IHS Cross Country Season 2021 Hello athletes and families of the Issaquah Cross Country Team, We are very excited to officially start our season Monday, August 23rd. Practices(Athletes must be all green in Final Forms to attend, no exceptions): Mondays-Fridays Aug 23 - August 30th practice will start at 4:30 pm @ IHS upper softball fields Starting August 31st practice will start at 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm at IHS upper softball fields Saturdays - 9 am to 11 am (if no race is scheduled) Attendance and race eligibility: Attendance is very important for team culture, safely building fitness, and coaches'' planning. If an athlete misses more than 5 practices after school starts, they will need to meet with the head coach to determine next steps. If an athlete has 3 unexcused absences (does not notify coaches of absences), this could result in no longer being on the team. We would like athletes to email coaches directly about absences, questions, or concerns. Race eligibility: Jamboree Class Race on September 2nd - need to attend 8 practices BEFORE this race day League Meets starting on September 8th - need to attend 10 practices BEFORE race day Races are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Athletes will take the bus from school (unless at Lk Sammamish Park) and may leave after the meet with an adult/family if they sign out with a coach. Athletes should plan on staying for the entire meet to cheer on teammates. Here is our schedule: https://issaquahxctrack.com/schedule/ Mandatory Athlete and Family Meeting: August 26th, 6 pm at Issaquah High School The athletic director, Mr. Ande will be giving students critical information about participating in athletics and Covid Protocols. The XC coaches will present afterwards and give overviews of the season and our expectations. If you cannot attend, you will need to email Mr. Ande to set up another time for the information to be eligible to compete. His contact is AndeL@issaquah.wednet.edu. Coach Liza will send out the presentation to all families after the meeting to review. Time Trial - We are having a 2 mile time trial on August 28th. Athletes need to be at the softball field at 9 am. We will be having a picnic hosted by the Booster club after the time trial. This is an important event for team building and for the coaches to get some data on where athletes currently are at and create workouts/paces/groupings that are the best fit for the athlete. Athletes Contacts If you have not filled out the Google Forms (from this summer), please fill this out ASAP. It is how we collect email addresses and hear from each athlete. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJI_VZTs6clbba9xcHL_wQvLRtX-26rZi3Z4o8UJ2nBTUK_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link We have over 140 students signed up for our programs, which is exciting and a lot to manage at the same time. Athletes need to be on time, prepared, follow the workout plans, and communicate directly with coaches so that we can have a safe, fun, and successful season. Meet our coaches: https://issaquahxctrack.com/xc-coaches/ Spike Night! Get running shoes or racing spikes on Sept 4th starting at 5:30 pm at Redmond Super Jock and Jill. Coach Mike is the manager of the store and athletes will get 15% discount, free spike bag, and well as 50% off the sales rack. Plateau Runner also is offering a discount to Issaquah runners, just tell them you are on the team when you go in.