Attendance guidelines, practice schedules and other information!
Pre-season conditioning for the 2021 track and field season will be every Monday and Thursday after school for the month of December. Then every Mon, Wed and Thursday until January 18. Distance runners ALWAYS have a Saturday morning run. These practices are voluntary.
The official start to the 2021 track and field season is Mon. Jan. 18. From that point on, practices are daily and not voluntary, but mandatory. What that means is that EVERY athlete who is a part of our program is expected to attend practices, ALL PRACTICES.
That is what team commitment means. It is your responsibility to fix your schedule to make practices. If you can’t make a commitment to the team, and to practice with the team because of personal reasons, academic reasons, job schedules, etc, we completely understand. Then perhaps you need to rethink being a student athlete.
The program will make accommodations/exceptions for athletes involved in another Alonso sport sharing the concurrent season - baseball, softball, flag, tennis and lacrosse. Athletes currently in a winter sport (soccer, basketball, wrestling) are welcome to join us as soon as their season is over. Be aware of our temporary schedule, which is printed below. For instance, Saturday mornings are part of track and field commitment. Meets are on Saturday mornings and the attendance tends to be 100%.
Regular Practice Times: Once the regular season begins, practices are after school routinely Monday - Friday (from 4:00-5:35 pm). ALL distance runners have a Saturday morning run ( 7 am) which is mandatory. Please note, under current Covid-19 protocols, athletes must wear masks once practice is over, and parents are expected to pick up their students immediately after practice and vacate the parking lot ASAP.
MORNING PRACTICES, ON HOLD: To facilitate the heavy crowding that occurs on our game and practice field, the track program has practiced in the past in the mornings BEFORE school on a tentative twice a week schedule. It means that occasionally we practice at 6:15 am. Yes, 6:15 am! The cross-country team has done this for the past two years without a problem. But, due to Covid-19 restrictions and lack of showers, morning practices will be primarily for those who drive and can get home to clean up and return to school on time, or those who are still elearning. We will have an official announcement on the morning practice schedule in January.
PAPERWORK IS NOT NEGOTIABLE: All paperwork must be uploaded electronically, without any exceptions. A student athlete uncleared on the Home Campus app will not be allowed to practice, train or compete. Click this link County Athletic Paperwork to connect to the online process. Note, your paperwork is entirely online. Here are the primary requirements: a sports physical (completed on the County's EL2 document), $30 of insurance through the county's athletic insurance link, certificates from watching three videos (put all three together, take a photo and upload the single photo), ALL electronic forms and signatures completed, copy of appropriate utility bill (ex water, TECO, mortgage, tax, etc. Remember phone and cable bills are not accepted), copy of parent ID that matches your listed address.
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. 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. Our season begins on Feb. 6.
SPRING SPORT: Track and field is a spring sport, so that means we have critical meets just before and during the Spring Break. Please consider your commitment to the team, when planning vacations or absences.
TESTING DATES: Also, note that many track and field meets occur on Saturday mornings, which are SAT/ACT dates. If you know you are taking a test that conflicts with a meet, it is critical that you inform the coaching staff ONE WEEK in advance. One of the rules of track and field is athletes cannot be substituted for others on the day of the meet. Roster spots are commonly set three days in advance. If you do not show up for your event, no teammate can take your place.
PROPER SHOES: A strong supportive pair of running shoes is vital for daily training in track and field. Shin splints, sore ankles, painful arches, and tender knees occur primarily due to poor shoes. Get yourself a good pair of shoes. If they are old or from the bargain shelves, you are taking a risk. You will also need to get a pair of competition spikes, since all of our meets will be on rubber tracks. Those don't have to be too expensive, since you use them sparingly. But, your will need them for meets.
NO TRADITIONAL TRYOUTS, NO JV: It has been the practice of the Ravens program that we do not hold tryouts in the manner most are accustomed. In other words, we do not make cuts, all are welcome. However, we do have team time trials, usually the week before the start of the regular season, and or in the preseason. The time trials seed athletes per event. In certain elite meets (for example, Saturday invitationals), only the top three or four athletes per event are allowed to compete. It does mean that our less experienced members of the team will compete in weekly duals and tri-meets, but may not on weekends.
Tentative Ravens 2021 Schedule
Feb. 12 - Kincaid Classic @ Alonso 5 pm
Feb. 20 - @ Steinbrenner Invite 7:30 am
Feb. 26/27 - @ Wharton Invite 7:30 am
Mar 8 - Monday Morning Madness 8:00 am
Mar. 13 - @ Kowboy Invite 7:30 am
Mar. 21 - Raven Invite @ Alonso 7:30 am
Mar. 27 - @ FSU Relays (TBA)
Apr. 1/2/3 - UF Relays (TBA)
Apr. 9 - Raven Rundown @ Alonso
April 12/24 - Districts TBA
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.
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