Be Covid smart! Respect yourself and your teammates
The Covid situation is nothing to take likely. It seems like everyday another Raven is sidelined due to the virus. Please, please, please make your health and safety your priority. We want a season, but the safety and health of all Ravens comes before track and field. We ask that you do your best to maintain safe practices and be respectful of the protocols associated with Covid 19. Remember, the minute you feel the slightest sniffle or health issue, stay away from school and the team, notify officials immediately. If you have been exposed, have tested positive, or feel you need to be in the Covid protocol then do the right thing. If you have Covid, there is a County mandated Rturn To Play (RTP) protocol that must be followed BEFORE you can return to full participation. The process involves testing negative, filling out the RTP documentation, taking it to your doctor, seeing our school trainer, and gradually returning to activity. This is not an Alonso rule, this is a County rule. Below is the PDF copy of the RTP document you will need... There are eight more pre-season conditioning practices before the start of official practices. The TnF season begins officially on Jan. 31. See notes below for further details.
Raven track and field workout sessions (Jan 17, 2022):
Please review our workout schedule for this upcoming week. All workouts are voluntary, but the general feeling is if you're in back to school, then you are back to work. We will have four sessions this week.
Mon (Jan 17)
Entire team - 8:30 - 10:30 am
Tues (Jan 18)
Entire team - 4:00 - 5:45 pm @ Alonso
Thur (Jan 20)
Entire team - 4:00 - 5:45 pm @ Alonso
Sat (Jan 22)
Distance @ Alonso @ 8:00 - 9:15 am
ROT - 9:15 -11 am @ Alonso
Practice Habits: All pre-season practices are optional. However, no athlete achieves success without off-season work. We had four practice sessions last week, and some of you missed them all. Make a decision if you want to be an athlete, and show up. Aside from Covid circumstances, attendance at practice shouldn't need to be mandatory. You should WANT to attend. You should WANT to get better. You should WANT to be there.
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.
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 $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. The cut-off date to have paperwork submitted in Jan.25th.
Click here for link to County Athletic Paperwork
Ravens 2022 Schedule
Feb 18 - Kincaid Classic @ Alonso
Feb 24 - @ Early Bird at East Lake
Feb 26 - @ George Jenkins Invite
March 5 - Nash Higgins Relays
March 7 - MMM @ Alonso @ 7:30 am
March 12 - @ Kowboy Invite @ 7:30 am
March 19 - Raven Invitational @ 7:30 am
March 24 - @ Eagle Twilight, East Lake 2:30 pm
March 26 - Manuel Griffin Relays (TBA)
March 26 - @ FSU Relays
March 29 - @ Steinbrenner (tri meet)
April 1 - @ UF Relays
April 7 - American Divisionals @ Alonso
April 12 - County Championships @ Wharton
April 27 - Districts @ East Lake
May 7 - Regionals (TBA)
May 14 - State Finals @ UF
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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