Looks like the warm weather has arrived just in time for us! This is your official reminder/encouragement to join us NEXT WEEK MONDAY for the official kickoff of our 2016 CHAP Track & Field Season!
Unlike the last 2 years, due to the warmer weather we will not be meeting to practice at the Westside YMCA this season. Instead, we’ll start practices next Monday, at 4pm, at the Holt Middle School Track. As always, we practice every day from 4-6pm, but the minimum expectation for team participation is 3 practices/week. If you have a standing conflict with practice on any particular day, please email once (not every week) to let me know. Otherwise, practice conflicts/absences should be handled when they arise, but advance notice is always helpful to the coaches whenever possible (and especially with meets!). Please dress appropriately and plan for a few chilly days! Old man winter is not quite dead yet… just mostly dead.
I’m quite sure my email list is not exhaustive and complete, so feel free to pass this along to anyone else who may be interested in joining us and is not presently on the mailing list. If kids want to try this out before they decide, team registrations should be completed by the end of March. So the first few weeks could serve as a trial period for those unsure about joining us. The returning Sr. High Team Members will have only one indoor meet this season, at MSU on Wed. March 30th! The rest of our Jr. and Sr. High Meet schedule does not really kick in until late April (after HPA!)
For registration, you can go to the website www.chapchariots.org any time before the end of March. Payments can be made online, or checks will be collected at practices by Wendi Kribs, who will be helping us with team finances and uniforms.
Unfortunately, 6th graders are not allowed to compete in most of our meets, though that will be changing next year. A rules change will take effect in the 2016-17 school year allowing 6th graders to race with 7th-8th graders in both Cross Country and Track. So for this season, if there are 5th-6th grade students who want to work out with the team and get a preview of what Track & Field is all about, we welcome them to join us.
I’ve missed all of you over the long winter… though it’s been great seeing many of you at our Winter Running Club workouts! Great work by all who stayed in shape over the winter… that will make the first few weeks of practice a lot less painful for you!!
Hoping to see you next Monday!
Coach Shoe CHAP Track & Field