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Field Day 2009 Armstrong Elementary What is "Field Day"? Competition is a part of life. Teaching our students how to compete in a fair and dignified fashion is a responsibility we all share.

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Field Day


Armstrong Elementary


What is "Field Day"?

Competition is a part of life. Teaching our students how to compete in a fair and dignified fashion is a responsibility we all share.

Field Day is an entire school day dedicated to physical competition & recreation among our students.

Strong emphasis should be placed upon teamwork and sportsmanship during this culminating celebration.

When is Field Day?

Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th. This event will include students in grades K-5. In the event of inclement weather, we will proceed the following day.


Getting Ready

  • Each classroom teacher is responsible for the following:
    • Preparing a class banner, flag or other identifying marker for your team area.
    • Class/Student supervision at Field Day.
    • Sending home correspondence related to Field Day to parents.
    • Finding volunteers (if desired) and providing tents/canopies or other “comfort” items for your class area.
    • Assigning students to races.

Event Rules

  • In order for this day to run smoothly, it is imperative that our students know and understand what is expected of them. Please take the time to discuss the following rules with your class.
    • Students are not be permitted to go back into the building without supervision.
    • Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated.
    • Students must wear tennis shoes at all times. Students wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to participate in any event.
    • Students must stay in their designated class area unless traveling to and from the concession area (with your permission).
    • Students are not to handle equipment or enter the racing area unless invited to do so.
  • Failure to follow the rules may result in dismissal, disqualification, loss of a team point, or all of the above.


Classes will be recognized at the end of the day. First through fourth place certificates will be awarded to classes. We will not distribute individual ribbons this year.

Each event is worth the following number of points:

1st = 4 points

2nd = 3 points

3rd = 2 points

4th = 1 points



The following items will be available at the concession stand:

Hotdogs - $1.00

Sodas - $.50

Popcorn - $1.00

Snow Cones - $.1.00

Chips - $.50

Candy - $.25/$..50/$1.00

Bottled Water - $1.00

Nachos & Cheese - $2.00

Pickles - $.50

The concession stand will open by 8:00 and remain open until 1:30. Students may visit the concession stand at any time with your permission.


Race Information

The events are relay-style. Each race team will consist of 14 students. Please make sure that all students have equal opportunities to compete.

The last student to complete the race for your team MUST wear the colored jersey (provided) and only go one time. This enables the judges to see which teams are about to complete the race. All students must complete the race and BE SEATED to be considered as finished by the judges.

All K-2 classes will race at the same time, but are only competing against classes on their grade-level. Following the K-2 race, all 3-5 classes will be called to the lanes to race in the same fashion.


The Events

  • Sack Race—Student hops in sack down to marker gets out of sack and runs back. In the event the bag breaks, student should keep jumping with feet together.
  • Balloon Pop—Student runs down to marker with balloon and sits on it until it pops.
  • Raquet Race—Student will balance the ball on the raquet and travel down to the marker and back.
  • Hula-Hoop Jump—Student runs down to line grabs hoop, jumps through 5 times (3x for K-2), places hoop around marker & runs back. 
  • Leaky Bucket Brigade—Students form one line. On “go”, the leaking container is filled with water and passed over head to the next person in line. The overhead passing continues until the bucket reaches the other end of the line and the water is poured into the collection bucket. Last person carries bucket to the front fills and continue.

Caterpillar Race – All students in class line up one behind the other with feet spread and hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The last students in the line crawls under all others until they reach the front of the line The next student takes their turn and the Catepillar crawls toward the the finish line.

  • Sponge Toss—Each student takes turns tossing a water-soaked sponge to their teacher. The teacher must then squeeze out the water into their container and return the sponge to the start bucket. Students and teacher will continue until they have filled their container to the line.
  • Tip & Go – Student tips over bowling pin, continues around marker, returns pin to upright position and returns to line.
  • 3-Legged Race – Students pair and bind leg w/partner. Travel down and back. K-2 Students will travel inside a hula-hoop together.
  • Torch Relay – Student places tennis ball on top of “torch” and carries it down and back.


  • 7:45 – 8:00 Student Arrival
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Classes Assemble/Concessions Open
  • 8:30 – 11:45 Races
        • Tip and Go 
        • Sack Race 
        • Balloon Pop 
        • Caterpillar Race 
        • Sponge Race
        • Torch Relay 
        • 3-Legged Race
        • Hula-hoop Jump 
        • Raquet Race  
        • Bucket Brigade
  • Races will take place in the order listed above at approximately 10 minute intervals. Please do not send students to the racing lanes until called.
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Closing
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch & Open Recreation
  • The concessions stand will remain open until 1:30.

Tip and Go

Sack Race

Balloon Pop

Caterpillar Race

Sponge Race

3-Legged Race

Hula-hoop Jump

Raquet Race

Bucket Brigade


12:00- Lunch / Open Activities

Students should remain with their own class/grade where they can be under your direct supervision during this time.


Seating Chart


Football Field

4th 3rd 1st

K EC 2nd 5th

Please be sure that tents are set-up

in the appropriate area.




Judges & Concessions

It will be necessary for resource teachers and TAs to assist in varying capacities on Field Day.

If you are a resource teacher who will be at our school on May 14th, and your name does not appear on the list below, please see me.


J. Dunning



C. Dunning







Field Judges






Parent Volunteers


Odds & Ends

  • Sack lunches will be picked-up in the cafeteria. Classes may eat in their rooms or on the field.
  • Students are not to enter the building for water or restrooms unaccompanied.
  • Students should be encouraged to bring water bottles, sunscreen, hats, a towel and/or blanket to sit on.
  • Feel free to set-up any items in your class area that you would like. Canopys, coolers, lawn chairs and blankets are usually a good idea. You may drive onto the field to drop off your items and park your vehicle there..
  • Remind students with asthma or other health conditions to have their medication readily available in the office on this day.
  • As time permits, we will have some races for teachers to earn their class extra points. Listen for the designated music and be one of the first 10 to stand in a hoop on the field and you get to play! **You will have the option to allow a designated parent to stand-in for you in the races if you wish.

Still have questions?

Email Coach Depew