South County High School 2012 CROSS COUNTRY HANDBOOK Dear Student Athletes and Parents, The coaches of South County Cross Country would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all veteran athletes and give a special welcome to the newcomers. We are very excited about the 2012 season and have set our goals accordingly. It is our hope that this handbook will provide the information needed to help make this season a success. In this handbook, you will find our team guidelines, lettering policy, and other important information. With a commitment from our coaches, student athletes, and parents we have an opportunity to continue the process of building a program we can all be proud of. Summer conditioning opportunities have been arranged including an opportunity to attend Blue Ridge Running Camp. As always, dates, times, and locations will be posted on our web site www.stallionsports.org. We also have plans to take the entire team on our annual overnight meet this season and we will again host the 6th Annual Stampede Invitational on October 12th. The Stampede, along with the car washes (May 12 & August 18), are our major fundraisers. The money raised will provide our charter buses, additional uniforms and equipment, and awards for the end of season banquet among other things. Your continued support of these efforts will help us make the 2012 season a memorable experience for all our athletes. Please feel to contact me at anytime if you have any questions related to the upcoming season. Sincerely, Coach Christie Head Cross Country Coach South County High School Robert.Christie@fcps.edu 703-446-1784 SOUTH COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY TEAM GUIDELINES 2012 GOALS Our team goals are to improve our level of performance in our regular season meets and invitationals. We will also strive to become more competitive in the Patriot District, Northern Region, and at the state level. We will all strive for these goals while striving for excellence in the classroom. MISSION Our mission is to meet these goals by putting emphasis on commitment to the TEAM. In order to fulfill this major commitment, time management is the key to success. The expectation for all South County Athletes is to manage their family and academic obligations so that they can make a full commitment to their sports. If making a FULL commitment to cross country by working to become a more competitive athlete is not priority for you, please put your time and effort into other activities. VARSITY LETTERING CRITERIA To be considered for a letter in cross country, a student athlete must compete in at least 1 varsity race and satisfy the following criteria as outlined below. 1. PRACTICE – The athlete attends all required practices, meets, and team functions unless excused by the coaching staff. Missing scheduled team activities can result in limiting your ability to compete. 2. ATTITUDE – The athlete exhibits team spirit and enthusiasm. The athlete should be an asset to the team by cooperating with and supporting all members in practices and meets as well as respecting others rights and property. Athlete must follow instructions and advice from the coaches. 3. SPORTSMANSHIP – Proper sportsmanship must be exhibited during the entire season. 4. CITIZENSHIP – Conducts one’s self properly in school and community, including trips made to away meets. 5. SCHOLARSHIP – Athlete is able to discipline his/her self to successfully balance academics and athletics. 6. COMPETITION – In order to be considered eligible for a Varsity Letter, an athlete must compete in at least 1 varsity race. (Varsity A and B races at Invitationals and the Top 7 finishers in all district meets. NOTE: The coaching staff reserves the right to award a letter to any athlete who may not have competed in a varsity race as described above, but in the opinion of the coaching staff, makes a significant contribution to the team worthy of a varsity letter. A participation certificate will be given to all team members who successfully complete the season but do not earn a varsity letter. PRACTICES and MEETS th Beginning August 6 , practice will run from 7:00 am to 9:30 am Monday through Friday and run from 9:00 am to 10:30 am on Saturday. Starting Monday, August 27th practices will begin at 3:15 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am on Saturday. The practice schedule may change due to weather, school events, and the availability of facilities. Weekday practices will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Weekday meets usually start between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Each athlete will wear proper clothing to practice based on the weather conditions. Practices and meets are a time for learning, improving, competing, and supporting your teammates not a time for clowning around. No footballs, Frisbees, or any other distraction will be allowed at practices or meets. All athletes who need treatment with the trainer, will take care of this before practice to avoid being late to practice. Attendance at school is required for a student to participate in practices and/or meets. *All athletes must accumulate at least 20 practices before they will be allowed to compete in their 1st race of the season. This is the official VHSL Policy that we will adhere to without exception. DRESS CODE Athletes must be appropriately dressed for practice and meets. All shirts and tank tops must completely cover the athlete’s stomach. No attire representing another high school may be worn at practices or meets. All athletes will be asked to change prior to participating if their attire is inappropriate in any way. ATTENDANCE All practices, meets, and other team functions are mandatory. Absences or tardiness from practices or meets may be grounds for disciplinary action, including loss of meet participation or dismissal from the team. Good time management strategies are expected in order to make the required full commitment to Cross Country. If you have consistent attendance problems a parent/athlete meeting will be held to determine if the time management issues can be resolved. DISCIPLINE As an athlete at South County Secondary School you assume the role of responsibility and leadership. You are expected to abide by all team, school, and Fairfax County rules. A minimum requirement for participation in sports is good citizenship. You are expected to exhibit good behavior in the classroom, around the school, and on the playing field. Poor attitude, disrespect, and/or misconduct will adversely affect your meet participation and could result in dismissal from the team. The coaching staff will strictly adhere to the Fairfax County Extracurricular policy which must be signed by all athletes and their parent or guardian in order to participate in our program. ACADEMICS Academics are the top priority. If you need to stay after school to receive help from a teacher, please do so during the time provided between the end of school and the start of practice at 3:15. While academics are a priority, it is the expectation of a student athlete to manage their time and excel both academically and in their sport. The coaches are always available to share strategies on how to prioritize your responsibilities in order to excel at both. MONITORING ACADEMIC PROGRESS Prior to interims and before the end of the 1st quarter all athletes will turn in a progress report to the coaches. Failure to do so will result in loss of meet participation. Any athlete not making at least a C (2.0) average will not be able to compete until their grades make the standard. Even though they cannot compete, they should still practice with the team. Written proof of grade improvement can be provided at any time, at which point, the athlete will again be eligible to compete. EQUIPMENT Equipment is your responsibility. You must take care of it and make sure no one steals any of your equipment. Do not lend your uniform or warm-ups to anyone. Do not wear uniforms or warm-ups except for meets or when directed by the coaching staff. They are not to be worn as casual wear. TRANSPORTATION All team members must take the bus (when provided) to and from meets. When private transportation is used, the coaches and parents will drive. Athletes will be given a parental permission form which must be turned in to the coach before departure to the meet. Students are not to ride to, or ride home from a meet with other students unless proper permission has been obtained from the school administration and the parents. Students who wish to drive to practice off campus must fill out the required driver form which will be posted on our website. Parents wishing to give their underage athletes permission to ride with a student driver must fill out the required which will also be posted on our website at www.stallionsports.org. SAFETY All athletes who run off school grounds will be instructed on proper procedure and safety. No athlete should run off school grounds without a partner or coach. Likewise, safety will predominate in the weight room and no one is to lift without coaching supervision. RULES FOR RUNNING OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS 1. Run single file facing traffic when there are no sidewalks. When sidewalks or shoulders are available, use them. 2. Stop, look, and listen when crossing roads or intersections. 3. Cross with traffic lights. Do not cross the street on a curve. 4. Do not cut diagonally across intersections / streets. 5. Cross entire streets. Don’t get stranded in the median strip. 6. Always run with a partner. Look out for your teammate’s safety. 7. Do not run on private property. 8. Do not carry music players, Frisbees, tennis balls or any other distractions. 9. Follow the approved, specified course. 10. Check in with the coach at the end of your workout. 11. Run defensively and anticipate problems – DO NOT CHALLENGE VEHICLES. WEIGHTS: SAFETY AND TECHNIQUE 1. Always warm-up and stretch before lifting weights. 2. Make sure you have a spotter. 3. Do not show off while lifting weights. 4. Avoid dropping weights on the floor; you or the floor could suffer damage. 5. Lift only what you can handle. 6. Maintain good posture/form while lifting. 7. Use your legs, not your back, when picking up weights. 8. Breathe regularly while lifting. Don’t hold your breath. 9. Alternate weight exercises. Using upper and lower body muscles. We have read and understand the team guidelines outlined in the South County Secondary School 2012 Cross Country Handbook. Athlete Name (print) Athlete Signature Date Parent Signature Date Return this single page to Coach Christie on or before the first day practice.
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