Track and field is a great sport for children. Starting young and learning the basics will benefit the child in his teenage years. Aside from running, track and field offers other events such as sprinting, throwing, and jumping. With proper instruction and determination, children can learn to excel in the sport.
As mentioned above, track and field has many different specialties. The basis for all of them includes the wearing of proper shoes and clothing. Always be aware of the weather conditions and invest in protective rain gear for days when it rains. Most importantly, be sure the child is in good health. The sport may require a physical before being allowed to participate.
It is important to warm up with the proper exercises before hand and always cool down after the event. Water should be available for the athlete at all times. Do not over train as it may cause injuries to the future athletics of the child. Be sure the coaching staff is trained in the sport and they know how to administer first aid if needed. It is the responsibility of the coaches to teach proper body placement and the fundamentals and techniques for each sport.
When running, it is important to know the proper guidelines for being on the track. This is an area meant only for practice and running. Be sure to stay out of the way of any runners that may be on the track. Do not congregate with your friends on the track and once your run is over try to get out of the way of incoming runners.
When jumping hurdles, be sure that the equipment being used is in good condition and passes safety inspections. As soon as one is done running be sure to get off the track quickly to avoid interference with other hurdlers.
Field events include the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vaulting. Watch out for people or objects that may be in your way or for wet, slippery conditions. Check the equipment areas and make sure the field and pits are clear of debris.
When doing the pole vault or high jump, be sure that the landing areas are properly protected. A vaulting pole can break if not used properly. Learn the proper technique for using the pole such as how to hold it correctly, make sure to put it away immediately after use, and always use a pole that is appropriate for the athlete’s size and weight.
This includes such events as discus throw, shot put, javelin throw, and hammer throw. Be sure that the throwing areas are clear of people and objects. Make sure children know not to stand in front of a thrower and only throw objects that are meant to be thrown. With a javelin, never run alongside a thrown javelin. Be sure to carry the javelin correctly holding it vertical, with the point downward, and only collect the equipment after it has been thrown.