2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
 

Cross Country Running

Open to any girl or boy enrolled at St. George School in grades 5-8 with skills and knowledge of the sport and comply with the following criteria:

Grades: A grade point average of 1.5 or better is required from the end of the 4th nine weeks of the previous school year in order to start practice in August and must maintain a 1.5 GPA or better for the first nine weeks of the current school year.
     A.) Quarterly grades will be verified by school administration and any student not meeting the required grade point average after the first nine weeks will be asked to return the loaned out equipment and uniform provided by the athletic department to the athletic director the next school day.

Player Eligibility:
     A.) 5th Grade Eligibility: Open to any girl or boy in the 5th grade who attends St. George School and has not advanced beyond the 5th grade who will be at least ten (10) years old on/before September 30th of the current school year, and has not reached her twelfth (12th) birthday prior to September 1st of the current school year.
     B.) 6th Grade Eligibility: Open to any girl or boy in the 6th grade who attends St. George School and has not advanced beyond the 6th grade who will be at least ten (10) years old on/before September 30th of the current school year, and has not reached her thirteenth (13th) birthday prior to September 1st of the current school year.
     C.) 7th Grade Eligibility: Open to any girl or boy in the 7th grade who attends St. George School and has not advanced beyond the 7th grade who has not reached her fourteenth (14th) birthday prior to September 1ST of the current school year
     D.) 8th Grade Eligibility: Open to any girl or boy in the 8th grade who attends St. George School and has not advanced beyond the 8th grade who has not reached her fifteenth (15th) birthday prior to September 1st of the current school year. A girl may participate in the CSAA program as an 8th grade student only once in a sport.

Sickness/Tardiness:
     A.) Any student who is absent the entire school may not participate in a practice that day.
     B.) Any student who checks out of school and does not return to school that day due to an illness may not participate in a practice that day.
     C.) Any student who checks out of school for a non-illness related and returns to school may participate in practice that day.
     D.) Parents should communicate to the head coach through email that the player will not be at practice due to illness.
     E.) Any school absences due to other circumstances will be taken on an individual case basis and will be determined by the athletic director and/or school administration. Communication must be made to the athletic director or school administration.

Registration Papers: Each player is required to turn in the following forms to the school athletic director before the first day of practice. All forms can be found on the school website www.st-georgeschool.com under the athletics tab.
     A.) Athletic Physical: This form is valid for one (1) calendar year of the physician’s signature. Parents are urged to make a copy for their records.
     B.) Emergency Contact Form: This form is valid for the sport season.
     C.) Code of Conduct Form: This form if valid for the school year.
     D.) Permission Slip: This form is valid for the sport season.

Registration Day: This day in August is sponsored by the St. George Athletic Association and allows the parent to fill out any forms and pay the player fee and players receive equipment/uniforms.
     A.) In the gym lobby a parent may be required to fill out a player registration form.
     B.) Place the order for a St. George Cross-Country Player t-shirt
     C.) Place order for any additional t-shirts, yard signs, hats, etc.
     D.) Pay the St. George Basketball Player fee of $30 payable to “St. George Athletics”
     E.) Players will then check out with an athletic board member.

Equipment: Players must provide their own equipment.
     A.) Players/Parents must purchase the following equipment for their use:
          1.) Comfortable Running shoes

Uniforms:
     A.) St. George Athletic Department will provide a green jersey and green shorts.
     B.) Any part of the game uniform not returned at the end of the season will have to be replaced and the parent will have to pay to have it replaced.
     C.) A scheduled return day is on the school calendar that uniforms must be returned. Do not send any uniforms to school prior to the set date.

Practice: The head coach will designate a start date to begin each sport season.
     A.) Teams will go through a series of conditioning practices.
     B.) The coaches will create a practice calendar schedule to provide to the parents.
     C.) Practices must be limited to no more than two (2) hours.
     D.) Students are expected to attend all practices unless they are absent from school, leave school early due to an illness, to allow time for homework/studying for tests or any family matters that are to be taken up with the head coach.

Meets: Generally held on Saturday mornings, hosted by a local high school.
     A.) Runners will race in a co-ed 2.0 mile race against other junior high schools or high school freshman.
     B.) Arrive 45 minutes to one hour ahead of your race time for warm-ups.
     C.) Season will begin in early September through mid-November.

League Sportsmanship: All players, parents and coaches are encouraged and expected to display positive support for their team. Everyone should avoid any negative talk regarding any other runner, coach or race official.

Parent Involvement:
     A.) Parents are asked to drop off and pick up their child on time for practice. Make arrangements with another parent if you need assistance.
     B.) Communication with the coach.

Team/Individual Pictures:
     A.) The school photographer company will take team and individual pictures. Order forms will be sent home and payments must be made to the photographer on picture day. The date will be announced by the school and coach. Players are expected to be in full uniform.

Parent Concerns: Any parent who has a concern directly concerning their own child shall speak to the head coach directly in a calm manner away from the other players, parents and coaching staff.
     A.) Parents shall not directly confront through verbal conversation, texting, or any other means any member of the St. George coaching staff regarding playing time issues after a basketball game. It is recommended emailing the head coach a few hours later or the next morning after strong feelings have subsided.
     B.) Parents may email the athletic director any concern they may have regarding any action by any coaching staff member or player.
     C.) Parents are not to speak negatively about another player to any coaches unless it is concerning a negative behavior from another child to their own child.

Bullying/Intimidating Player Behaviors: No player/teammate shall bully, intimidate (verbally or physically) any other player. If a player if found bullying or intimidating another player it will be reported to the Athletic Director and School Administration.
     A.) School Administration will determine if any punishment consequences will be needed and inform the athletic director and head coach.

Coaches: Coaches, unless a college student, are volunteers. They enjoy running and will provide your child a safe, fun, challenging, competitive environment while getting better each week. Please treat all coaches with respect and dignity.
     A.) All coaches must be volunteer compliant before starting any practice at St. George.
     B.) Coaches will treat your child with respect and dignity and will not embarrass your child
     C.) Coaches will not use profanity at practices or games.
     D.) Coaches are responsible for the team and parent conduct while at practices and games.
     E.) Coaches will represent St. George School and Church Parish with good sportsmanship.
     F.) Coaches must be on time for practices and games.
     G.) Coaches cannot leave the gym until all players have been picked up.

Financial Aid Scholarship: Any family who would like their child to participate in a St. George School based sponsored sport but may not have the immediate financial means may email the athletic director and or school principal their need. The parent will be notified by email and will remain confidential any financial aid the St. George Athletic Association will provide.