The developmental meets provide opportunities for children to be active, sharpen their skills, and develop as track and field athletes. Coaches may bring any number of children, within reason, and with prior approval from meet organizers, based on facility capacity and in accordance with the Chancellor’s Regulations.
All meets, with the exception of the DTFS City Championships, take place during the school day between 10:00 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.
This season, the program will consist of two types of meets: ‘Instructional’ and ‘Developmental’.
These meets will occur early in the season and will focus on teaching every student the skills and knowledge needed to complete the events to the best of their abilities. Participants will rotate through a number of event stations, where staff and officials will lead short training sessions followed by an opportunity to perform the event. The event staff will also look to provide feedback to help students after they have completed the race, jump, or throw. Because of the nature of these meets, only selected events will be offered at each meet. However, events will be selected so as to ensure variety and opportunity for all students.
As the season progresses the meets will transition to a more traditional meet structure, in which all of the events listed in the next paragraph are offered. Children will be limited to participating in two individual events. Officials will only time and score relays at these events and 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||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, with the team recording the fastest times from each section qualifying for the relay at the City Championship meets.
Two city-wide Championship meets will be held in June at the end of the DTFS season, one each for 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. Because of the number of schools in the program, places will be limited with each school being assigned a specific number of students that can be entered for the championship meet. 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.
Children will receive participant ribbons at all meets. Special ribbons, medals, and/or trophies will be awarded to top individuals and teams at the City Championship meets.
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