Welcome to the Moorpark Striders Track Club! The Striders Board sincerely hopes you will enjoy the coming season and find the club and the sport of track and field as fun as we do. We also hope you come to feel that the club is your club too, supporting it where you can and helping your child have a positive experience with one of the best "life" sports around. The Moorpark Striders is celebrating its 43rd season of participation in youth track and field. We are a member of the Ventura County Youth Track Conference (VCYTC).
Our mission is to introduce youth to track and field competition by giving them the ability to learn, practice and compete in track and field events. As a member of the Ventura County Youth Track and Field Conference (VCYTC) we will host and participate in track meets. We will supply coaching, specialty instruction, and technique clinics as well as facilities and equipment. We will endeavor to provide such opportunities to all with desire, and will grant scholarships to those in need to the extent of our ability to do so.
Tip of the Week - How to avoid the dreaded Side-Stitch!
The Season has started and some of you have been getting mild side stitches during practice. We thought it would be helpful to give you some information about what causes these and how you can prevent them (hint: Breath Deeply!) – Here’s the scoop:
WHAT CAUSES A SIDE STITCH?
Side stitches are a muscle spasm of the "diaphragm". The diaphragm assists in breathing. When we inhale, taking air into the lungs, the diaphragm moves down. When we exhale, the diaphragm moves up.
Spasms of the diaphragm occur because of the movement of the internal organs as they jounce up and down while running, thus pulling down and straining the diaphragm as it moves up while exhaling. This is exacerbated when we do not breath deeply.
HOW CAN I PREVENT A SIDE STITCH?
The most effective way to prevent a side stitch is to avoid "shallow" breathing. Shallow breathing can be defined as taking in a small volume of air with each breath, using only a small portion of the total lung capacity. When this occurs while running, the diaphragm remains in a consistently high position and never lowers enough to relax. The diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm or "stitch" results.
Instead, one should breathe "deeply", also known as "belly breathing" while running. This allows the diaphragm to fully lower and reduces the stress on it.
Here's an exercise to try. Lie down on the floor, place a hand on your belly and breathe deeply. You are belly breathing correctly if you feel your hand rise slightly. If only your chest moves up, you are not breathing deep enough.
A technique that is very successful in preventing side stitches while running is to periodically "purse" the lips while exhaling, as if blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. Again, deep breathing is required to be effective.
Another technique that helps is to exhale as the left foot strikes the ground, instead of the right foot. The organs attached to the diaphragm on the left side of the body aren't as big as those on the right side, so there is less strain on the diaphragm.
Please click on the Volunteering tab online to sign-up for your 3 volunteer shifts per family. We will be sending you out information regarding the responsibilities of the shift you signed up for closer to the date of that meet date. More shifts will be posted as the home meet dates get closer.
On the Saturdays of our home meets there will be a main sign in table at the top of the stands, by the press box. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your assigned shift to sign in. Please write the first & last name of the athlete that you are providing your shift for. Please be mindful if you are signed up for the afternoon shift you will be replacing someone who has already been there for 3 +hours. After you have completed your shift please remember that you will need to sign out to receive credit
Once you sign in you will be directed to your area and given further instructions. If you are new we will try to pair you with someone who has experience. Please remember to dress appropriately, bring plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. Most importantly remember to have fun and enjoy the best seats at the meet!
Thank you all for volunteering your time and working to provide a great experience for our kids.