Team Xcelerate: Track Meets: What to Expect

What to Expect at Track Meets


Sportsmanship Guidelines for Parents, Coaches & Spectators

Coaches and parents are a tremendous asset to our youth athletes in track and field and Team Xcelerate and AAU are extremely grateful for your cooperation, support, and loyalty. We expect athletes to hold themselves to high standards of sportsmanship as outlined in the USATF 2004 Competition Rule Book and hope that all parents, coaches and spectators will themselves serve as role models for our youth athletes by exhibiting high standards of sportsmanship as well. We must never lose sight of the fact that the participants in youth athletics are only "youngsters."

Officials and event management personnel are there to help make this a positive and rewarding experience for everyone, especially the athletes. Please treat them accordingly.  The following guidelines should be adhered to at all times:

Knowing and understanding the rules of track and field.

• Showing respect for the officials and their decisions.

• Showing respect for opponents at all times.

• Recognizing and appreciating the varying skill levels of all athletes participating.

• Maintaining self-control at all times.

• Showing a positive manner when cheering.

• Sanctions may be considered toward parents, coaches, and/or teams that do not adhere to any and/or all of these policies.

If you are an athlete participating at a
meet you should also...

  • Always look in both directions when crossing the track. Never cross the track when any race is in progress.

  • Avoid any area between finish line and start line, as officials and timers need clear view of the starter located near the start of each race.

  • Never walk through the javelin, discus or shot put area when competition is in progress. This is dangerous.

  • Be quiet when you are at starting line; make sure you stay in your lane, as instructed by the head starter, during your race.

  • If you are scheduled to compete in a field event and track event at the same time, you must first check-in with the head official of your field in order for you to be able to compete in that field event when you have completed your track event.

  • When leaving a field event to take part in a track event, you must first inform (check-out with) the head official of your field event judge in charge of your field event of this or they have the right to disqualify you from your field event.

  • If you are scheduled to compete in a relay and leave, even temporarily, you must advise the coach.

  • Always stay at least 10 feet back from the edge of the track so you and our club can never be accused of affecting the outcome of a race.

  • Always know when your event should take place to insure proper warm-up.