WHY and How to sign up for Cross Country and Track and Field
Step 1: Decide to be a part of something special. Here is WHY you should choose Cross Country and Track and Field... High School athletics will help you grow as a person and create a sense of belonging and self appreciation. You will learn lifelong lessons about friendship, teamwork, overcoming adversity and living a healthy lifestyle. The team environment we strive to create is one of universal acceptance and love for sport and team. We strive to develop student-athletes academically, socially and athletically.
Step 2: Get a Sports Physical from your doctor. In order to be in athletics you will need to have a yearly physical that clears you to be able to participate.
Step 3: Get the necessary paperwork from the coach or the athletic secretary in the main office.
Step 4: Fill out the necessary paperwork and turn it into the athletic secretary in the main office and pay the sports fee of $150.00.
Step 5: Show up for practice with a positive attitude, willingness to be a team player and a desire to improve as a student-athlete.
Beginners to the program
As you begin in the sports of Track and Field and Cross Country at Dakota Ridge it is important to remember a few principles…
First and foremost this should be fun…if you start not having fun and end up miserable, please communicate that and come discuss with one of the coaches.
Always be smart with your efforts…it’s better to just follow the schedule and get things going and build up gradual until you can do more work.
Ideally you will stay injury free, but should you have an ache or pain please follow the “Injury Protocol” outlined in the document “Injury Protocol”.
We recommend a good pair of shoes to start
While it will be tempting to do more than what’s on the schedule below and jump in with folks who have already been running and training, PLEASE avoid overdoing it. Again, just follow the schedule and do what we have laid out in this schedule for you.
Based on where you are coming from we will get you going with a level of running that will meet your needs. For example…if you are a soccer player and are trying Track or Cross Country, we will be able to get you running a little more to start then someone who is coming out for the team that has never run or played a sport before.
For non-distance events we will get you going with technique and basic beginner workouts.
For distance and Cross Country In general the first three weeks we will get you running about 10-20 minutes 3-4 times a week and you will need to learn how to do strides and the Core routine that we have outlined for the team.
We will start give you a little more running and working out to do during the next three week stretch and if we are in the season we will have you compete.
Distance athletes you can expect to start to push your longest run to about 30 minutes and if not competing yet you will do a workout or two.
You can expect to run a lot of simple easy runs/workouts to get you started in your running/track career. The most important thing is to stay in communication with the coaches on how your feeling.
DAKOTA RIDGE CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK/FIELD TEAM RULES
Athletes MUST be academically eligible. Anyone ineligible for more than THREE weeks (combined) will be dismissed from the team. Reason: If they are ineligible, they cannot compete. If they cannot compete we cannot depend on them. Athletes are expected to come to practice and workouts and take part in all team activities except competitions during the ineligible period. An athlete will be ineligible if they have three or more D’s or one or more F’s.
Any athlete caught using or pictured with tobacco, drugs or alcohol at any point in the year will be suspended (minimum 1 competition) and possibly dismissed from the team at the discretion of the coach. Violations will be considered on a case by case basis and punishment will be at coach Stenbeck and Clark’s discretion after inquiry is made.
Any violations of school rules up to and including consistent classroom disruption will be considered violations of team rules and will be subject to consequences during the season or upcoming season as necessary.
If an athlete misses practice, please email coach Stenbeck or Clark and excuse that absence. We operate under the assumption that if you pay $150 and WANT to be a part of the team you will make it a priority to be there. We recognize that our student-athletes have the need to miss practice occasionally. All we ask is that student-athletes take the personal responsibility to let us know what they need in terms of missing practice. If you miss a lot of practice without us knowing the reason behind it, don't be surprised if you are not entered in meets and we essentially move on without you.
If an athlete displays any type of unsportsmanlike conduct at a competition or online, they will be suspended from competition for the next scheduled meet and could result in demotion from Varsity or Junior Varsity. Athletes can also be suspended from competition due to inappropriate behavior during team practices and functions and online videos or posts.
Character matters on this team. Certainly we understand that student-athletes make mistakes and poor choices. We understand that there can be a need for second chances and or moments to let student-athletes learn and have personal growth from mistakes they make. Taking ownership of mistakes and behaviors is an extremely valuable character trait for a student-athlete. A bad moment that is "out of character" where the student athlete takes ownership for behavior or mistake is something where there might be room for a discussion. Overall, We will consider the "body of work" when it comes to character issues on the team. Repeated negative issues, toxic attitudes and habits, poor effort and lack of concern and respect for teammates, coaches, teachers, administration and the community at large is something we won't tolerate. Dismissal form the team is always an option should we feel it the best for team.
Any violation of team rules will be looked at on a case-by-case basis and once the coach makes inquiry, discipline will be handed out. Coaches Stenbeck, Hitzges and Clark reserve the right to dismiss anyone from the team should they deem it appropriate for the overall well-being of the team.
If an athlete requires a visit to the doctor for any reason deemed serious by the coach, which is not limited to but could include, heart problems, Brain injury, severe bone or skin injuries, chronic sickness…the athlete must obtain a medical release from the physician in order to participate in practice and the meets.
The vast majority of the time the Varsity athletes will be determined by the performance of the athlete. The same will apply to the JV. Varsity, Junior Varsity. Positions are subject to change at the discretion of the coach. Often times factors for changes or substitutions include practice time attended, injury, sickness, and attitude of the athlete. Varsity and Junior Varsity positions could also be determined based upon the habits, dedication, improvement, and overall team commitment of the athletes. Should there ever be a tie by two athletes that determines the final spot on Varsity or Junior Varsity, the coach has the right to break the tie by use of any of the following…analysis of previous race performances and situations, a run off of any distance chosen by the coach or a coin flip.
Varsity letters are awarded based on the following criteria:
Track and Field
A further note on Lettering...Athletes must show dedication to the team. While we accommodate multi-sport athletes, a considerate and respectful effort must be made by all athletes to be at practice and to compete in meets for the ENTIRE year. A helpful and positive attitude toward the team is a relished trait that coaches hope to see in their student-athletes. The team needs to matter if you are part of it and student-athletes should make it a priority if they are going to be a part of the team. This DOES come into consideration when we decide on awarding Letters at the end of the year.
Athletes must finish the season to be eligible for end of season awards.
Uniforms must be worn as provided. Running shorts may not sag (must be worn appropriately above the waist) boxer shorts should not be exposed. Jerseys should be tucked into shorts.
What to expect in terms of COST to be in Cross Country and Track and Field....
Athletic fee: $150
Running Shoes: $100-120
Racing Shoes: $40-60
Fundraisers: &15-100 (typically we have a Chipotle night and a 5k with our football team in early August where we look to get each family to recruit friends and family to run in the 5k and pay the $25.00 registration fee per person...all the money going to the program)
Team Gear $10-45
Team travel $0-150 (depends on where the team has decided to travel for that year and if you choose to go. ALWAYS OPTIONAL for all athletes)
IF MONEY IS HOLDING YOU BACK FROM PARTICIPATION.....
PLEASE CONTACT THE HEAD COACH TO DISCUSS OPTIONS...WE REALLY WANT KIDS TO BE ON THE TEAM WE WILL TRY TO FIND A WAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED THAT WISH TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM.
coaches email: email@example.com
Transportation during season:
Buses are provided to and from meets that are not local during the season.
Off campus practice does happen, Parents/students must be responsible for transportation to practice.
TRACK AND FIELD
Buses are provided for freshman track meets at Jefferson County stadium.
Buses vary throughout year for track meets based on team needs and location of meet.
Off campus practice happens once or twice weekly in order to get to a track. Carpools are HIGHLY encouraged for student-athletes.
Due to the nature of the sport and our philosophy, no “cuts” will be made and thus no athletes will be denied the opportunity to participate and compete based upon the number of athletes.
PROFILE OF AN IDEAL PARENT
1. Support your student athlete and attend as many contests as
2. Avoid putting pressure on your student athlete to start, score, or
be the star of the team.
3. Support the coaches in public around other parents and fans.
4. Avoid speaking negatively about the coaches in front of your
5. Understand the ultimate purpose of athletics. It exists as an
integral part of the total education mission of the school and
participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right.
6. Serve as a good role model for students, athletes and other fans.
7. Contribute as members of the booster club. This means
volunteering to help with projects and committees.
8. Appreciate the educational opportunity that your student athlete
is receiving in our athletic program. This includes the enormous
time and effort provided by the coaches.
9. Attend the pre-season parents meeting.
10. Serve as beacons of good sportsmanship.
11. Show respect to everyone involved in high school athletics, the
coaches, the athletes, fans – including our opposition, the
officials and administration.
12. Follow the chain of command at Dakota Ridge when you have a
13. Express concerns and questions in a courteous and civil manner.
Please make sure it is the proper timing and setting.
14. Abide by all politics, regulations, and procedures for our athletic
15. Understand that the goals of the team and athletic program are
more important than the hopes and dreams you have for your