Sign your kid(s) up to participate in Track + Field this season?

We’ve gathered the latest info on gear + norms to help you prep for a successful season.
Keep reading to learn how to prep for Track & Field this season!

GET READY FOR track + field SEASON

Track and Field is an international sport that uses a combination of skills including running, jumping, and throwing; with events centered around each type of skill. The name Track + Field is derived from the typical venue that hosts the sports, a large stadium that includes a running track with an enclosed grass field where the “field events” typically take place.

Athlete’s can participate in any number of events in Track + Field including:

Track Events:

  • Sprints (100m, 200m, 400m)

  • Middle Distance (800m, 1500m)

  • Long Distance (3000m, 5000m, 10000m)

  • Hurdles / Relays

 

Field Events:

  • Shot Put

  • Discus/Javelin/Hammer Throw

  • Long/Triple/High Jump

  • Pole Vault

Here are the latest trends to help you prep for Track + Field season including:

  • Athlete Gear + Equipment

  • Norms for Track + Field Teams (including typical fees, schedules, and practices)

And more, including Track + Field do’s and don’ts, specific tricks, tips, advice, and personal experiences from sports moms in our Sideline Hackers Community, and of course, how to keep it all organized!

get the season prep checklist below


track + field GEAR, EQUIPMENT, APPAREL + ACCESSORIES

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gear + apparel

Track Spikes

 
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Track Spikes helps a runner enhance their grip and traction when running. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and needs vary based on events run. The idea here is simple, lighter and stiffer running shoes will help an athlete improve their times over any distance. Here’s a great article to help you choose track spikes for your athlete based on events run, fit, and a few extra tips: 8 Tips for Selecting Track Spikes. And don’t forget to buy extra spikes!

Best Track Spikes for Youth

 
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These are the Nike Zoom Superfly Elites. Juel is begging for these this season since they were reviewed to be the absolute best for your money! There’s only one issue, they’re super expensive. He definitely earned them last season with this effort; and he’s due for new ones this season… we’ll see.

Other Top Rated Track Spikes for Youth


Running Shoes

 
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When searching for running shoes you definitely want to make sure you get two things right, especially for the little’s; 1 - Cushioning and 2 - Arch type. This article breaks it down the best: How to Choose the Best Running Shoe.

Top Rated Running Shoes for Youth


apparel

Tops, Bottoms, Singlet’s, and Sweats

Good news here… you don’t need anything fancy or expensive to get your kids prepped for running track this season (besides on their feet of course!) As far as clothes, stay away from cotton in general; cotton is notorious for NOT wicking away sweat and/or elements. Instead it absorbs them and then takes forever to dry!

Look for technical fabrics such as: DryFit, Thermax, Coolmax, or any other wicking fabric. They also work in colder temps by keeping your athlete’s body warm and dry. Here are some great options:

Don’t forget about the socks! Just as important, or maybe even more so!

Supportive Sports Bra

Girls should definitely be provided with a good sports bra that is supportive, and made specifically for high-impact activities. My recommendation, have her try it on and test it out by jumping up and down and running in place. You can almost immediately tell if the fit is proper. Don’t forget to replace it by next season! Fun Fact: Most sports bras only last about 72 washes due to lost elasticity. Here are some popular options:


accessories

Track + Field Accessories

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As in just about any other sport, accessories are practically endless, yet not essential. But they can help to make the season more comfortable, competitive, and safe for your athlete. Some of the top accessories preferred by Track + Field athletes include: watch, sun protection, sunglasses, sling bag, towels, duffel bag, and compression arm sleeves.

Best Accessories for Track + Field

  • Arm sleeve - these are used more so in track for coverage while in the sun and elements; especially if the uniform/singlet is short or sleeveless:

  • Gear bag - a convenient place for your athlete to keep all of their gear so nothing ends up in the lost and found section:

  • Runners Towel - Not only is it helpful to quickly wipe away all of the sweat; but it also helps with wiping down dirty gear (spikes, field event gear, etc.) instead of using your uniform!

  • Sling bag - another convenient place for your athlete to keep all of their gear so nothing ends up in the lost and found section, but a smaller version. This is what my boys use most of the time for practice, and to store their spikes:

  • Sun Block - As with any outdoor sport, it is extremely important to ensure your athlete is covering up from head to spike in sun block before, during, and even after competition. Track and Field is one sport that is known for having long days. Make sure your staying protected while competing:

  • Running Watch - One of the main goals for every track + field athlete is to improve upon their time or record at each meet. One of the ways to track this improvement is with a runners watch. Note: Be sure to check with your team’s coach to ensure this accessory would be allowed during competition. Most don’t have a concern during practice, but some may prevent wear during competition.


track + field - WHAT TO EXPECT

A GOOD PROGRAM SHOULD HAVE:

  • Developed coaching staff

  • At least one practice per week for players to work on fundamentals (ex. starts, conditioning, field events)

  • An outlined season schedule with advanced meet information (location, teams who will be in competition, schedule of events)

  • If travel is involved, location information should be presented at the beginning of the season.

  • Website and easy access to registration portal and/or more information

TYPICAL COST:

Varies. Ranges I’ve seen: $50 - 200

SEASON:

When it comes to Track + Field there are two seasons (Indoor and Outdoor). Both typically last at least a few months long. Indoor (November - March); Outdoor (February - August). Typically one track meet can last anywhere from a few hours to half a day; this depends on the number of events, and athletes competing.

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