Track season just around the corner
Team News Update (Jan. 15, 2021):
At this point, we are moving forward with plans for a 2021 track and field season, albeit with a few adjustments. We are grateful for the opportunity to compete, even if it is in a limited and controlled capacity. As such, below is an outline of the 2021 TnF season, as of mid-January. Please, carefully review the details listed below.
Covid-19 Protocols: The wearing of masks “while not in competition” is a county and FHSAA law. We have no say in it and will comply. Obviously, during competition/workouts, athletes are not expected to wear masks, but at all other occasions – such as in transit to their event, while at the camp, etc – wearing of masks is mandatory. Any athlete who refuses to comply with the mandatory mask regulation will be subject to sanctions which could include immediate dismissal from the program.
Team Camps: Typically, we attend meets and create a team camp as a base of operations. We will be adjusting the “team camp” scenario and announce those details to the team in the coming weeks. We may divide the team into specific groups and insist that the groups stay together for the purpose of contact tracing.
Social Distancing: At all times athletes need to be aware of social distancing guidelines. We will not be allowing the large gathering of athletes, even though we are in an outdoor sport.
Feeling Sick: The minute you are not feeling well, or suspect you are off your game, isolate yourself from your teammates, notify your parents, and then either Coach Mills or Coach Sholtez immediately. The identity of a sick student-athlete is confidential, but it is the responsible thing to do to prevent outbreak. If a member of your family has been exposed, you are to immediately isolate yourself and notify the school and the coaches.
Practice schedule: The 2021 season official gets underway on Mon. Jan. 25. From that point on, practices are no longer voluntary, but mandatory. What that means is that EVERY athlete who is a part of our program is expected to attend practices, ALL PRACTICES. Obviously, we make accommodations for severe academic enhancement, Covid absenses and emergency situations. For the most part, we practice EVERY DAY after school from 4-5:30 pm.
MORNING PRACTICES: To facilitate social distancing, and to ease the heavy crowding that occurs on our game and practice field, the track program may be practicing in the mornings BEFORE school on a tentative schedule. It means select athletes will meet at 6:15 am. Yes, 6:15 am! The cross-country team has done this for the past two years without a problem. Adjust your alarm clocks, and you will be fine. We will practice from 6:15 to 7:35 am, and then you will be done for the day.
PAPERWORK ISSUES: Completed paperwork is not negotiable. If an athlete is “uncleared” by the County, that athlete cannot practice, participate of compete for Alonso until cleared.
OTHER SPORTS: Most of the athletes are multi-sport athletes, which is strongly promoted by our school and our Athletic Director. So, we share athletes. If you are in an active sport - like soccer, wrestling or basketball - you are excused from practices until your season completed. That sport is in season and is your priority. Win the state title, and then join us. If not, you are expected to be at our workouts. If you play baseball, softball, lacrosse, flag or tennis, we will do everything in our power to work with your other coach. Keep in mind, an athlete who does not practice with the track and field program, cannot compete in track and field.
PARENT ZOOM MEETING TBA: We are going to schedule a parent meeting via Zoom before the start of competition. We will notify the student athletes when we have an exact date and time, but it likely will be on a Friday evening.
Meet Schedule: At this point, we are scheduled for seven meets (listed below) and will be making an announcement shortly about the potential addition of two extra meets. Those terms are being negotiated. Note, track is a Spring sport and we commonly have one of the biggest meets during Spring Break. This year is no exception. The Kowboy Invite in Kissimmee is March 12/13 and one of the potential new meets is during Spring Break. Plan accordingly.
Transportation: Unfortunately, the County does not provided buses for invitationals and meets outside the county. So, for the most part, we are on our own. Parents are responsible for getting athletes to the meets. DO NOT WAIT until the morning of a meet to try to arrange a ride. Note, we have a meet in Lakeland, in Kissimmee, and in Palm Harbor.
Parent Volunteer: We are hosting three meets this season and two of them (Feb 15 and March 8) are in the early morning, commonly 8:30-11:30 am. We desperately need parent volunteers to help with the meet. They are two Monday mornings and we have no school on those two days.
Team Fee: To accommodate for entry fees, snacks/refreshments provided during the meets, end-of-year awards and a team shirt, all members of the team are asked to pay a $50 team fee. The fee for siblings is $75.
Spread the word: If you have any friends interested in track and field, encourage them to join. See the direct link below to access the County paperwork needed. The cut-off date to have paperwork submitted in Jan.25th.
"Tentative" Ravens 2021 Schedule
Feb. 15 - Kincaid Classic- Stein/Gaither @ Alonso 8 am
Feb. 20 - @ George Jenkins Invite 7:30 am
Feb. 24 - @ Leto
Mar. 8 - MMM Plant/Wharton @ Alonso 8:00 am
Mar. 13 - @ Kowboy Invite 7:30 am
Mar. 24 - @ Eagle Twilight @ East Lake 3 pm
Apr. 9 - Raven Rundown Sickles/Rob @ Alonso
April 17 - Districts @ Alonso
May 1 - Regionals @ George Jenkins
May 8/15 - State Finals @ UF
Note: We are still waiting several meets to be scheduled. Full schedule should be completed by mid-December.
Click here for link to County Athletic Paperwork
Due to Covid, County cancels all TnF invitationals
The 2021 Inaugural Raven Invitational has been postponed until the 2022 season.
For the second year in a row, the Raven Invitational, on the school's new rubber track, will have to wait. Hillsborough County announced in early December that it is prohibiting all track and field invitationals in the county as a precautionary measure in the Covid-19 pandemic. The Raven Invitational will now be moved back to Spring of 2022. The County will permit dual and tri-meets within Hillsborough.
"Obviously, we completely see the need to be prudent, to put the safety of our student athletes and fans first," said Ravens boys coach Roger Mills. "On the other hand, this is the second year in a row that this has happened. Our disappointment for the kids is real."
Covid-19 shut down all spring sports in March 2020, the week before the first ever Raven Invitational. Over 20 schools had signed up to participate in the Invitational.
What does the County's ruling mean?
1. All meets in Hillsborough County will have to be duals or tri-meets, in other words only two or three teams.
2. Schools can compete in larger invitationals at private schools in Hillsborough County, or leave the county to compete in invitationals.
3. Schools can compete at the FSU Relays or UF Relays, if they are still scheduled.
4. The Ravens aren't the only teams out of luck. A number of well-established meets have also been cancelled - the Steinbrenner Invitational, the Nash Higgins Relays, the Wildcat Invitational, the Divisional and County Championships. All shelved for 2021.
5. The ruling does not have an effect on the State Series (Districts will be held in the County).
6. Schedules are now in being revamped, and will have to flexible to accommodate competitive fairness.
Rubber track construction in full swing
All eyes now on target of early January completion date. Season starts Jan.20
The relocation of three new jump runways (long, triple and pole vault) was the focus of the latest phase of construction as crews toiled all week at Alonso. In early November, the Ravens began construction of their new eight-lane rubber track, a process that is now expected to be completed by the first week of January, just in time for the Jan. 20th official start of the track and field season. The Ravens have scheduled the Kincaid Classic, a preseason mini-meet for February 6, and the inaugural Raven Invitational for March 21. Details of those two events are being ironed out and will be announced later. The new competition surface will feature an 8-lane 400-meter state level track, new shot put area, along with the three new jump runways.
Ravens rubber track fund gets huge donation.. see rubber track page for details.
Do you want to be honored on the new Raven Nation Wall of Fame? Do you want a plaque denoting your contribution to athletics at Alonso High School to be a permanent part of our athletic history and facility? Then, get in line. Order forms for the new Raven Nation Monument plaques are now available (PDF form above). Spots will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Order forms are available at the athletic office, through Booster Club members and from all Alonso head coaches. The plaques cost $150 and is a way of giving back to the Raven Nation. One of the primary goals of the venture fund is to raise funds for a new rubber track.
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