Woodside Cross Country 2021 Information:

Parent Meeting: Thursday, August 12th after practice from 4:30-5:30 PM.
We will be holding the parent meeting outside where drop off/pickup takes place. Please park and simple walk to meet with your student after practice. THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL PARENTS, EVEN IF YOUR SON/DAUGHTER WAS ON THE TEAM LAST YEAR.

First Day of Official Practice is August 11th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Practice will run every Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Matt Dunn and Kara Hatch
  Note: Cross Country is a Co-Ed sport and therefore both coaches will oversee the boys and girls team. 

We will have two main forms of communication throughout the season.
The first being Remind, an app designed to send out mass text messages to inform parents of important information. This will be used frequently for reminders, alerts, cancelations and important information. Coach Hatch will be in charge of the Remind app. 
The second main form of communication will be Email. Coach Matt will send out long, detailed weekly emails (Usually on Sunday). PLEASE make sure to read them. He will also send periodic reminders via email but most of these will be through remind. 

Remind App:
Join our Remind group to get immediate communication from the coaches!
Please direct all questions and concerns regarding Remind to Kara Hatch

Matt Dunn: [email protected]
Kara Hatch: [email protected]   

Basic Info:
Cross Country is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th Graders at Woodside (One of the few sports 6th graders can participate in.)

Practice is every school day at Woodside.
Drop off and Pickup will be at door 14 at Woodside Middle school.

During practice we will run from 2 to 5 miles depending on ability level with the goal of all participants being able to run 2 miles without walking by the end of the season.

Races are a 3K or 1.86 miles.

Summer Running:
The season runs from August to Mid October but summer running in the months of June and July is strongly encouraged. I have attached workout schedules for those interested in running over the summer. Any form of training is encouraged (biking, swimming, running) as they will all benefit you during the season. I have made a schedule for advanced runners and one for those of you that are new to the sport. Please Please Please do not over-exert yourself over the summer as it can lead to injuries that will jeopardize your season. If you have not been running then do not jump into the advanced schedule unless you are a varsity runner from last year. This is in no way me telling you not to work hard. I just want to make sure that you are prepared for the season and not subject to an injury. If you are a varsity runner from last year then you should follow the advanced schedule. If the schedule is not feasible for you then just try any type of aerobic activity whether that is running, biking or something else. The main goal during summer running is to get the base endurance down so that during the season we can focus on speed rather than endurance training. Any type of aerobic activity will give you a head start towards this goal. 

If you would like to run with the team during the summer we are holding unofficial practices  on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8-9 AM with drop off and pick up in the school bus lot located between doors 14-8.

We will have roughly 11 meets this season with some falling on Weekdays and others on Weekends. The schedule is updated and will most likely not change. If we do have a change I will be sure to update everyone on my email list. Please email me using the email above so I can make sure you are on the list. 

IMPORTANT: Not all athletes will compete in every meet. Some meets will be for varsity runners only. However, the majority of meets with have both a varsity and a JV race.

Physical Forms
All participants must have a Physical Form completed BEFORE they can participate in the first official practice.  If they do not have a form on file or turned in at the first practice they will have to go home. We will also need an medical information card (sometimes referred to as a yellow card) for each student. These need to be turned in to the coaches as soon as possible as well.

Currently we are following the SACS guidelines regarding COVID-19. Cross Country takes place outside and we will try to socially distance as much as possible. The first week or so of practice we will be going through all sorts of guidelines with your children to help ensure these measures. If you are curious as to what exactly we are doing to keep your child safe you can reach out to me directly or talk to your son/daughter and they should be able to fill you in on exactly how we are distancing. Masks are not required but they are recommended during times that we are not engaged in physical activity. It's tough to wear a mask while you run but if you feel comfortable doing so then please go ahead. I will not tolerate anyone picking on anyone for wearing or for not wearing a mask. Each person has his or her own reason to be doing what they are doing. The school is not requiring masks and because of that neither is XC but once again you are able to if you wish. Coach Hatch and I are leaving it up to you as parents to make the best decision for your son/daughter. MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON THE BUS, HOWEVER. This means no eating or drinking on the bus (as it is impossible to do so through a mask). This also means that your son/daughters will need to have a mask available on days where we will ride a bus.
Lastly, different schools have different rules. If we are at an away meet and that school requires masks then we will be wearing masks. We will do as told, no exceptions. I will do my best to keep you all in the loop requiring the mask policy at away meets. Also please keep in mind that all of these regulations are subject to change at any point as this is an ongoing and developing issue. 

Questions? Please feel free to contact 
Matt Dunn at [email protected]

or Kara Hatch at [email protected]