About the Relay

The 400m (4x100m) relay race has long been a favorite event of the LASD Junior Olympics. Each school participates by entering 6 teams per grade (3 boys’ teams and 3 girls’ teams). Each team consists of 5 members (4 runners and 1 alternate). Alternates are very important to the relay team as they must know all 4 positions in case they are needed to run in the final race. Because the relay is the only qualifying event of the Junior Olympics, it is important that all parents and students are aware of the qualifying procedures. Participating in a relay does not count as one of the three individual events a student may choose. It is an additional team opportunity.

Time Trial Overview

  • Students run a total of 4 – 75 yard sprints.
  • Students run no more than 2 each day of the time trial days (see detailed procedures below concerning absences and make-up times).
  • The highest and lowest times are discarded.
  • The remaining 2 times are averaged to produce the students “time trial average”.
  • In the case of a tie, all four times will be averaged to determine the time trial average.
  • Students are ranked highest to lowest by their time trial average.
  • Teams are made as follows:
    •   #1-4: Red Team
    •  #5-8: White Team
    •  #9-12: Blue Team
    •  #13: Alternate to Red Team
    •  #14: Alternate to White Team
    •  #15: Alternate to Blue Team 
  • ONE parent coordinator per school will average the times of all students
  • New for 2016:  6th grade co-ed relay! See below for more information on this fun event!

Team Placement & Commitment

  • Qualifying students will be notified prior to posting the final relay teams. 
  • Students will need to quickly, but thoughtfully, communicate their commitment to a team without knowing their team placement.
  • Teams will be finalized and posted after student commitments are made.
  • Parents and students must attend a mandatory relay kick off meeting (date, time, location determined by school)

Key Dates

  • See https://lasdjo.com/important-dates/

Coach, Student & Practice expectations

TRACK USAGE

630 students will be participating in JO Relays. Your team is one of 126 relay teams (6 each grade x 3 grades x 7 schools) practicing between now and Junior Olympics. Area high schools and junior colleges have become concerned about the over-use of their tracks for our practices. Mountain View High School, Los Altos High School, Graham Middle School and Foothill Junior College all rent out, at very high rates, their track & field, to a number of athletic leagues. Each of these schools also has their own track and field programs.

Junior Olympics does not rent any of these tracks, therefore, we do not have explicit permission to use them. The Junior Olympic Committee has received complaints of relay teams practicing and causing disruptions to school track teams and/or organizations paying to use the space.

As a result we’ve had to implement the following guidelines:

  • TOTAL practice time 3-4 hours, half of which is done at your home school.
  • To practice at MVHS, you must sign up for a time slot with your school's JO coordinator. 4th graders have priority to sign up for the first week after teams are announced; after that time, 5th and 6th graders may request remaining time slots
  • Proper etiquette if attempting to use any area tracks
    • Do not attempt to use the track during a school track practice
    • Do not use the track during a game of any kind occurring on the infield
    • Share space responsibly when there are more than 3 teams on the track
    • Do not use more than one lane
    • Do not use tape, gum or any other sticky marks. At the event, only poker chips (provided) or U.S. quarters may be used as position markers
    • Team members may not cross the infield during use
    • Do not use a whistle
    • No dogs, food, or beverages (other than water) on track
    • Do not cause disruptions of any kind on the track
    • Do not litter
    • Interact politely with other relay teams

PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

District policy for practice attendance is that a team member must show up for all practices. Relay team practice during Spring Break will not be required. When a team member misses more than two practices (a third is allowed for illness only), he/she could be replaced by the alternate. If a coach is considering replacing a child from a relay team for any reason, a request must be made in writing. This request must be sent to Pearl Garvin, Los Altos School District Jr. Olympics Liaison, at pgarvin@lasdschools.org w/ subject: Urgent-Jr. Olympics Relay Team. Official written approval must be received by the coach before any replacements on a relay team can be made.

VIOLATIONS OF THE ANY ABOVE GUIDELINES WILL SUBJECT YOUR TEAM TO DISQUALIFICATION.

Each coach will be asked to read the above guidelines and to sign an agreement that they understand these expectations.

 


The Finer Details:

Below are the very specific details for determining the relay teams.

  • Students will run 4 – 75 yard individual distances that are timed by the District PE teachers. Only times recorded by the PE teachers are valid for relay team selection
  • Recording times: Parent volunteers may not record times for their child’s gender and grade (e.g. a parent of a 5th grade girl can not record 5th grade girl times but may record 5th grade boy times).
  • Time sheets: The original copy of the time sheets must not leave campus an anytime. After copying, return the originals to the PE teacher.
  • Timing will take place over a two week period with the PE specialist at each school setting the schedule.
  • There will be no exceptions made for absence or medical issues. If the student can not run the four individual distances during the designated timing period, they can not be considered for a relay team because it takes additional time to gather/process commitments, and to finalize teams. The timing period includes the make-up session.
  • Make-up session: There will be one session for make-ups which will take place the week after all four runs have been timed. If a student has not completed four times, they may run one to four times during the make-up session. Students must complete all four times by the end of the make-up session to be considered for a team. This means that it is possible that a student may have to run four times in one PE period if they missed all of the previous timing days due to illness or absence.

Time Trial Average:

  • Students run 4 – 75 yard distances.
  • Students run no more than 2 – 75 yard distances each day of the time trials. To make the process as consistent as possible, students run only 2 times each day to record a “first time” and a “second time”.  Running 4 times in one day results in different (usually lower) averages than running 2 times each of 2 days. There will be an exception to this process made for absences (see #6 above concerning absences and make-up times).
  • The highest and lowest times are discarded.
  • The remaining 2 times are averaged to produce the students “time trial average”.
  • In the case of a tie, all four times will be averaged to determine "time trial average"
  • Students are ranked highest to lowest by their time trial average.
  • Teams are made as follows:
    • #1-4: Red Team
    • #5-8: White Team
    • #9-12: Blue Team
    • #13: Alternate to Red Team
    • #14: Alternate to White Team
    • #15: Alternate to Blue Team
  • NEW FOR 2016:  The Co-Ed Relay!  This will be a regular 4 x 100 meter relay on the track, and will be run by two 6th Grade boys and two 6th Grade girls. The Co-Ed Relay (CR) will take place right before the event finals, at approximately 1:45p.

    The four participants will be selected based on the PE 75 yard time trials. The 13th and 14th fastest runners, for boys and girls, will run the CR. In addition, these runners will also serve as the alternates for the Red and White relays, with the 13th runner assigned to practice with the Red team, and the 14th runner assigned to the White team.

  • If an alternate knows in advance that he or she will be running with the primary team (due to injury, for example), the CR will be run by that school's White and Blue alternates. However, note that a runner on the CR may run in both the CR and a regular relay. 

  • Members of the CR will determine the order of runners. There is no requirement to run in a set sequence. For example, the order may be BGBG, GGBB, etc.

    The CR is for 6th Grade ONLY.  Regular relay selection process will apply to 4th and 5th i.e. alternates will be assigned to the Red, White and Blue teams.

  • ONE parent coordinator per school will average the times of all students
  • Student’s time trial averages ARE NOT PUBLISHED.
  • Parents will  be notified of student eligibility BUT NOT relay team.  This is because some students will decline and a shift will occur (e.g. if a #4 declines then #5 will move to the Red Team, #9 will move to White Team, etc. ).
  • Teams will be posted on Friday, March 25 at 2:30pm before school ends.