WELCOME to another season of Winter Track and Field in Section V. The Rochester Winter Track League continues to grow, with several new teams joining us this year. At the same time, we are trying to maintain the high standards of meets that we have had over the past few years, and we have attempted to respond to various requests made by you, the coaches. However, if we are to remain successful, if we are to remain viable, we need the help of ALL coaches and athletes. A few people can not, and should not be expected to do things alone.
This year we will be having several meets at the University of Rochester. They have specific rules for that facility, which we need to follow. They have made several improvements to the facility, which will help all of us, but we need to respect their wishes. Last year, a few athletes created some damage at Roberts Wesleyan College by jumping on the locking devices for the bleachers near the start of the 3200m Run. Several teams have left major messes at Hobart College. Lastly, do not forget that the league had to pay of $5000 to New York Chiropractor for damage to the track, when some athlete or athletes wore spikes on their new surface. Why am I bringing this up – all of us must work together to that we can continue to use these facilities. Please emphasize to your athletes that we are guest of these institutions, and as such, we must follow their rules. Over the next few years, two new field houses will be opening in this area – if we are to be able to use them, we must respect the facilities we are currently using. If you see an athlete doing something wrong, eating where they are not suppose to, being in the wrong location, doing things that are inappropriate – please stop them. If you feel you need to report them, please do so.
This league and sport is unique in many ways. You, as a coach, have a say in how meets are to be run. Meetings of this league are open to all. It is hoped that all teams, coaches, and athletes will follow the rules as stated in the handbook. If you have questions, feel free to ask. If we work together, this can be a banner year for Section V. Failure to do so may hurt this sport, and return it to the days of parking lot meets, and running in the halls of high schools. The choice is yours and your athletes