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STAY HYDRATED AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY

 

What is Cross Country?

Cross Country is a team sport that invloves running a 2.1 mile course over a variety of surfaces and terrain.  Many cross country meets are held on park grounds, school campuses, golf courses, or dirt trails.

How is Cross Country Scored?

Cross country meets are scored by each team adding up the finishing places of its top 5 finsihers.  As in golf, the lowest score wins.  See example below.

A teams 6th place finisher can also figure in the scoring if there is a tie in the score of the top 5 finishers on 2 teams.  The 6th finisher's score from each team is then added to the team point tally.  The team with the lowest score then wins.

XC Meet Schedule 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

9-8 

Tuesday 

Cass 

Cass 

 

4:00 PM 

9-12 

Saturday 

Covered Bridge 

Euharlee 

 

10:00 AM 

9-14 

Monday 

Gordon  

Skirmish 

 

Calhoun Rec 

4:30 PM 

9-17 

Thursday 

Tiger Trails 

Adairsville 

Manning Mill 

 

4:00 PM 

9-22 

Tuesday 

Hurricane  

Alley 

Dellinger Park 

4:00 PM 

9-29 

Tuesday 

Unity  

Run 

 

Gordon  

Central 

6:30 PM 

10-1 

Thursday 

Region 

Cass 

 

TBA

Program Expectations

1. Come on time to practice, ready to cooperate and give it your best effort.

2. Listen when coaches and team members are talking.

3. Encourage and respect everyone on the team.

4. Always try your best.

5. Have a postive attitude and willingness to learn.

Have FUN

This is not "fool around" or goof off fun, but it is pride, satisfaction and fulfillment you will experience from improving your running, setting a personal best, competing in a meet, running with friend's in practice, taking part and contributing to the team.  It is the fun of feeling good about oneself and participating in an activity that you can do your entire life.

BE A TEAM PLAYER

1. Get to know your teammates.

2. Encourage and help your teammates.

3. Give positive feedback to your teammates whenever possible.

4. Remember that positive attitude is highly contagious.

5. Work hard in practice.

6. Communicate with your coaches.

What to Expect

As your aspiring young runner begins the first weeks of training, you may wonder what you should expect and how you can assist him or her as a parent in terms of recovery, eating, sleeping, and mental attitude. A normal consequence of beginning to train is muscle soreness, which will soon go away. If your son or daughter has not participated in sports before or has not had a highly active summer, this may persist up to 2-3 weeks. They should communicate this with me. If untreated, this small pain might become a larger pain!

What to Eat

A nutritious, well-balanced diet is essential for an athlete. Fatty and fried foods and carbonated drinks (Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, etc…) should be limited, especially on race days. It is important for each runner to eat breakfast and a healthy lunch. Most times, when kids complain about being tired, it is because they have skipped either lunch or breakfast or are not drinking enough water.

How to Be Successful

More than anything else, success in cross country takes time…time to learn; time to train; time to sleep, rest and recover; before school time; after school time; weekend time. With academic responsibilities of being a middle school student, most student-athletes are busy most of the time. The willingness to devote the time that success demands is called DEDICATION.

Being a member of the Ashworth Middle School Cross Country Team carries other expectations and responsibilities. Doing what is expected of every team member is called COMMITMENT. Attending team practices every day is one of the commitments I expect. Our goals are to have fun, learn to run, develop teamwork and self-discipline.

Another commitment I expect is COMMUNICATION. If a problem or illness is going to force your son or daughter to miss practice or a meet, please call me in advance to let me know. Communicating helps me out so much.

Hints for Training

Most Important!!!You need to buy a good pair of running shoes. It is helpful to buy running shoes from a store where the employees are also runners, so they are able to help fit shoes to the running style of each individual.@ Even though everyone wants to look stylish while running, this should be the least important factor when deciding on a shoe. If you have problems with your arches, your knees, etc., then you should inquire into shoes that compensate for your specific problem. Contact your coach for any advice on running shoes.