Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm a track meet parent

Rosie had her very first mini-meet for her K-1 track club last night. She was thrilled about it and such a champ. Despite gray, rainy weather that seemed to drop as low as 55 degrees, she was upbeat, goofing with her friends and ran her little heart out. (sorry about the digit in her photo!) After the meet was over (it lasted at least an hour and a half), I told her, "Rosie, you ran so fast!" Her answer was definitive: "Uh-huh!"

Rosie competed in four events, the 100-meter dash, the long jump, the shot-put (using a softball), and 4 X 100-meter relay. We won't know her standings until later. It was a great first effort!

Since I'm not one to often attend outdoor sporting events, I'll pass on these tips.
  • Bring a blanket. Even if you're not cold, your butt will need cushioning on the hard, metal bleachers.
  • Bring snacks, or cash if there's a concession stand.
  • Don't forget water for your little athlete! (I did.)
  • There's a lot of waiting around. A lot. The coach is pretty good at wrangling the kids, but it gets dull for spectators.
  • If you have a younger sibling with you, hope to Bob that there are friends of his there. A little girl named Katya saved us hours of Dash's whining.
  • Don't forget a flask for yourself, with enough to share!
  • Invite or make friends with other parents to stay entertained.
Thanks to Monkeyrotica and my parents for coming out to support Rosie and her team!

***UPDATE*** The school just posted photos from the track meet! Here's my girl (#5), powering up for the 100-yard dash.

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! I have learned every one of these, too, through trial and error.

    Wish someone would've told me to ALWAYS bring a blanket...


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