2015 Ballard X-Country
Bob Mirenzi Head coach 206 755-1806
5:00-7:00 From Aug 24th till school starts, at Green Lake track
3:00-5:00 after school, daily.
Saturday 8:00-10:00 at Carkeek Park, Green Lake or School STANDARDS
drinking, smoking and drug use is forbidden. If I made aware of, or catch any individual drinking, smoking or using illegal substances, they will be suspended from competing for 20% of the season for the first incident and for the entire season for a repeat incident. OTHER SPORTS
Members of the 2015 Ballard Cross Country Team, are not permitted to miss practices or meets because of conflicts with other sports events or practices.
This will include, baseball, basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, or any other team, league, community, select, or group sponsored programs.
Attendance at all practices and meets is required to be treated as a priority over all non-WIAA sports. By WIAA rule 18.22.4 we cannot give special consideration to allow athletes to skip practice or meets or leave early to attend non-WIAA sport events conflicting with the our schedule. QUALIFYING REQUIREMENTS
In order to run in the first meet, Sept 12th, a minimum of 8 practices are required to run in the first Jamboree and 10 practices are required to be eligible to compete in first meet. ATTENDANCE
Attendance at all practices is expected and is understood to be a basic requirement to attain an accepted standard of achievement.
Attendance roll will be taken at each practice.
Check in and check out, with your coach, is required. Showing up after start time is counted as late and will count as a missed practice.
Leaving early will count as a missed practice.
Runners suffering from injuries are required to attend practice, we have trainers available to create suitable workouts for any situation.
An athlete who misses a practice because of an unexcused absence, the week of a meet, will be ineligible to run on the Varsity team that week.
Any athlete who misses two practices because of an unexcused absence will miss the meet.
An athlete who misses 6 practices, unexcused, will be dropped from the team. The day after each meet is considered to be the first day of the week preceding the next subsequent meet.
If you are injured you must attend practice and meets.
You must give 24 hour notice to your coach prior to an absence; any non-notified absences will be considered unexcused. Your coach will let you know if your notified absence will qualify as excused or unexcused.
CLARIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE POLICIES
Absences that don’t count against the athlete include:
Absences on days when you are absent from school because of illness.
When an athlete is placed on the inactive roster due to injury or extended illness
Missing because of school field trips or college visits
Absences that count but are excused:
Doctor’s appointments (Please make every effort to schedule appointments during times that will not conflict with practice or a meet.)
Death in the family
Others with a parent note that are deemed appropriate, by the coach
Absences that are NOT excused:
Unspecified family emergencies
Birthdays or other celebrations
Trips to the country, mountains, ocean or the big city
Jobs and job interviews
Lacking workout clothes
Anything not listed on the excused items above
Concerts, games, meets, bouts
Showing up late for practice
Leaving practice early
Athletes may be tardy with notes for the following:
Tutoring or make-ups
Any of the excused absence reasons above
Once the competition season starts;
1st unexcused: Not eligible to run on the Varsity team.
2nd unexcused: Miss the meet.
6th unexcused: Leave the team.
The coach can null any consequence if he feels the absence is deliberate to avoid a meet.
LETTERING In order to earn a Varsity Letter, an athlete must compete in or attend all meets.
Conflicts with SAT’s, ACT’s and Band/Orchestra Events are accepted.
FINAL VARSITY TEAM
The Metro, District and State Varsity team will be chosen based on :
Priority of the team focus
Frequency As a Varsity Runner
Our only fundraiser is a letter-writing campaign where we ask each athlete to bring in a minimum of 3 addresses. Athletes fill in a letter asking for donations and sponsorships to these addresses. I will collect the address and letters and send out additional information. That’s it, no cookie dough, no pizza, no coupon cards! All money collected goes to the team. This is a hugely successful fundraiser for our team and program! It allows our athletes to spend their time training, instead of selling. Participating in the fundraising campaign provides a great way for each team member to become involved in the health of the team and allows every runner a way to connect and invest in their team.
What do we fund-raise for?
Meet entry fees
Additional coaches' stipends
Tips on Being a Supportive Parent
If your son/daughter has a problem or question, they should communicate with head coach immediately. If is not resolved, a parent should
contact the coach at the appropriate time (usually not during or immediately after a meet).
Do expect and encourage your son/daughter to fully invest in every meet. Each Cross Country course has its own challenges making it very hard to compare times from different venues. Do expect them to give full effort. If by some odd chance, they have a sub-par performance or result, they probably need your support more than ever. It is important to stay POSITIVE!
Please do not add workouts to their schedule unless you discuss them with the coaches. We are open to suggestions and certainly do not want to discourage athletes from doing extra work if they can handle it. However, our workouts are designed to peak our athletes at meet time, and additional workouts in many cases will work against the athlete as well as risk injury.
Distance running can be a humbling experience for athletes and their parents. A ‘poor’ performance (or simply having a bad day) in some sports is often unnoticed or hidden, but in Cross Country the last runner in a race has no place to hide. It’s extremely important to stay positive and be supportive. Let them know how much you love them and appreciate their efforts. Hard work and full effort is our only goal.
Urge your daughter/son to eat right, dress warm, keep good hours, get plenty of sleep, be a good citizen and great teammate.
Monitor their workload. Cross Country is hard work and teaches many of the same lessons that having a job does, like time management, commitment, organization, teamwork and honesty.
Please support all our athletes in all the meets.
We encourage your attendance at your child’s meets, and the team appreciates your support as well. Please allow the coaches to do the “coaching” and try to limit extended conversations to and your child is done competing. Please give your child some “space” while they are warming up and competing. We also want boyfriends/girlfriends to keep their distance until the athlete is done competing; we appreciate your support in this area.
Don’t miss a chance to witness your sons/daughters working very hard at something that is important to them. Being a parent doesn’t get much better.
If you have questions and reasonable goals for your child, what exactly are good marks, etc., please speak to the coaches. You may also email me (top of first page )
WE will use Email as much as possible to contact athletes and Parents with news, updates, etc.
PLEASE KEEP CHECKING YOU’RE EMAIL for stuff from us.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU’RE KIDS DO THE SAME.
DOWNLOAD POLICY AND SCHEDULE and 2015 TEAM HANDBOOK HERE