Boys & Girls Cross Country(XC)
Athletes attend practice ONLY on days they attend school in person. There will be no in person training on Wednesdays. Workouts to complete at home can be found in the Google Classroom explained below.
Green Team/Schedule A/"Even": Practice will be on the days you attend in person school from 3-4:30 pm (unless otherwise notified by coach).
Maroon Team/Schedule B/"Odd": Practice will be on the days you attend in person school from 3 - 4:30 pm (unless otherwise notified by coach).
HVVA students: These students will have the ability to compete for their home school. They will be placed on teams based on even and odd addresses.
School of Choice Students: These students will designate their home school and also be placed by even and odd addresses. Whichever school a "school of choice" student dictates as their home school will remain their home school for the 2020-2021 school year for all athletics. Also note this would be the middle school the student would attend if they chose in person learning in January.
On meet days, the team will be split in two. Schedule A students will race with kids who go to school that day, and Schedule B will compete together. The A team will be the Green Team, and the B team will be the Maroon Team. This will allow us to compete against the other schools in our district but have less kids all at one site.
There can be no switching between teams.
Our schedule will consist of two intersquad meets (Green vs. Maroon) to begin and end the
year. The other meets will be against Muir and White Lake, each ofwhich is also split into two
teams (total of 6 meets).
It may be possible for a team to race on their off day. If this is the case we will not have transportation for students coming from home. They will need to get transportation.
Those students arriving from home will have to have their temperature checked upon
arriving at the meet site. We will have a designated spot for athletes to meet the coach
Students who are in school will have one-way transportation to the meets from school.
6th graders will race a 1 mile race but can choose to enter the 2 mile.
7th and 8th graders will run a 2 miles race.
Athletes will start in waves as opposed to starting in the normal giant pack.
All workouts are being conducted with proper social distancing
It is important that athletes bring their own water bottle to practices.
As of now athletes need to wear a mask while at practice. They do not need them while they
are working out or competing.
○ Athletes definitely should bring a mask to meets and practices as there will be times
when they are not running that they will need them.
Shoes: As always it is important to have a good pair of running shoes to help prevent injuries.
There are several running stores that will help you if you mention that you run for Oak Valley Middle school. Some offer discounts to school runners. They will help you get a shoe to fit your stride, however oftentimes even Dick’s Sporting Goods and other places offer school discounts on running gear.
It is important that athletes follow our stretching routine even on days when at home. Some of the activities are designed for injury prevention and need lots of reps to be effective.
Other Equipment Needed:
Athletes will need to order a team shirt. Details below. Each athlete must have black running shorts and athletic shoes. Athletes are able to run in and sweatpants and a sweatshirt if the weather is bad.
My student athlete Has joined the team ... now what?
Step 1: Sign up to participate with Coach Browne and Coach Haren here
Step 2: Parents and athletes can join the Oak Valley Middle School Cross Country Google Classroom. The code is: 7trtcst. Here you will also find the coaches sign up form and workout summaries for athletes to follow. Coaches will also use the classroom to keep time sheets posted so athletes and parents can follow their progress through the season.
Step 3: Parents and athletes can sign up for text updates from coaches by texting @OVrun to the number 81010 or by clicking here.
Step 4: Matching shirts are ordered each season. They are for the athlete to keep. Athletes registered size when they signed up with coaches. Shirts will cost $15. Checks can be made out to Oak Valley Middle School. Please bring payment to training as soon as possible.
Step 5: Register your athlete with Huron Valley schools through HVS Final Forms website here
Step 6: Cross Country is a "no cut" sport. Therefore all athletes that would like to run will be a part of the team. Pay for your athlete to participate in the season here
Step 7: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic MHSAA has adjusted its policy on physicals. If a student submitted a valid physical during the 2019/20 school year (one completed on or after April 15, 2019) said student needs only to complete the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire and submit that to the coach or office on or before the first practice. MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire can be found here. If student answered YES to any of the questions on the MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire or if the student did not have a valid physical on file from the 2019/20 school year (one completed on or after April15, 2019) the student is required to obtain a new physical dated after April 15, 2020. Traditional physical forms can be found here. 2020/21 MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire FAQs can be found here
Step 8: Student athlete and parent must both review, sign and submit the Concussion Awareness Form to the coaches or office before the first practice. Concussion Awareness Forms can be found here