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SYA Youth Track Program for Boys and Girls K - 8th Grade

*3/10 6:00pm - pre-season parent meeting at Leitersburg Ruritan Community Center
*3/13 5:30-6:30pm - first practice
*Meets are held on Sundays beginning in April

Pending approval from SHS and HCC, the SYA track and field program will practice on the new Smithsburg High School track on Wednesdays and Fridays 5:30-6:30pm, using the Hagerstown Community College track as back-up when SHS has games scheduled.  If an athlete is registered to participate in an upcoming meet, they are strongly encouraged to stay an additional 30 minutes on Friday (7:00pm) to practice their specific events.

Registration fees for track and field are the same as 2023 - this includes a jersey and registration for the meets. We will no longer need to collect registration fees for each track meet. Athletes are encouraged to participate in the track meets but are not required to.

The track and field program will work with the athletes on correct stretching, breathing techniques and running form. We will also teach proper mechanics for both field and running events.  All ages and levels of ability are welcome and encouraged to join!

The events available at our track meets are the same ones that occur during the high school meets including sprints, hurdles, middle distance, long distance, shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, relays, turbo javelin.  We do not participate in pole vault or triple jump.
All events are not offered at every track meet, athletes will know what is available when they register for the meet. (There is a sample meet schedule below.)

The goal for each child is to improve from the beginning of the season to the end.  The main emphasis is steady improvement and we encourage PRs in each athlete during the season.  Athletes will be timed in a couple of events at the beginning of the season to record a starting point and improve from there.

Athletes can participate in track meets against other track programs in Frederick and Howard County. Athletes 4 to 12 years old can sign up for a maximum of 3 events, while athletes 13 and up can sign up for a maximum of 4 events at each meet. Participation in meets is optional. Track meets will start in early April and may run through early June. Track meets are held on Sundays starting around 11 AM and lasting 4-5 hours. Participants may leave once their events are completed. All athletes will have the opportunity to compete against other athletes in their age group from different track organizations. Ribbons are awarded typically to those who place 1st-6th place based on event/age/gender.  Age groups are 8 & under, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18.

SYA will try to set up a small track meet against one or two other programs during the season. This meet will be dependent on finding another program available to come to Smithsburg for the meet and enough parent volunteers to help run the event. 

The Season starts mid-March and runs until the beginning of June. Athletes who qualify can continue to participate in regional and national meets. The costs for regional and national meets if they decide to participate is not included in the registration fee.

Tentative Practice Dates and Times (may change due to scheduling conflicts, coaches schedules, weather)
Wednesday & Friday - 5:30 PM - 6: 30PM 
Registration Fee (includes track singlet for players to keep)
   Jan 1st till Jan 31st   $60 ($70 - $10 Early registration discount)
   Feb 1st to Feb 28th $70
   March 1st to March 31st $95 ($70 + $25 late registration fee)

No refunds will be given after Feb 28th.

We welcome your business to sponsor your child's team.  Please visit the sponsors page for more details. 

This is a sample meet schedule events vary at different meets.
Meet event schedule at
This is the same meet at Catoctin HS that occurred in 2022

For more information, please contact one of our Track & Field Directors

SYA Refund Policy: Early and accurate registrations are critical for our sports programs to put together teams, for league registrations, to allocate appropriate resources, find coaches, and create schedules. However, we understand that situations sometimes arise that can prevent players from participating so we provide the following refund policy.
To request a refund for a sport registration fee the participant should e-mail the director for that sport. Refund requests must be in writing.
A $10 administrative fee will be deducted from any refund issued.
If SYA has already incurred costs for that player such as league registration fees those fees will be subtracted from the refund Late registration fees will not be refunded.
Requests must be in writing and made to the director before these dates.
No refunds will be given after the following dates.
Spring Sports including (Spring Travel Soccer, Spring Soccer Academy, Softball, Track & Field) on Feb 28th.
Fall Sports (Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading) on June 30th.
Winter Sports (Basketball, Wrestling) on Oct 31st. 

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