The 2022 track season is just around the corner
Track and field preseason conditioning workouts begin Monday, Nov 29, at 3:30 pm at the track. See the tentative workout schedule listed below. Keep in mind, workouts dates and times can be switched depending on events on the field. Also, please read the notes listed below for clarity over the upcoming preseason. Welcome to the 2022 track and field season.
Raven track and field team updates (Nov 24, 2021):
Below is our preseason conditioning schedule. Only athletes cleared by the County for track and field will be permitted to workout with the team.
Mon (Nov 29): 3:30 - 5 pm @ Alonso (All athletes)
Thur (Dec 2): 4-5:15 pm @ Alonso (All athletes)
Sat (Dec 4): 7:15 am @ Ballyhoos (Distance only)
Mon (Dec 6): 3-5 pm @ Alonso (All athletes)
Wed (Dec 8): 4:5:15 pm @ Alonso (All athletes)
Sat (Dec 11): 7:15 am @ Ballyhoos (Distance only)
Mon (Dec 13): TBA
Wed (Dec 15): TBA
Thur (Dec 16): TBA
Sat (Dec 18): 7:15 am @ Ballyhoos (Distance only)
Track Closed for Break: Due to the new surface being put down on our runways over the Winter Break, the track will be closed from Dec.20 to Jan 4. We will have workout opportunities on the practice field/weightroom from Dec.27 to Jan 3. Those details will be announced shortly.
Tentative schedule: Below is a working edition of our meet schedule. Please note, this is a tentative schedule and at least three meets are missing. Others are subject to change.
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork: ALL athletes must be cleared for track and field on the County's athletic clearance portal. Click here County Athletic Forms to access the county's website that outlines all needed documents. If you have already been cleared for one sport, but have not added track to your list, you have to go back into your Athletic Clearance account and add track and field. For example, being cleared for volleyball or football, doesn't mean you are cleared for track and field.
Enrollment/Residential Doc: One document that seems to be giving trouble is the Enrollment/Residential document. The PDF below is that document. Complete it and upload into your account.
OTHER SPORTS: Many athletes are multi-sport athletes, which is strongly promoted by our school. So, we share athletes. If you are in an active sport - like soccer, wrestling or basketball - you are excused from workouts 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.
Shoes/spikes: A number of first time track athletes have already asked about what types of spikes to get. The first priority is a great pair of running shoes. You will be working in your trainers alot more than in your spikes, which are used primarily for meets, and sparingly in practice. The general guideline is that your running shoes should not be less than $50-$60, since you get what you pay for. We strongly urge athletes to secure a good pair of running shoes. As for spikes, sprinters, jumpers, distance runners, throwers, all have different options. Be patient until you figure out what suits you. You can always order on line, or go to Ross Stores, which routinely has very high end track spikes on the shoe rack ranging from $10 to $30.
Covid-19 Protocols: Wearing of masks is no longer a mandatory requirement. We urge all athletes to do what's best for them.
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. Team camps are for members of the team. Not friends, not family.
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.
Regular Season Practice schedule: The 2022 season official gets underway on Mon. Jan. 31. 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 dual sport athletes, severe academic setbacks, Covid absenses and emergency situations. For the most part, we practice EVERY DAY after school from 4-5:30 pm. Athletes involved in other Alonso sports teams in season are given special accomodations, up to a point.
MORNING PRACTICES: To facilitate social distancing, and to ease the heavy crowding that occurs on our game and practice field, the track program will be practicing in the mornings BEFORE school on select dates, with select athletes. For instance, the distance runners may have an early morning session twice a week, since they are accustomed to 6 am practice times. On those days, we will practice from 6:00 to 7:35 am, and then you will be done for the day.
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.
Transportation: Unfortunately, the County does not provide 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, in Gainesville and in Palm Harbor.
Parent Volunteer: We are hosting three meets this season and two of them (Friday, Feb 18 and Monday March 7) are in the early morning, commonly 8:30-11:30 am. We desperately need parent volunteers to help with the meet. We have no school on those two days. The third meet is our Raven Invitational, tentatively scheduled for April 9th.
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 $70 team fee. The fee for siblings is $100.
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.
Click here for link to County Athletic Paperwork
Ravens 2022 Schedule (incomplete)
Feb 18 - Kincaid Classic @ Alonso
Feb 26 - @ George Jenkins Invite
March 7 - MMM @ Alonso @ 7:30 am
March 12 - @ Kowboy Invite @ 7:30 am
March 19 - Raven Invitational @ 7:30 am
March 26 - @ FSU Relays
April 1 - @ UF Relays
April 7 - American Divisionals *
April 12 - County Championships *
April 18-26 - Districts (TBA)
May 7 - Regionals (TBA)
May 14 - State Finals @ UF
* - Unofficial date, subject to change
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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