For newcomers to track and field there can be a lot of angst around the first meet - not knowing quite what to expect or how to best prepare your runner. Let me assure you, this first meet is intentionally casual and exclusive to 10 East runners precisely for this reason. There are limited events and everything moves a little slower to help our athletes, and their families, get familiar with the meets. That said, a few tips for first time families:
- There is a lot going on at any one time and it's important to be aware of the order of events and to listen to announcements around the time of your event. Youngest will be called first.
- A runner needs a tag or number (called a bib) in order to participate in their event. When you arrive, check in with your team parent (or designated volunteer) who will have these for all registered participants.
- If your athlete is also doing a field event, there is a possibility it will overlap with their running event. If that happens, always prioritize the running event and come back to the field event later. This is very normal and the coach running the event will know what to do.
- Bring snacks, hydration, and shade. Larger meets can be several hours so plan accordingly. This weekend is forecasted to be cool, but especially as it heats up it is important to keep your runner cool and hydrated. Some families will pack tents and lunches and make a day of it while others pack lighter. I recommend experiencing a meet or two before deciding what will be best for your family.
- If you like to know all the words, here's a list of common terms you'll hear at the meets.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND (and the meet a lot FASTER)!
If you are a returning family or you've experienced track meets before, PLEASE consider volunteering. There are lots of roles that are critical to the smooth operation of each event and none of them require previous experience. You will absolutely be allowed to take a pause to watch your child(ren)'s events.
Here is the volunteer form sent out from Remind earlier this week. Thank you!