FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

(1) Come appropriately dressed in shorts, t-shirt, athletic socks, and running shoes. In cooler weather, you may also want to wear warm-up pants and jacket.

(2) Bring plenty of water.

(3) May want to bring towel.

(4) A good attitude, desire to work hard, respect for coaches/teammates.

* Make sure all items are labeled with athlete’s name

Practice Running Shoes – any sports store or some department stores; i.e. Academy, Sports Authority, Sears, Footlocker, Famous Footwear. Get running or possibly cross-training shoes. No basketball shoes or casual athletic shoes, i.e. Ed Hardy, Baby Phat. There is no need to overspend on practice shoes.
Adequate shoes may be found from $20 – $30, particularly if you find some on sale.

Track Spikes – for younger athletes or smaller sizes (< size 5) – try Fleet Feet (Louetta & Champions Forest behind Whataburger). Let them know your athlete is with Northwest Flyers to receive 10% discount. For larger sizes try Academy, Footlocker, Fleet Feet, or East Bay.

*Most athletes will require a middle distance heel on their track spikes.

  • Please bring CASH! Most meets require between $4 – $8 entry fees for athletes and spectators
  • Track meets will typically last all day (~8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or later); therefore, unless there is an emergency, please be prepared to stay for all of your child’s events.
  • ALWAYS pull/print the meet schedule from the website the day prior to the meet (there may also be changes on the day of the meet, so listen to the announcers carefully)
  • Make sure your athlete has their NORTHWEST FLYERS UNIFORM and both practice shoes and spikes. Some athletes prefer to wear another shirt and/or shorts (UnderArmour-type) underneath their uniform.
  • Like with all sports, participating in track is a growth opportunity for your child(ren). Help your athlete learn to be INDEPENDENT at meets (i.e. listening for their race, learning where to check in, learning to report to their assigned lane, knowing where to go after the finish, etc.) in preparation for the upcoming championship meets when parents/coaches are not allowed on the field. Of course, the coaches will be assisting with this step as well.
  • Have enough healthy food (see Nutrition Guide) for athlete and other family members (if necessary); Although concession stands are usually available, NO concession stand food for the athlete until AFTER all events are complete
  • Keep your athlete properly hydrated, particularly once the weather gets hotter
  • Sports drinks, like Gatorade or PowerAde, are recommended to be consumed after competition
  • Bring books, games, cards, coloring books, etc. to entertain the athletes and siblings between events (LABEL and Keep Up With Everything!)
  • You may want to also bring hand sanitizer or wipes, paper towels, a roll of toilet tissue, and extra clothing (socks, underwear, shorts)

All ages are as of December 31 of the current competition year.
The age divisions for competition year 2020 are as follows:

Age Division        Year of Birth

6-8*                       2012-2014

9-10                       2010-2011

11-12                     2008-2009

13-14                     2006-2007

15-16                     2004-2005

17-18**                2002-2003

*Athletes age 7 on or before December 31 of the current year can participate in USATF national competition.
**Athletes who are 18 on or before the last day of USATF National Junior Olympic, are also eligible to participate.

Athletes in the 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12 age divisions may compete in a maximum of three events per track meet, including relays.
Athletes in the 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18 age divisions may compete in a maximum of four events per track meet, including relays.
Combined events are not included in the event count.

Athletes can only participate in the events specified for their age division.

 

6-8 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Dash
1500 Meter Run
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
Long Jump
Mini Javelin (300g)
Shot Put (2kg)
 


9-10 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
1500 Meter Race Walk
High Jump
Long Jump
Shot Put (6 lb.)
Mini Javelin (300g)
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
Triathlon:
  • Shot Put (6 lb.)
  • High Jump
  • 200 Meter (Girls)
  • 400 Meter (Boys)
 


11-12 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
1500 Meter Race Walk
80 Meter Hurdles (30″)
Long Jump
High Jump
Shot Put (6 lb.)
Discus (1kg)
Mini Javelin (300g)
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
4×800 Meter Relay
Pentathlon:
  • 80 Meter Hurdles
  • Shot Put (6 lb.)
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • 800 Meter Run (Girls)
  • 1500 Meter Run (Boys)
 


13-14 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
3000 Meter Race Walk
100 Meter Hurdles (G 30″)
​100 Meter Hurdles (B 33″)
​200 Meter Hurdles (30″)
High Jump
Long Jump
Triple Jump
Pole Vault
Shot Put (B 4kg) (G 6 lb.) Discus (1kg)
Javelin (600g)
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
4×800 Meter Relay
Pentathlon:
  • 100m Hurdles
  • Shot Put (B 4kg) (G 6 lb)
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • 800 Meter Run (Girls)
  • 1500 Meter Run (Boys)
 


15-16 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
2000 Meter Steeplechase
3000 Meter Race Walk
100 Meter Hurdles (G 33″)
110 Meter Hurdles (B 39″)
400 Meter Hurdles (G 30″/B 36″)
High Jump
Long Jump
Triple Jump
Pole Vault
Shot Put (G 4kg/B 12lb)
​Hammer (G 4kg/B 12lb) 
Discus (G 1kg/B 1.6kg)
Javelin (G 600g/B 800g)
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
4×800 Meter Relay
Heptathlon (Girls)
Decathlon (Boys)
 


17-18 Division

 

 
 
100 Meter Dash
200 Meter Dash
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Run
1500 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
2000 Meter Steeplechase
3000 Meter Race Walk
100 Meter Hurdles (G 33″)
110 Meter Hurdles (B 39″)
400 Meter Hurdles (G 30″/B 36″)
High Jump
Long Jump
Triple Jump
Pole Vault
Shot Put (G 4kg/B 12lb)
​Hammer (G 4kg/B 12lb) 
Discus (G 1kg/B 1.6kg)
Javelin (G 600g/B 800g)
4×100 Meter Relay
4×400 Meter Relay
4×800 Meter Relay
Heptathlon (Girls)
Decathlon (Boys)

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Registration includes the costs of USATF cards, club dues, uniform, T-shirt, and meet entry fees for athlete.

Yes, we are affiliated with USA Track & Field (USATF) and local USATF Gulf Coast Association.

 

There are no tryouts but athletes must pass a standard fitness test within the first few weeks of practice. The standards can be found below in the documents.

  • Please bring CASH! Most meets require between $4 – $8 entry fees for athletes and spectators
  • Track meets will typically last all day (~8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or later); therefore, unless there is an emergency, please be prepared to stay for all of your child’s events.
  • ALWAYS pull/print the meet schedule from the website the day prior to the meet (there may also be changes on the day of the meet, so listen to the announcers carefully)
  • Make sure your athlete has their NORTHWEST FLYERS UNIFORM and both practice shoes and spikes. Some athletes prefer to wear another shirt and/or shorts (UnderArmour-type) underneath their uniform.
  • Like with all sports, participating in track is a growth opportunity for your child(ren). Help your athlete learn to be INDEPENDENT at meets (i.e. listening for their race, learning where to check in, learning to report to their assigned lane, knowing where to go after the finish, etc.) in preparation for the upcoming championship meets when parents/coaches are not allowed on the field. Of course, the coaches will be assisting with this step as well.
  • Have enough healthy food (see Nutrition Guide Doc. below) for athlete and other family members (if necessary); Although concession stands are usually available, NO concession stand food for the athlete until AFTER all events are complete
  • Keep your athlete properly hydrated, particularly once the weather gets hotter
  • Sports drinks, like Gatorade or PowerAde, are recommended to be consumed AFTER competition
  • Bring books, games, cards, coloring books, etc. to entertain the athletes and siblings between events (LABEL and Keep Up With Everything!)
  • You may want to also bring hand sanitizer or wipes, paper towels, a roll of toilet tissue, and extra clothing (socks, underwear, shorts)
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