We would like to
make sure that all team members and parents understand what
the practice and competation expectations are of all
When you join the
cross county team there is an expectation that you be at
practice every day and that you compete in the weekly meets.
To better illustrate this, I will relate to you a story of
one of our past runners, a young lady named Kim Ricks. Kim
was a very good runner, and she also was a very good swimmer
and club soccer player. She participated in all three her
first two years at Mt. Carmel, but she never missed a
practice or meet during that time. The in-season school
sport came first, and her club sports second. During her
other sport seasons, I made sure that I respected that
process. If cross country was the off-season, her in-season
sport took priority.
She did not try to
miss or leave practices early, she was there every day and
did her part as a team member.
I for my part,
helped her where I could, If she needed to leave from meets
to make other competitions, I had no problem with that. I
was able to communicate with the parents as to when Saturday
meets were over, and we worked it out.
The point to be
made here is that Kim took her part as a team member
seriously. She practiced hard every day, she ran hard every
meet, and you never doubted her commitment to the
If you are a team
member for any sport at Mt. Carmel, it is expected that you
are there during the season, all the time. While the
coaching staff understands SAT's, PSAT's, and family
emergencies, telling us that you will not be competing
because of club sports or vacations will not be considered
acceptable. Please don't expect us to be understanding or
happy and you may be asked to leave the team. Because we require you to be at our XC Invite for the whole day, we give you one excused miss. That is all.
Also, for some
people doing additional activities does not alway work. Some
people can balance a lot of activities while others cannot
even balance a ball. If you are constantantly injured or
sick due to doing too much you may need to cut back, and we
will again be reminding you about your committment to our
country has a no cut policy, I would like to take some time
to explain the varsity lettering policy for all athletes.
To receive a
varsity letter athletes must achieve one of the the
- Run in the Top
7 during 50% of our meets.
- Run in the Top 10 during 75% of our meets.
- Average being one
of our top ten runners during the season and qualify for the League Finals
- Qualify to run
in the CIF Finals race. (only 7 make
- Run as a member
in good standing of the team for at least two
receive their letter, certificate, or award, a runner
- Finish the
season in good standing.
- Finish the
season scholastically eligible.
- Show up to the
awards cermony to receive their award.
- Turn-in all
equipment checked out to them.
- Pay for any
- Varsity award winners are not eligible for JV awards.
We sometimes have athletes come out there senior year who have never run before. They spend most of the year getting in shape, but because our league rules make seniors run varsity in our 4 league meets, they expect a varsity letter. You have to be a top 10 runner in this sport, a letter is not just given to you, it's earned.