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Meet Overview

The instructional and developmental meets provide opportunities for children to be active, sharpen their skills, and develop as track and field athletes. Coaches may bring up to 40 children per meet, in accordance with the Chancellor’s Regulations and the number of teams allowed to register for each meet will be limited based on venue capacity. The NYRR DTFS City Championship meet has a limit of 15 total students for elementary school and 15 total students for middle school, excluding the 4x100 meter relay qualifiers.

All meets, with the exception of the NYRR DTFS City Championship, take place during the school day between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. as an extension of your school’s physical education program. It is critical that schools arrive at the meets between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. to allow time to warm up and for a coaches meeting at 10:15 a.m. Events will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Meet Structure

The program will consist of two types of meets: ‘Instructional’ (Elementary Division Only) and ‘Developmental’.

Instructional Meets

For the elementary school division, the first meet of the season will be an instructional meet. These meets will focus on teaching every student the skills and knowledge needed to complete the events to the best of their abilities. Staff and officials will lead short training sessions followed by an opportunity to perform the event. The event staff will also provide feedback to help students after they have completed the race, jump, or throw. Because of the nature of these meets and the limited time, only the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter run, 800-meter run, 4x100-meter relay (timed and scored event), shot put, and long jump will be offered. Students will be limited to participating in two individual events.

Developmental Meets

Developmental meets have a more traditional meet structure, in which all of the events listed on the next page are offered. Students will be limited to participating in two individual events. Officials will only time and score relays at these events, not individual athletes.


DTFS meets feature the following track and field events:

100-meter dash (75 meters on short tracks) 800-meter run (Elem. sch. only)
200-meter dash 1600-meter run (Middle sch. only)
400-meter dash (300 meters on short tracks) Long Jump
4x100-meter relay Shot Put





Athletes participate in events in the following divisions:

Elementary School  Middle School
3rd grade boys 6th grade boys
3rd grade girls 6th grade girls
4th-5th grade boys 7th-8th grade boys
4th-5th grade girls 7th-8th grade girls






The 4x100-meter relay will be the final event at every developmental meet. It will be the only timed event. The team recording the fastest time from each section, throughout the season, will qualify for the relay at the NYRR DTFS City Championship meet. Each school will be allowed to enter one team of four runners in each of the divisions.

NYRR DTFS City Championship Meet

The city-wide NYRR DTFS Championship meet will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 as the final event of the NYRR DTFS season. The meet will include Elementary (grades 3-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8) age groups. Every school that has participated in at least one previous meet will be invited to enter a team in the City Championships.

Due to the number of participating schools, space is limited. Each school is allowed to enter up to 16 total students for elementary school and up to 15 total students for middle school, excluding the 4x100 meter relay qualifiers. Students can participate in a maximum of two individual events (The 4x100 meter relay does not count toward a student’s maximum of two individual events). Coaches will have discretion to select their school’s representatives and should carefully consider the criteria they are going to use to select their athletes. Please keep in mind the developmental nature of the series and consider using participation and sportsmanship in addition to talent when deciding on the roster.


Students will receive participant ribbons at all meets. Special ribbons, medals, and/or trophies will be awarded to top individuals and teams at the NYRR DTFS City Championship meet.

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