CYO Track & Field


CYO Track & Field is a great opportunity to develop running, jumping, and throwing skills, as well as having a good time with friends!

Available to grades: 3rd – 8th grades

Fall October Track Run for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

The NVJCYO is planning a 400M and 1600M track run for boys and girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 the morning of October 3, 2020 at Bishop O’Connell High School.  Details are forthcoming – please check the Basilica of St. Mary web site at where updated information, sign-up instructions, and required forms will be posted in the coming days.  Attendance will be limited and social distance measures will be in place.  Participants from our parish will need to prepare on their own, but this is a great opportunity for our veteran runners to enjoy some exercise and friendly competition.  The parish will provide an on-site coach at the event to help students.  For questions, please contact coach Ellen Berge at

Why Join Track and Field?

Track and Field is an excellent way to build overall fitness. Students participate in track for many reasons: some want to gain to gain an edge in other sports by improving speed and endurance; some may want to achieve a personal goal; and, others may want to stay fit with friends. Coaches will ensure each athlete performs to the best of his or her ability in a fun, encouraging environment. We will focus on building endurance, enhancing speed, proper form (running, throwing, jumping), and good sportsmanship.

What to Expect?

The Basilica of Saint Mary’s CYO track and field program is created to be developmentally appropriate for young athletes. Practices will begin with a warm-up and dynamic drills (moving stretches such as high knees, skips, bounds), followed by a workout (ranging from core work to repeats and ladders) and a conditioning game (capture the flag, relay games, sharks and minnows). We end practice with static stretching and a discussion of the day’s training with the coaches. Each practice will build on the other so we encourage athletes to come to as many practices as possible. However, we understand that children participate in other sports and can accommodate busy schedules.


Practices will be announced by the coach.

What to Bring to Practice?

All students should wear a good pair of running shoes with laces double tied and plenty of water. We supply water but find it can be depleted quickly so we encourage students to bring their own. All students are to leave their cell phones and other electronic devices in their backpacks – they do not belong on the track. Dress in athletic wear and have layers for chilly days. For Wednesday practices at Jones Point Park, students should bring a change of clothes to change in the park restrooms, which will be monitored by parents. Students are NOT permitted to change for practice at school.

Parent Volunteers

We need volunteers – no experience necessary! However, if you participated in Track & Field events or otherwise would like to help coach, we need your expertise. Volunteers for Wednesdays are needed to help collect students from the school gym and walk them to Jones Point Park and supervise drills and activities. Volunteers are needed on Sundays to help with drills, timing, and general supervision.

All volunteers need to be Virtus certified. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Coach Ellen Berge.


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