Track Practice Cancelled for today, Thursday 3/5/15

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SSPJ CYO Track Practice is cancelled for today, Thursday 3/5/15.  We will hold practices (novice/minor/cadet) in the gym next week Monday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Our parents meeting (novice/minor/cadet) will be rescheduled for next Thursday 3/12/15 at 6:45 p.m.

In the meantime, please review these forms in preparation for the meeting:

2015 SSPJ CYO Track Parents Handout

2015 SSPJ CYO Track Questionnare

2015 Parents Track SSPJ Handouts To Fill Out

Please have each child (novice/minor/cadet) fill in the “Track Questionnaire” and return it to me at practice.  Please review and sign the “Handouts To Fill Out” and return them to me as well.  You can scan and email if you wish.  We’ll need these completed before your child can compete in a meet.  (CYO/Archdiocese Requirements)

A quick note on the “Consent Form for Electronic Communication with Minors form.”  Please fill it out – but don’t provide your children’s emails or cell phone numbers, and leave the check box blank to give permission for the coach to share the information.  Communication for our sport goes through the parents.  The form is more appropriate for High School athletes, but we have to have it filled out regardless.  Thanks.

On Thursday 3/12/15 we’ll distribute uniforms.  For each child getting a uniform (novice/minor/cadet) please bring a check for $50 made out to SSPJ CYO.  This will be held and returned, uncashed, when the uniform is returned in good condition at the end of the season.

Lastly, this is a look at the Region 17 Practice Meet Schedule.  We’re at Bishop Shanahan four times.


Welcome to the Team Email

[This message was sent to parents March 1 as the season kicked off.  Copied for reference here, and for late registrants.]

Welcome to this year’s Saints Philip and James Track & Field Season.  The coaches and I are looking forward to a great season.

[Long message alert!]


This year, communication will largely be done through our blog,  The email list becomes unwieldy for a group this size (150+ email addresses) and frankly, not too reliable.  With the blog, you can subscribe and get emails as you wish on whatever email accounts you want.  If you have any questions or need anything, you can of course contact me by email at

Our blog will be our primary means of communication for the year, and this blog will be how I communicate practice schedules, meet assignments and meet results to you.

The Season

General information about the season and our team can be found on the blog at our Parent’s FAQ Section:

Our First Two Weeks of Practice

Believe it or not, our season starts today!  The weather is not cooperating with us and it’s a bit cold for us to get started outdoors.  We have scheduled our first two weeks of practice in the SSPJ Gym (107 N. Ship Road, Exton, PA).  Coach Julie has planned some aerobic and body weight exercises to help us shake off that winter rust.

These practices will be for Grades 4/5/6/7/8 & 3rd graders born in 2005:

Monday March 2, 6 – 7

Thursday March 5, 6 – 7 (parents meeting at 6:45)

Monday March 9, 6 – 7

Thursday March 11, 6 – 7

If the weather warms up miraculously, we’ll move our practices outside to Downingtown East High School.

After our gym practices, our weekly practices will be:

(starting March 17)

Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:45

Thursdays 5:30 – 6:45

Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 (not subnovices)

at Downingtown East High School’s Track.

Subnovices will start practicing with the team Tuesday March 17.

For weeknight practices, you’re welcome to stay and run or walk on campus or on the track, but please be back to pick up your child no later than 6:30.  Coach Don would like to go home and have dinner.

Practices start promptly at the time listed.  This is a very large group and we’re most successful when we can get in and get working.


For the outdoor practices, your child must bring and wear sweatpants and sweatshirts for our warm-ups at the beginning of practice.    (Did you see how I underlined that this season?)  When it’s colder, wear gloves and a winter hat, and many layers.  Once they warm up they can remove layers.  Keeping the muscles warm as they are beginning this activity is a way to reduce soreness and improve performance, so we’re going to enforce this this season.  Through at least mid-April – If they don’t wear sweatpants to practice they’ll be given some out of the lost and found pants to wear.  And I’m guessing they won’t like them.


We ask that you be please be prompt for practices.  Maybe even be there a few minutes early.  Know that we will start promptly at the listed time.  Some students have conflicts with CCD’s on Tuesday nights and we understand.  It’s perfectly fine to grab your child for CCD on Tuesday at 6:15 and head over to school.  CCD requirements take preference over athletics.

It’s perfectly fine to miss any meets that you have conflicts for, but please tell me if you can’t make any of the meets.  Our season includes four practice meets – those are used to learn and improve and get better for our series of Championship Meets at the end of the season.  As we get nearer the Championship Meets I’ll confirm with you if you child would like to participate in these meets, and if they do, and do well, they’ll advance to the next meets to hopefully participate in the Archdiocesan Championships.

If your child is participating in another sport, make sure to let me know when you fill out our questionnaire you’re given at the parents meeting.  At this age, one of our most serious risks of injury is overtraining and we want to make sure to keep the kids healthy and happy.

We’re happy to have anyone attend whenever they can, but know that they may not get meet or relay team assignments if they can’t make practices regularly.


Our subnovice program is designed for our K – 3 students, excluding those born in 2005.  This is a supportive developmental program with a focus on fun and games and preparing for the meets.  I’m looking for a few subnovice parents to help coach these athletes.  If you can help and work with the kids under my direction, please contact me at  Without help, we won’t be able to support this important part of our program.

Subnovices won’t participate for a few weeks until it warms up, and we’ll do a parent’s meeting during their first week of practice.


Our last two boys teams have won third place trophies at the Region Meets, and we have sent dozens of boys and girls to the Archdiocese Championships over the past few years, even winning a girls individual Archdiocese Championship.  We’ll work together as a team to achieve our best as a team towards boys and girls team results, but know that we will work with each of the kids to help them achieve their best and beat their best results.  This is a sport where we can do this and emphasize that you are simply racing against the clock and trying to achieve their best.  After each meet, individual best results are highlighted every time for every child that achieves their goal – race wins are generally not.

Meet Schedule

March 29, Meet #1 (12:45 p.m.)

[April 5, Easter Sunday]

April 12, Meet #2 (12:45 p.m.)

April 19, Meet #3 (12:45 p.m.)

April 21, Penn Relays (qualified athletes)

April 26, Meet #4 (12:45 p.m.)

* May 2, Region 17 Meet (Saturday) (Henderson High School)

[May 10, Mothers Day]

# May 17, Area A Championship (Plymouth Whitemarsh High School)

# May 30, Archdiocesan Championship (Saturday) (location TBD)

* Everyone participates in the Region Meet – including subnovices (one race)

# Participate in these meets if you qualify as an individual or relay team to move on

Our four practice meets will probably be held at Bishop Shanahan High School, but this isn’t confirmed as of yet.  I’ve heard rumors that the Archdiocesan Meet will be at Villanova, but that’s not confirmed, either.  Franklin Field’s track is being refurbished right after the Penn Relays, so Archdiocesan Championships won’t be at UPenn.

I’m sorry for this long email, there’s lots to communicate and I want to answer many questions that arise each and every season.  Speaking of which, if you have any questions, double check this email and the parent’s guide on the blog and then let me know at or my cell 61*-864-7503.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you for another season, and we’ll look forward to seeing you out there on the track soon!

Practice Still On For Tonight – Monday 3/2/15

Please note that Track & Field practice for tonight (Monday, 3/2/15) at 6:00 p.m. in the SSPJ gym is ON, despite today’s school closures.  This is for Novices/Minors/Cadets (not subnovices today).   Drive safely and we’ll see you at 6:00 p.m. sharp.

2015 SSPJ Track & Field – Opening Weeks Schedule


Due to the cold weather, we’ll host our first two weeks of practice indoors at the Saints Philip and James Gym.  These practices will be for Grades 4 – 8, along with older 3rd graders – more on that later.  I’ll be contacting the parents of our athletes as soon as I receive a roster – possibly this weekend.  I hear we had a great turnout and we’re looking forward to a really fun season.

We’ll be focusing on general conditioning and shaking off the winter rust.

Practice Location: Saints Philip and James Gym, 107 North Ship Road, Exton, PA 19341

Dates for our first four practices: Monday March 2, Thursday March 5, Monday March 9, Thursday March 12.

Times: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Parent’s Meeting: THURSDAY, MARCH 5 at 6:45 p.m.

Practices will typically be at Downingtown East High School’s Track at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please check this website for information about the team, and subscribe if you wish.  This will be our primary mode of communication this season.

2015 CYO Track & Field Registration

Registration for the 2015 CYO Track & Field Season is now open at  It looks like normal registration ends February 22.

The cost for the Grade 4-8 program is $55, and subnovices (Grades K-3) are $25.  Registration for subnovices may not be available online, so use this form and send it in to the parish office.

Our season will start the first week in March.  It’s likely we’ll be practicing in the school gym for the first week or so.  After that, we’ll be at Downingtown East High School Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30, with some Saturday 9:00 a.m. practices.  As a sneak preview, it looks like our first meet will be March 29.  Other meets will be April 12, April 19, and April 26.  Penn Relays will be April 21.  Our Region Meet may be May 2 with our Area Meet May 17 and our Archdiocese Meet May 30.  We’ll review the schedule and information about how the season will go at our parent meetings in early March.  Check the Parents FAQ for more information.

We look forward to seeing you and your children this spring and are looking forward to a wonderful Track & Field Season.

2014 Cross Country Subnovice Registration Form

Below please find a link to the registration form for the 2014 subnovice cross country season. It says track & field on it, but just make a note that it’s for fall Cross Country. Grades 4-8 register as usual – check the CYO website for information.

SSPJ Track – Subnovice Registration Form 2013

Championship Meets, Archdiocese Performance List

Below please find the Performance List for the Archdiocese Meet (heat sheets will be available at Frankin Field for sale) along with the results from our Region 17 Championship Meet, and the results from each of the three areas that make up Philadelphia CYO.

2014 Region 17 Championship Results

2014 arch performance list

2014 area a champs – final results

2014 Area C Champs Results

Area D Final Results