Frequently Asked Questions
New to CYO Track? Find answers to common questions here
Athletes in 2nd through 8th grade can participate in CYO track. For the Qualifier Meet and beyond, 2nd graders must compete against 2nd and 3rd grade athletes. At this time, we cannot accept 1st graders on the team.
Track meets are staffed almost exclusively by parent volunteers. Every family is expected to pitch in to make the season a success. The volunteer obligation is as follows:
- Family with 1 athlete: 4 shifts
- Family with 2 athletes: 5 shifts
- Family with 3 or more athletes: 6 shifts
Each meet has two shifts for each volunteer duty. Working a full meet counts as 2 shifts. Examples of meet jobs are Timer, Judge, Recorder, Shepherd, Starter, softball retriever, or distance measurer.
Practice meets are typically between 3.5 and 5 hours from start to finish. The duration depends on how the meet is run and how many athletes compete.
Yes. There are several athletes on the team who participate in baseball, soccer and other activities. Many will run their race(s) and then play in a baseball game on the same day. You may have to pick between sports at times - especially for the Qualifier, Sectional and Diocese meets - but it is very doable.
|No but you must attend at least 2 practice meets in order to participate in the Qualifying meet.|
You do not have to stay once you have completed your events. If you are part of a relay team and cannot stay for your event, it is appreciated that you tell your coach before the meet.
Each athlete can participate in 3 individual events and 2 relays. The 3 individual events can include 2 track events and 1 field event or 1 track event and 2 field events.