JFK Track and Field

All perspective student-athletes need an up-to-date physical on file with our school nurses prior to tryouts.  No physical, no tryout!  Final Forms is the registration platform, and all icons, with the exception of the participation fee, need to have green icons. Any medical issues need to be listed in Final Forms. Runners with Inhalers need to carry them at all times.  Runners with Epi Pens need to carry them  at all times, and a valid self-administer order for Epi Pens needs to be signed by a doctor and on file with our school  nurses

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(Please highlight the above link and paste into your search bar so it becomes a live link.  This is a link to Final Forms registration! Students SHOULD NOT use their Enfield Public School email address as they WILL NOT GET notifications from their coaches via Final Forms!  Please use a personal email address!)

If you are part of our drama production, you will not be able to participate in track and field.  Rehearsal times for our school play conflict with practices and meets.  

Middle school track and field running events are FAST!  It is amazing what we have seen in terms of performance times in recent years.  Speed and endurance are key for this sport, and practices will be hard.  The best way to prepare is to start getting your conditioning up two months prior to tryouts.  PLEASE make sure you do this!  We can tell who has conditioned and who has not!  

JFK Track and Field tryouts will be held at the Annex.  Perspective student-athletes that attended our February meeting, and those that sought out the coaching staff if they did not attend, have all received paperwork pertaining to expectations for tryouts as well as information on how to register on Final Forms.

The tryouts will last four days starting on March 28th. Pick up will be at the Annex at 4:30 PM by a parent or legal guardian.   THERE IS NO BUS BACK TO JFK FOR STUDENTS IN THE ERFC PROGRAM!  Uber is not a pick up option for middle schoolers and will not be allowed.  Individuals who walk excessively during tryouts or do not follow instructions or do not display a commitment to task will not qualify for the team. 

Those that qualify for the team will then practice at the Annex starting on April 3rd.  Those that do not qualify for the team will be told in person or via email if they wish. Bus transportation is available from JFK to the Annex.

Please feel free to email me with any questions!

Coach Zawodniak  ([email protected])

LEEANN CERPOVICZ and BRIAN ZAWODNIAK

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Coach Zawodniak has been coaching JFK Cross Country in Enfield since 1999.  He was an assistant track and field coach from 2000-2007 at Enfield High.  He has been coaching JFK Track and Field since 2015.

Coach Cerpovicz is an avid runner and is also the assistant cross country coach at Enfield High School.  She has been coaching JFK Track and Field since 2015. 

JFK Cross County and Track and Field Tryout Expectations

Student-athletes must have an up-to-date physical posted on Final Forms prior to tryouts. There will be no exceptions. Students who miss the deadline will not be allowed to try out for either sport. Our season is extremely short, and training must begin immediately as we do not have a pre-season schedule in August for cross country or in early March for track and field.

Students cut from another sport will not be allowed to try out for cross country or track and field. Students cannot try out for cross country and track and field at the same time as another sport like soccer, field hockey, baseball, or softball as those tryouts run concurrently to cross country and track and field tryouts. If students are on the ineligibility list due to academics, they cannot try out for track and field. Eligibility is only regained in the following quarter with proof of academic growth, and our season will have already started.  An overall C- average for all classes is required as per district policy.

Cross Country and Track and field are COMPETITIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC sports. They are not fitness clubs. We are looking for individuals with a desire to compete at a high-level who possess qualities needed for running, jumping, and throwing prior to the tryouts. There is no time to condition individuals who have never run before or who have not run distance in several months. Running confidence is built up over a long period of time (two months minimum with consistent training) and requires dedicated and focused training. Jumping and throwing events for track and field have specific mechanics that will be taught to those who show prowess.

Both competitive teams are looking for student-athletes who show aptitude in the following:

1) Distance running for cross country will require a mile time of 8:00 or less.

2) Throwing and Jumping (field events such as discus, shotput, hurdles, long jump and high jump for track and field) Students who wish to throw must compete in shot and discus and one running event.  Students who do field events also have to compete in a running event

3) Speed running (100, 200, 400 meters and 4x100, 4x400 relay for track and field) Times for the 100 need to be under 15.5 seconds. For the 200, times need to be under 35 seconds. For the 400, times need to be at or below 1:18.  For the 800, times need to be at or below 2:55.  For the 1600, runners should be hitting the 6:15 mark.

4) Mid-distance speed running (800 meter and 4x800 relay for track and field) A good 800 time for competition is around 2:55 or under.

5) Distance speed for the 1600-meter race for track and field with the goal of a 6-minute mile or less is good.  If a runner is around 6:15, that is good too.  We are looking for sub-6-minute miles for the 1600.

Tryouts for cross country will last four days. Those trying out are expected to run 2.1 miles at a moderate pace without stopping to show their endurance. There will also be a timed mile run. Our home course will also be run and timed during the tryout period.

Tryouts for track and field will last four days. All runners, no matter what event, will need to run a mile.  Timed races will also be part of the process. Those who only wish to throw shot and disc—both events must be done together—must complete a ‘core challenge’ which includes planking, throwing, and tire flips (at the track if the tire is there) to demonstrate strength. Throwers will also need to compete in one running event.  Students who are walking excessively, not following directions, not completing workouts, and not committed to task will not make the team.

Students will be told in person if they did not make the team or by email if they prefer. They will be told what to improve on as well.

The best thing you can do prior to any running sport is to start RUNNING. Start off by setting a goal of running one mile without stopping. You can achieve this by consistently training six days a week. It is best to begin with a run/walk workout. Transition to more running once you feel confident with your endurance. If you can get to the track at Enfield High or the Annex, walk a lap and then run a lap. Four laps equal a mile. Eventually, you will be able to run all four laps with consistent practice and commitment to task. To build speed, run 100, 200, and 400 meter sprints and walk in between each sprint as a recovery.

Running in advance prior to the cross country and track and field seasons will help immensely with your endurance and confidence.  It is best to start consistent training two months prior to tryouts for both cross country and track and field.

There are thirteen events in middle school track and field.  The track is a standard 400 meter oval.  The coaching staff reserves the right to place athletes in the events they feel will benefit the team and be a better fit for the athlete.

1600 Meter (4 laps)

800 Meter (2 laps)

400 Meter (1 lap)

200 Meter

100 Meter

4 X100 Meter relay

4 X 400 Meter relay

4 X 800 Meter relay

55 Meter hurdles

Long Jump

High Jump

Shotput (6 pounds girls/8.8 pounds boys)

Discus (2 KM for both girls and boys)

JFK Cross Country/Track and Field information

All student-athletes need to register via FINALFORMS.  The web address below will assist you in this process.  There are THREE STEPS clearly indicated on the following page:

Enfieldathletics.com/register-for-athletics/

The page is REGISTER FOR ATHLETICS on Enfieldathletics.com.

The important piece is an up-to-date physical!  If it is not current by the time tryouts commence, you cannot participate. 

On my end, the FINALFORMS page for student-athletes has icons that need to be in the GREEN to qualify for tryouts:

  • Forms signed by the student.
  • Forms signed by the parent. 
  • Physical up-to-date or about to expire.

There are fifteen (15) online forms that must be reviewed by the student-athlete and parent.  On my end, they are under the appellation of Students Form Status.

The participation fee can wait until student-athletes qualify for the team.  That will remain in the RED until confirmed by our athletic director.

MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER QUICKLY SO YOU CAN SIGN OFF ON ALL OF THE FORMS! 

Students SHOULD NOT USE their school email as they will not get notifications from the coaching staff through the Final Forms email blasts because of district firewalls.  All communication to parents/guardians and students will be through Final Forms.  There will be no Microsoft TEAMs page as two communication platforms are redundant.  

If there are problems registering, please email our athletic director Mr. Cory O’Connell at [email protected].

Best in running, jumping, and throwing.

Coach Zawodniak

[email protected]

                           JFK Track and Field Rules

  • You are a student first and foremost.  You must maintain a C- average for all seven classes.  You will be ineligible to participate if you are failing multiple (3) classes.  This is a district-wide rule. If any teacher contacts the coaching staff with an academic concern, we reserve the right to enforce an academic probation period until that grade or grades improve.  This could mean missed practices and meets until grades improve. You will be placed on academic probation if you have multiple D’s.  Two F’s puts you on probation as well. 
  • Practices and meets are mandatory. We practice Monday through Friday from 3:00 until 4:30 PM at the Annex Track. If you incur two unexcused absences in a week, you will be dismissed from the team.  If you incur one unexcused absence a week for three weeks, you will be dismissed from the team.  (We assume if you are not attending consistently that you have lost interest in the team.)  If you miss a meet without a valid excuse, you will be dismissed from the team.  Detentions and suspension—each day of a suspension will be considered unexcused-- are considered unexcused absences and will be tallied accordingly.
  • You are permitted one excused absence from practice for a family event during the season. We will need prior notice in the form of a note so we can keep track of your attendance.
  • If you are absent from school, excused from school due to an illness, or have a family emergency, please let us know ASAP and bring in a note or email us. This will not count against you in terms of our attendance policy.  We understand that life happens.
  • If you participate in another sport or activity, we cannot prevent you from doing this. But if your other activities interfere with track and field to the point where you miss practice and events during meets, you will be dismissed from the team. 
  • Sportsmanship is always a must. Profanity, bullying, rude behavior, negativity, disrespectfulness to others such as spectators or officials, cheating, and inflicting injury will not be tolerated.  All incidents of this matter will be handled by the coaching staff and possibly administration to determine the best course of action. Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be dismissed from the team immediately.
  • If you require extra help from one of your teachers on a day when we have practice at the track, or you are part of an after school musical group, please inform us ASAP and give us a note from that teacher. This will be an excused academic absence and will not count against you.  If possible, you can still attend practice at the track if you are able to be transported to the Annex Track via your parent/guardian. (If not, then you will need to work out on your own and bring us a signed note from your parents/guardians describing your workout.)
  • If you have a school-related activity that takes you away from practice, you must inform us ASAP. We know some of you might be involved in different academic/musical groups that have contests and concerts during the spring. However, meet days take priority over after-school activities.
  • If you have made the team but are not showing progress during practice, i.e., walking during a workout or not putting forth effort and/or refusing workouts, the coaching staff reserves the right to switch your event(s) or have you sit out meets if we feel you are not ready for competition. If the problem persists, you may be released from the team.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS—Parents can watch the last ten minutes of practice only. We highly encourage you to attend our meets and support your child and our team.  No parents or guardians are allowed on the infield at any time during a meet or practice. 

AFTER PRACTICE PICK UP MUST BE PROMPT!  Your ride should be at the Annex practice at or before 4:30 PM.

The reasons for these rules are simple: commitment and consistency bring about positive results.  The more you practice, the better you will become.  Intermittent attendance will not only adversely affect your performance but will most likely get you dismissed from the team.  We expect you to work hard every day, try your best, and have fun.  Your teammates are counting on you.  We are counting on you.  Work hard each practice to go beyond what you expect from yourself.  Remember, notes for absences are mandatory for our records.  If you do not bring in a note for an excused absence, it will then turn into an unexcused absence.  We will not ‘chase’ you for absent notes.  It is your responsibility!

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