Winter track & field is much different from spring track & field and middle school track & field. We do not have dual meets in the winter season. We have invitationals, relay meets, and championship meets. All of these meets have limited entries, and we must pay to enter these meets, on a per-person per-event or per- relay team per-event basis. Entry fees can range from $6 per-person per-event all the way up to $80 per-person per-event or more. This makes high school track & field a very expensive sport in terms of the costs associated with its entry fees.
As a result, it is impossible for us to take every member of a team of approximately 110 individuals to every meet. We are limited by the following factors:
Financial constraints. We do not have an unlimited budget. The budget amount we are allotted is determined by the Board of Education.
The events contested at a particular meet. For example, some meets do not contest the pole vault, triple jump, or long jump.Certain meets only have individual events. Certain meets only have relay events. Certain meets have a combination of the two.
The stipulations set forth by the management of a particular meet. Certain meets have varsity events only. Other meets limit us to a maximum number of entries per event, anywhere from one to four. There are also a number of meets that you must qualify for, either by exceeding a performance standard, or by placing in a previous meet.
In order to plan our meet entries for the coming season, we need to know if there are going to be any meets that you will be unable to attend. The reason for this is that we have to pay a non-refundable entry fee for every event we enter at every meet we enter- this winds up being a very expensive sport. We do not want to enter you in a race, pay anywhere from $6 to $80 for each event (multiplied by up to four, since you can compete in four events at any meet), and find out the day before the meet (or that morning) that you are not going to be there.
Your task is fairly simple. Sit down with your parent(s)/guardian(s) and discuss with them which meets you will and will not be able to attend, and mark the appropriate Meet Attendance Form with an X in the Yes column if you will be able to attend that meet or an X in the No column if you will be unable to attend that meet. If you check the No box for a meet, you must give a legitimate reason. The final determination as to what qualifies as a legitimate reason rests with Mr. Koegel and Coach McGriff.
Please keep in mind that not everyone will be running in every meet, and that checking the Yes box does not automatically mean that you will be participating in that meet. If you have any questions as to whether or not you have a chance of participating in a certain meet, please discuss that matter with Mr. Koegel and Coach McGriff.
We will use the following basic guidelines for our meet entries:
For meets with entry qualifying performances or standards, we will only enter athletes who have met or exceeded those standards.
While we will make every effort to get every athlete on the team into as many meets as possible, precedence will be given to varsity level athletes.
For meets contested at the New Balance Track & Field Center (168th Street Armory) in New York City, we will take a maximum of 40 athletes. We will enter varsity events and select sub-varsity events.
Certain meets will be used primarily as JV/novice/sub-varsity/freshman meets.
Whether you are entered into a meet or not will be determined by your development, your attendance, and your level of effort at practice. You will not be entered into any meets if you are not finishing your workouts, if your attendance is a problem, or if you have otherwise not earned the privilege.
Do not expect to be entered in a varsity event if you have not been conducting yourself in the manner expected of a varsity athlete.
You need to be willing to try new events. If you want to run the 200, but you are far down on our depth chart, you may not be running in many meets. The coaches might feel that you may be able to contribute on a higher level in a different event. Be open to change. You may be able to help the team and you may have a better chance of competing more often and earning a varsity letter. When Ray Williams transferred to SPFHS from JFK-Iselin, he said he only ran the 200. We made him run the 400. He came in second in the nation twice, and has the third fastest outdoor 400 time in NJ history. At the time of his graduation, he was also the state indoor record holder in the 400. The moral of the story is listen to your coaches. They know what they are doing.
Please also be advised that sub-varsity athletes may be asked to return their uniforms after a meet if they will not be competing in the next meet. Our team is twice the size of last year's team, and as a result, we do not have enough of the new uniforms to outfit everyone on the team. As a result, we will have to use some of our old uniforms as well, which are of a different style. We must make sure that if we are going to a relay meet, for example, that everyone on a certain relay team has the same uniform style on. We will always make sure that every team member is properly outfitted for every meet in which he or she is competing.