Cross country is a wonderful sport. It is my hope that through this season you may find enjoyment and success. There are a few expectations, though, to assure that those two goals are reached.
- Attitude: There are a lot of things one can’t control in grades 7-12. We can’t control the weather, the actions of our friends, our assignments, and the school lunch menu, but we can be proactive and react in an appropriate manner. Additionally, we want to improve individually and as a team. Poor attitudes seldom bring improvements to fruition. Build others up. If, for some reason, you have a rough race, you have twenty minutes to wallow, then wallowing is over.
- Effort: Once in a while we have a rough day or a rough race, and that’s okay. However, it’s not okay to not give 100%. Following a race, I might ask ‘100%?’. Sometimes our 100% may not always bring a personal record, but we still want to do the best we can. There is no point in doing a hard workout with minimal effort. Are you doing everything you can to improve? Do your best; you won’t regret it.
- Integrity: Sometimes, when no one is looking, we fail to do the right thing. It’s important to have fun, but we need to make sure we are adhering to what’s expected. For example, if you are sent on a run on your own, it’s expected that you will obey the laws of the road, actually run, and stay out of peoples’ yards. “Integrity is keeping my commitment even if the circumstances when I made the commitment have changed.”
- Communication: Communication is vital with any relationship. As your coach, I’m here to help you succeed in this sport but also succeed in your high school experience. If something is going on that is affecting your attitude, if you have a physical ailment/injury, if you have a question about the workout, you need to ask. It's great to communicate with parents, but you need to learn to advocate for yourselves. Please talk to us directly.
- Balance: You are a student-athlete, in that order. It is my expectation that you will keep your grades up in order to compete. If you need help with a specific class, you will meet with that teacher to get help. Habits of the classroom overflow to life outside of the classroom. Be organized and communicate.
Things you’ll need for the season:
Water bottleà often we are away from a drinking fountain, and hydration is important, so it’s in your best interest to have a water bottle. Nothing fancy is needed.
Watchà We all are at varying fitness levels, so we don’t finish at the same times. For this reason, it is suggested that you have a watch. When we do intervals, it’s good for students to know their times.
Decent Running Shoesà This is important. You should get new shoes each year, and you shouldn’t wear your running shoes for your school shoes.
We have a tougher meet schedule this year. We will improve with tough competition. I look forward to a great year!