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2018-19 MJHS TRACK

Track Clothing Orders due March 20th!

Track clothing orders are due by March 20th.  Please log on to https://t-topshop.com/store/ today to order your apparel.  The only Mandatory item is the T-shirt (for students ONLY) at a discounted price of $7.50.  Any questions call Jill Clinite (815)335-7058.

Track Season is upon us.  Please sign up for the Remind Me App for weather changes = Send a text message to this number 81010; text this message @ek3642


Meridian Junior High School Track & Field Handbook

Or “How to Keep Your Coaches Happy”


Coaches' Philosophy- We look at track as the purest and most basic of all sports the one that develops our athletes in the most efficient ways. No sport will develop strength, speed, stamina, endurance, grace, and coordination better than track and field. With that in mind these are the philosophies that drive our program.

  • Develop the individual - At this early stage in your child's track & field career we don't know yet what will be their specialty. We will work on a wide variety of events.
  • Develop the team - We need to be competitive in every event. Everybody wants to run the 100-meter dash, it is easy! That is not how meets are won. We will spread our talent around all the events. Your child will probably be put in events that they complain about, don't listen to them. We will balance what is good for the team with what is good for the individual.

Coaches and Communication for 2019 Season

Boys Track:  Mrs. Barton and Mrs.Rogers           rbarton@mail.meridian223.org, mrogers@mail.meridian223.org 

Girls Track:  Mr. Fritz and Mrs. Lundine              rfritz@mail.meridian223.org,     klundine@mail.meridian223.org



Please Join the Remind Me App for Track Communication

To sign up for Track 2019 notifications, please visit



Send a text message to this number 81010, text this message @ek3642


Click HERE for the track calendar (subject to change)



1. Keep your grades up. You can't compete with one failing class, in the second week you can't practice, after the third week you are removed from the team.  Don't let your teammates or yourself down, put in the necessary time to get good grades


2. Show up on time at practice with all necessary clothing. Check the weather forecast so that you have proper attire. Coaches decide when sweats are necessary so ALWAYS have them with you.


3. All practices are mandatory.


4. Come to each practice ready to work hard. Track and field uses shorter practices because our bodies can't work as hard as we do for extended periods of time. Don't waste time at practice, use every second. Individuals who don't understand the concept of hard work may earn extra laps.


5. All coaches will be treated with respect by all athletes.



Team requirements

1. Athletic fee to be paid online.  If this is the third activity it is free, but EVERYONE needs to register online at www.il.8to18.com/StillmanValley.  If this is the 3rd activity then the code for the payment waiver is waiver1819.  You must also put information in the comments box.  In the comments box please put if this is the 3rd activity it is free, or if it is free and reduced price, or if you will send in a check into the office.  Something has to be written in the comments box to move on with the registration.  You can also pay online with a CC or an E-Check.  Once your registration is complete, you WILL get an E-mail.  If you do not get an E-mail, then you did not register correctly.  DO NOT REGISTER WITH AN IPHONE OR IPAD.  Please use a computer.  If you need to use a computer to register, you may come into the school to utilize one.


2.  A Physical needs to be on file in the MJH office.

3. MJH Track T-shirt ($7.50) Required Shirt

4. Black shorts

5. Adequate footwear - Buy the best training shoe your family can afford to cut down on shin splints and joint problems.

6. Wind resistant coat- most winter coats are fine.

7. Stocking hat



1. Spikes for sprinters

2. Spandex - available at most sporting goods stores - BLACK ONLY!

3. Gloves (cold days)



Pulled muscles are common in track and field due to cold weather, improper stretching, and certain body types. We will do our best to keep these from happening, but when they do it is the athlete's responsibility to rehab themselves with a plan from the coach and supervision from parents. Generally:


1. Ice injuries immediately for 20 minutes on/off. Keep this up as much as you can for 24 hours. Ibuprofen is best to reduce inflammation.

2. Warm up and stretch muscle gently at first, then with increasing pressure.  Athletes need to learn the difference between soreness from breaking down and-building muscle, and an actual injury.



Unless an athlete is injured or serving a disciplinary suspension, we will try to get each athlete into an event with the exception of

1. A meet with limited entries.

2. Rt. 72 Conference

3. IESA Sectional and State meets


Parent Volunteers

We need you to time and run field events!  Please contact Mona Smith to help out.  Her email is msmith@mail.meridian223.org



1. Home meets, generally 2.5-3 hours


2. Away meets, some longer, some the same


3. Saturday meets, 6 hours

Girls Field Events First, Boys Field Event Second

Boys Run First This Year, Girls Run Second


Tentative Order of Events (Conference Meets)

100/110 Meter Hurdles                                                 

100 Meter Dash

1600 Meter Run

4X200 Relay

4X100 Relay

400 Meter Dash

200 Meter Hurdles

200 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

4X400 Relay



1. Please pick up your child within 5 minutes after practice is finished or make other arrangements.  We do have coaches who pay babysitters.  One coach will make sure all students are picked up from practices and meets, so please be respectful of their time waiting with students for safety. 


2. At home meets athletes will stay until the meet is over, equipment is put away and garbage is picked up. If the coaches are left to clean up, there will be consequences at the next practice. No sign out is necessary.


3. At away meets athletes may ride home with their parents or designated adult by having the adult sign them out on the clipboard.  Athletes who leave and are not signed out will serve consequences at practice. 


4.  If a student rides with anyone other than a parent or grandparent, a note from the parent of the student riding with someone else must be given to a coach. 



1  Coaches will decide if absences will be excused or unexcused. Things that will be excused are Dr. Appointments or Family Emergencies.  Examples of things that are unexcused are shopping, hair appointment, and activities for entertainment purposes.


2. If your child becomes ill during the school day, they must inform one of the coaches they are going home.


3. Excused absences:  Athletes may participate in the next meet but the events s/he participates in

may be changed. For example missing a practice the night before a meet and s/he is in a relay or if we have limited entries at a meet.


4. Unexcused absences:

Athletes may NOT participate in the next meet but must attend. 3rd unexcused absence will result in removal from the team.

Detentions = 1 unexcused absence

Saturday Schools = 2 unexcused absences

Suspensions = removal from the team



We look forward to an exciting and rewarding season for all students.