Only the Top 5 school based teams will be counted for the MS State Championships. Club teams are taken out of the results, then a team total is recalculated based on number of school teams.
Yes, they may as long as they have qualified thru a qualifying meet. They may qualify as part of a team or as an individual. But they can only compete in 1 race.
I'm confused about why 5th graders can enter in middle school or elementary, Why?
It goes back to the beginning of FLYRA. In the beginning, we had schools compete that had 5th graders on their middle school teams (mainly private and some charter) so we allowed for 5th graders. Now that more public elementary and middle schools are participating, we are trying to accommodate that 5th grader that is considered elementary in their school.
No it does not. 1) It is our position that athletes must qualify via the qualifying meets, and 2) because our State Meet conflicts with High School Regionals, this is an either/or proposition for some kids.
5 min. to score, 7 max.
The Open Division is unlimited.
FLYRA's philosophy is to promote, encourage and support youth running in the schools. We realize in some areas of the state, the only available avenue for kids is thru their local club program. So we allow for club individuals to qualify as individuals in the Championship Division or run as in the Open Division.
No you will have to choose which race.
Yes, we have allowed 3rd and 4th graders to run in the Open division usually for 1 of these 2 reasons: To help complete a team (typical of K-8th grade private schools or small charter schools) or the young runner that has the ability to complete the distance. Again the runner has to pick one race. Cannot compete in both Elementary and Open.
Yes, if they are zoned for that public school or the private school allows for them to compete for their sports teams.