2021 Track and Field Season Updates
See the end of this section for Winter Running.
Spring 2021 Track and Field Update: We are unsure of the 2021 track and field plans. We may have to keep the team to a 200 athlete limit. We understand this is a big issue, but we have to keep everyone safe and distanced. The more athletes we have the harder this is to do. We do not know yet whether we will have access to the Fairfax HS track for Sunday practices and meets. We may have to exclude the 5-6 y/o as in XC. We may have to limit home meets to FPYC only as with XC. We have had up to 750 athletes including away teams at our invitationals, and we will very likely not be able to do that this spring. We do not know about attending away meets. We may have to limit field events with implements. We may split sprinters and distance runners at different locations. We will post a tentative schedule in January. The 2020 schedule will be accessible until we post the 2021 schedule. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Registration will likely open sometime in January. We cannnot add families to a distribution list. Families will have to frequently check the website to see if registration is open.
Volunteer Needed: We are looking for someone with Hytek/Meet Manager experience or willingness to learn to begin training for the fall 2022. We have 2 more seasons (2020 XC and 2021 Track & Field) with our awesome data/meet result volunteer. After her departure, we need a volunteer for this job. She has created a document to explain the tasks involved in setting up the meets and how to use the program. The helper can assist over the next two seasons to become familiar with the processes. Please email the directors at email@example.com if you are willing to volunteer for this task.
XC Home Meets: We are managing FPYC only meets on the days we typically host invitational meets to keep the numbers of people in the same place lower. We have 200 athletes signed up for FPYC this fall. If you add in the coaches, volunteers needed at the meet, and parents, we will quickly get to 250 people. We want to make sure we are staying within the gathering requirements so we do not lose our permits.
XC 5-6 yr. olds: For fall XC...We will not be having a 5-6 yr old age group (those turning 5 or 6 this year) this season due to concerns about being able to distance this age group from each other at practices. If your child is 6 and will be turning 7 this year, they will be able to register. We follow USATF and AAU age up guidelines and those who are turning 7 by 12/31/2020 (those born in 2013) are considered 7 for competition purposes and will be able to participate. We are sorry about this but also understand that these kids will have other years to participate. Spring Track and Field for 5-6 y/os is TBD.
Parents/Distancing at Practice: If we are finding that certain kids cannot maintain the required distance at practice, parents will be asked to take the child home.
Bib Numbers/Lollipops: At this time we plan to give kids their numbers the first practice they attend and then families are responsible for taking the number home and bringing it back to practice. We are not planning to do lollipops this fall as this is a close proximity activity of getting the lollipops, and we cannot have kids all reaching in the same bins to get lollipops. Again, if things change we will make adjustments.
Parent Meeting: We are planning to skip the XC parent meeting this fall on the first day of practice. We cannot have families sitting very close to each other and will not be able to be responsible for cleaning the Fairfax HS bleachers. The "Parent Meeting Document" is accessible under Running Documents of the website. Much of the information is already available on the website.
Meet Flyers/Schedules/Order of Events: The meet flyers from past Cross Country and Track & Field meets have been posted under "Running Documents." Families can review the meet details if you are trying to plan your weekends. We will post updated meet flyers for 2020 when we receive them.
Families can access the registration information for spring Track and Field through the main FPYC webpage. When registering, please take care to correctly enter your email contacts, preferably two, if possible. If the email is not entered correctly, you will not receive the team email updates, and we have no way of knowing if your email address does not receive the team emails sent. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY TEAM EMAILS WITHIN ONE WEEK OF THE START OF THE SEASON, PLEASE EMAIL THE DIRECTORS. YOU WILL GET A CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION from FPYC UPON REGISTRATION, BUT THAT IS NOT A TEAM EMAIL. We typically start contacting the team in late February for track & field and mid-August for cross country.
WINTER RUNNING: The FPYC Running program does not manage a winter program. We have fall cross country and spring track and field. The Potomac Valley Track Club does run a series of indoor winter track meets at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlinton, VA. Interested families can access that information at http://www.pvtc.org/. Both the USATF PVA and AAU have hosted indoor track meets in early March at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD. Information is typically available on the www.coachoregistration.com website when it is updated. FPYC does not enter athletes in these winter meets. Familes may do so themselves if interested. We are unsure of the status of these events due to the pandemic.
Lynda & Geoff Hymans
Co-Directors, FPYC Running