West Cork Track & Field Sun 9th and Sun 30th.
This is a great introduction to outdoor season and a great competition for the new athlete.
Only clubs from West Cork attend this event and most kids find it a worthwhile experience as this competition gives them an opportunity to put into practice what they are doing at training.
There is no need to register for this, just turn up on the day and pay the entry on the door (everyone pays, athletes and non-athletes, €3 per person, €10 per family of upto 2adults + 3 child)
Athletes have to compete in the correct age group.
For example on Sun 9th, an athlete who is u11 can not do the u13 shot put. An athlete who is u10 in 2017 (born 2008) can compete in the u11 age group.
If in doubt, ask an official.
Just make sure you listen to the public address to hear the events being called.
Also, make sure you are familiar with the running order of the events, but note this can change to facility the smooth running of the event on the day.
The last track events on the day is usually the relays which are always a great event, so even if you are finished and thinking of heading homeward, it might be worthwhile waiting for the relays. The club’s can enter more than 1 team per race.
For the field events, its expected that athletes will have practiced the events at training, so while the West Corks is a lower level than County/Munster it is still a competition and not a training day, so if an athlete has never done the event beforehand, then competing in that event is West Corks is not fair on the other children or the officials.
There will be a small shop at the back of the stand on the day selling tea/coffee and a selection of sandwiches and snacks.
First event on Sun is the adults 3,000m followed by the sprints, so all athletes taking part in the sprints should be at the track by 11:30 to allow time for warm up etc.
All athletes are advised to wear spikes for Long Jump, TurboJavelin and High Jump events. In the event of wet conditions participation may be refused on the interests of safety if spikes are not used.
Club singlets or t-shirts must be worn
Please remember that that most of the officials are parents, just like yourself who volunteer their time in order that the events run as smoothly as possible. If you are willing to help out then please make yourself known to the officials.
All efforts must be encouraged and all efforts must be applauded. The athletic community are known for cheering on everyone from first to last, regardless of what club they represent.
The child standing beside your child, could be the child they will be competing with in their adult life. Please encourage your child to be pleasant and make friends, a competitive spirit is encouraged, but good manners must be observed at all times
Encourage the children to enjoy victory but remember to be gracious in defeat.