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Information for New Teams

Regarding coaching requirements, a perfect situation would have a coach for each group but a head coach with one assistant can do the job, with some assistance from parents (timing, measuring, etc. - it is impossible to have too much help) at practices and meets. From a budget perspective, track is pretty cheap. Many teams are run on a break-even budget by charging a registration fee; some schools just pick up the tab. A typical budget for a first year team is provided in the following tabulation:

Item Number Cost Total Comments
INCOME
Registration 40 10 400 Assumes 10 children/group
Shirts 40 6 240 Can wear last years'/x-country
  Subtotal 640  
EXPENSES
League Fee     175  
Shirts 40 6 240 Sell at cost
Supplies    
batons 12 2 24  
shot put 1 20 20 8 lb. shot - see rules
measuring tapes 2 12 24 for shot put & long jump
tape ruler 1 10 10 for high jump
medical supplies 30 "guesstimate"
stop watches 3 20 60 a lot of people have their own
starting pistol 1 30 30 I use a "special" cap gun
caps for gun 4 2.50 10 a lot cheaper than shells
Miscellaneous 40 batteries, lime, postage, consumables???
 

Subtotal

663  
 

TOTAL

-23  .. ooops .. broke the bank .. !!

The above budget is barebones, but it would get a team up and running; needless to say, some of the costs are a one-time expense. As your program grows, you can get a lot more involved .... if you want to .... some teams hold intrasquad meets and hand out ribbons, pizza party/awards' nights, and provide scholarships ... I just noticed that I mentioned "lime" as a cost item; jeeze, that sure dates me. When was the last time anyone lined a cinder track ???

To help put a typical season in perspective, a League Meeting is held in mid-March and most teams schedule their 1st practice around the same time. League-sponsored meets include a Developmental Meet on the 1st Sunday in April, a Relay Carnival at the end of April, and the Championship Meet the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend which concludes the season. The rest of the season consists of dual and tri-meets with other teams.

Additional information can be provided on request; send e-mail to the league coordinator ..

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