Tack & Field

Updated Monday March 25, 2019 by CYO Board.

Nativity of Our Lord

Junior CYO Track and Field Information




The Junior CYO Track and Field program participates in the Region 11 division within Area C of the Archdiocese.  It is open to all Nativity School and PREP students in grades K -8th. Both boys and girls can participate.

In 2018, the Archdiocese CYO track program included 140 parishes and over 6000 athletes.  



The Region 11 Track and Field season runs from March 1st through June 1st. There are 5 practice meets scheduled for March and April. The Region 11 Championship meet  held on Saturday May 4th (May 5th for Bantam) and the Area C meet held on Sunday May 19th  are qualifying meets for the Archdiocesan Championship held on Saturday June 1st.   


Age Groups

Athletes are categorized into age and gender groups.   At times, age groups and/or genders

may be combined for an event. An athlete’s time and rank will only be determined within their own age group and gender. Athletes should remember they should set their own personal goals (a PR – personal record) and try to beat their OWN times/PR on a weekly basis.


The age groups are as follows:


Bantam Age Group  

(born in 2010-2013)

Novice Age Group   

(born in 2008 or 2009)

Minor Age Group     

(born in 2006 or 2007)

Cadet Age Group      

(born in 2004 or 2005 or on or after September 1, 2003)



Practices will be held at Nativity Gym March 11th and 14th. Warminster Community Park will host practices until the end of March from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Practices move to Log College in April.  There will not be any practice on Monday March 18th. Practices will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6 to 7:15. Please arrive at 5:55 as stretching and warm-up are important before training begins.  In the beginning, the weather could be cold and windy; therefore athletes should dress in layers (shorts and sweatpants, t-shirt and jacket/sweatshirt, hat/gloves if appropriate). A good running shoe is also encouraged.  All athletes should have a water bottle.  


There will be no practices held on blackout dates scheduled by Nativity of Our Lord, Region

11, Area C or the Archdiocese CYO organizations. These blackout dates can be found on the

Nativity of Our Lord CYO website. If practice needs to be cancelled due to the weather an

email will be sent prior to practice. I will try to have the email sent out at least 45 minutes


prior to practice time. It should be noted: Track runs in rain or shine, cold or hot weather. The only times a track meet will be delayed or cancelled is if it is lightening.


Conflicts with other commitments

We are aware that many of our athletes are also involved in other activities such as PREP, spring sports, cheerleading, dance etc. We expect and understand any conflicts that may arise during the season. Athletes should attend practice when they are available. We would like athletes to attend at least 1 practice per week. We have found the best way to coordinate all activities is through good old fashioned communication.  Coaches do NOT have to be advised if your son/daughter knows they are going to miss a practice. However, if they are unable to participate in a meet or need to arrive late or leave early we ask that you let us know prior to the meet. Keep in mind, as with anything in life, you only get out what you put in. Practice builds a foundation for a track and field athlete. A strong commitment in March and April translates into a successful May. Coaches will take participation in the program into account when selecting year end awards.


Locations & Schedule

Please check the Nativity of Our Lord CYO website for addresses of the locations of Practices, Practice Meets, Championship Meets and Penn Relays. Running Shoes

A good running shoe is also encouraged. Regular running shoes should be used for practice. Racing spikes or flats can be used for competition.


Track shoes come in two different varieties – Sprinting and Distance, please make sure if you are purchasing track shoes that you purchase the proper type. They may look similar but are not.


Note: Taken directly from the Archdiocese 2016 Track and Field packet

Spikes and shoes that take spikes will be permitted in CYO competitions if the track facility permits spikes. On an all-weather track, spikes no longer than 1⁄4 inch will be permitted. If the track facility chooses to make the restriction on spike length greater (that is, no spikes longer than 1/8 inch) the teams must abide by the rule or risk disqualification from the meet. On cinder or dirt tracks, spike lengths are to be determined by the individual competitor. Spikes should not be worn in the grandstand.  


Arrival Time for Meets

Athletes should arrive 30 minutes before every meet. When your child arrives they should

run at least 2 jogging laps. DO NOT go and sit in the stands or worry about getting labels. 15 to 20 min. before the meet start the coaches and 8th graders will gather everyone and do stretching as a team and then take a final lap around the track. Athletes should do additional stretching if a significant amount of time has passed between stretching and their event.


What to Bring

Athletes should ALWAYS bring sweat pants and sweatshirts (hats/gloves if appropriate) and they should be worn immediately after completing their event.  Please make sure ALL clothing is labeled with the athlete’s name. All athletes should bring plenty of water to keep hydrated throughout the meet. Because most meets run several hours, you are encouraged to pack snacks and/or lunch. Most of the meets do have concession stands.


Meet Registration

During every meet, all athletes will need to sign up for each event they would like to participate in. This happens throughout the meet and athletes need to be aware of the registration times and announcements being made. Athletes will need to obtain stickers with their name, age group and parish from a volunteer parent in order to sign up for an event.  They need two labels for the 100m and 200m and one label for all other running events and field events. Parent volunteers will hand out stickers. Locations for sign-ups are located in different areas depending upon the venue of the meet. Please note during the Practice Meets the athlete is responsible for signing himself or herself up for any event they wish to enter. For Region 11, Area C and Archdiocese Championship Meets coaches will enter all athletes


Athletes do not have to sign in to be present or show up at the beginning of the practice



meet. Athletes may come and go if they can anticipate when the event they want to run will occur. The running events scheduled below do not have any starting times and may be sped up or delayed based on many factors. Some parents may leave and call other parents to determine if they can make it back for a particular running event. If an athlete cannot make the entire meet then we strongly encourage attending whatever is possible.





Track and field meets are 100% run by the coaches and volunteering parents with the exception of championship events. Please consider volunteering, even if you do not plan on staying for an entire meet. You do not need prior experience with track & field.  We can quickly teach you all you need to know to do the assigned job.  Without an appropriate amount of volunteers, a meet will not begin.


For the safety of the athletes, we ask that all spectators and athletes not immediately participating in an event remain in the stands. Also, please remember to pick up any trash and water bottles before leaving so we can continue to utilize the track and field public facilities.


We are currently in need of a parent to hand out stickers, timers, field event helpers, and additional assistant coaches. Please contact Todd Coulson if you can volunteer.


Championship Meet

Novice, Minor and Cadet Athletes are eligible to compete in the Region 11 Championships. Athletes may only compete in three events, with the exception of Cadets who may compete in four events. Only Cadets are allowed to compete in the Triple Jump. No runner may run more than 3000m, including relay events. All athletes will be assigned their events to compete in by the coaches in an effort to provide the team the best possibility to win a team championship and the individual to medal.


Based upon individual results an athlete may move onto the Area C Championship and then the Archdiocese Championship. Bantams will have their own individual championship at the Region level.


The top six (6) in individual running events and the top four (4) in relays events will move onto the Area Championship from the Region Championship. The top eight (8) in individual running events and the top four (4) in relays events will move onto the Archdiocese Championship from the Area Championship.


It is crucial to our team success that all athletes compete at the Region 11 championship.

We are limited to the number of competitors we can have and scoring is kept at these meets

(10 points = 1st place, 8 points = 2nd place, 6 points = 3rd place, 4 points = 4th place, 2 points =

5th place, 1 point = 6th place). If you commit to competing we will be counting on you to be at the meet. Not showing up would be taking an opportunity away from someone else to compete or if you are on a relay team it would cause the other three runners to disqualify.




Penn Relays

Penn Relay teams will be coached by Mr. Joe DeColli. Athletes are chosen to participate in the Penn Relays by the coaches. There will be a run off to select the teams. All athletes selected will need to make a commitment to attend additional practices. Penn Relay practices may be on Wednesday, Sunday or before/after regular scheduled practices. Each parish will each enter individual teams. There can be four teams from each parish: two boys and two girls. The Penn Relay trials are held on Tuesday night at Franklin Field and the Finals are Friday morning at Franklin Field. Tickets are not required for Tuesday night trials but are required for Friday finals.


Once at Franklin Field we will sit together as a team. Please make sure you have someone’s



cell phone number in order to find us at Franklin Field. After the athlete runs his/her race they may leave, although most stay to cheer for the other members of the team.


If any relay teams make the top eight qualifying time then the finals will take place on Friday morning. In the past public transportation has been taken. Tickets will be required for Friday morning entry into Franklin Field.


The age groups are not necessarily the same as the Catholic League CYO track age groups. Runners may move up in an age group but cannot move down.

The age groups are as follows:

Junior Age Group

(born in 2007, 2008 or 2009)

Senior Age Group

(born in 2004, 2005, or 2006 or on or after September 1, 2003)


Picture Day.

Nativity of Our Lord CYO now offers individual and team pictures. These pictures are

completely optional and are NOT part of your registration fee. We do ask that even if you will not be purchasing individual pictures all team athletes attend the picture session in order to get a complete team picture.



The following websites will be used during the track season.

Region 11 Track website - http://www.region11cyo.org/track.html

Nativity of Our Lord CYO website - http://nativityofourlordcyo.org/

Archdiocese Track and Cross Country blog - http://philacyotrack.blogspot.com/


Other questions

If you have any other questions not addressed here, please feel free to ask one of us.  We are committed to your children and love teaching them all about track & field.  Our enthusiasm for the sport also carries over to our parents. If you want to learn more please ask us!


Please feel free to contact any of the coaches:

Head Coach Distance, Sprints

Todd Coulson



Assistant Coach

Mellisa Madden



Assistant Coach

Steve Dunn (St. Cyril)



Assistant Coach


Jen Sock



Assistant Coach


Mike Sock