Joining Track - Try Outs
How to Join Track & Field
In order to join the team, new athletes are required to participate and complete a minimum of 2 try-outs in either the SUMMER (July), FALL (September) and/or WINTER (December). Dates will be posted soon. Try-outs are used to evaluate athletes for potential events. It is based on their natural athletic ability, not how good of athletic shape they are in. Below are the minimum standards that must be achieved at try-outs in order to participate in specific events. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! There are NO CUTS for 1st year athletes, but coaches will determine an athlete's events!
Summer Try Out Dates: Tentative Dates
Fall Try Out Dates: TBD
Winter Try Out Dates: TBD
JOINING TRACK REQUIREMENTS. Before any athlete can participate in Try-Outs, they must complete the following. Turn in forms directly to Coach Martinez. ATHLETES WILL BE SENT HOME IF THE FOLLOWING IS NOT COMPLETED BY THEIR FIRST TRY-OUT DAY! ALL MUST BE COMPLETED!
1) Complete Appryse Athletic Registration online: Click here
- Please note that all athletes are required to have an athletic
screening (physical) completed before participating in
try-outs, and/or starting a sport. MUST BE UPLOADED INTO APPRYSE.
- COMPLETE APPRYSE REGISTRATION 3 DAYS PRIOR TO TRYING OUT!
If an athlete's name does not appear on Appryse, athlete will be sent home!
If an athlete show no current physical on Appryse, athlete will be sent home!
If you have participated in the Fall (2019) or Winter (2019) Sport at MD, make sure you have registered with Appryse and a current physical is uploaded.
2) Complete theTrack Athlete Information Form. Click Here
What happens at try-outs?
Try-outs are really just trials used to help evaluate an athletes ability. Athletes are timed in the 100m and possibly the 400m, and also participate in a long jump. The 100m demonstrates natural speed and power needed for sprint events. The long jump demonstrates jumping ability for both the vertical and horizontal jumping events. The 400m demonstrates natural strength, determination, and endurance need for middle distance races.
. The coaching staff will utilize the talents of our athletes to benefit: 1. The Team and 2. The Individual – IN THAT ORDER. Track athletes and parents must ACCEPT that coaching decisions are made with the best interest of the team taking precedence over the desires of any individual team member. Time and marks are not the only standard used in determining an athlete's event. Coaches reserve the right to use their professional discretion in determining the events an athlete is capable of competing on this team. Track events may change year to year and week to week due to an athlete’s performance, improvement, and commitment level. It is not always the fastest or best that will compete, but the most committed EVERYDAY!
EVENT STANDARDS. STANDARDS are generally used to assess the athletes’ ability. Standards will be used for consideration for an event and will also give the athlete an idea of the ability level for each event. Again, coaches reserve the right to use their professional discretion in determining if an athlete is capable of competing on this team and in certain events.
Events Boys Girls
Fr/So / Jr/Sr / Jr/Sr
100m / 200m / Relays 11.9 / 11.6 seconds 13.8 / 13.3 seconds
400m 62 / 56 seconds 70 / 65 seconds
Distance 2:45 / 2:35 for 800m, or 3:25 / 3:10 for 800m, or
75 / 70 seconds for 400m 85 / 80 seconds for 400m
Hurdles 12.6 / 12.2 for 100m, or 14.9 / 14.4 for 100m, or
65 / 57 seconds in 400m 72 / 66 second in 400m
*As well as demonstrate an ability to hurdle*
Jumps 15-0 / 17 feet in LJ 13-0 / 14-0 feet in LJ
High Jump Same as LJ. Also determined by Head Coach.
*Athletes must make team in LJ before trying out for HJ separately*
Pole Vault See the specific requirements below! Determined by Head Coach.
*Having a gymnastic background does not guarantee placement in the PV*
Shot / Discus No Try-out Required No Try-out Required
*Interested thrower must complete the paperwork and turn in to Coach Martinez.
Please indicate in the paperwork that you want to be a thrower*
POLE VAULT STANDARDS. The pole vault is the most technical and difficult event in Track & Field. Athletes must display exceptional sprint speed, physical strength, and varsity level jumping ability. Those interested in POLE VAULTING WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRY-OUT IN THE FALL AND/OR WINTER and ACHIEVE BOTH TRY-OUT AND FITNESS STANDARDS.
IF A NEW ATHLETE ACHIEVES BOTH THE TRY-OUT AND FITNESS STANDARDS BELOW, THEY WILL BE INVITED TO TRY POLE VAULT ON A PROBATIONARY BASIS.
*Having a gymnastic background does not always guarantee placement in the PV*
ALL 1ST YEAR POLE VAULTERS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO MEET THESE STANDARDS AT THE COMPLETION OF THEIR 1ST YEAR OF VAULTING.
BOYS: 11-0 FEET GIRLS: 8-0 FEET
Here are the try-out standards for Pole Vault: Must also complete the 400m at try-outs.
New Girls: 100m - sub 15 seconds and Long Jump - at least 13 feet
New Boys: 100m - sub 13 seconds and Long Jump - at least 16 feet
Fitness Test: DATES FOR THE FITNESS TESTS WILL BE POSTED IN JANUARY FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE ACHIEVED THE ABOVE PV TRY OUT STANDARDS.
New Girls: 30 sit ups in 60 seconds; 15 push-ups in 30 seconds
New Boys: 45 sit ups in 60 seconds; 25 push-ups in 30 seconds
Attendance Policy. ATHLETES ARE ALLOWED 5 ABSENCES TOTAL REGARDLESS OF THE REASON OR EXCUSE FOR MISSING PRACTICE. THIS IS A “NO QUESTIONS ASKED” POLICY. WE WILL NOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN AN EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, OR AN ACCEPTABLE OR UNACCEPTABLE ABSENCE. Leaving early from practice will count as an absence. Athlete may be dismissed from the team if absent more than the days indicated above. Illnesses and injuries will be considered but only if an athlete has a doctor's note indicating restrictions. Vacations, and/or family occasions will count against the athlete if practice is missed.
ATTN. OUTSIDE CLUB SPORT ATHLETES. YOU ARE HELD TO THE SAME COMMITMENT STANDARD AND ATTENDANCE POLICY AS ALL OTHER TRACK ATHLETES. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE PRACTICE EARLY. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MISS PRACTICE OR MEETS DUE TO CLUB SPORTS. YOU HAVE 5 DAYS AS ALL OTHERS TRACK ATHLETES. AFTER 5 DAYS YOU ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME CONSEQUENCES AS ALL OTHER TRACK ATHLETES.
Track is not a part-time sport or recreation. ONCE YOU HAVE CHOSEN CLUB SPORTS AHEAD OF MD TRACK, YOU HAVE MADE TRACK A PART-TIME SPORT AND RECREATION.
XC/Track Block Athletic Class. The block athletic class is for varsity and potential varsity athletes. Placement requires Coach Martinez’s approval. Athletes can still be on the Cross Country and Track teams despite not being enrolled in the class. Cross Country runners are required to do Spring Track in order to be considered for this class, and remain in the class. Runners must commit to running League Prelims and Finals for Track, League Preview and Finals for Cross Country
Next year (2019-2020) enrollment will require registration and participation in summer camp, either XC or Track, as well as 75% attendance in the summer camp. Athletes that are enrolled in 2018-2019 class are not guaranteed to enrollment for next year (2019-2020).
Also, in order to be considered for the 2019-2020 Block Athletic Class, distance runners must login, join, and upload their training runs from 6/1/19 to 7/8/19 on STRAVA.
Any enrolled athlete that QUITS the XC and/or TRACK team will not be allowed to continue weight lifting. They will use Blk. 4 as a STUDY PERIOD for the remainder of the year.
If an approved athlete is unable to participate in the specific XC/Track Block (Blk. 4) due to a conflict with an academic or elective or activity course, they will not be allowed to move into another team’s athletic block.
Head Coach, Rick Martinez