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Spring Track 2019

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The program is open to athletes K - 6th grade. Track athletes participate with their age group.

Registration closes on Feb 26th.

The Track Program does allow athletes who are participating in other Spring sports to participate in the Track Program provided parents communicate with the program director about scheduling conflicts in advance of practices and meets.

Each athlete will receive a team shirt and a team warm-up jacket and be entered in six multi-team  invitational track meets which will take place on Saturdays starting in April with the final Meet held in May.

Most practices will be held at the Indian Hill High School Track on 2 nights per week.  Other practices are typically held at Cincinnati Country Day, less than 1 mile away.

Matt Luther, Track & Field Coordinator  513-526-9357 and track team coaches


Track Program
This Spring program runs from mid-March to mid-may

GIRLS & BOYS - GRADE K through 6

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all participants to learn:

  • proper warm-up techniques
  • how to run
  • track etiquette and sportsmanship
  • the rewards of conditioning

Track Meets are invitationals (mostly with Catholic Youth Organization schools), usually held on Saturdays at high school tracks in the Cincinnati area.  The current meet schedule begins Saturday, April 6 and concludes with the City Championship Meet on Saturday, May 18.

  • K,1st & 2nd grade boys and girls at 8:30 and 11:00 (Longest running event 200m, Field events are the Long Jump and Softball Throw)
  • 3rd & 4th grade boys and girls at 11:30 and 1:30 (Longest running event 400m, Field events  are Long Jump, Softball throw, High Jump, and Shot Put)
  • 5th & 6th grade boys and girls at 2:00 to 5:00 (Longest running event 800m,
     Field events are Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, and Discus)

    Grade K thru 4 run in heats (based on gender and grade) and each runner receives a ribbon for his/her place in the heat. For grades 5 & 6, the top 6 finishers in each event receive an award. Each runner is entered in 3 events, usually two running events and one field event. Generally at the meets, boys do field events first, then running events. Girls do running events, then field events.

    Parent volunteers are needed to assist at practices, and to lead the K-2 and 5-6 grade meets. NO SPECIAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED TO ASSIST.

    Parents are asked to volunteer as needed at meets.

Questions? Contact Matt Luther @ 513-526-9357 or

2019 Program Guide

Indian Hill Recreational Track Program Guide – 2019 Season


Introduction and Overview:

  • Head Coach and Program Coordinator – Matt Luther – 513-526-9357 –
  • Over 75 athletes registered in grades K-6, including many that have returned for multiple seasons
  • Team competes in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Track League with over 2000 athletes across the city from various organizations (Catholic Schools, Parishes and Track Clubs)
  • Coaches are always needed to help with practices and meets – please see me if interested
  • Please ensure that you’ve signed up for email/text notifications on the website as this will be the primary method of communication for any team and schedule information

Season Overview (detailed calendar attached):

  • Season runs from March 11 (first practice) through May 18 (City Championship Meet)
  • Our first meet will be Saturday, April 6 at Northwest High School
  • There will be no practices or meets over Spring Break or over Easter weekend
  • We will focus on overall fitness, technique, individual improvement and fun!

Practice Information:

  • Practices will be held from 5:45 to 7:00PM on Mondays and Thursdays at Indian Hill or Country Day Tracks
  • There is no need to notify me if your athlete cannot make practice
  • General practice structure will be as follows:
    • If there is a team on the track or field before us please respect their time and wait to enter the facility until they have completed their practice.  This is for everyone’s safety.
    • 5:45 to 6:00 – Athletes arrive and run 2-4 warm up laps to loosen their muscles
    • 6:00 to 6:15 – Stretching and warm up running as a team
    • 6:15 to 7:00 – The teams will split time practicing running on the track and field events
  • How to prepare and what to bring to practice:
    • A water bottle (note that water is sometimes turned off early in the season)
    • Good running shoes (no spikes allowed)
    • Proper clothing for Spring weather – clothing layers, hats and gloves if cold
    • A positive attitude and attention skills.  We ask that every athlete gives their best performance no matter their speed or experience.  We are all working to get better every day.
  • Weather Information for Practice:
    • We will practice in inclement weather as long as there is no safety risk such as thunder, lightning or excessively cold weather
    • Important – if we receive unexpected lightning or thunder please plan to pick up your child or to stay near the track.  Available safe shelter is limited at our facilities so please monitor.
    • Weather cancellation information – Due to above, I will try to make any cancellation decisions by 4:00PM on the day of practice.  This decision will often be based on weather that is not yet in the area, but we will always err on the side of safety for our team and coaches.  Cancellations will be communicated via the IH Rec Sports notification system.




Track Meet Information – aka “Organized Chaos”:

  • Meets will be on Saturdays throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area.  General start times will be:
    • K-2 grades – 8:30 AM (simultaneous track/field events)
    • 3-4 grades – 11:00 AM (simultaneous track/field events)
    • 5-6 grades – 2:30 PM (typically field events are the first hour, track events follow)
  • A meet flyer will usually be sent out prior to the meet for specific information
  • There will be hundreds of athletes and many more parents and volunteers at the meets so please do not plan to drop off your child at the meets.  Our coaches will be available to help guide our team to their events, but it is not possible to keep track of all of our athletes, you may need to assist your child.
  • When you arrive plan on the following:
    • Arrive early for check in and warm up, especially for the first few meets.  Parking can be challenging!  Most tracks will charge a small admission fee for spectators (athletes are free).
    • Upon arrival, look for the Indian Hill coaches – we will typically have a tent with banner
    • Check in with the coach where your child will receive a sticker with their event information
    • Please listen closely to the PA announcement for your child’s event call up
    • For the K-4 grades typically boys will start with field events, and girls will start on the track
  • Uniforms – each athlete will have an Indian Hill Track shirt and sweatshirt to wear.  Please wear this to every meet and make sure that it is visible during the meet.  Please do not wear a uniform from prior years.
  • Meet Etiquette – meet organizers are typically volunteers that are giving their time to help support youth athletics.  Please be patient with them and respect any special instructions such as staying off athletic fields or mats.  We are often guests at the tracks and want to represent Indian Hill well.
  • Meet Weather – Meets will generally take place unless there is threatening weather.  Meets will typically be delayed if possible, with everyone being brought inside until the area is lightning free for 30 minutes.  The CYO Provides updated meet information at the following number: 513-395-8555.  This is where I will get my information, but if a delay/cancellation occurs during the meet I will not be able to provide an email notification.  Please plan to check this directly if there is a weather question.
  • Participation and Meet Awards:
    • K-4 grades
      • Athletes will participate in 3 events (usually 1 field and 2 track events). 
      • Relay teams will be assigned at the meet – if you are interested let the coach know.
      • Ribbons will be awarded for all participants based on place in each individual heat. 
      • If you feel that your child received the wrong ribbon please ask a meet volunteer or coach to help – they will typically accommodate the request without problem. 
      • Athletes are not timed
    • 5-6 grades
      • Athletes must let the Indian Hill coach know by Tuesday prior to the meet of their preferred events.  All athletes will be pre-registered with seeding in specific lanes and race heats. 
      • Coaches will generally accommodate requests but may shift events if participants are needed or to support relays. 
      • Modifications cannot be made on the date of the meet.  It is important to let me know if you cannot attend a meet in order to ensure we have sufficient coverage for relays.
      • Medals will be awarded for the top 6 places in each event, and times will be recorded.

Other Track Information:

  • Dual Meet – we will try to schedule a dual meet with Mariemont during the season.  This meet has typically been during one of our practice times and is much more relaxed.  Stay tuned for more info.
  • End of Season Banquet – we will have an end of season banquet and awards ceremony to celebrate the team’s season.  We have tentatively scheduled this for Monday, May 20 – please save the date.

by posted 03/06/2019
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