Tartan Cross CountrySo you have a child that wants to go out for Cross Country? Good for you! Cross Country (XC) is a wonderful sport of a lifetime that encourages both individual and team participation and a love for running. If you are a parent and have a child that wants to try Cross Country, here are a few things to help you get started:
What is the Sport of Cross Country?
The Sport of Cross Country is a competitive team sport offered in the fall of the year for both girls and boys [usually] in grades 7 through 12. Teams consist of five or more runners who all race together at the same time against the other teams. The top five finishers from each team are used for scoring and their finishing places are totaled to see which team wins. The lowest score wins. High school races are usually 3.1 miles long, and junior high races are usually 2 miles long. The courses oftentimes take place at public parks or golf courses and parents are allowed to attend and cheer them on from anywhere on the course. The great thing about cross country at this level is that everyone who tries out for the sport generally gets to compete.
Even though the first 7 runners to finish are considered the “scoring team”, everyone still gets to run and try to contribute to the team’s scoring. In most school districts, there are no cuts, and
no bench to sit on and watch while others play!
The philosophy is simple:
Have fun, train hard, and race well.If you have any questions contact Jim Boyle at email@example.com or 651-324-8150.The season begins in mid-August.Ask your friends to join the team. This is critical to the success of our season. This is a team sport with an individual aspect so workouts are catered to benefit the individual, never too late to start improving.Captain For 2021 is Arlie KapaunIf you have any questions contact Jim Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-324-8150