Head Coaches: TBA
Assistant Coaches: TBA
CROSS COUNTRY: This is a running sport that teaches stretching, endurance training, speed workouts, and team dynamics. If interested please make sure you have a sports physical on file at school. Practices to be announced
RULES & EXPECTATIONS
1.) 2.0 GPA
2.) Any detention or
behavior issue will result in conference with student and possible dismissal
3.) If you miss
more than 3 unexcused practices it will result in dismissal from the team.
is expected; show all athletes respect and fellowship.
DRESS CODE: Please look good and represent BLMS well. Dress for success and
RUNNER’S SEASON IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR PARTS:
Stretching: The loss of flexibility is the number one cause for non-impact
injuries. Athletes will not use weights for strength training but a series of
stretches and exercises that target specific areas important to the runner’s
Endurance Training: First, and most primary, is constant running to establish a base
of endurance. At the junior high level it is basic for the runner to be able to
run four times a week at distances of 5k (3.107 mi.). Upon reaching this level
without injury and sustaining mileage for four weeks at prescribed (individual)
times the runner can look forward to a healthy and rewarding season. Middle
school runners will be expected to obtain races of 2-3 miles.
Speed Workouts: Second, is the pinnacle of performance. This area of training is
the hardest due to the enormous effort needed to run at a race pace and still
allow enough mental focus to push the athlete’s body beyond comfort. After the
endurance phase is established the runner will pick up speed elements within
the distance run. Fartleks and interval runs develop a faster athlete.
Team Dynamics: In Cross Country leadership will be determined by an athlete’s
ability to not only run but to make wise choices and mature suggestions.
Parents are encouraged to emphasize rule one and can contact the coach at any
time for suggestions or clarity of an issue.