Celebrating 43 years of bringing Track and Field to Moorpark

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are the Moorpark Striders? The Moorpark Striders are celebrating their 44th season of participation in youth track and field.  We are a non-profit and tax exempt organization involved in a youth recreational sports program in track and field and a member of the Ventura County Youth Track Conference (VCYTC), a non-profit, tax exempt organization.
 
Who do the Moorpark Striders compete with?   We compete with the clubs of the VCYTC which include the Camarillo Cosmos, Newbury Park Panthers, Ojai Roadrunners, Oxnard Stars, Thousand Oaks Flyers, Ventura Tigres and Heritage Valley Blazers.  We also compete in open meet and dual league championships with our sister league the Southern California Youth Track Conference (SCYTC).
 

What are the age requirements to participate in the Moorpark Striders?  The Moorpark Striders Youth Track Team is open to all children, first through eight grades.  Athletes are eligible team based on birth year as follows:

2019 Divisions by Age
Division Birth Year Ages
Gremlins 2011-2012 U8
Bantams 2009-2010 9 or 10
Midgets 2007-2008 11 or 12
Youth 2005-2006 13 or 14
Intermediate 2003-2004 15 or 16
 


What should an athlete bring to practice?  WATER!  Athletes should wear running shorts, suitable top, socks and "running" shoes. Boys should wear an athletic supporter/jockey type underwear.  Girls should wear a sports bra.  Sweats or a jacket/long pants are highly recommended for all practices and meets.  Please mark all clothing with your childs name.

What is the "Iron Strider" award?  This Moorpark Striders award can be achieve if an athlete successfully completes all track and field events within his/her age division.  All events must be completed during regular season meets, (events completed in varsity/varsity meets do not apply to Iron Strider requirements).

How many events can an athlete complete in during a track meet?  Each athlete may compete in a maximum of four (4) events in each regular season meet.  Additionally, of the four, only three (3) can be running events.  (Exception: The 4 x 400 Relay may be an athlete's 5th event or 4th running event during the regular season).

Can athletes wear "spikes"?  Only athletes in the Bantam, Midget, Youth, and Intermediate age divisions are permitted to wear spiked track shoes during track meets.  Gremlins and Bantams may wear racing flats in place of spikes.  Moorpark H.S. requests athletes only use 3/16th inch "needle" spikes. Contact your coach for additional information on spiked track shoes and spike type/length guidelines.

Are there post season track meets?  Yes!  Although the Moorpark Striders do not conduct any post season meets, there are several opportunities for athletes to participate in additional meets including qualifying meets that lead to the USATF Junior Olympics and the AAU Junior Olympics, (see Links section).

How do I schedule my volunteer support shifts?  Generally, volunteer support shifts can be selected during the registration and sign-up times.  Questions regarding volunteer support shifts can be directed to the Moorpark Striders Volunteer coordinator noted on the Volunteers tab.  The Moorpark Striders organization and it's athletes greatly appreciate your volunteer support!

Do the Moorpark Striders keep a listing of Team Records by divisions?  Yes. Generally, Moorpark Strider athletes who set the 5 all-time records in each event per sex/age division (Exception: Only the top relay teams are published) are tracked and published in the annual Moorpark Striders hand guide that is distributed at the beginning of each season.

What is the Striders refund policy? If for any reason your child chooses not to participate in the program prior to the first practice you will be entitled to a full refund less a $25 processing fee (a net of $75).  Once practice has started there will be no refund of any fees if an athlete chooses to discontinue participation in the Striders organization.