Parkview High School Cross Country Parent’s Handbook 2010
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Welcome to Parkview Viking Cross Country! Cross Country is an exciting and fun sport for both the participants and the spectators. The following information will help you and your student athlete navigate through this season. For those new to the sport, this booklet will give you a basic overview of the sport and tips for a successful season. It will also include schedules, maps, etc. for the veterans. Parent Booster Club: Parents are key to the success of the student athlete. Your participation in the booster club is not only welcome but also needed. There are a variety of ways to participate. Please contact the Parent Representative to volunteer for one or more of the following opportunities. Parent Volunteer Opportunities: Prerace Pasta Dinners: Parents may host the team in their homes the night before a race for a carb‐loading dinner of pasta. This provides the needed carb load and a social team building experience for the athletes. Sports Drinks: Parents may donate cases of low sugar (i.e. Gatorade G2 low calorie) sports drinks to distribute to the athletes at races. Chaperoning: Several times during the season, the team will travel to races which require an over night stay. Parents are needed to help provide support and supervision for the team. If you wish to volunteer as a chaperone, please complete a Springfield Public Schools volunteer application and authorization for a background check. Awards Banquet: At the end of the season, the Parent Booster Club hosts a banquet to celebrate the season, and recognize the accomplishments of the athletes. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, decorations, food, etc. Contact Info for Booster Club 2010 Season Kelly & Alisa Ward Kelly – 417‐894‐2071 Alisa – 417‐496‐0319 Email: email@example.com
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FUNDING Each student is responsible for raising funds for the season to help defray the costs of the out of town events and t‐shirts. In order to help families faced with many back to school expenditures, opportunities to earn money through team fundraisers are available. 100% of the money raised by the student will go toward the yearly fee. This year’s individual fee is $120.00 This includes the team t‐shirt, and the trips to St. Louis, Six Flags, and Stillwater OK. The two trips to St. Louis and Stillwater are not district meets. Therefore they are optional and must be funded by the parent or student through fundraisers. If your student does not participate in the fundraisers or provide the $120.00 fee, they will not be allowed to participate in these trips. Fundraisers: Tshirt Sponsors – For a donation of at least $50.00 a local business may have their logo printed on the back of our team t‐shirt for the season. Republic Tiger Tri – Students and parents volunteer each year at this sprint tri‐ athelon. They participate as route volunteers helping the participants through the swim/bike/run portions of the event. Pledge Run – PVXC hosts a run‐a‐thon at JFK Stadium. Students request pledges from friends, family, businesses, etc. for each lap run on the track during the PVXC Pledge Run. The student is responsible for collecting the pledge money after the race. Other fundraisers are being considered for the future. If you have ideas for fundraisers, please feel free to email suggestions to the booster club email address.
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What does a crosscountry race look like? Cross‐country is a very descriptive name. The races are not run on a track, rather through fields, forests, hills and valleys. Most races are 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. Often the host school designs a 2.5K route which the athletes run twice. However, some races especially those hosted by colleges are designed as a full 5K lap. How many races are run at each event? The number of races can vary. However, the standard races are Boy’s Varsity, Boys Junior Varsity, Boys Freshman, Girls Varsity, Girls Junior Varsity, and Girls Freshman. Not all meets include a freshman race. How do I watch a race? It is a bit of a challenge to watch a cross‐country race. As mentioned earlier, the laps are at least a mile and one half around. Most courses have routes, which parallel or cross several times. This allows spectators to see the athletes at several points during the race. It’s best to arrive at the race location a little early to scout out the route and pick a good place to watch. For the first couple of races, feel free to grab a veteran parent and ask to tag along with them till you get the hang of it. Rooting for all the Viking kids as they pass by is important. Let them hear you supporting them as they pass by. You will recognize the familiar yellow and green jerseys, and eventually you will even learn most of their names. What happens before, between and after races? When you arrive at the location, look for our team. We will have two 10’X10’ easy up tents set up side by side. You will see a lot of green under these tents. This area serves as the team HQ for each race. The student athletes stay in the shade of the tents between races. Additionally personal items, supplies, drinks etc. are kept at the tents. What about Qualifying Meets? The last three races of the season are qualifying meets. The District meet is held in our area, usually in Springfield. Those qualifying at District will move on the next weekend to Sectionals. Sectionals are usually held within a two‐hour drive. Those qualifying at Sectionals will go the next weekend to State. The State meet is held in Jefferson City, MO. This is an overnight trip for the athletes. Even if your student athlete does not qualify for State, he/she may be invited by the coach to attend with the team at student’s expense. The State meet is a very big and very exciting event.
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What should I bring? Most host schools offer a concession stand with food and drinks, however, you may bring your own if you wish. Additionally, most host schools offer a commemorative t‐shirt for the event. The costs range from approximately $10.00‐$20.00 for a t‐shirt. These races require a good deal of walking, sometimes on rough or uneven ground. Good walking shoes should be worn to the meets. It’s also a good idea to have a back up pair of shoes and socks incase the course is wet or muddy. A list of optional items you may want to bring is included below. Speaking of mud…What if the weather is bad on race day? Rain is usually not much of an issue for runners. In fact most of them enjoy running in the rain. Therefore meets are rarely cancelled unless wind or lightening becomes a factor. Additionally since XC season is in the fall, temperatures vary from race to race. Some races may be very warm. Others may be very cold. Make sure to dress for the weather. Umbrellas are great for both rain and sunshine. What kinds of things should I bring for or send with my student athlete? Below is a list of optional items you may want to send with your athlete. o High protein snack foods: Peanut butter sandwiches on wheat bread Pretzels and peanut butter snacks Granola Bars, Power bars, etc. Extra bottles of water/sports drink o Extra socks and shoes/flip flops o Extra change of clothes o Hand Sanitizer o Deodorant o Sunglasses o Deodorant o Sun Block o Ponytail holders (for those with long hair) o Deodorant o Bug Spray o Deodorant o Blanket/pillow for the bus ride o Towel o Deodorant o Handi Wipes o Spending money/t‐shirt money/meal money o Something to do on the ride and/or between races, i.e. Ipod, books, etc. o Did we mention, deodorant??
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Other Things You Might Want To Bring for yourself: o o o o o o o o
Towels for sweat or wet weather Handi wipes Hand sanitizer Camera/video Rain poncho/coat Binoculars Lawn Chairs Snacks and/or Drinks
What are some things I can do to help my student athlete during the week? • Make sure they receive good nutrition (girls especially need to watch out for anemia and take a calcium supplement). • Proper hydration (avoid sodas and high sugar drinks). • Proper rest. This is especially important the two nights before a meet. • Try to avoid, as much as possible, any commitments that would conflict with practice and meets. • Encourage your athlete to bring his or her watch to each practice. • Provide him or her with good running shoes. • Support our booster club and attend meets as much as possible. Where can I find additional and up to date information on crosscountry? The coaches keep the XC website up to date. It is a great place to find info: http://sps.k12.mo.us/phs/sports/fall/crosscountry.htm Also PVXC has a Facebook Page: Parkview Cross Country Requirements for Participation REQUIREMENTS: Your student athlete will need to have on file in the main office the following items: 1. A completed physical form with insurance, parent permission signature and health survey completed. (In order to run, your child must have this turned in.) 2. A signed citizenship card (If not turned in, this form can also be picked up at the office or from the Coaches) 3. A recorded purchase of an athletic fee card ($50). This needs to be paid before the first meet.
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A few days before each race, the coaches will send home information with details for the coming meet. Make sure to check with your student athlete for this information. Most race locations are easy to find, but feel free to contact the Parent Booster Club reps if you need help finding the location. This year’s overnight trips are: St. Louis, MO – Forest Park Invitational Stillwater, OK – Cowboy Jamboree Jefferson City, MO – State (for those who qualify)
2010 Cross Country Schedule DATE SAT. -- SEPT. 4 SAT. -- SEPT. 11 TUE. – SEPT. 14 SAT. – SEPT 18 SAT. – SEPT. 25 SAT. – OCT. 2 SAT. – OCT. 9 THU. – OCT. 14 SAT. – OCT. 23 SAT. – OCT. 30 SAT. – NOV. 6
MEET CAPITAL CITY INVITATIONAL FOREST PARK INVITATIONAL MONETT INVITATIONAL MSSU INVITATIONAL COWBOY JAMBOREE CAMDENTON INVITATIONAL OZARK CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST INVITATIONAL CLASS 4 DISTRICT CLASS 4 SECTIONAL CLASS 4 STATE MEET
LOCATION JEFF CITY
TIME 9:00 AM
ST. LOUIS FOREST PARK MONETT CITY PARK
JOPLIN MSSU STADIUM STILLWATER OSU CC COURSE HA HA TONKA CAMDENTON LAKE SPRINGFIELD
WASHBURN NIXA CAMDENTON JEFFERSON CITY
Friday August 20 – Pledge Run – JFK Stadium Saturday August 21 – Zoo Run
8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM TBA