Ravens begin count down to 2022 regular season opener
Led by seniors Skyler Gillett and Ryan Winslow, the Ravens enter a massive summer offseason training program, en route to the 2023 season. See Cross Country pages for specific details.
Zaxbys, a name connected with great tasting chicken, is now connected with the Raven track and field program, and the Inaugural Raven Invitational. Tuesday, the Georgia-based chicken restaurant chain, with a franchise about one mile from Alonso's campus, announced a platinum sponsorship agreement with the Raven Invitational. The track and field meet, scheduled for March 19 at Alonso, and featuring 21 area high schools, will now be called the Raven Invitational, sponsored by Zaxbys.
"It is our absolute pleasure to sponsor Alonso High's Raven Invitational," said Zaxbys representative Dontavius Barney, District Manager. "We have a firm belief in supporting those that support us, as well as creating and maintaining the bond that we share with our community."
Twice cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, the original Raven Invitational was scheduled for March, 2020. Zaxbys, along with a few other companies, had pledged their help at that time. Now, with the 2022 meet around the corner, Zaxbys has returned, and then some. This sponsorship commitment will provide the needed resources to secure a first class event.
"Words cannot express the gratitude the track and field program has for Zaxbys' generosity," said Ravens boys coach Roger Mills. "This is a massive commitment to our school, our track and field athletes, and to our community."
Compression Shorts: The Ravens wear solid navy compression shorts or running shorts as our uniform, no stripes, no alternative color. Brand doesn't manner. See samples below.
Supervision: While athletes are strongly urged to workout during the break, NO ONE can be on campus working out without the supervision of the coaching staff. NO ONE can be on campus using the facilites on their own. That is an insurance violation and can lead to severe penalities.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 $75 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.
Click here for link to County Athletic Paperwork
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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