Monroe Middle School Track Meets 101
The following is a very condensed version of what to expect at 4J middle school track meets taken from a full (thick) 4J Athletic Handbook of information. Full handbook may be viewed upon request and all coaches will have a copy. Some information has been provided by Monroe coaching staff.
Good sportsmanship and respectful behavior at all times is extremely important. Coaches will discuss conduct expectations at length with all athletes at practices.
High School Federation rules will be used with modifications as indicated below:
Order of Events: In each event, the order will be- 6th girls, 6th boys, 7th girls, 7th boys, 8th girls, 8th boys
MONROE'S 2014 MEET SCHEDULE is on the calendar to the left. All meets are on THURSDAYS.
Athletes may participate in three events plus a relay. They may not run three
races plus relay (example: two running events, one field and the relay would be allowed)
Dual Meet time schedule (for meets on Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1):
- The first running event should begin at 4:45, then “rolling schedule” (see below)
- The first field event should begin as close to 4:30 as possible (or at least 15 min. to be allowed after buses arrive.)
SUB-DISTRICT (May 8) and DISTRICT (May 15) time schedules will be posted prior on Monroe website closer to meet
- 80 Meter Hurdles ( 8 hurdles per lane, 12m to first hurdle, 7.5m between and 15.5m to finish)
- 1500 Meters (3 and ¾ laps around the track)
- 100 Meters (1/4 lap of the track- straight length)
- 400 Meters (one full lap)
- 200 Meters (one half of a lap, start with curve, then straight)
- 800 Meters (two laps)
- 400 Meter Relay aka 4 x 100M relay (4 athletes, each runs 100 meters, baton is handed off and carried by each)
*ALL running events have the SAME FINISH LINE. Only the start line changes, depending on the race
* All races 400m and shorter are run one person per lane and athletes must stay in their own lane the entire race
* Start line is “staggered” to account for curve so all athletes run the exact same distance regardless of lane. Stagger start line varies by race and is already painted on the track
*Athletes may “cut in” to share lane 1in the 800 meter race and 1500 meter races and will be given instructions
* “Heats” of the same race will be formed such that athletes compete against others of the same grade and gender. Meet host school may choose to combine gender and grade for races if needed (usually only 1500 m)
* Meets are on a “Rolling Schedule” not a specific starting time of day. Time of day will vary depending on number of heats and efficiency. It is very important athletes know the order of events and are prepared to report to the start of their race before at least 5 minutes before it starts. Approximate starting times can be given and coaches will help as much as possible, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the athlete to be aware of the meet order of events. Note the race that is prior to your race and stay near start area during that prior race to be in earshot of officials when called to start. Coaches will discuss appropriate warm up routine and balancing multiple events.
*Should start as close to 4:30 as possible for dual meets
* Field events are run as “open” with competitors taking jumps, throws and puts as they are free and available to do so, without respect to grade level and marks recorded separately for final results. (i.e. Running events won’t wait for you, field events will- plan accordingly and get started on field events right away after warming up when possible)
- Long Jump (three jumps at dual meets, four jumps at Sub-districts and District meets)
- High Jump (start heights as listed- bar will not be lowered, so lower jumpers start early!)
- Boys start height: 6th- 3’8” 7th- 3’10” 8th- 4’0”
- Girls start height: 6th- 3’4” 7th- 3’6” 8th- 3’8”
- At dual meets- two consecutive misses eliminates participant
- At Sub-district and District meets- three consecutive misses eliminates participant
- Shot Put (6 lbs. for all girls and 6th grade boys. 8 lbs. for 7th and 8th grade boys)
- At dual meets-competitors take three attempts consecutively. Best throw is measured.
- At Sub-district and District meets- Four trials will be allowed.
- Discus - All participants will use the 1 kilo rubber discus
- At Duals- competitors take three consecutive attempts. The best attempt is measured.
- At Sub-District and District Meets- four attempts will be allowed
More General Track Meet information:
All athletes and spectators should use extreme caution when crossing the track and warming up around the facilities. Keep in mind others are racing, throwing, jumping all around the facility. It is very important to the safety of yourselves and others and for the sake of optimal competition to be respectful and aware of competition in progress.
At dual meets, athletes in running events will usually be given a small post-it note with their time or mark on it (really). It is the athlete’s responsibility to accurately report their mark to their coach (bring them the sticky note). Field event results are generally recorded by officials and given to coaches.
Athletes will be transported to meets by buses. Athletes may ride home from meets ONLY with their parent(s)/guardian and MUST let a coach know when they are leaving. Athletes are strongly encouraged to stay and cheer for teammates even when they have finished their own events when possible. A bus will also provide transportation back to Monroe after meets.
Track meets are NOT rained out. Plan to be out in all kinds of weather and pack extra clothing in a plastic sack accordingly.
We need VOLUNTEERS. We cannot run the track meets without the volunteers. If you are able to volunteer (we can train you, no experience needed) please be sure you are on our volunteer list.
Please send an email to Monroetrack@gmail.com to let us know your name, best email address and cell phone number.
If you already included that information on the volunteer form in the track packet when you registered your child, we should have it.
Aaron Stiegler and Jill Mestler