry by having our families each bring a canned or boxed food item from the list below to this Sunday's Meets for collection.  Please know there is no obligation, but we highly encourage support of this program as the recipients of our support are our neighbors right here in Fairfax County.  If every one of our families brings at least one item, we can have a VERY big impact in just one day!  
 
Here's the list of needed items in case you want to pick one up on your next grocery trip:
  • Quinoa
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Dry kidney beans
  • Dry black beans
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Canola oil
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Flour
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Diapers (Newborn and Size 1, specifically)
  • Toilet paper
Thank you all in advance for your generous support of the F.A.S.T. program, and we hope to see you all at CAVA tomorrow night!
 
The MYTF Team
 
 
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13th, 2018:
 
Happy Friday, everyone!
 
LOTS to cover in advance of Sunday's Meets, so let's get to it:
 
***WEATHER ALERT***
First, we want to make sure everyone is aware of Sunday's forecast, which includes not only showers, but possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.  If the showers are intermittent and not too overwhelming, we will absolutely hold the Meet!  HOWEVER, if the rains become too driving or at the first sign of thunder or lightning, we will suspend or cancel the Meet.  We generally do NOT cancel based on forecasts alone - we all know how unreliable they can be around here - so PLEASE stay tuned to your RainedOut alerts*.  
(*If you haven't already signed up for RainedOut alerts, now would be an excellent time to do so!  Text the word TURBOJAV to 84483 to sign up for MYTF alerts.)
 
For safety reasons, everyone must leave the stadium and remain clear for at least 30 minutes following the last sign of thunder or lightning.  If we can suspend and resume, we will, but keep in mind our permit is for a limited time (we must conclude by 6:00 pm), and depending on when thunder begins and how long it lasts, we may not be able to continue.  We are also not able to reschedule Meets due to the lack of available facilities, so let's all cross our fingers for some good weather mojo!
 
TOP TEN OTHER THINGS TO KNOW FOR SUNDAY  (We warned you there was a LOT this week!)
 
1.  Since many have asked:  no, you may not come to the other Group's Meet if you are unable to make your own.  We know you're just one family, but if we let one of you do it, we have to let everyone do it, and pretty soon, we have everyone at a single Meet and have defeated the whole reason we divided in the first place.  PLEASE ONLY COME TO THE MEET ASSIGNED FOR YOUR GROUP.
 
2.  WATER ONLY on the turf field, please!  We saw that Gatorade bottle last week... 
 
3.  Speaking of water, please remember to bring LOTS of it, because the only onsite source for refilling your water bottles will be those rain showers!
 
4.   This week's race events will be the 100M, 400M, 1600M (Mile), and if time permits, the 200M (the first week, it is entirely possible we will not have time for the 4th event).  Please remember that while you are free to come and go as you need, we do race events by age & gender and we do *not* go back and re-do an age once it's been completed, so if you want to participate in a particular event, you kinda have to be there when it's called.  We can't predict exact start times, but we will run the races in the order listed above.  All three field events (Long Jump, Shot Pot, and Turbo/AeroJav) will be available as long as the rain permits (i.e., the Long Jump pit may be closed if the showers make the sand unusable), and are open to all ages throughout the Meet to be visited between race events as desired.
 
5.  We will be timing/measuring and recording results this week.  PLEEEEEEASE remember that ALL of our event leaders as well as our Head Timers are parent volunteers and mostly new to the gig, so be patient and understanding as they are learning!
 
6.  With the recorded results, we will issue ribbons* to all participants for all events.  EVERYONE gets a ribbon, but we do award places (1st through 6th, with Honorable Mention for 7th & higher).  (*Ribbons will be available for pickup at the NEXT Meet, and we'll explain that process in next week's email.)
 
7.  PARKING is a challenge on Sundays because there is a church that meets at the school in the late morning/early afternoon hours.  The 9:00 am and 3:30 pm Meet times should be okay, but the 11:00 am and 1:30 pm groups should keep in mind that spaces will be limited, and you may need to park on the other side of the school or along the street, so please be prepared.
 
8.  Did we mention that there is RAIN in the forecast?  Please remember to dress accordingly!  Hats with brims are VERY helpful on rainy days, and light, removable layers are always the best option, especially since it will be (thank goodness!) a LOT warmer than last week.
 
9.  Please remember your RACE BIB!  We provide the safety pins.
 
10.  And finally, if you didn't hear our big announcement last week (drumroll please):  our awesome sponsor/fundraising partner CHOPT McLean has offered that for the remainder of the season, the Group with the afternoon Meet each week can show their race bib for a FREE kid's salad on Sunday nights!  So, Red Group this week, rain or shine, remember to head to CHOPT (in the Total Wine shopping center on Chain Bridge Road) for dinner after the Meet on Sundaywith your kids' race bibs in hand.  (And yes, Chopt knows that this week is "Red".)
 
THIS WEEK'S MEET SCHEDULE:
  • BLUE 5-8-year-olds:  9:00 am start
  • BLUE 9-14-year-olds:  11:00 am start
  • RED 5-8-year-olds:  1:30 pm start
  • RED 9-14-year-olds:  3:30 pm start
And not for this week specifically but just because: did you know MYTF now has a Twitter account?  Please follow us @McLeanYouthTF!  You can also follow McLean Youth Athletics (our parent organization) at @MYA_Athletics. 
 
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
The MYTF Team
 
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MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018:
 
Happy Monday, everyone!
 

Well, THAT was a cold start to the season!  But WOW, what an incredible turnout for such a frigid, blustery day:  more than 80 (well-bundled) runners showed up for the morning Orientation Meet (Red), and more than 100 for the afternoon Meet (Blue)!  We are so impressed with the fortitude of our MYTFers - and their parents!  :)

 
A couple quick updates for this week:
  • RED GROUP - NO PRACTICES ON THURSDAY:  This has been on the calendar on our website, but we want to call everyone's attention to the fact that due to a school event, we do NOT have access to the Cooper MS field this Thursday, 4/12.  After some internal discussion, our only real option is to cancel the Red Group practices for that day, because unfortunately, Churchill is just not big enough to handle everyone, especially with its limited parking.  Blue will go on as scheduled at Churchill.  We know that's not really fair, but it is entirely possible that we will have another such cancellation this season, in which case we'll be able to restore balance.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a makeup; it's not an ideal situation, but it's one of the hazards in a County with more sports than available facilities.
  • Lost & Found - it only took one day of Meets to completely fill up our Lost & Found bucket!  We've collected several jackets, and a goodly amount of water bottles and hanteens (but thank goodness you all labeled them!), so please be sure to drop by the Admin area at next Sunday's Meet to see if you may be the proud owner of any of the collected items.  (All unclaimed items will be brought each Sunday for the remainder of the season, so don't worry if you can't make it this week.)
  • PARENTS:  please remember that MYTF is NOT a drop-off sport.  If you attended yesterday's opening sessions, you heard us make the plea, but for those who couldn't make it and are new to the program:  yes, we know your 13-year-old has her own phone and can ride her bike everywhere else by herself, but here at MYTF, parental presence WITH transportation is a program requirement   We have had too many incidents arise during practices and Meets that a) necessitate the sudden cancellation of practice due to a weather or security emergency, or b) require an adult to attend to an injury or other personal emergency, and there are not nearly enough coaches to fit all 50+ kids who attend any given practice (or 150 who attend any given Meet) into their cars, or enough to spare a coach to tend to a single child's injury or issue.  And believe us:  if your family is doing it, so are others, so please don't count on the numbers working in your favor!  Carpools with friends and neighbors are absolutely welcome and encouraged, as long as your child knows who their designated adult is, but an ADULT withTRANSPORTATION MUST remain onsite at EVERY event - both practices and Meets.  Thank you for your cooperation with this important safety policy!
And with that, we'll close out with a quick recap of this week's practice schedules:
 
BLUE - CHURCHILL ES
5-8s:  Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 pmWednesday6:00 pm
9-14s:  Tuesday and Thursday6:00 pmWednesday5:00 pm 
 
RED - COOPER MS
5-8s:  Tuesday5:00 pmWednesday6:00 pm - NO THURSDAY PRACTICE THIS WEEK
9-14s:  Tuesday6:00 pmWednesday5:00 pm - NO THURSDAY PRACTICE THIS WEEK
 
Thank you all for a GREAT first week!
The MYTF Team
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FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018
 
Happy Friday, everyone!
 
Below you will find everything you need to know for this Sunday's Orientation Meet, but first, three VERY important announcements:
  • ALL RUNNERS REPORT AT EITHER 9:00 am (Red) OR 1:30 pm (Blue).  The times listed in the newsletter are correct; the webpage was wrong.  We are sorry for that error, and it has been corrected, but there are NOT separate age division start times this week.  Please know that, as with all Meets, you may come and go as you need, and if you can't make it, it will be FINE - we promise it's not hard to catch on at the next Meet!
  • TONIGHT, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at RoadRunner Sports in Falls Church is the first MYTF fundraiser of the season!  PLEASE come support MYTF by seeing what RoadRunner has to offer, and partaking of the fun and festivities.  An event flyer with more info is attached.
  • We still need a BLUE Group Head Timer for 5-8-year-olds.  Please understand that we cannot record results and issue ribbons if we do not find someone to fill this role!  It's only for five Meets (Orientation is a learning time only, and we don't record results at Family Fun). No prior experience is required, so if you can make this important commitment, please let us know ASAP and plan to get some training and practice in during the Orientation Meet on Sunday.
ORIENTATION MEET INFO:
 
It looks like the forecast of Saturday snow has now turned to overnight rain, so we are expecting to be ON for Sunday!   That said, it will be a cold Meet, so please remember to dress appropriately!  
 
Kids should wear:
  • Several light layers that can be added/removed as they get warm from running/colder as they rest between events.
  • A warm jacket for check-in and when we're doing the quick intro, and for when they're done - they will cool down quickly in 40-degree weather!
  • Sneakers (they don't have to be fancy running shoes, they just need to be rubber-soled sneakers; they may NOT be spikes, Crocs, boots, sandals, skate-shoes, or any other non-sneaker variants).
  • A hat, preferably a warm one that covers their ears (yes, even when they're running!  Especially if it's at all windy, ears quickly get VERY cold in the breeze of running!).
  • Gloves or mittens, because little fingers get cold even when you're running, and it's hard to run properly with your hands in your pockets! 
Adults:  Remember that you too will be outside for a few hours - warm jackets, hats, gloves, and a maybe a blanket for the bleachers (which are metal).  Of course, the very best way to keep warm is to come down and help with our many volunteer activities!  :)
 
Also bring:
  • water, in a REUSABLE (and LABELED!) water bottle - even in cold, they will get thirsty from running around, and there are NO water sources on site!
  • NO other liquids (or solids, for that matter) are allowed on the turf field inside the Track, so please keep hot liquids, juice, snacks, etc. in the stands with you.
That's it.  We provide everything else you need!
 
Rough schedule:
 
We can't give exact times because how long everything will take depends almost entirely on turnout.  But in short, you will check-in when you arrive to get race bibs and other goodies; we will have a BRIEF intro (we'll be cold too, so we promise to keep it short!); we'll do a 15-minute warmup; and then we'll launch into the day's events.  While we are still determining the exact approach given the weather and potential turnout, what we can say is that the Orientation Meet is designed to give everyone a chance to get familiar with how Meets operate, so if you're new to the sport, this will help familiarize you in a very low-pressure way.  
 
We do NOT record results, we just give kids a chance to circulate around the various event areas, and introduce different aspects of the Track & Field Meet through active participation.  We also give adult volunteers a chance to see the different ways they can help, and especially for our Head Timers, this is a chance to practice their craft before we do begin recording results next Sunday.
 
Rules at the Track:
  • ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FOR THE ENTIRE MEET.  MYTF is not a drop-off sport!  There are not nearly enough coaches to have eyes on all the kids, and we are far too spread out to take any chances, so PLEASE remember that you (or another designated adult WITH transportation) must remain onsite at ALL MYTF events.
  • NO pets - FCPS' rule (but a good one), and violations can cost us our permit, so please leave Fido & Fluffy at home.
  • Spectators must stay outside the Track fence - it quickly gets chaotic with so many people on the field, so if you are not an active running or a volunteering parent, you MUST watch from outside the fence (the Track fence, not the stadium fence - we're organized, not mean!).
  • At MYTF, we cheer for everyone - you may absolutely cheer for children by name, but we never cheer against anyone (it's "Yay, Joe!" not "beat that kid next to you!")and we cheer loudest for the runner who's coming in last, because they need it the most.
Weather Changes/RainedOut Alerts:
 
In the event that snow does, in fact, materialize and we have to change the plan, PLEASE sign up for RainedOut text alerts as that will be our first and fastest mode of communication.  To sign up, simply text the word TURBOJAV to 84483; you will receive a confirmation text within a minute or so.  Signing up with "Turbojav" will only sign you up for MYTF alerts.  And please know that we generally do NOT cancel Meets due to rain!  (Snow/ice, excessively high winds, lightning/thunder, or driving, pouring rains will cause a cancellation, but light/intermittent rain is a very runnable condition!)
 
So with the, we'll see you all on Sunday!!  *fingers crossed*
 
The MYTF Team 
 
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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2018
 
Welcome back from Spring Break!
 
Today's email will focus on practices, inclement weather, our first fundraiser activity, and a critical volunteer need (Head Timer - Blue 5-8s), plus our seasonal newsletter!  A follow-up Friday email will have a little more info about Sunday's Meet (Fridays will be our usual "weekly email" day).  Read on to find out what you need to know to get the season started tomorrow!
 
Newsletter 
Most of what's below (and some other good stuff) is captured in our seasonal newsletter.  The best feature this season?  A Blue/Red Schedule page that can be printed/folded and hung on the fridge!  We will have some printed copies at practices this week and at Sunday's Meet for those who still like the feel of paper (or who don't have printers at home), but please feel free to visit our website's front page for a link to the .pdf.
 
 Friday Fundraiser at RoadRunner Sports - 6-8 pm
Please help support MYTF this season by doing your running gear shopping this Friday, April 6th, 6-8 pm at RoadRunner Sports in Falls Church!  MYTF will get a portion of the proceeds of any sales, and YOU will get an exclusive MYTF discount by shopping during this event!  Free pizza and drinks will be provided, and some cool games and prizes will be included if we can get a good turnout.  (Reminder:  MYTF does not require any special equipment for participation in our program; regular sneakers are fine!)  An event flyer is attached with more info, and coaches will remind everyone at practices this week.
 
NEED:  Head Timer, Blue Group, Ages 5-8
We now have three of the four Head Timers that we need on board, but we need one more!  Our Blue Group youngers (ages 5-8) need a committed volunteer who can attend all (or most) Sunday Meets and serve as the Head Timer.  This is a critical role for being able to record results and issue ribbons, and we promise it's not that hard to learn!  Please email us here at   if you can serve in this vital role.
 
 Weather
Well, tomorrow may be optimistic for a season kickoff, based on the current forecast!  Unfortunately, both practice locations we use have tracks around grass fields, and we use the fields as much as the tracks.  MYTF is responsible for any damage that results from our use of those fields, so (like most sports) we typically don't practice if the fields are too wet.  We let you know as soon as possible if a practice needs to be canceled, but we also try to give the weather and fields as much chance as possible to cooperate, so (like most sports) the time of decision is usually around 3:00 pm.
 
PLEASE sign up for RainedOut text alerts, which is our primary and fastest method of communicating urgent changes!  We will also send an email and update the website, but those often come later when someone is available at a computer; we can send RainedOut alerts from our phones while still at the field making a determination, so that will be our first notice.  To sign up for RainedOut, text the word TURBOJAV to 84483.  You will only receive MYTF updates.  (Text and data charges by your carrier may apply.)
 
Practice Info
And finally:  if we do get to practice this week, here's the lowdown on who's where and what's what:
 
1.  Practices are offered and encouraged, but never mandatory.  If you can attend, great!  If you can't make it, great!  We'll see you at the next one, or on Sunday.  There is no expectation that kids will attend every practice session.
 
2.  The only hard and fast rules we have for practices are:
a.  you MUST attend practices ONLY for your Group (Blue or Red);
b.  you MUST attend practices ONLY for your age division (5-8 or 9-14); and
c.  you MUST be accompanied by a designated adult WITH transportation.  
 
MYTF is not a drop-off sport.  It will quickly become apparent why when you see the ratio of kids to coaches, but it is an imperative that kids have an adult who can take them to the port-a-potty, attend to injuries or personal issue, and most importantly, get them safely off the property in the event of sudden inclement weather or safety issues.  We absolutely encourage carpooling if you have friends or neighbors in the program, as long as each child knows who their designated adult is.
 
3.  What to bring:  WATER (there is NO source onsite!) in a REUSABLE water bottle (we don't like to make a mess!); running-appropriate shoes (i.e., sneakers - no clogs, Crocs, skate-shoes, sandals, flip-flops, boots, etc.); and weather-appropriate clothing - light layers are recommended. 
 
THIS WEEK: 
 
--> BLUE:  Cooper Middle School (all week): 5-8s T-Th at 5 pm, and W at 6; 9-14s T-Th at 6 pm, and W at 5.
 
--> RED:  Churchill Elementary School (all week):  5-8s T-Th at 5 pm, and W at 6; 9-14s T-Th at 6 pm, and W at 5.
 
Meet - Quickly
Yes, we will have the Meet this Sunday even though it may be sub-40 temps.  (YIKES!)  Dress in light, warm layers, and know that we plan to keep you moving!  (Yes, you too parents - we will need LOTS of volunteer assistance!)  More details on Friday...
 
We are SOOOOO looking forward to meeting everyone this week!
 
Coach Adam, Coach Mike, & the MYTF Team
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All-MYTF Email, March 21st, 2018:

Happy 2nd Day of Spring!  (It is Spring, right??)

Hard to believe on a day like this, but MYTF’s season gets underway in just under TWO short weeks!  As such, we wanted to touch base with a few key dates & reminders.  More information about our Orientation Meet will follow in an email next week, but this will help you plan for our first week of practices, and some other important items:

Tuesday, April 3rd – MYTF practices get underway!

Assuming the snow has melted and the tracks & fields are open:

  • BLUE practices at Cooper MS, Apr 3-5
  • RED practices at Churchill ES, Apr 3-5

We will swap locations the following week (and alternate each week thereafter).  Please see the Schedule page of our website (www.mcleantrack.org) for specifics, including the practice times for each age division each day.

Friday, April 6th 6-8 pm – MYTF Night at RoadRunner Sports in Falls Church

While we do NOT require any specific equipment for MYTF other than shoes appropriate for running (plain ol’ sneakers are fine for this!), we know that many of you like to have gear designed specifically for the task.  Whether you’re an older MYTFer who no longer outgrows shoes in the span of an MYTF season, a parent who runs for exercise or sport, or just a super-stylish 5-year-old, if you are interested in good running shoes and other gear, please drop in RoadRunner during MYTF night.  We get a portion of the proceeds from any sales, and you get an exclusive MYTF discount!  (For those less inspired by running gear than, say, free food, rumor has it pizza and drinks will be served…)  Please see the attached flyer, and plan to join us on Friday at our first official MYTF fundraiser!

Sunday, April 8th – MYTF Orientation Meets

We officially kick off the season beginning with the RED Group at 9:00 am.  BLUE will follow beginning at 1:30 pm.  For the Orientation Meet, ALL runners report at the same time for their respective Group (we will split by age divisions for the next five Meets).  All Meets this season will be held at FallsChurch High School.  

So:       - ALL RED Group members – 9:00 am at FCHS

            - ALL BLUE Group members – 1:30 pm at FCHS

More Meet details to come, but we do want to remind you as you begin planning for that day that we do require everyone to attend ONLY their assigned Group’s events (this goes for practices too).  We divided for a reason, and if we make one exception we have to make them all; pretty soon, we have everybody in the afternoon group and we can’t get the Meet done in time.  We know that means some folks will miss the first Meet (or others during the season) – we promise you will catch right up at the next Meet, and that you will get your $60 worth out of the season overall.

We have SO much more to share, but we know you won't read it all at once, so stay tuned for the next update, and remember that shoveling is an excellent pre-season workout for cooped up MYTFers home from school!

The MYTF Team

P.S.  If your family has NOT received your family's Group assignment by way of getting a welcome message for a separate Google Group that is either RED or BLUE, please notify us ASAP.

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Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 Season Newsletter is now available!  We will have print copies available at practices and Meets that you can hang on the fridge, but please feel free to peruse this advance copy in .pdf.  A special thank you to Island Children's Dentistry and Adaptable Minds for their newsletter sponsorship!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Images/Club/7301/MYTF Fall 2017 Orientation Flyer v2.pdf

Spring 2017

Our Spring 2017 Season Newsletter is also available, for those who would like to get a sense of our program.