TEAM EXPECTATIONS

  • Athletes must follow rules regarding participation published by WHS and the MSHSL. The following are additional expectations of the coaches.
  • Athletes will respect coaches and teammates.
  • Athletes will be on time to practice and competitions.
  • Athletes will clear absences from practices and meets with the head coach in advance.  If an inordinate amount of missed practices takes place, the athlete may be asked to leave the team.
  • Athletes will schedule work, and other commitments around practices and meets, and team gatherings.
  • Athletes are required to travel to and from all competitions with the team, unless the coaches make exceptions due to race times and locations.  All athletes must attend post-race activities before they are allowed to leave with parents.
  • Athletes will attend team gatherings and special events.
  • Athletes will work hard to get the most out of their own abilities.
  • Athletes are self-disciplined enough to not have constant supervision.
  • Athletes will contribute to the team by displaying a positive attitude!

 

TRAINING EXPECTATIONS

  • All returning runners should commit to consistent summer running to ensure a proper level of fitness in the fall in order to prevent injuries.
  • New runners should strive for the ability to run five days a week for 30 minutes without stopping by the first day of practice.
  • 10th, 11th and 12th graders that have been out for the team before must be able to run 30 to 40 minutes consistently to be a member of Wayzata Girls Cross Country Team. An evaluation process will take place the first week of practice. 
  • All returning runners are highly encouraged to sign in to Google Sheets during the summer and are required to sign in during the fall season. 
  • Athletes will participate fully in all warm-up, cool-down and strength training exercises as designed by the coaches.

 

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Daily practice is the means by which we improve as individual runners and grow stronger as a team.  As such, we place high importance on attendance to all team practices, events, and competitions. Please allow two hours for practice and do not schedule work, dentist or doctor appointments, college visits, singing or instrument lessons, during this time. 

Any absence that is communicated in advance by either a written note or phone to the head coach, Dave Emmans, is considered excused. Any absence not communicated in such a manner will be considered an unexcused absence. 

Four or more excused absences will be considered a problem and your dedication to the team will need to be evaluated.  A call will be made to your parent to discuss this issue.

One unexcused absence will be given a verbal warning, two unexcused absences will result in missing the next meet or team function, a third unexcused absence will result in dismissal from the team.

DO NOT CALL THE ATHLETIC OFFICE TO REPORT AN ABSENCE.

If the coaching staff feels that your attendance becomes a distraction to the benefit of others, then you may be asked to leave the team. Communication is vital, and a workable solution can usually be found.  It is our experience that most athletes that have a problem with attendance usually have over-committed themselves to other activities. 

MEA practice is required for all Varsity athletes in order to compete in the Section Meet.