CHECK LIST

The following is a list of items to take care of or prepare yourself for before the official season begins in August.

1. AUHSD SPORTS REGISTRATION. Complete online.  Athletes will not be allowed to practice with the team until this clearance is completed.

2. ELIGIBILITY. Each grade report period. Athletes will not be allowed to compete as a member of the team without having achieved the minimum academic standard for interscholastic sport participation. This requires a 2.0 GPA for the most recent grading period. Incoming freshmen students must have a 2.0 GPA from their last quarter of 8th grade.

3. TEAM FEESOrder team package, including spirit fee, t-shirt, sweats, and other items before August 14th.

4. SUMMER TRAINING:  Athletes are expected to attend the summer training sessions from June through August.   Athletes are expected to be in shape, and ready for the rigors of in-season training on August 19th!

5. RUNNING CAMP. (Optional) This is a 6 day camp for all athletes of all ability levels! It is the last week of July, and is a great way for teammates to gear up mentally & physically for the approaching season. If you are interested in going to running camp, please complete the camp application and send it in with the deposit payment by June 20th!

 

IF YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH #1 THROUGH #4 ON THIS LIST BEFORE THE SEASON BEGINS YOU WILL BE SET TO HAVE A FUN AND SUCCESSFUL CROSS COUNTRY EXPERIENCE!

 

 REQUIRED FORMS AND READING MATERIALS FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS

 

FALL SEASON REQUIREMENTS:

AUHSD REQUIRED SPORTS REGISTRATION: Please visit the district web site for complete information on the district paperwork for athletic participation. This paperwork must be completed and submitted in order for the athlete to be eligible to participate in the fall season.

XC Team Handbook: This is the comprehensive information resource about the team and the sport that EVERY ATHLETE and parent is expected to read and understand prior to the season. Please print out and read over with parent.

XC Athlete Information Sheet: This 2 page form should be printed, completed by the athlete, and turned in to the coach on the first practice day! Be sure to note any potential schedule conflicts on this form.

XC Team Package Order Form: ALL ATHLETES must purchase team apparel & pay the team fee, which covers uniform, equipment, buses, meet entries, awards, coach stipends, web site expenses and more. This payment must be made through the Campolindo web store. Please print out the XC Team Package Order Form and then click on the appropriate link below to make the purchase:

NEW CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETE – $425.00
Choose this option if the athlete has NEVER purchased a Campolindo cross country or track team package before. Includes team T-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, sweat pants, sinch bag, socks, and all season team expenses.

RETURNING CROSS COUNTRY OR TRACK ATHLETE – $300.00
Choose this option if the athlete has participated on the Campolindo cross country or track team in the past and has purchased a team package for a previous season. Includes team T-shirt and all season team expenses.

 

XC Season Goal Sheet: Individual and team goals for each third of the season must be articulated on this form and placed in the athlete's team folder.

Parent Meeting Agenda: The parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22, at 5:30pm in the CHS multi-use room.

Parent Volunteer Sign-up: Each family is required to fill at least two volunteer positions for the cross country season. Please see the PARENT VOLUNTEER PAGE for a list of volunteer positions and instructions on how to sign up.

Season Training Schedule: This is the comprehensive season calendar, with daily training session descriptions, including type of workout, target paces, practice start and end times, bus departure times, meet times and more!

Season Meet Schedule: Print out this competition schedule and put it on your refrigerator! Athletes are expected to be available to compete on all competition dates. DAL center meets and the DAL championship meet are mandatory.

XCStats.com Registration: Athletes are required to have a profile set up on the XCStats.com web site in order to participate in Cougar cross country. Please follow the directions on the PDF instruction sheet HERE! The team code is: #cougars

Race Plan Sheet: A Race Plan should be completed prior to each competition in order for the athlete to set goals and prepare a race strategy based upon current fitness, competition, and race course.

Race Critique Sheet: A Race Critique should be completed after each competition in order for the athlete to reflect on his/her performance and learn from the experience.

 

GENERAL TRAINING, NUTRITION & INSPIRATION

CHUCK WOOLRIDGE background and philosophy: A brief overview of Chuck's teaching and coaching experience.

Cougar Athlete Quotes, Read the reflections from members of the 2008 DFAL & NCS Champions.

Speech by Andy Lindquist, 2008 Campolindo Coach Walsh Award winner presents his reflections to parents and teammates at the conclusion of his final cross country season.

Essay by Alison Crisp, 2007 Campolindo frosh soph team champion. Crisp recounts the 2007 DFAL Championship showdown with rival Falcons of College Park that resulted in a dominating five Cougar finishers in the top eleven and upset victory for the league title.

 

SUMMER TRAINING NECESSITIES:

SUMMER ACTIVITY WELCOME! A preview of Campolindo cross country for both new and returning athletes. Summer training advice, running shoe guide, and plenty of reasons why cross country is the sport for YOU.

SUMMER ACTIVITY CALENDAR: This is the calendar of training sessions Cougar athletes are expected to attend during the summer! Post it on your wall and get the miles in with teammates over the summer months!

2017 CROSS COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW! A preview of Campolindo cross country for both new and returning athletes. Summer training advice, running shoe guide, and plenty of reasons why cross country is the sport for YOU.

 

Important Team Rules

1. Consistent Practice Attendance: Each athlete is expected to attend all practices. Every effort must be made to schedule time so that there are no conflicts with daily practice. If a valid reason for missing practice exists (illness or emergency), the athlete must notify the coach prior to the practice that will be missed. MISSING PRACTICE MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM COMPETITION. ATHLETES THAT FALL BELOW 80% PRACTICE ATTENDANCE ARE INELIGBLE FOR COMPETITION AND MAY BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM.

It is at the discretion of the coach to determine whether or not athletes that are unable to complete practice sessions prior to a competition date will be allowed to race.  In the interest of safety, the coaching staff reserves the right to hold out of competition any athlete that is unable to satisfactorily complete a preceding workout session.

2. Punctuality: Each athlete is expected to arrive to practice and competitions on time and ready to run. SECOND TIME LATE WILL RESULT IN CAMPUS CLEAN-UP. IF LATENESS BECOMES CHRONIC ATHLETE WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM.

3. Practice Apparel & Equipment: Each athlete is required to wear RUNNING SHOES, SHORTS (3" inseam or less), TOPS, & SWEAT PANTS to practice. Sweat Pants will be worn for warm-up, stretching, and drills every day regardless of weather. Basketball or other long shorts are NOT acceptable. A sports watch with a split timing function is also required at practices. CHRONIC FAILURE TO WEAR APPROPRIATE APPAREL OR EQUIPMENT WILL RESULT IN CAMPUS CLEAN-UP AND/OR DISMISSAL FROM PRACTICE.

4. Meet Uniforms: Team uniforms, sweats & team shirts are to be worn at all competitions. Athletes are expected to step off the bus wearing sweats and team shirts! Sweats & team shirts shall remain on at all times before and after races! Under NO circumstances are team uniforms or sweats to be worn at any other time! It is a CIF violation to wear a school uniform in unsanctioned competition. Athletes must wear team issued Campolindo cross country gear at all competitions. Other colors, insignias or slogans are NOT acceptable. UNIFORM WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Wash in cold, hang dry! DO NOT PUT IN DRYER!

5. Athlete Conduct: Cross Country Team members represent the premier athletic program at CHS. They are representatives of the school and the community. Each athlete is responsible for continuing our tradition of exemplary conduct. Support teammates, make a positive contribution to the sport, and act responsibly in every situation. Problems must be handled in a mature and rational manner. Communication with the coach is essential. ATHLETES WHO DO NOT LIVE UP TO THESE STANDARDS WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM.

Under NO circumstances are athletes or parents allowed to dispute rulings with meet officials! Athletes and parents must maintain their composure and let their coach deal with the situation. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS PROTOCOL IS GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION FROM COMPETITION AND SUSPENSION FROM THE TEAM.

6. Transportation to and from Competition: Team policy regarding student-athlete transportation will be followed WITHOUT exception! This policy is as follows: Athletes transported from CHS to an away competition via district bus must also return to CHS via district bus or be released to their legal guardian at the competition site. Athletes will not be released to anyone other than a legal guardian. Friends, relatives, neighbors, etc., are NOT legal guardians. Team policy further requires that any athlete not returning to CHS with the team via district bus give the head coach verbal notification and visual confirmation of the presence of a legal guardian before departure. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM THE TEAM.

 

Mandatory Equipment

REQUIRED ITEMS: The following items are required at all practices and competitions.

• Water Bottle
• Running Shoes
• Sweat Pants
• Running Shorts (NO basketball or long shorts!)
• Digital Watch with Split/Lap Time Capabilities
• Locker room lock

RECOMMENDED ITEMS: These items are not required, but recommended for serious athletes.

• GPS Watch
• Racing Flats

• Foam Roller
• Massage Stick

 

Communication Procedures

Parents are encouraged to allow their athlete to communicate directly with the coaches at practice and through email to Chuck Woolridge cougarcoach@comcast.net

All communication regarding practice and meet attendance, questions about team policies, reporting of injuries or other concerns, must start with the coaching staff!

Please note that the CHS administration has asked that parents follow the following communication chain with regards to resolving questions and concerns about the cross country team:  Always start with the coach!

Contact 1: Coach Chuck Woolridge at cougarcoach@comcast.net
Contact 2: Athletic Director Shannon Rogers
Contact 3: Principal John Walker

 

Athletic Letter Requirements

FROSH-SOPH & JUNIOR VARSITY REQUIREMENTS:

• Athlete must finish a minimum of 5 races and attend a minimum of 90% of the practice sessions to be considered for a Letter Award: Only athletes that complete 5 races and attend at least 90% of the practice sessions during the fall season are eligible for a Cross Country Letter Award. Athletes that do not reach these minimums will receive Participant Awards.

Achievement of one of the following automatically earns Letter Award provided the athlete has competed in 5 races and attended at least 90% of the practice sessions.

• Top 5 finish on any team in 4 or more races
• 2-mile time: 12:45 (boy), 15:15 (girl)

VARSITY REQUIREMENTS:

• Athlete must finish a minimum of 4 Varsity Races (6 races total) and attend a minimum of 90% of the practice sessions. Only athletes that complete 4 VARSITY races (6 races total) during the fall season are eligible for a VARSITY Letter Award.

• Athlete must achieve a minimum 3-mile time: 17:45 (boy), 21:00 (girl). Only athletes that achieve the time standard on a certified 3.0-mile course during the fall season are eligible for a VARSITY Letter Award. (5K conversion accepted)

Achievement of one of the following automatically earns VARSITY Letter Award provided the athlete has competed in 4 VARSITY races and achieved the minimum VARSITY time standard:

• Top 7 finish on Varsity team in 4 or more races
• Top 5 finish on Varsity team at league championships
• All League Varsity 1st Team selection
• Top 5 finish on Varsity team at NCS or State

ATHLETES THAT QUIT THE TEAM FOR ANY REASON, OR ARE DROPPED FROM THE TEAM AS DISCIPLINARY ACTION, OR FAIL TO ACHIEVE THE MINIMUM ACADEMIC STANDARD FOR PARTICIPATION FORFEIT ALL AWARDS.

 

Competition Rules

UNIFORMS
Cross Country competitors must wear school issued racing uniforms. Additional garments (underwear and athletic bras) must be solid WHITE and worn beneath the uniform. NO other garments (tights, biker shorts, t-shirts, under armour) may be worn under the uniform during competition without specific approval from the coaching staff.

Jewelry is NOT allowed!!! DO NOT WEAR JEWELRY, INCLUDING EAR/NOSE/BELLY BUTTON/FINGER RINGS OR STUDS, BRACELETS, NECKLACES, HAIR CLIPS, BOBBY PINS, OR ANY OTHER HARD OBJECT! Watches and prescription eye glasses ARE acceptable in competition.

DISQUALIFICATION
Athletes may be disqualified for the following infractions:
• Uniform/Jewelry violation.
• Failure to follow directions of meet personnel.
• Use of profanity.
• Causing a competitor to break stride.
• Impeding or interfering with a competitor.
• Physical contact with a competitor.
• Failure to run designated course.

RACE DISTANCES
Varsity race distance for DAL, NCS, and CIF competition is 3 miles or 5k. Varsity scrimmages and invitational meets sometimes vary, but are never less than 2 miles or longer than 5k. Frosh-Soph and Junior Varsity race distance for DAL is 2 miles. Frosh-Soph and Junior Varsity invitational meets can vary from 3k to 2.4 miles.

RACE SCORING
The top 7 finishers for each team are factored into the final team score. Teams with fewer than 5 competitors are incomplete and their finishers are deleted from scoring. The sum of the top 5 finishing places for each team represent the team scores. The lowest score wins. In the event of a tie, the 6th finishing place for each team determines the winner. Invitational and Championship competition is scored using team finishing places against entire race field. Tri-meet competition is scored head to head. Each team is scored against the other without the place holders of additional teams.

DIVISIONS
There are 3 divisions of competition in High School Cross Country: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Frosh-Soph. The Cougar Cross Country Program places athletes in divisions based on the following criterion.

Varsity: The top 7 fastest athletes regardless of grade usually compete in this division. Invitational and post season competition limits team size to 7 runners. However, DAL dual meet rules allow teams to run as many as 10 athletes in Varsity competition. Fielding more than 7 runners in Varsity competition is done at the discretion of the coach usually for the purpose of providing experience for future Varsity athletes, run-offs between athletes competing for a Varsity position, or as reward for exemplary conduct by veterans.

Frosh-Soph: This division is restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores only. The top 7 fastest Frosh or Soph athletes usually compete in this division. The exception to this would be if a Freshman or Sophomore were placed on Varsity. Invitational competition sometimes limits team size to 7 runners. However, most often there is no limit to number of entries in Frosh-Soph competition.

Junior Varsity: There are no grade restrictions or team size limitations for this division. However, a school must field a Varsity team consisting of their top 5 or more runners before a Junior Varsity team can be entered. Junior or Senior athletes not among the top 7 fastest on the team compete in this division. Freshmen or Sophomores may also compete in this division, usually to provide better depth or to balance race fields.

POST SEASON COMPETITION
Varsity: Complete Varsity teams automatically qualify for the DAL Championship and NCS Championship meets. Varsity teams must finish in the top four (Division III) at the NCS Championship meet to advance to the CIF Championships. The top 5 Individuals NOT on a qualifying team may advance from NCS to CIF competition if they finish in the top 12.

Frosh-Soph & Junior Varsity: Frosh-Soph and Junior Varsity teams automatically qualify for the DAL Championship meet. These divisions are NOT contested at the NCS or CIF level.

FINAL DFAL STANDINGS
Final season league standings for each division are determined by combining equally weighted results from regular season DAL center meet competition and those of the DAL Championship meet. There are NO tie breakers.