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Last Revised on February 26, 2019

1. Practice Schedule/Scrimmage Games


a. It is the responsibility of all coaches to ensure that “For the Sake of God’s Children” policies for the Diocese of Wilmington are being followed at practices and meets. This includes coaches wearing CYM IDs at all practices and matches.


b. Practices, scrimmages and matches are not to be held on Sundays before noon.


c. Three (3) practices and/or scrimmages are permitted per week.


d. Practices are to be no longer than two (2) hours in duration.


e. It is strongly recommended that teams have at least one individual certified in CPR and one individual certified in first aid present at all practices and meets. The individual may be a parent, coach or parish volunteer and the certification should be current and should have been completed by an accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association).


2. Meet Rules –If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply.  In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.


a. Coaches may verbally encourage runners from the infield or stands. Coaches may not run alongside or “pace” a runner.


b. A contestant can compete up a maximum of 2 grade levels, but cannot complete down.


i. This rule applies to all meets, whether sponsored by CYM, any parish/school, or an outside/private group.


ii. A violation of Section 2(a) in any meet results in the disqualification of the individual or relay team.


c. Individuals must be listed on the official CYM online roster in order to compete in an event.  In the event an unlisted individual competes, the team may be sanctioned in the discretion of the CYM sports coordinator and track coordinator, including, but not limited to, forfeiture of any individual or team awards for that event, a ruling of ineligible for Championships, or suspension of the head coach.


i. 3rd and 4th grade participants – all 3rd and 4th graders must be listed on the official team roster for Carnival Relays. However, notwithstanding Section 2(b), if a parish or school holds an event specifically for 3rd and 4th graders, the meet director is free to allow participants to run without being listed on the team roster, as long as CYM Form A has been completed and provided to the director.


d. Non-CYM teams participating in a parish/school track meet:


i. Non-CYM teams are limited to 2 parish/school-sponsored meets per season.


ii. Invitations are at the discretion of the host parish/school, subject to the 2-meet limit.


iii. The season schedule will be reviewed at the pre-season coaches’ meeting, at which time a decision will be made as to which meets non-CYM teams may participate.


iv. If an individual is a member of a CYM team as well as a non-CYM team, the individual must participate with the CYM team for all CYM and parish/school meets.


v. A non-CYM team participating in a CYM meet must provide proof of liability insurance to the meet director prior to participating.


vi. Non-CYM teams may not participate in Carnival Relays or CYM Championships.


e. Teams will be divided into 2 divisions for Championships based on the number of individuals on the team roster.


i. Divisions will be set after CYM locks rosters. If there is an even number of teams, the split will be half less 1 for Division 1, and the remainder in Division 2.  If there is an odd number of teams, the split will provide for 1 more team in Division 2 over Division 1.


ii. If there are 2 or more teams tied for the final Division 1 slot, all will be assigned to Division 1.


iii. A team assigned to Division 2 may elect to move up by giving notice to CYM within 1 week of Divisions being set.


f. Scheduling or participating in another track meet in conflict with a scheduled CYM or parish/school meet is prohibited.


3. Carnival Relays


a. Events for Carnival Relay are determined by grade and gender. Groupings are as follows:


i. Group A – 3rd and 4th grade 400 meter event.


ii. Group B – 3rd and 4th grade 800 meter event.


iii. Group I – up to and including 5th grade.


iv. Group II – up to and including 6th grade.


v. Group III – up to and including 7th grade.


vi. Group IV – up to and including 8th grade.


b. Participants may compete in 2 relay events and 1 field event. The 2 relay events must be different events, and cannot be the same event at multiple grade levels.


c. Times for all running events will round any hundredth to the next tenth.


d. Relay events will be held in 400 meter, 800 meter, sprint medley (2x100, 1x200, 1x400) and distance medley (1x400, 2x200, 1x800).


i. Each parish/school may enter a maximum of 2 boys teams and 2 girls teams per relay event, except that there is no limit to the number of teams that can be entered into Group A.


e. Field events will be long jump, high jump and shot put. Field events are team events consisting of 2 contestants, who will each make 3 attempts at the event. The team score will be the sum of the best individual scores.


i. Each parish/school may enter a maximum of 1 boys team and 1 girls team in the following groups:


1. Long jump – all 4 groups


2. High jump – group III and group IV


3. Shot put – group III and group IV


ii. Each parish/school may enter a maximum of 2 boys teams and 2 girls teams per


f. There will be no team scoring for Carnival Relays.


4. CYM Championships


a. Eligibility – individuals must compete in a minimum of 3 CYM-sanctioned events in order to be eligible for Championships.


b. Events for CYM Championships are determined by grade and gender. Groupings will follow those listed in Section 3(a), with the exception that Group A and Group B will not be included.

c. Times for all running events will round any hundredth to the next tenth. Questions regarding times may be submitted by a head coach, and will be reviewed by the Track Coordinator and/or CYM sports coordinator, at which point CYM will make a final decision on allowing the time.

d. A contestant may participate in 1 sprint, 1 relay and 1 field event.


e. Sprint events include 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter and a 1 mile race.  The 1 mile race will be the same as all other spring events for a 4 groups. 


i. Each team may enter 2 contestants per event.


ii. The 100 meter race will have semi-finals, and finals for the top 6 runners from semi-finals.


iii. Spring runners will be entered unseeded unless an individual participates in a qualifier race in a meet announced at the pre-season coaches’ meeting, in which case that time may be used.


f. Relay events include 400 meter and 800 meter for all 4 groups. Each parish/school may enter 2 relay teams per group. (i.e., two 400 teams, two 800 teams, or one of each)


i. There are no qualifying races for relays. Coaches may enter a relay time using times from practices or races in other meets.


g. Field events include long jump (all groups), high jump (groups III and IV) and shot put (groups III and IV).  Field events in Championships are individual events and not team events as in Carnival Relays.


i. Each team may enter 2 contestants per event.


h. Scoring – 10 points for 1st place, 8 points for 2nd place, 6 points for 3rd place, 4 points for 4th place, 2 points for 5th place, and 1 point for 6th place. There is no doubling of points for relays.


i. Teams will be divided into 2 divisions for Championships based on the number of individuals on the team roster.


i. Divisions will be set after CYM locks rosters. If there is an even number of teams, the split will be half less 1 for Division 1, and the remainder in Division 2.  If there is an odd number of teams, the split will provide for 1 more team in Division 2 over Division 1.


ii. If there are 2 or more teams tied for the final Division 1 slot, all will be assigned to Division 1.


iii. A team assigned to Division 2 may elect to move up by giving notice to CYM within 1 week of Divisions being set.


5. Equipment


a. Uniforms – all team members should wear the same color shirts.  Track shorts and shoes are recommended.


b. It is recommended, but not required, for any contestant wearing dental appliances or braces to wear a mouth guard.


c. Teams provide their own batons for relay events.


d. Boys shot put is 4kg (8lb 13oz). Girls shot put is 6 pounds.


e. Jewelry may be worn, but should be taped to the body or otherwise safely secured.

Related Policies:

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266