What does the team expect from the athletes?

The way this team is structured, and the way we run our program, athletes are expected to be loyal to the team, themselves, and the coaches.  There is an expectation of daily practice with the team because “success” is achieved only when they show up and train as a team.   As each individual athlete improves, so does the team.  They are expected to do workouts to the best of their ability.  They are expected to listen to coaches and be open minded to suggestions and advice.  Athletes are expected to be at every meet they are scheduled to compete in.  They are expected to communicate with coaches and teammates.

What equipment is necessary?

A pair of RUNNING shoes is a must. Tennis, basketball, or “cross-trainer” shoes are NOT running shoes.  Athletes will also want a pair of racing spikes or event-specific shoes.

Sweatshirt, sweatpants, hats and gloves are a must to keep the athletes warm when we train outside during the winter months.  Some type of compression tights are also very beneficial and should be worn at all times.

A Fitch uniform top and shorts will be issued to every athlete.  A warm-up jacket and pants will also be distributed.  This equipment is to be worn for meets only.  Students will be billed for any lost or damaged items.

What should I look for in proper running shoes?

Make sure that your child owns a comfortable, new or relatively new pair of running shoes by the start of the season.  A good pair of shoes is the most important item of equipment to a runner.  You need a good, basic well-cushioned pair of shoes that fit well.  You DON’T need expensive shoes with flashy gimmicks.

If possible, go to a store that deals primarily with running footwear and apparel.  These stores have experienced runners as sales persons who can help you with the right fit for your athlete.  The sales people at the sporting goods chain stores and the mall shoe stores just don’t know their products or how to fit runners, despite advertising to the contrary.  A real runner’s store should allow you to run in the shoe on the sidewalk outside the store or on a treadmill in the store.  They should be able to tell you if you over-pronate in a particular shoe and offer alternatives.  The advice you get in a good store is very valuable.

Running shoes should not have to be “broken in”. They should feel “RIGHT”, from the beginning.  If they are uncomfortable when they are tried on, don’t buy them, no matter how good they look!  There’s no getting around that running shoes can be very expensive. The best way to prolong the projected 300 to 500 mile life of a pair of running shoes is to wear them for running only, not as school or social dress.  Shoes that are more than a year old or have been through a season of training and racing should be retired or else the risk of injury is significantly increased.

When are practices?

Practice generally starts around 3:00 p.m. and can go as late as 5:30 p.m. depending on the weather or availability of facilities.  Practice times may differ on weekends and school holidays.

Can my student-athlete participate in other activities such as band or “club” sports?

There is no restriction on additional after school activities or club sports.  However, we prefer that our student-athletes limit their involvement in these types of activities.  Track and field is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and a demonstration of school spirit.  We hope that you, as parents, appreciate this philosophy and equally support this goal.  Commitment, consistency, and dedication to the team are essential for personal and team success.  Other activities should not interfere with your child’s involvement in this sport.  Your student-athlete may be asked by the coaching staff to choose between these conflicting extra activities and athletic participation if it begins to interfere with their training or attendance.

How is the varsity team selected?

The top two athletes in each event are considered the Varsity athletes in invitational and championship level meets.  Generally these decisions are straight forward as the performances of athletes can be ranked.  There are times, however, that the coaching staff may need to move athletes into other events to maximize the chance for the team to win a competition. The decisions of the coaching staff are final and cannot be appealed.

When and where are the meets?

During the indoor season, most of the meets are on Saturdays or Sundays.  Outdoor track meets are usually on Tuesday after school and invitational meets on Saturday’s.

Indoor venues include Youngstown State University, Akron University, Kent State University and the Spire Institute. Outdoor track has more possible venues for competition since almost every high school has a facility.

How can I find the meet schedule and directions to the different meet locations?

The meet schedules are posted on this web site as soon as they are available each season and can be accessed by clicking the “Schedule’s” link at the top of the page.

How can I find meet results?

Results can always be found here on this site.  There are also results links to other sites on the home page, but most commonly are found at www.baumspage.com and oh.milesplit.com.

Can I drive my child to the meet and/or pick them up?

The School District policy on transportation of student-athletes states that “athletes must travel to and home from an athletic contest on the transportation provided by the School District.”  However, under certain circumstances (such as a family emergency) and at the discretion of the coach, athletes can travel with their parent/guardian.

It is necessary that written notice given by the parent or legal guardian be completed prior to the event or at the event site before the time of the District provided transportation, specifying how the student will be transported away from the event site and including a signature from the parent or guardian.

How can I help my child prepare before meet day?

Make sure your athlete gets plenty of sleep the two nights prior to the meet.  They also need to eat properly.  Light, easy to digest foods (primary carbohydrates) are suggested.  Athletes should not drink carbonated or acidic liquids. Hydration with plain water is always beneficial.

What foods are good on the day of the race?

Small portions of easily digested foods eaten at least 3 hours before competition are best, but water intake should never be limited.  Most athletes feel best when they race a little hungry.  Some foods that are good before a race include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, and water.  Foods with a lot of sugar, fat, or anything that will fill the athlete up completely should be avoided.  Athletes should not drink a lot of water immediately before their event. Soda, chips, fast food, and other “junk” food are not good to eat either.  Discourage soft drinks after a competition because they will dehydrate them.