Frequently Asked Questions 2019


When does track start?

First practice is Monday January 28, 2019 at 3:15 PM.  All participants must have their Athletic Clearance forms turned into Randy Takahashi prior to the first day of practice. Practices are 5 days a week, rain or shine, 3:30 to approximately 5:00.


How do I sign up for track?

Follow these steps to sign up your child for Acalanes Track & Field. 


1. You must have Athletic Clearance prior to the first day of practice.

  • Click on Athletic Registration

  • Complete the registration process (7 clicks of waivers) and then arrive at the Acalanes Athletics Registration Packet page.

  • Click on the Athletic Clearance/Emergency Contact form link and fill in the form.  Print 1 copy for each sport in which your athlete participates. (e.g. Cross Country and Track & Field = 2 copies.)

  • Click on and fill in the Volunteer Driver Information form (optional but appreciated.)

  • Please take these forms to Mr Takahashi, Room 207, and get the yellow slip attached and signed to the Athletic Clearance form.

  • Please turn the Athletic Clearance form into the Coach on or before the first day of training.

  • If you participated in a Fall or Spring Sport then your Medical and Volunteer Driver Forms are good for the entire 2017-18 school year.

  • If your child did not participate in the Medical Clearance event at Acalanes during the summer,  you will need to get a doctor's signature on the Medical Clearance Form and submit it with your Athletic Registration packet.

2. Pay Participation Donation

  • At the Acalanes Web store, pay your $330 Participation Donation

  • New players must also purchase a uniform for $100.

  • Uniform orders must be placed by February 9.

  • Optional spirit wear can also be purchased between Jan 10-Feb 16.

3. Sign Commitment Agreement

All players must agree to commit to the requirements of team participation. Pleas sign the Commitment Agreement form and return to Coach Crain.


4. Sign up to receive information

Make sure you are receiving communication from the team. Sign up for the mailing list on the home page of this website.


What does the Participation Donation cover?

The participation fee covers uniforms (one blue singlet, one white singlet, one blue shorts, one dri-fit practice t-shirt,) coaching salaries, facility use fees, entry fees, and bus transportation to league meets.


How do I know what size uniform to order?

When you pay your Participation Donation online at the Acalanes Webstore, you will be asked to select a uniform size. The uniforms come in women’s or men’s sizing and styles. Everyone receives a long sleeve, dri-fit t-shirt. Sizing for the t-shirt is unisex. 


I have a cross country uniform, or a uniform from last year. Can I use it?

No you may not use a Cross Country uniform; they are different. Track uniforms from last year (2017) with the block letter A on the front and winged A on the back are good for this year as well. Athletes need one white set and one blue set.


What do I need to bring to each practice?
  • Water bottle

  • Running shoes Free motion/Nike Air type shoes are NOT recommended. Acalanes Track Athletes get 10% off all merchandise and 15% off spikes at A Runners Mind in Lafayette.

  • Spikes (sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers)

  • Sweat pants, sweat shirt - it is important to stay warm before and after a workout.

  • Backpack

  • Athletes should eat a snack such as a protein bar before practice.


Will I attend every meet?  How will I know which events and meets I am scheduled for?

There are 4 types of meets:

  1. Scrimmage - everyone participates

  2. Invitational Meets and Relays - participants must qualify by time or distance. Scrimmages, Relays and Invitationals do not count for league standing. These are usually on Saturdays. Usually only a handful of Varsity athletes go to the Stanford and Arcadia invitational meets.

  3. League Meets - everyone participates. Our Diablo Athletic League (DAL) includes 5 schools: Los Lomas, Campolindo, Miramonte, Clayton Valley and Acalanes.

  4. League Championships - there will be DAL League Championship Trials and Finals held at Campolindo May 5 and May 12. Frosh/Soph team and Varsity team will participate. Finalists move on to participate in the North Coast Section (NCS) Tri Valley League Championships May 19 at Amador Valley.


All athletes will participate in the 4 League Meets and 2-3 Invitational meets. A couple of days before each meet, Coach Crain will post a list on the bulletin board near the Sports Trainer's office. It will list who is attending the meet and which events they are entered in.  Athletes are encouraged to discuss their event preference with the coaches, but everyone is encouraged to try a variety of events. Crain will talk to those kids individually before hand to confirm their availability and interest. The DAL Championships for Frosh/Soph, Varisty, the NCS Tri-Valley Championships as well as the NCS Meet of Champions require qualification. 


How do I get to and from the meets?

For the 2 away league meets, athletes will get early dismissal (usually 2:15pm). The bus will leave Acalanes around 2:40 PM to travel to the meets. Under no circumstances may a student drive him or herself to or from a meet. To save money, there will be no returning bus from the meets. Students will return to school via carpool or with their parents. Parents are responsible to drive athletes to most of the championship meets, weekend meets, invitational meets and scrimmages.


What are the team Fundraisers?

The school district provides no money for athletic expenses and all support must come from parents and the community. Acalanes Track program is funded by the participation donation and fundraisers:​

  1. In addition to the participation donation (which covers coaches, trainers, busses and entry fees), all parents are asked to help fund the equipment costs for their athletes. We ask $100 toward the purchase of new pole vault pads, high jump pads, long jump covers, starting blocks, pole vaults and other equipment to make our program competitive, safe and fun for the long term. See Additional Contribution form.

  2. Booster Raffle Tickets - each athlete is required to sell 5 Booster Raffle Tickets at $10/each. 50% of the money raised will be distributed back to the track team, the other half goes to the Boosters general fund. Parents are invited to attend the Boosters Bash and are asked to consider donating goods and services to auction at the event.

  3. Eaton/Warren Relay is a 50 year tradition that generates revenue for the team. Every family must help at the meet - measuring jumps or working in the snack shack, for instance. 

  4. New this year! Movie Night! Friday night March 16 in the PAC. More info to follow.

  5. Web-based fundraising through eteamsponsor


What are the parent volunteer requirements?

Parents of track athletes are required to volunteer a few times during the season at home League Meets and the Warren/Eaton Relay. Many different shifts are available and it's super fun to be out on the field working alongside the athletes. Lastly, the pasta feeds and Awards Banquet require help with preparing and serving food and decorating, taking photographs and assembling a slide slow. Parents are also asked to consider donating goods or services to the Booster Bash to benefit the team.


Where can I find my time or the meet results? provides marks, league and national standings and personal records (PR's) from nearly all meets.


More questions?  Ask me.