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Tatiana wrote at 2008-10-24 15:56:02
that guy that gave you an answer had no clue what he was talking about! i play soccer to i am a 12 year old girl and my 50 yard dash time on a soccer field is a little faster than 7.30 seconds. my couch says that is pretty fast and he has done track before. so if you really did run a 5.9 50 yard dash i think you should go for track and you probably would win a lot of races!

         Tatiana Porretto=)

D. wrote at 2009-05-24 04:58:16

In response to your question, and with all things considered (satisfactory health physical, parental approval, academic proficiency), I would say; Absolutely try out for the track team!  It does not conflict (usually) with soccer, and at the least, would help you to maintain condition in the off-season.  Some great runners and track athletes did not realize their potential until they took the chance and tried the sport.  By all means, give it a shot and if you have the character, dedication and natural ability then you will be a success!

Rick McDowell wrote at 2014-04-13 21:37:59
Dick, you're full of it. This kid should definitely explore track IF he thinks he'll enjoy it. I ran a 5.9 50yd dash at 9 years old. However, this boy's time is VERY encouraging!

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I am a master USATF Track and Field official and can answer questions about officiating high school (NFHS), college (NCAA), National (USATF) and international in field events. I am not a coach except for other officials. My specialties are the Field events except pole vault.


I delight in meeting athletes from all backgrounds and ages. I have even officiated field events for a one hundred year old long jumper as well as many "Master" and "Senior" athletes. Special olympics is a great event for officials to volunteer and see the essence of good sport on the faces of the athletes. After thirty three years as a trial lawyer in Massachusetts with a focus on sports law, among others, I retired and devote much of my time to officiating. I referee soccer, time football, officiate swimming and diving, and officiate and start all events in track and field. My special focus in field events. In high school and college I played soccer, squash and lacrosse, but track was not available in any depth then. Since I was a lawyer I began officiating and training to officiate sports which I could fit into my schedule. I honestly do not remember when I first started track and field officiating, but estimate that I have been very active for at least fifteen years. I regularly officiate all events and levels.

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