Conard Cross Country 2017
CONARD CROSS COUNTRY
Head Boys – Coach Pro Assistant Coach: Matt DeMarco
Head Girls – Coach Hadra
Team Policy: Cross Country athletes are NOT permitted to run in road races after the first varsity meet has been held.
Attendance: Will be taken at the beginning of every practice for both the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams during warm ups. It is expected that you are there at 2:45pm running your warm – up of 2 laps around the track, 1:30 pm on Wednesdays. If there is not meet, Saturday practice will be at the WH Reservoir #1 on Farmington Ave at 10am, meeting at the green gate in the rear of the parking lot.
Attendance is mandatory every day at practices and meets unless previously discussed with Coach Hadra or Coach Pro. Practice or meets will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, where attendance is expected and will be recorded.
Unexcused Absence for:
Practice: 1st offense, verbal warning
2nd offense, parent phone call
3rd offense, turn in your uniform, your season is over, dismissal from the team
Unexcused absence from practice the day before a competition: You will not be competing in the next day’s competition.
Unexcused absence from competition (including Saturday Inv.): Automatic dismissal from the team, unless previously discussed and planned for.
Excused – excused absences are allowed with notes for various reasons, bring a note from a teacher or parent the next day you are at practice.
If you have an ongoing commitment conflict, please talk to a coach to discuss a plan for practice and workouts if you will be missing practice on a regular basis. It is expected that Cross Country is your 1st priority outside of academic help in after school extra-curricular activities.
It is a privilege, not a right to be a member of this team. We welcome all who are interested in working hard, encouraging others, respecting one another, coaches and opponents, giving their best efforts for the demands of the workout and competing as hard as they can on race day. If you are not interested in competing, this is not the sport or team for you. This is a varsity level sport and team and participants are expected to behave like varsity level athletes.
Injury aside; cutting the runs short, dogging workouts, walking ‘because I don’t feel like running,’ removing your shirt during practice, making light/or mocking/taunting competition, rude, disrespectful and inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and is grounds for removal from the team, decided by the coaches.
We expect our athletes to demonstrate the highest level of citizenship in the community; breaking the law will also be grounds for immediate removal from this team.
Running Logs – This year we will expect all runners to keep an online running log at XCStats.com. There is an app for that, which you can plug each days run into at the end of practice. We use this tool to teach self-responsibility of their running as well as to help set goals to achieve as they compete throughout the season!
All runners must bring a water bottle with them to practice and should be drinking from it all day long.
Competition & Events
Dual Meets – Held almost every Tuesday after school, home or away. When home, the meet begins at 3:45pm at the West Hartford Reservoir. We will take a bus to the reservoir; athletes must ride the bus to home meets – no exceptions. The bus for all meets will leave promptly at 2:30pm. Everyone is expected to participate in dual meets. Everyone is expected to remain at a meet until the competition is completed, returning on the bus; only in extreme cases will athletes be allowed to leave early and only with their parents, not family friends.
Home meets usually end around 6:00pm – 6:30pm. Away meets, the bus returns to Conard by 7:15pm.
Saturday meets are Invitationals. These meets are entered by prior performance/time, which determines at what level an athlete will be competing (Varsity/JV/Freshman). Everyone can and will participate in Saturday Invitationals, please let us know ahead of time if you will not be able to attend. You will be told on Thursday or Friday before who is competing in the upcoming Saturday meet and at what level. You should plan on spending most of the day/afternoon at the meet if you are competing on Saturday. If you must leave early, you may sign out with your PARENTS. All races are 5k in length, which is 3.1 miles for both boys and girls. Results and schedules for invitationals can be found at www.mysportsresults.com and www.xcstats.com.
Varsity entries into invitational meets are based on the prior weeks’ performance. The Varsity team at the end of the season championship meets will be determined by the overall season performance and health of athletes by the coaching staff.
Varsity letters are awarded to athletes if they meet one of the following:
1. If you compete at the state meet and beyond,
2. If you are an alternate for the state meet and beyond,
3. If you earn 10 or more points during regular season competition (You get 1 point for each opposing Varsity team member you beat in a dual meet).
Footwear: Everyone needs running shoes (trainers). This is important for injury prevention. We do not ask anyone to purchase any other equipment outside of a one-time purchase of competition spikes/flats for our varsity athletes. Training shoes are designed to breakdown after 4 months and/or 300-400 miles of running. If you do not have new training shoes (thick white squishy sole) it is almost guaranteed that you will get injured from an over-use injury (stress fracture, joint/soft tissue pain).
WHPS Drug & Alcohol Policy: 1st offense: 4 week suspension from competition, athlete must continue to practice to end the suspension and return to play. Loss of leadership position.
2nd offense: 16 week suspension from competition, athlete must continue to practice through that time to complete suspension and return to play.
3rd offense: removal from play for one year.
Meet Schedule: See the Conard Athletic Website. It will be updated as we add the invitationals to the schedule.
If you need to contact us:
Coach Provencher: John_Provencher@whps.org cell: 860–874–4559
Coach Hadra: Leslie_Hadra@whps.org
Getting Started with XCStats
A. How to Create an Account
Accounts in XCStats are created by athletes and in doing so, add their parents in the process. Here’s what you’ll need to register:
- 1. Your schools’ registration code – @ConardXC. It allows access to the registration page.
- 2. Yours’ and your parents email addresses.
- 3. Access to the athletes’ email – you must to click a link in an email within 24 hours that comes immediately upon submitting the registration form. If you don’t receive it, check your junk folder. If you miss the 24 hour window, you will need to reregister.
Assistant coaches use this same process. Athletes – do not use your school-issued email address – those mailboxes typically can’t receive emails from someone outside the school.
Athletes can register by two methods – the XCStats App or at XCStats.com.
Athlete Registration Process via the XCStats App
- 1. Download the App. Search for “XCStats” in the Apple or Android store.
- 2. Click on “Sign Up” as shown
- 3. On the next screen, select your school and enter your Registration Code
- 4. Fill out the forms as presented to you.
Athlete Registration Process via XCStats.com
1. Go to www.xcstats.com and click on “Schools”, then your schools name. You’ll see the form shown (in the upper right corner of that page). To start the registration process click on “CREATE ACCOUNT”.
2. Enter your registration code to access the registration form.
3. You now will see the registration form! The form displays different options depending on your selections. Follow though the questions, entering the information requested, including your parents names and email addresses. Please note that the same email address cannot be used for both athlete and parent. If in doubt on the question “Have Results in XCStats?”, enter Yes, then scan the pulldown list for your name. If not there, select No.
After submitting the form, the athlete will receive an activation email. If you don’t receive it, check your junk folder. Click on the link within that email to activate your account. After the athlete activates, parents will be sent an email to activate their accounts. This email will also contain a parent password which can be changed once they login. If you have any questions, contact XCStats using the Contact Us form on the website.
B. How to Log In
Once activated, parents and athletes can login to XCStats in either of two places:
At the bottom of the XCStats home page
Or your schools XCStats Home Page:
Click here for meet results: mysportsresults.com
Meet Schedules: See Conard Athletics, Fall Sports Information
To see a line up of our meets, please click on the Schedule tab below.
Coach Pro's Website