Preparing for Track Meets

Travel

Transportation to and from Meets is the responsibility of parents.  For "away" Meets, each individual family is responsible for their own accommodations, if necessary.  Olathe Athletics will reserve a block of rooms at a hotel as a courtesy.  For each Meet, details will be provided as soon as available.  If your family would like one of the rooms in the block, please let Coach Kim know by the deadline listed.  All rooms not spoken for by the deadline will be released.  Securing the reservation to your own credit card and final payment is the responsibility of each family.  Coaches will assist in any way that we can but are not responsible for transportation.  We can help match you with others to share rides to the Meets.  For Multi-day Meets, your athlete is only required to be present on other day(s) they compete.

When to Arrive at Meets

Ideally, Athletes should arrive at Meets a minimum of 1 hour before the start of the Meet.  Unless the Meet is running on a timed schedule, it is nearly impossible to gauge what time an Athlete will compete.  Arriving early will ensure that Athletes have ample time to locate the team tent, warm up, stretch and to receive final instruction from Coaches.  Parking and entry gates are sometimes very congested so it's best to arrive early and bring lots of patience.  If your family has an obligation on Meet days that may require you to be late arriving, please let one of the Coaches know.

What/When to Eat

Athletes should eat a moderate meal 2-3 hours prior to the Meet.  The diet should include mostly carbohydrates (grains, rice, beans, breads, and pasta), fruits and vegetables and lean protein, such as turkey or chicken.  Bologna, salami, pepperoni, etc. should be avoided.  Athletes should continue to drink plenty of water.  Avoid milk, cheese, sugary drinks and soda.  Gatorade and other sports drinks should be limited as they tend to have a high sodium content, which can be dehydrating.  100% fruit drinks are a good alternative.  Fluid intake is important even on cloudy, cool days when Athletes do not believe they need it.  For snacking and lunch: lean proteins, such as chicken and turkey, fruit (except apples, which are high in fiber and harder to digest); granola bars, pretzels, peanut butter, and hard-boiled eggs.

Dehydration is very real, very serious and can be fatal.  Help us to teach your child about proper hydration before and during competition.

What to Wear

Athletes should always wear their uniforms to Meets, along with warm-ups (top and bottom).  Athletes should wear or bring running shoes and be sure to bring spikes.  Because weather during the track season is very fickle, it's never a bad idea to bring along a light jacket, blanket or towel and an umbrella.  Better to have too many clothes than not enough!

Hang Out with Your Team

Sitting with your team during the Meet allows for the building of relationships and provides the Coaches a central point of contact for sharing information.  It also allows our more experienced Athletes to assist newer members.  Track Meets are typically all day events.  Many Athletes bring along games, iPods or books to occupy the time.  Also consider bringing along the following:

  • Folding or stadium chairs (depending on the location, we may be seated in grassy areas, rather than in bleachers.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Bug spray

Listen for your Events

Most Meets follow a fairly fixed schedule, however, Athletes should always listen for the start of their Events to be announced over the PA system.  When possible, an Order of Events will be given to you prior to the Meet.  Athletes are responsible for getting to the correct staging area for their Events.  Coaches will assist Athletes as much as possible but may not be able to be everywhere at once and are generally not allowed in the competition areas.