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Fall 2017 Schedule

UPDATE - JULY 26, 2017

Working in conjunction with the County and the wonderful folks at Flagstar McLean flag football, we have managed to secure a site for September 17th, so that we may have 8 full Meet sessions this Fall.  We do, however, have to make some accommodations for the facility change that day, so we're going to stray a bit from our usual Fall plan.  

We will still have three Track & Field and three Cross-Country Meets, as well as our Orientation and Family Fun Meets, but our order will be backwards from the usual in that we will start with Cross-Country on 9/17 (we typically do a Track & Field Meet the week after Orientation).  That is because the facility we were able to secure for that day is Cooper Middle School, which is only XC-capable (not a full track).  Thus, the remaining Meets will alternate accordingly, and this year, we'll do a more XC-themed Family Fun Meet at FCHS (with at least one sprint for those who prefer it, and our field events).

Also, please note:  

1) We have scheduled a Meet for Columbus Day weekend this season.  We typically leave that as a potential makeup weekend and do not schedule a regular Meet, but because of Junior Olympics qualifiers now typically being held the first week of November, this is the only way for us to get 8 Meets into the season without starting before or on Labor Day weekend, and without losing our JOers and coaches on Family Fun Day.  

2) Due to other activities at FCHS, our permit does not begin until 1:30 pm this season.  As a result, we will plan to begin our FCHS Meets at 2:00 pm (rather than 1:00), and we will not be able to do a "Mini-Meet" this season.  We may move the later Meets up to 1:30 if we find there is no immediate conflict with the group using the space before us.  

3)  Our 9/17 Meet, however, begins at 10:00 am at Cooper MS.  We understand that's a potential conflict for some of our folks that have religious activities on Sunday mornings, but unfortunately that was the only option for being able to have a Meet at all that day.  We will conclude no later than 12:30 pm.

  We hope you'll be able to join us!

So, the schedule is now set for the season as follows (times are tentative, except for 9/17, which is final):  

September 10th - Orientation Meet - 2:00 pm (all runners)

September 17th - Cross-Country Meet at Cooper Middle School - 10:00 am (all runners)

September 24th - Track & Field Meet at Falls Church High School (FCHS) - 2:00 pm (5-8) and 4:00 pm (9 & up)

October 1st - Cross-Country Meet at FCHS - 2:00 pm (all runners)  (<--NOTE:  only the 9/17 XC Meet will be at Cooper; all others will be at FCHS!)

October 8th - Track & Field Meet at FCHS - 2:00 pm (9 & up) and 4:00 pm (5-8)

October 15th - Cross-Country Meet at FCHS - 2:00 pm (all runners)

October 22nd - Track & Field Meet at FCHS - 2:00 pm (5-8) and 4:00 pm (9 & up)

October 29th - Family Fun Meet (XC-themed) - 2:00 pm (ALL participants!)

 

MEETS  

All Track & Field Meets are held Sunday afternoon at Falls Church High School (FCHS).  With the exception of the Orientation Meet and the Family Fun Meet, meets are split into age groups (*tentatively,* they will be 5-8 year olds and 9-14 year olds).  Athletes may only compete with their own age group.

NEW FOR THE FALL 2017 SEASON:  With one exception, all Cross-Country Meets will also be held at FCHS this season (on 9/17, we will hold our XC Meet at Cooper MS).  As FCHS does have a cross-country path, and since we now practice at Cooper which makes also running our XC Meets there a little less interesting, we are going to try XC at FCHS.  Cross-Country Meet timing is a little different than Track & Field:  ALL athletes report at the start time (which is usually 2:00 pm), and choose to run one or more of the 1K, 2K, 3K, and/or 4K races, which run in succession, with the next race beginning as soon as the previous one finishes.  

A few important notes:  

  • The times provided are TENTATIVE.  Our experience is that the younger group, especially in the first few weeks, takes a bit longer to complete its Meet events; that is why on those days when the younger group goes first, we list the older kids' Meet as beginning at 3:30.  IF, however, we find that the younger group attendance or performance is such that we can complete the events in two hours, we will move the older group's start time up to 3:00 for subsequent Meets.
  • Likewise, the older groups often need two hours or less, so when they begin at 1:00 pm, the younger kids should be able to report at 3:00 pm and begin warmups, allowing them a little more time to complete their events.
  • The Family Fun Meet will be our final Meet of the season.  While we have, in the past, scheduled our season into November, we have found over the last several seasons that the local USATF affiliate has been starting the Junior Olympics qualifying events on the first weekend in November.  Since we typically have several athletes who compete in Fall JO, we don't like that our JO athletes always have to miss out on our fun final event, and we do also send coaches to support our athletes during the JO events, we will end the last weekend of October instead.  We have, however, scheduled a Meet Columbus Day weekend this year in the hopes of getting all eight (8) Meets in, weather-permitting.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Children are free to pick and participate in as many track and field events as they want at each Meet, but we recommend no more than three Track events, both to help avoid fatigue (or outright overdoing it), and to help keep things moving.

Each Track Meet includes a selection of four of these track events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600M (Mile).  We may also try to do the hurdles again one weekend in the Fall as we did in the Spring.

Each meet includes all of the following field events: TurboJav, Long Jump, Shot Put, and High Jump*. *High Jump is only offered for the 9-14 age group, for safety reasons.

Children get 1 attempt for each track event and 3 attempts for each field event.  Children are free to leave once their chosen events are completed.  Ribbons and results are provided at the following meet.

PRACTICES 

First practice of the season will be Tuesday, August 29th.  All practices this season will be held at Cooper Middle School in McLean.

 

TENTATIVELY, the practice schedule will be as follows.  PLEASE understand that we may shift the age groups if we have unusally high numbers in any one age group that make this particular arrangement untenable.  We will update this page (and email everyone on the roster) with final information BEFORE the season begins.

 

 

5:00-6:00 pm

6:00-7:00 pm

Tuesday

5-8 yr olds

9-14 yr olds

Wednesday

9-14 yr olds

5-8 yr olds

Thursday

5-8 yr olds

9-14 yr olds

 

  • Children must practice with their MYTF-age group (as assigned on the first day of the season).  We understand this policy is inconvenient for families with kids in multiple age groups, but is necessary due to our County field use permit and the fact that the athletes get the greatest benefits from training with their peer group. 
  • Children MUST have a designated adult (other than the coaches!) present AT. ALL. TIMES.  We absolutely require parent supervision, because of the volume of children at each event, and the ever-evolving nature of weather conditions and other factors.  You may absolutely carpool and designate one adult for several children, as long as the children know who their designated adult is, and as long as the remaining adult is able to take ALL children in his or her care home if practice would suddenly need to be canceled for weather or other reasons.  Especially in the Spring, sudden thunderstorms do crop up, so there MUST be an adult, WITH TRANSPORTATION, on site and ready to help a child who needs medical attention, or should the practice be interrupted and end early.
  • Parking at Cooper Middle School is considerably better than at Churchill, where we've practiced in the past, but carpooling is always encouraged. There are many spaces by the tennis courts, closest to the track and practice field, but there are also spaces at the front of the school, if need be.  PLEASE be respectful of the school property, and park only in designated parking spaces, not on fields, or in bus or fire lanes.

PLEASE NOTE:  Children may attend as many (or as few) practices as they want or are able. Practice attendance is not necessary to participate in meets. These are the available OPTIONS for each child to practice.  MYTF does NOT expect every child to attend every practice for their age group.  Our expectation is that *most* families will choose one or two practices to attend each week.  MYTF policy is that practices are encouraged but not mandatory.  Some families will attend Meets only due to their schedules, others will attend only practices; most will fall somewhere in between.