Germantown Cross Country
On behalf of myself, Coach Valle and Coach Taylor, let me say congratulations on making the 2021 Germantown cross country team. The purpose of this letter is to give you some information in regard to what we do, and what we expect at cross country. For new runners and parents, I’m going to try to be as detailed as possible. After reading this, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call/text me at 601-416-8306.
Practice: We have already started our summer running. A schedule for the summer was attached at the bottom of the roster on the high school and middle school cross country page. I am also attaching one here as well in case you did not see it. Summer running is strictly voluntary. You do not have to come up here for our practices. However, if you don’t run over the summer, you will be behind when the season beings, and it will be very difficult for you to catch up with those who have been running. The summer schedule details the amount of mileage we expect from every runner. You can do it anywhere – it doesn’t have to be with us. June is mainly just doing some distance running and building up our base. In July, we will start making practice more like it will be during the season. We will send out the weekly schedule using the cross country remind account. If you have not joined the cross country remind account, to do so, text @a5eb9 to 81010. We will also use the remind account to let you know about practice cancellations if necessary and for race information when the season starts.
During our summer running, we will run in the morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., so the heat won’t be too bad. When school begins, we will practice after school. It will be hot, so please take care of their bodies. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, and get plenty of rest. Ice and ibuprofen are great for those little aches and pains (hopefully this year we will be able to resume our weekly ice baths). If you have pain that persists, we have a very good trainer that can evaluate you to determine if there is something amiss and can recommend a course of treatment to deal with the issue. Wear light clothing and get a good pair of well-cushioned running shoes. Good shoes help prevent a lot of injuries for runners. Fleet Feet in Ridgeland can actually recommend the type of running shoes that would work best for you based on your foot structure and stride pattern if you’re interested. If you need an inhaler, please bring it with you to practice and the meets.
Lastly, the purpose of our practices is to get better. Distance running requires a great deal of self-motivation and self-discipline. The coaches will not be able to watch every runner every second of practice. You are going to have to be willing to hold yourself and each other accountable. One good method of doing that is to keep a running log. Keep up with the distance you run every workout and the amount of time it took you to do the workout. Get a watch! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just something you can use to keep up with how long it takes to complete the workout. Once we get to July, you will need a watch to be able to time yourself during some of the workouts we do anyway.
DragonFly: All runners must create a DragonFly account. I have attached a sheet that gives you the directions here. The school (high school and middle school) uses DragonFly to determine athletic eligibility. There are separate codes for the high school and the middle school, so please make sure you use the correct one. For those that already have a DragonFly account, please update it for the new year. That includes uploading your new physicals. Some of you had physicals that were good for tryouts, but they expire either in the summer or during the season. Please make sure you get a current one and update your accounts. We are not allowed to let you participate in practice without a current physical.
Booster Club: have attached information on the school’s booster club here. The booster club has always been very supportive of the cross country team. They provide the tent we use at meets, as well as snacks and drinks we bring to each meet. Please, please join the booster club. It’s hard to justify their support of us when we’re not willing to support them. The booster club also puts together a media guide at the beginning of each school year. We will take a team picture at one of our summer practices for the media guide. I will let you know when ahead of time through remind. If you would like to purchase an individual add to put any individual pictures in the media guide, the information is here.
Meet Schedule: As of now, I do not have next year’s meet schedule finalized. As soon as I do, I will post it on the high school’s and middle school’s cross country page and will send it out on remind. Most of our meets will be on Saturday. We usually start our meets during the last week of August or the first week of September, and we finish around the first week of November (for high school - middle school will be finished by the end of October unless they do well enough to make the district or state meet roster). Every runner can run at every meet. Every meet we enter will have a middle school race and a high school race. With that being said, commitment is important. We need everyone to be at practice and to be at the meets. If you miss a meet, it impacts the entire team. If you miss a practice, it impacts how you perform at a meet. At the end of the season, in the Middle School Classic, the District Meet and the State Meet, our rosters are limited in size. If you can’t make practices or meets, that fact will be taken into account when the coaches determine the rosters for those meets.
Conclusion: I hope I have answered any questions you may have. We are excited to have cross country going again and are looking forward to a great summer and a successful 2021 season. Again, if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call me at 601-416-8306. Also don’t forget to sign up for the remind account. Thanks in advance for your support.
Coach Dave Glasgow