Track & Field

Our youth track and field program is designed to provide children with the opportunity to learn the proper running and field event techniques, speed development, and an overall appreciation for the sport. Running Events include Hurdles (80M, 100M, 110M, 200M, 300M), Relays (400M, 1600M), Runs (800M, 1600M), and Dash/Sprints (50M, 100M, 200M, 400M) and field events are high jump and long jump. The AMA YMCA participates as a team in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F) Track & Field program, Region 4.

Practices & Meets

Practices: T.A. Howard Middle School – Tuesdays and Thursdays (6PM ages 7-9 / 7PM ages 10-12) 

Meet Location(s): Region-wide (all meet locations are TBD in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area) 

Circuit Meets:  

  • June 4 (Lake Dallas High School) 
  • June 11 (Summit High School) 
  • June 18 (Lake Dallas High School) 
  • June 25 (Mineral Wells High School) 

Regional Meet: Roo Stadium (Weatherford, TX) – July 7 & 8

Additional Costs

Team Registration: Parents will be charged an $11.00 T.A.A.F. registration team fee prior to the first circuit meet.

Circuit Meet Registration: There is a $5.00-7.00 entry fee for athletes at circuit meets.

What’s Provided (supply fee): All track and field equipment and track jersey (shirt and shorts)

Equipment Needed: Water bottle & sneakers. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing ideal for track (t-shirt, shorts, track shoes/running shoes).

TAAF Registration and Meet Schedules

Meet Our Coach

Coach Isaiah McFail grew up in Mansfield, Texas. He is a graduate of Mansfield Summit High School, where he began his track career and placed in-District for achieving a 10.8 second 100m sprint and 6’4” in high jump. 

Isaiah received a scholarship in track and field to Abilene Christian University before transferring to Texas A&M to major in Business Management. Isaiah finished his A&M-Commerce career as the school record holder in the indoor 60m dash and the outdoor 4x100m relay. He was an All-American selection in the 60m and the 4x100m relay, a three-time All-Region Selection and an All-LSC selection, and finished in the top-three 16 times in his career, including four first-place finishes. 

Isaiah returned to Summit High School to help the Jaguars track team after graduating, and is now a special education teacher & track and field coach at TA Howard Middle School. Isaiah has a passion for building relationships and helping students succeed. Coach McFail looks forward to developing future athletes of all ages for years to come!

Track & Field Benefits

Youth Track & Field encourages and promotes healthy kids, families and communities by placing a priority on family involvement, healthy competition rather than rivalry, the value of participation over winning, team-building as well as individual development, a positive self-image and a sense of fair play and mutual respect for others. Parents are encouraged to be more than mere spectators, by contributing their time as volunteer coaches – as well as being their kid’s greatest fan.

Training Benefits

Daily activity is very important to any aspiring athlete. Small children can train through daily chores and activities that stretch muscles and develop coordination as well as muscular strength to stay fit and ready for play. Older children can add more structured training to their daily activities to help develop specialized skills, which will enable them to become a better runner and jumper.

Coaching Tips

Coaches of kids should set a simple goal of a season enjoyable enough that everyone returns for next season. Welcome each player by name at every practice and game to help them feel welcome and positive from the start. Plan practices that keep kids active and be clear on your goals for their development by sharing them with your players and their parents. 

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