First SSPJ Track Practice Today (Novice/Minor/Cadet)

Hi All,

For those of you that haven’t acknowledged your Teamsnap invitations yet (please do so) please know that our first CYO Track practice is tonight in the SSPJ Gym from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  This is for the older kids only (those born 2007 or older).

Kids should bring their running shoes, a bottle of water, and a great attitude!


Welcome to 2017 SSPJ Track

Hello!  I want to welcome everyone to our spring season of track at SSPJ.  Due to the weather, we’ll be practicing indoors at the SSPJ Gym for the first week or so.

Our first practice for the older group (those born in 2007 or before) will be this week – Thursday, March 2, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Please be mindful of CCD (I think that’s more of a issue for Tuesdays) and don’t park in the coned off areas near the school.  Subnovices (those born in 2008 or after) will start practice in a few weeks.

We’ll continue to maintain this WordPress blog occasionally, but primary team communication this season will be through the Teamsnap website and app.  I’ve seen this used successfully for other teams, and I think it’ll improve communication for our group.  It can be accessed on the web or though the free app for iPhone or Android.  Registered team members, please look for an invitation to our team site in the next day or so from me or Coach Jeff Todd.

New members, please review some of the information on this site.  We’ll see anyone that can make it on Thursday.  The coaches and I are really looking forward to a great year.

2017 Meet Schedule

2017 Region 17 Track & Field Schedule

Practice Meet #1 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
Practice Meet #2 – Sunday, April 2, 2017
Practice Meet #3- Sunday, April 9, 2017
*Off Week (Easter) – Sunday, April 16, 2017
Practice Meet #4 – Sunday, April 23, 2017
*Penn Relays – Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (not full team)

Region Meet – Saturday, May 6, 2017 (Bishop Shanahan HS)
*Off Week (Mother’s Day) – Sunday, May 14, 2017
Area Meet – Sunday, May 21, 2017 (Plymouth Whitemarsh HS)
AOP Championship Meet – Saturday, June 3, 2017 (Franklin Field)

Practice Meets will be at Bishop Shanahan HS or Downingtown West HS, and I’d consider all of these locations as tentative for the moment.

Practice Meets start at 1:00 p.m., and you’re requested to be there and ready to go by 12:45 p.m.

2017 SSPJ CYO Track Registration Open

20160426-p1000365Hi All,

Registration for the 2017 SSPJ CYO Track season is now open at the CYO Website.  There are activities available for all boys and girls of the parish from first through eighth grades.

Practices are typically Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Meets are on Sunday afternoons.  Our season will start in early March and run through the first week of June.

There’s a spot on the team for all kids – from high level athletes to those just getting started.  The focus will be on having fun and working towards a goal – something every one of our teammates can do.

If you have any questions, please let me know at don(at)

SSPJ Track Uniform Return

Hi All,

I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer.  I could use your help in collecting the remaining SSPJ CYO track uniforms.  If you have a uniform, can you please let me know (don(at) that you’ll be able to return it to me this week.  You can drop it off at 507 Edgewood Dr., Exton.  I don’t have a ton of time to chase people down and would prefer not to have CYO cash the deposit checks, so I appreciate your help with this one.

We need to get them back for the upcoming cross country season – speaking of which – you can still register for the fall season at SSPJ CYO Site.

Thanks again for all of your support this year and I wish you all the best of luck in this upcoming school year.

Green and Gold Family Meet


Hi All,

I hope you’ll be able to make it to our year end celebration and Family Meet, Sunday 6/12 at DEHS at 1:00 p.m.   I know we haven’t seen some of you for a month, but that’s okay, and it looks like the weather will cooperate.  There’s no need for the kids to wear green or gold shirts or uniforms to this family meet, anything is fine.

This is a great chance for the novice/minor/cadets to return their uniforms, washed, in a ziploc bag with their names on it.

We’ll run some relay races with the kids (including subnovices), and a bunch for family members, like the tiny tot 50m and the Parents 800m.  I see lots of parents running during practice this season so we should have a good crew.  We’ll possibly do a Parents vs. Coaches 4 x 100m, and feature a new game we played this year that everyone can play.

Bring a few chairs, and snacks and family-friendly beverages to share if you wish.

Archdiocese Results


Congratulations to our Panthers for a great job done at the Archdiocese Championships on Saturday.  It’s a big deal and a blessing to even be able participate in this meet.

2016 Arch Champs – Final Results

I’m proud of every one of our Panthers, and I hope that they are proud of themselves as well.

We’re going to re-attempt the Green and Gold Family Meet next Sunday 6/12 at 1:00 p.m., I hope you’ll be able to join us.  You’ll be able to return your washed uniforms (novice/minor/cadet), and participate with your kids.  New this year will be the inaugural Ball Ball Relay Tournament with both parent and child divisions.  If your kids have been to practice in the past month, ask them about this new contest sweeping the nation.  Or at least occasionally sweeping the side of the high school where the track is located.

More on that later, and I hope you all have a great week.