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Parkview
High
School
 
 Cross
Country

 
 Parent’s
Handbook
 
 2010
 



XC
Parent
Handbook


2



 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:

pvxc@live.com




 



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Parent
Handbook


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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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Handbook


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FAQ’s



 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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Parent
Handbook


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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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Parent
Handbook


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2010
Schedule
 


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

7:30 AM

JOPLIN MSSU STADIUM STILLWATER OSU CC COURSE HA HA TONKA CAMDENTON LAKE SPRINGFIELD

9:30 AM

WASHBURN NIXA CAMDENTON JEFFERSON CITY


 Friday
August
20
–
Pledge
Run
–
JFK
Stadium
 
 Saturday
August
21
–
Zoo
Run


4:00 PM

8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM TBA

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