Hello and thank you for showing interest in the Michigan City Middle School Cross Country team. We are excited to kick off the 2020 Cross Country season the week of August 17th. On August 18th and August 21st we will have a Clean the Trails Day where potential athletes and their parents can come to Krueger, check out the coarse, meet the coaches, and help clean up the trails where we run. No physical is required for those days.
Starting with practice on the 25th, it is vital that every athlete on the team has an up to date physical evaluation form filled out. If an athlete does not have a physical then he/she will not be able to practice until this documentation is completed and submitted to either of the Cross Country coaches. Quite literally if an athlete shows up and there is no physical on hand by either coach then that athlete will not participate until this has been resolved. Physical forms can be printed straight from the link on this website. Most doctors offices also have physical forms. Physicals can be obtained for your pediatrician, Eaton Chiropractic, HealthLinc, and Working Well.
At the middle school level, cross country does not expect students to be able to run any distance at the start of the season. Middle School Cross Country is about learning how to run long distances. It is about learning mind over matter, discipline, understanding perseverance, and pushing yourself to have new experiences and accomplish goals you didn't think possible. Through this, we will teach students how to distance run. Cross Country is also excellent off season endurance training for athletes in other sports.
Running can be a very demanding activity that can provide many benefits when done correctly. With that in mind, it is important to make sure that the athlete is well hydrated, making mostly healthy food selections, and getting adequate rest. Water, appriapriate attire, and a good attitude should be brought to every practice. As we sometimes run through fields or forests, bug spray and sunscreen are also recommended. Students will not be allowed into the building to go to the bathroom or get water so please make sure these needs are taken care of ahead of time.
Our first practice is Tuesday, August 25. Please consult the practice schedules for all dates and times. Also, please check the cross country website for more information or canceled practices. In previous years we would not cancel for weather but as we are not allowed to enter the building this year, we may cancel practices for impending storms.Parents must arrange for a ride to drop off their athlete at Krueger at 3:15 and pick their athlete up at 4:15 from Krueger on days when there is practice. Actions may be taken if rides are more than 15 minutes late. Buses will be available to take athletes from Krueger to all away meet locations and back to Krueger. Again parents will have to arrange for a ride home from Krueger on days of meets.
We look forward to seeing you at practice! If there are ever any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Coach Bohac or Coach Triemstra.
Coach Bohac & Coach Triemstra
Make sure you have your physical completed and turned in to the office ASAP!You must have a physical in order to practice.
Last Modified on August 10, 2020