Students in grades 3 through 8 in NYC DOE schools are eligible to participate as members of their schools’ teams. Every student must have a signed participant release form on file at their school prior to participating in any DTFS event. It is the responsibility of the principal and coach to ensure that only those students with completed forms attend meets.
Student participants must wear clothing that is comfortable and safe to run in, such as shorts, sweatpants, T-shirts, and sneakers. Children may not run in bare feet, sandals, or boots. Restrictive clothing, such as jeans, is not allowed. Students not in appropriate athletic attire will not be allowed to participate. Although uniforms are not required, matching shirts worn by teams help coaches and officials manage the meet and encourage children to support their teammates.
Each school is responsible for the behavior of its student athletes. Students must be supervised at all times and schools must ensure that the ratio of staff and adults to students is in accordance with the Chancellor’s Regulations (A-670):
Each school is responsible for cleaning up its own area before leaving the event facility. Food and drinks are allowed only in designated areas. Each school must have bathroom chaperones for students (one for girls and one for boys).
The officials and DTFS personnel will supervise in the track and field competition areas. Teasing, taunting, and any other unsportsmanlike behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Failure to comply with these or any other rules in the NYC DOE’s Code of Discipline can result in disqualifications and/or further disciplinary action. The NYC DOE Discipline Code can be found at: http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/DisciplineCode
Modified United States Track and Field (USATF) rules will be enforced by meet officials. Officials will make their best efforts to explain any rules or infractions to students in order to provide a supportive learning environment. Please familiarize students with the rules:
The 4x100-meter relay will be the final event at every developmental meet. It will be the only timed event, with the team recording the fastest times from each section qualifying for the relay at the City Championship meets.
At the City Championship meet, awards will be given to the top three elementary and middle school teams overall.
Points are awarded for each division in every event according to the table below:
|1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place||4th Place||5th Place|
|6 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Please note that for the relay events, since there are four students representing each school, the above points are doubled. Please remind children at City Championship meets that they are racing against the clock and not only against the competitors in their heat.
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