MWYTC Frequently Asked Questions
What ages can participate in the Mountain West Youth Track & Field?
Mountain West Youth Track Club is available to athletes in grades 6-12.
What are the different age groups and what is the birth date cutoff?
WINTER PROGRAM – Athletes must be in grade 6 through grade 12 and compete in the middle school or high school age category. SUMMER PROGRAM athletes must fit in to age groups 11/12, 13/14, 15/16 or 17/18 age categories as determined by USATF JO Program.
The USATF age categories are:
» Midget: 11 and 12
» Youth: 13 and 14
» Intermediate: 15 and 16
» Young: 17 and 18
What are the track and field events?
» 100 Meter (or 60m for indoors)
» 200 Meter
» 400 Meter
» 800 Meter
» 1500 Meter (or 1600m for indoors)
» 3000 Meter (or 3200m for indoors)
» 4X100 Relay (4x200m for indoors)
» 4×400 Relay
» Long Jump
» Triple Jump
» Shot Put
» High Jump
» Pole Vault
NOTE: Age groups are typically allowed to participate in 3 races, two field events, and two relays at most meets.
Who are the coaches?
All of the track coaches are registered USATF coaches. They are required to have a background check completed through USATF and some have completed coaches training through USATF.
What are my volunteer obligations?
If Mountain West hosts a track meet or XC meet, we will need parent volunteers to take shifts to support events/races. The more volunteers available will ensure that the meet remains on time and runs smoothly.
What form of communication is used by the club to reach parents/athletes?
All communication is handled by phone (call or text) Coach D 406.529.2013, via Remind, e-mail or our Facebook page: @Mountain West Youth Track Club. Please download the Remind app to get up to date communications.
If a practice is canceled, Coach D will typically post a communication by 3pm.
Are there any additional expenses required by the athlete?
» The athletes/parents are responsible for the cost of food during trips and all meets.
» Addition club apparel is for sale, however purchase is optional. All proceeds will go to the club.
» A good pair of running shoes should be purchased for the athlete. Spikes are optional, however advised.
What running gear does my child need?
Your child will need to have a pair of athletic running shoes for practice and meets. Appropriate running attire should include; warm ups/sweats, running shorts, long and short sleeve shirts. Running spikes are an optional.
It is required that all athletes bring water and/or sports drinks to practices and meets.
Recommendation: Put your child’s name on everything they bring to the track.
Where can I buy running shoes/spikes?
You can buy running shoes at any of the sports stores. However, the following stores have a knowledgeable staff, and a wide selection:
» Universal Athletics 1926 Brooks St., Holiday Village www.universalathletic.com
» Runner’s Edge located downtown at 304 N Higgins Avenue www.runnersedgemt.com