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Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the DTFS program.

Who can participate?

DTFS is open to kids of all athletic abilities in grades 3 through 8 currently attending New York City public and charter schools.

Do youth participants have to be part of a school to register?

Yes, DTFS is a school-based program. It requires signed authorization from the school principal in order for students to participate.

Does DTFS cost anything?

No, DTFS is free for all New York City public and charter schools.

Why are coaches required to attend a coaching clinic?

The in-person coaches' trainings and informational webinars provide important information about the program, training for the events covered in the DTFS, and opportunity to speak to NYRR staff and fellow coaches.

New coaches are required to attend an in-person training session and a webinar. Returning coaches must attend a webinar. Both types of clinics are offered on several occasions between February and March.

How many students can participate from each school?

Each school can bring up to 40 students to each DTFS meet. However, the school does not need to bring the same children to each meet in the series. In addition, at some meets, according to venue capacities, the total number of students may be capped.

What is required for each student who wishes to participate in DTFS?

Each student must have DTFS Release Form and Consent to Film signed by a parent or guardian and kept on file at their school prior to participating in the program. It is the responsibility of the principal and coach to ensure that only those students with completed forms participate in meets. Each student must also be registered in STRIDES to be a part of the program.

Are there any age restrictions for students participating in DTFS?

For the elementary division, students must be in grades 3 through 5 and no older than 12. For the middle school division, students must be in grades 6 through 8 and no older than 15. Students who are older for their grade must compete in the older grade division with students of the same age.

Who provides transportation to events?

Schools are responsible for arranging their own transportation to school-day meets, and the transportation must comply with DOE policy. Many of the meet locations are accessible via public transportation. The DOE’s Office of School Wellness Programs will assist with transportation as needed for the City Championship meet, which will take place on a weekend day.

Can Adaptive Physical Education (APE) students participate?

DTFS is open to all students. APE students who need special accommodations are encouraged to participate in the APE Track and Field Series. For more information about the APE Series, please contact Tong Ngo via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 374-2313.

What are the weights of the shots used for DTFS?

The shot weights are based on the USATF guidelines and vary by grade and gender according to the below chart:

Grade Division Girls Boys
3rd Grade 2.2 lbs (1 kg) 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
4th and 5th Grade 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
6th Grade 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
7th and 8th Grade 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg) 8.8 lbs (4 kg)

Who can attend meets as a spectator?

Students may not attend as spectators. Only participating students can attend meets. Parents, teachers, and other school personnel may attend the meets as chaperones to support and help manage students. All adults are accountable to their school’s administration and must adhere to DOE policies and standards of good sportsmanship. Parents and spectators must remain in designated seating or viewing areas and may not enter into the competition areas.

What if it rains on the day of a meet?

A determination will be made by 7:00 a.m. the morning of the meet whether a meet needs to be cancelled. If cancellation is necessary, the primary contact for each school will be informed via e-mail, text message, and phone by 8:00 a.m. Schools can also contact (646) 758-9672 from 7:00 a.m. on to hear an automated message regarding whether the meet(s) that day have been cancelled.

Are emergency medical services present during events?

At least one EMT will be on site at each meet, along with a first-aid kit and a defibrillator. Schools are strongly encouraged to send at least one chaperone/teacher who is AED/CPR certified to each meet. All DOE employees can receive free AED/CPR certification through the official DOE vendor, Emergency Skills, Inc. To view a full schedule of course offerings, please visit Each coach should keep a list with emergency information for all students attending the DTFS events Students are encouraged to bring their own water.


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