Uniforms/Clothing/Dress

Uniforms: Distribution and Policies

If you can not make it on the dates designated on the schedule, options will be limited. We strongly recommend you send someone, even if your child can not attend practice on those days. Every runner must wear an FPYC-issued singlet (tank) and shorts for every meet. Those runners without a full FPYC uniform will not be allowed to compete on race days.

FPYC is now requiring that families purchase an FPYC uniform. We have done away with the seasonal issuing and deposit method of distributing uniforms.

UNIFORM COST:

  • Shorts: $14
  • Singlets: $18
  • Sets: $32

NOTE: A full uniform (shorts and singlet) must be worn during meets; we offer them separately for those who already have a set and only need to replace the shorts or singlet. *Indication of uniform sizes on the registration form does not constitute a uniform order. Sizes provided on the registration form allow directors to order the appropriate number of sizes needed.

The team uniforms are moisture-wicking performance fabric. The shorts come in seven unisex sizes as follows (“Y” = youth; “A” = adult):

YS

YM

YL

AS

AM

AL

AXL

Girls and young ladies are typically less enthusiastic about tank tops. Therefore, we have attempted to get as many girls and young ladies into ‘adult ladies’ singlet sizes, which offer a cut that has slightly wider shoulder straps, double-ply uniform material in the front, and slightly less revealing neck and arm openings. The Adult Ladies XS is slightly roomier than a unisex Youth Medium. From there, a similar skew follows: the ALS is obviously bigger than a ALXS, but still below a YL. There is no unisex adult XS. So girls should not have a need for the unisex YL; if they size out of a unisex YM, they should be into the AL (Adult Ladies) series sizes. If we run out of AL tops in any size, young ladies will need to find the most appropriate sized unisex top.

Size progressivity and conparison (smallest to largest) for singlets:

Girls

YS

YM

ALXS

ALS

ALM

ALL

Boys/Unisex

YS

YM

YL

AS

AM

AL

AXL

 

Recommended Dress and Footwear for Practices
Please dress appropriately. It is generally cold (spring) or warm (fall) at the start of the season, but the weather quickly changes within a month of either season. You may want to consider having your child dress in layers, so that they can take off a light sweatshirt, jacket, or long sleeve t-shirt and still have something underneath. Any general athletic shorts are fine, but ones that hang well below the knee might be more cumbersome for distance running than they are for something like basketball. We STRONGLY recommend running-specific shoes in place of generic tennis shoes or any other harder soled sneakers (generally more ‘squared’ – such as for basketball or skateboarding). Running-specific shoes may or may not do much for performance (we are of the mind that they do), but at least consider them for their propensity for preventing injuries and blisters. Our kids are a lot more resilient and flexible than we parents are, but they are prone to ankle, knee, and even hip and heel injuries.

EQUIPMENT (SHOES) RECOMMENDATIONS
The only thing required is a pair of comfortable shoes. If you already have running shoes for your general PE/school use, that is fine – as long as they still fit well and aren’t too worn down (still provide adequate cushioning and stability). The investment in running shoes is less about performance and more about health and safety. Children are fairly resilient to injury, but we do see repetitive knee, ankle, and other problems with our participants – and the culprit is usually overly worn or inappropriate shoes.

A handful or our runners make the additional investment in even more specific racing competition shoes or spikes. While we endorse these shoes if the parents are on board, they are completely optional. Our first meet doesn’t take place until two or three weeks into the season; we encourage you to approach one of the coaches if you are considering or questioning racing shoes.

The FPYC Running program has established a wonderful relationship with Pacers Running Store in Fairfax and we have no hesitation with steering families there. Youth participants and coaches receive a 15% discount if they mention FPYC Track and Field, and the service is top notch. Pacers donated $10,000 to us over the past few years for partnering with them and supplying help for their New Year’s Eve Fairfax Four Miler race. A store representative may be at our first or second practice to offer a fit clinic on training and racing shoes. Of course feel free to shop where you feel most comfortable, but their staff provide a higher level of attention and knowledge, and with the team discount can beat or come close to prices at Dick’s, Kohl’s, etc. The store is located in the Old Town Fairfax area; visit their website at www.runpacers.com.