Prepare for a long, hot day if you have multiple children who do multiple events. BRING WATER AND SHADE IF POSSIBLE! ATTENDANCE IS NOT MANDATORY (unless your child runs on a relay and is expected to run that week). Most families bring their own canopy (pictured at right) and folding chairs for each family member. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO PURCHASE A CANOPY (pictured at right). You can find affordable canopies at Academy, Wal-mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, etc. Otherwise, you will likely have to sit in the bleachers and that isn't ideal at some locations. When you arrive at the meet, look for the Watauga Track Club families. The WTC banner (also pictured at right) will be hanging so look for that as well. You can set up your canopy with other WTC canopies. Typically, the WTC families will arrange tents or canopies so everyone is together. The coaches will come to the Watauga area throughout the meet to pick up the younger athletes.
If your child doesn't own a uniform, we will loan them a jersey for the meet. PLEASE RETURN THIS JERSEY TO ONE OF THE COACHES OR THE DESIGNATED PARENT VOLUNTEER BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE DAY. We will hang event schedules around the WTC area so you can keep track of the event order. Coaches will also come to the WTC area throughout the meet to announce the upcoming events. If your child is about the run, they should go the the heating tent on the infield of the track. The meet volunteers will make sure they get to the starting line. After the event is over, your child should come back to you. So please explain to your children where you want them to meet you after the event. Once your child is done with their events, you can leave for the day.
HOW DOES MY CHILD KNOW WHAT EVENTS TO RUN?
If you and your child are new to summer track, the experience can be confusing at times. At the first couple of track meets, your child needs to try as many events as possible. After participating in several events over the course of multiple meets, you and the coaches will get an idea as to what events best fit your child's skill set. The goal is to find approximately 2-3 events that your child does "best" and those are the events your child needs to focus on going forward. If your child is in the 14U division or older, they can find 3-4 events. If you still can't figure out what events are best for your child, feel free to ask your child's coach that has worked with them in practice.
The Regional Meet will take place at The Colony High School on July 14-15. You MUST pre-register to compete at the Regional Meet. The link to register online for the Regional Meet will be available on THIS website starting June 19th. Registration for the Regional Meet closes on Tuesday, June 27th. The cost is $7 per event/per person. The top 5-6 in each event will qualify for the State Meet in McAllen, Texas on July 27-30. Registration for the State Meet will take place AT the Regional Meet. PLEASE PROVIDE COACH GLENN WITH A COPY OF ATHLETE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE PRIOR TO REGIONAL MEET.
The State Meet will take place in McAllen, Texas on July 27-30. You must qualify for the State Track Meet. This can be done at the Regional Track Meet in mid-July. The top 6 in each event will qualify for the State Meet. Registration for the State Meet will take place at the Regional Meet. The cost is $7 per event. YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO SHOW A BIRTH CERTIFICATE WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE STATE MEET. Hotels are very hard to come by so make a reservation ASAP! Please see the SCHEDULE PAGE to get more information on the State Meet.
First of all...THE STATE MEET IS NOT MANDATORY. In order to qualify for the State Meet, the athletes must attend the Regional Meet and finish in the top 5 in their particular event. If your athlete qualifies for the State Meet AND you plan to attend, make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare! It would be a shame to come all the way to McAllen and then your child ends up missing their event. Yes, it has happened before! When you arrive at the meet, you will need to find the Packet Pick-Up table outside the entrance to the stadium. The participant packets (race numbers) will be available for pick up from 9:00 AM – 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Packets may also be picked up on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:00 AM and throughout the duration of the meet. Tables will be set up outside of the entrance of the stadium. It is important that you (or your child) keep up with their race numbers. If you lose the race number, there will be a charge of $5.00 to replace it. Your child will need a bib to enter the track stadium.
Coach Glenn or Coach Aminta will be at the meet so keep an eye out for one of them. Regardless of whether you find a coach or not, be sure to keep an eye on the meet schedule and make sure your athlete gets to his or her event on time! All athletes must enter through the gate located by the check-in tent. Participants will be escorted onto the field when an announcement calling them to either the heating tent area or field event area. No participant will be allowed onto the field without a participant number. Field event participants are asked to report at the check-in tent and will then be released to report directly to the field event site when first call has been made.
There will be 2 warmup fields available for participants to get ready. The four field baseball complex at Municipal Park directly south of the stadium is available to serve as a warmup area through the duration of the meet. Tamarack Avenue will be closed to traffic so athletes can cross the street freely at any time. A secondary warm-up track is available at the intersection of 23rd Street and La Vista which is located diagonally (NW) from Veterans Memorial Stadium. PARENTS...it is your responsibility to get your athlete to the check in tent (heating tent) on time!If your child is running in an event that has a PRELIM (50, 100, 200, 400 80/100/110 hurdles), be sure to check the results before you leave the meet for the day. For the running events just mentioned, the top 8 in each age division will advance to the finals on Sunday. All field events and long distance races are FINALS ONLY. Contact Coach Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We will have three practices per week. Practice is held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Trinity Springs Middle School located at 3550 Keller Hicks Rd Fort Worth TX 76244 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The track at TSMS may be unavailable due to renovations. If necessary, we will practice at Timberview Middle School - 10310 Old Denton Road, Keller TX 76244. Go to the SCHEDULE PAGE or check the Watauga Track facebook page for a weekly practice schedule. NO WEDNESDAY PRACTICES! Practices are completely optional. Only relay participants are required to attend relay practices. THE RELAY PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND RELAY PRACTICE TO RUN RELAYS IN THE MEET!
Each participant needs to be wearing uniform, track spikes (or running shoes) and plenty of water to last throughout the day.The Texas heat can be brutal, so it is highly encouraged for each family to bring their own type of popup shade, and their own cooler with bottles of water for their family as well as a chair for each member of your family.WTC does not provide water or snacks to participants during practice or meets.
Circuit meets are held on Saturdays in our region, Region 4, and begin promptly at 8:00 AM and can last till about 3:00 PM depending on what events your participant does. You won't be required to attend the track meets and you will only need to show up for your specific events. So it is unlikely you will have to stay for the entire meet. VIEW TRACK MEET INFO ON SCHEDULE PAGE.
Each participant needs to bring good running shoes, wearing flexible breathable gym style clothing and plenty of water.
Other optional fees include: Regional Meet entry fee of $7 per event. State Meet entry fee of $7 per event (must qualify to participate).
Track Uniform and Track Gear are not required but highly recommended. Parents can also purchase fan shirts to wear at the meets to represent WTC. Mandatory fees include: Registration of $90, circuit meet gate entry fees, $4 per participant, $4 per spectator. Regional and State Meet gate fees are slightly higher. Track spikes aren't required but highly encouraged for sprinters.
No. Track Uniforms and gear are sold separate. However, if you DO NOT purchase your own track uniform, a white or navy WTC tank uniform top will be available for your use during the track meets. Shorts must be navy or black. Jerseys must be returned before leaving each meet.
Yes, if you are unable to register online, you may register in person at the Watauga Parks and Rec Center located at 7901 Indian Springs Road Watauga, TX 76148 or you can register on the first day of practice prior to the parent meeting. Please download and complete the registration form below and bring it along with your $90 registration fee.
Your registration fee covers your participation with the Watauga Track Club and is payable to the City of Watauga.
The cost of registration is $90 per person. Registration opens April 1st, 2017 and closes prior to the first track meet. If you come to the parent meeting on May 22nd, you can register in person. You will need $90 for registration. We accept cash only for in-person registration. Make sure Coach Glenn receives your payment BEFORE your athlete joins the team for practice!
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