AUGUST 9TH FIRST PRACTICE ASPEN PARK 9AM
AUGUST 21-24 TEAM CAMP IN THE UPPER PENINSULA
AUGUST 31 A2 RUNNING CLASSIC ANN ARBOR
SEPTEMBER 9 - CHARLEVOIX MUD RUN
SEPTEMBER 16 - HOLLY INVITATIONAL
SEPT 19 BNC MEET AT ALPENA
SEPT 23 DELTA INVITATIONAL
OCTOBER 3 BNC MEET AT PETOSKEY
OCTOBER 7 SAGINAW INVITATIONAL
OCT 17TH BNC CHAMPIONSHIPS GAYLORD
OCT 21 - NMXCC - HOME INVITATIONAL, MICHAYWE
OCT 28 - REGIONALS - MICHAYWE
NOVEMBER 4 - STATE FINALS
NOVEMBER 9TH XC BANQUET - GHS COMMONS, 6PM
RULES RULES RULES -- Obviously we have school rules. These all apply while on the bus, at practice, or at meets and can be found in your student handbook. Other than that, one big rule is the FIVE DAY RULE. In order to be eligible to participate in a meet you will have to participate in five consecutive days of practice. There are acceptable reasons for missing practice. These include: family emergencies, funerals, family functions, etc. Reason which are NOT acceptable for missing practice are – haircuts, babysitting, jobs, etc. If you feel you must miss practice for any particular reason PLEASE talk to me well in advance and clear it with me first. If you simply don’t show up at practice it will probably make you ineligible to participate in the next meet. If you are sick or injured, again, PLEASE TALK to me. A day of rest can be considered your practice for the day if you communicate with me. Communication is the key.
Remember – our GHS athletic department rules also apply. The athletic department rules state that if you are ABSENT from ANY PORTION of the school day school day then you are not allowed to participate in practice. This will then affect the 5 day rule we have for cross country. Exceptions to this rule are PRE-EXCUSED absences for doctor appointments, orthodontics, college visits etc. However, these must be communicated to the coach and/or Athletic Director.
An extension of the five day rule is the SIX DAY RULE. If you have more than 6 unexcused absences from practice during our regular XC season you will be asked to leave the team. To be honest, nobody should ever have an unexcused absences. You should be at practice every single day. You should be committed. You should be here. If you are not at practice it is because you don’t want to be here. These people are distractions from our team goal of being the best that you can be. Obviously there are excused absences such as family functions, weddings, being sick, etc. Again, communication is the key. Talk to the coach before you are gone and pre-excuse yourself. When you are just randomly missing in action it could possibly count as an unescused absence. Runners who are NEW to XC (have never run XC at high school before) can join at any time.
Example 1 – Johnny is tired because he was up late and had a busy week of tests and studying. He asks his parents to let him sleep in and excuse him from 1st and 2nd hour. He will not be eligible to participate in practice on this day (SCHOOL RULE) and will not be eligible to run in a cross country meet until he has 5 consecutive practice days. (MY RULE) THIS ALSO COUNTS AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE.
Example 2 – Susy forget her spikes at home for the meet today so she skips 4th hour to go home and get them. Mom calls in to excuse her. She will not be eligible to participate in the meet this day and must get 5 consecutive practices before she is eligible. THIS ALSO COUNTS AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE.
Example 3 – James has an upcoming orthodontist appointment in Petoskey. He talks to his coach two days before the appointment about the situation and tells the coach that he will miss 3rd and 4th hour but he will be back for practice. He is excused and may participate in practice. GOOD COMMUNICATION
Example 4 – Jane is not feeling well at all. She comes to school but feels sick and she has a sore throat. After school she comes to practice and talks to the coach. They discuss their options. If I see that Jane is NOT feeling well, her practice for the day will probably be to go home and rest. This will count as an official practice day for the athlete. Sometimes the best practice is rest. GOOD COMMUNICATION
Example 5 – Robert is not feeling well. He tells our team captain that he’s going home right after school because he’s sick. Robert misses practice and does not talk to the coach or communicate with him in any way. Robert is in violation of the five day rule. THIS IS ALSO AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE.
Example 6 – Joanne has been on the GHSXC team for two years. She is working for the first 5 days of regular season practices after the season has officially started. This is a violation of the six day rule. If Joanne missing one more practice unexcused she will be asked to leave the team.
Example 7 – Jon didn’t know if he wanted to join GHSXC so he waited until the first day of school and joined then. Since he had never run XC before this is 100% ok and his first day of practice is his first official day. We like it when kids join XC and they may join at any time during the season if they’ve never run before.
In a nutshell, we want students in school. If they are too sick to be in school then they will need several days to recover to get better. This is the reason for the five day rule. In addition, we want runners who are committed to the team, we want them at daily practice every single day.
Focus Rule - I know many CC athletes join us to “get in shape for another sport.” These soccer players, basketball players, wrestlers, or whatever have often become a very valuable part of our team and we appreciate them joining us. However, this has also led to some conflicts. First, since XC is the sport that is currently “in season” you must choose XC events/meets over any “club” meets or events. Second, you must NOT participate in any other sport during the last 4 weeks of our competitive season. For 2015, that means starting on October 1st you must not be in any other organized club sport that has regular practices or “games.” Why? Doing too much at this point in the season leads to “burnout”, over doing it, and ultimately, injuries. We focus on running our fastest in October and you NEED EXTRA REST, not extra workouts. If you cannot follow this rule then XC is just not for you and that’s ok. Focus on what you feel you need to focus on, no worries.