Things You Should Know

Elite Speed Policy Regarding Weather Cancellation

Track & field practices and competitions are usually conducted on an “all-weather” surface with drainage. If there is bad weather that day, as a guide practices and competitions will go on as scheduled if there is a “break” in the weather since the surface is always usable (unlike a soccer field or baseball field).

For team practice, we will practice if – a) it is not raining at the start time and b) it looks like the rain will hold off for at least the first 1 hour of the session. If it is lightning or heavy rain at start time we will cancel and resume on the next scheduled date. As everyone who lives in Georgia  knows – it could be raining at your home or job and not raining at another area location. If the weather looks really bad the coaches will make an official decision to cancel approximately 30 – 60 minutes before practice start time

Note: Parents please do not make a decision not to attend practice based on what your Athlete tells you without consulting with a coach first. 

For track meets, the competitions will generally continue as scheduled unless there is lightning or heavy rain. The host team’s meet director will decide to cancel or delay the meet if the weather turns worse during the event. For championship meets however, most will continue in adverse weather conditions regardless, except for lightning. We will use Email, Text, or Calling Post to notify of rain delays / cancellations as soon as that information becomes available to the Directors. 

It is mandatory that we have the correct telephone number and email address for each parent including an alternate number.

NUTRITION GUIDE

DAY BEFORE A TRACK MEET

DO Eat and Drink

Pasta, Pizza, Noodles, Potatoes, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Bananas, Oranges, Toast, Angel Food Cake,

Plenty of Water For speed / power events (i.e. sprints, hurdles, jumps) eat grilled, baked or roast chicken, turkey

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Sodas, Candy w/ Nuts or Fruits, Milk Products (Including Butter), Greasy Foods, Gravies, Large Quantities of Meat, High Sodium Drinks, Nuts

MORNING OF A TRACK MEET (Breakfast)

All athletes MUST eat some form of breakfast as outlined below, a minimum of 2 hours before competing in an event. This will require eating your meals no later than 6:00 – 7:00 AM. DO NOT bring breakfast to the meet site. For many of you, it will be too late to digest the food and perform on a competitive level.

DO Eat and Drink

Dry Cereal, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Bananas, Oranges (NOT Processed Orange Juice) – the juice only and not the pulp from the Orange, Oatmeal, Malt-O-Meal, Pancakes and Waffles with Syrup, Chocolate and Granola Bars without Nuts, Water, Honey.

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Milk or Milk Products (Including Butter), Greasy Foods, Meat, Plums, Grapes, Peaches

DURING THE TRACK MEET

DO Eat and Drink

Plenty of Water, Pedialyte, Juice from Oranges, Honey as Needed, Plain Chocolate, Granola Bars, Peanut Butter and Jelly,

An Apple (without skin) followed by a small amount of cheese can be eaten immediately following your race/event.

DO NOT Eat or Drink

Meat, Plums, Grapes, Peaches, Dairy Products, Jams with Fruit and Seeds, Nuts, Sodas.

Gatorade/PowerAde Only

NOTE: Chicken and Turkey sandwiches can be eaten upon completion of all events. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches can be eaten during the track meet. Athletes are not allowed to each concession stand food unless you have finished competing for the day.

 

Note: If you are not sure what to buy, ask a coach so that you do not buy the wrong thing. DO NOT buy the athletes what they want; buy them what they need to compete effectively. Coolers are a great way to store food and fluids during the meet.

 

 

 

 

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