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.
The 2021 season kicks off next Monday, May 3rd. We will be practicing from 3:45pm-5:45pm M-F except for meets. Usually we will be meeting in the main gym to take attendance and warm up. Be prepared to be flexible on the 3rd as the main gym may not be available.
Our meets are on Wednesdays this year and will begin at 4pm, here is our schedule:
Wednesday May 12th Home vs Mt Si
Wednesday May 19th BYE/No Meet
Wednesday May 26th Home vs Liberty
Wednesday June 2nd Away at Skyline
Thursday June 10th Away at Hazen
Final Forms is used to track the paperwork and eligibility of athletes so make sure you check your account and are ready to go next week. Also, make sure you are checking the email that is attached to your final forms account as we will be using Final Forms to communicate with you.
Have a great week, looking forward to seeing you all next Monday,
We have some exciting news about the race this weekend. We had some athletes request we investigate moving it to Lake Sammamish State Park. Well, we managed to pull that off today! It is a beloved place to race and better footing. Please let me know immediately if your athlete is not racing.
This weeks races will at Lake Sammamish State Park on March 20. Meet will be versus Liberty:
Boys Race 1@ 11:00 am,
Boys Race 2@11:30 am
Girls Race @12:00, noon
Athletes – check in with coaches at the UW tent by the main bathrooms 45 minutes before your race for temp checks/attestations/warm up instructions.
All boys will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 10:30am.
All girls will need to be ready to warm up and meet with coaches at 11:30am
NOTE: You will need a Discovery Pass to park there for the meet.
Volunteers – we have some, but we need MORE to help ensure a safe race. Please email Coach Liza ASAP if you can help out. Remember to wear masks at all time and follow all social distancing protocols!
Also, does anyone have flagging and/or rebar to help mark the course?
Friday Practice – to help us visualize and get familiar with the course, we will meet at 4 pm Friday for our workout @ Lake Sammamish State Park. If students drive, they need a DISCOVER PASS. If they are getting dropped off, please use the lot at the end of the entrance by the concessions/bathroom (NOT by the water sports rental lot).
As of Tuesday,September 3rd, practice will be held from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Practice will be from 4:00- 5:30pm on Wednesdays. See you tomorrow!
First Week (August 21-25) Meet in the Auxiliary Gym at 9am. Practice ends at 11am.
Second Week (August 28-September 1) Practice is from 3-5pm.
There is no required practice on Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)
NEW: Tuesday, Sept. 5th Practice is from 3-5pm
Once school starts practice is in the afternoon. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday we meet in the Auxiliary Gym at 3:30. Practice ends at 5:30. Wednesday practice is from 4:15-5:45pm unless we have a meet.
In order to turn out you must have all forms (also see doctor for physical evaluation requirement), fees and online registration completed and turned in to the Activities Office before August 21st. Forms will not be accepted on Monday, August 21st. Please see the complete registration information on the high school website. July 17th the online registration begins. From August 9-18 the bookkeeper and athletic secretary will accept all forms and payment that are required for the in-person part of the registration process.
Once you have completed this process, you will be given a receipt that should be turned in to the coaches on the first day of practice. This shows us that you are eligible to practice.
Ten practices are required by the state before you are eligible to compete in a race.
We cannot give you permission to miss our practice because you have another practice. You are expected to attend and participate every day unless you are ill or injured.
Please come to practice on time every day and ready to run in good quality running shoes and comfortable running clothes.
We are looking forward to a fun and exciting year that lies ahead. Be ready to work hard, get to know your teammates, make new friends, improve your running times and be a part of a great sport!
Practice today for all kids going to Liberty invite ONLY.