Clarkston Cross Country

2021 Fall Cross Country

Sashabaw Middle School and Clarkston Junior High will be starting practice on the first full day of school (Tuesday, August 31).  Have a sports physical completed BEFORE you start practice. See below for physical information.

New runners, feel free to join us and try us out for a couple weeks. No, we do not make you run 10 miles the first day of practice. We slowly build up so we are ready for the first meet. At each meet, there are separate races for all abilities. It does not matter what your time was in the mile last year. Our team is a very entertaining crew with some who like to race, some who want to get in shape, and some who are just out to talk with their friends and meet new people. Practices vary with endurance training, speed training, game activities, and strengthening exercises.

Check out the links above for more information about what is cross country, our schedule, and other useful tidbits.

How to Sign Up 

The cost to join the cross country team is $150 for the season. We are a club sport sponsored by Clarkston Community Education. Unfortunately, this means the community ed fee does NOT apply towards the athletic pay to participate fee for all other school sports. Example, you also plan to play volleyball (which is an official school sport) in the winter. You would need to also pay the Clarkston Athletic pay to participate fee for volleyball when volleyball season starts.

The following needs to be completed to register for cross country:

  1. Pay and complete the Community Education registration and fee. This is done through Independence Township Parks and Recreation. You can register in person, by phone or online. Visit the township parks and rec website at itpr.org to register online. Search for community ed then cross country.
  2. Complete the online athletic Contract.  Note: You do not need to pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee. You only pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee if/when you sign up for an official athletic department school sport. 
  3. Complete a physical and turn in a copy to your coach. You can download a copy of the physical form here.

Online registration begins August 1 for the fall cross country season. However you will want to print off and schedule a physical with your family doctor sooner. 

Physicals 

Physicals for this school year must be dated AFTER April 15. Most likely that physical you did for the spring track season or other spring sport is not valid for this school year. 
Can't get an appointment at your doctor that fits your schedule? Pine Knob Urgent Care (Sashabaw Rd) offers sports physicals for $20 (last we checked).  Bring a copy of the physical form. Walk in at any time they are open.  Call 248-274-9910 for info. 

Stay Informed

There are 3 ways to keep up with the team:

  1. View the weekly newsletter detailing the events for the week. Usually updated Saturday/Sunday.
  2. Sign up for text messages using the remind service. We use this method to communicate late breaking news. Maybe a practice had to be canceled last minute or while at a meet we need to send out info, etc.
    SMS Remind Sign Up: remind.com/join/smscrossx
    CJHS Remind Sign Up: remind.com/join/cjhscrossx
  3. Occasionally you may also see an email blast. We use this method to communicate information that did not make it into the newsletter or reminders about events or pleas for help. You do not need to sign up. We use the email address you entered when you completed the online athletic contract.

Practices
Sashabaw Runners
Have a gym bag with running shoes and clothes you can run in. Bring a water bottle. Have a gym lock to lock your bag in the gym locker after you change. After school go to the lockerroom to change and then meet in the 6th grade gym. Parents need to pick up their runners at 4:30 in front of SMS.

CJHS Runners
After school go straight to coach Rykse's room (Room 404). After a brief study hall, we then go to the lockerroom to change for practice. Have a gym bag with running shoes and clothes you can run in. Bring a water bottle. Have a gym lock to lock your bag in the gym locker after you change. Parents need to pick up their runners at 4:45 in front of CJHS.

The week before school begins, look for the Week 1 and Week 2 Newsletters to be posted on our website with more detailed information about those first couple of weeks. See the schedule on our website for the tentative fall cross country meets.

2021 Summer Conditioning

The summer conditioning program is a great way to be introduced to cross country as well as condition for other sports. The program begins the end of June and runs through the middle of August. Sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm at Clarkston High School. See the schedule for specific dates. Practices involve running on the CHS campus and other activities. Two of the sessions will involve bike rides. Workouts are held on the CHS campus; meet behind CHS next to the stadium under the overhang. Come dressed ready to workout and bring a water bottle. Athletes are not required to attend every session. This program is for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

For information on how to sign up, see the Community Education webpage or register online through Independence Township Parks and Recreation. Choose the category CCE Youth Exercise and Fitness. 

Summer reminders and cancellation notice
Sign up for text reminders regarding special practice sessions and possible severe weather cancellations at remind.com/join/smcjhsumxc. It is rare that we need to cancel a session but in case we do need to, sign up using the remind link to be notified when we do.

Summer Road Closures around Clarkston High School
Tis the season for orange barrels. Throughout the summer look for road closures getting to Clarkston High School for our summer workouts. Roads to be watching are Clarkston Road, Flemings Lake Rd and Walters Rd. Info available here from the County Road Commision. This may cause you to take a longer route to get to the high school. This may also affect if you use Flemings or Walters Rd to access the high school driveway. 

Google Map View of Option 1 & 2
Option 1: Use Clarkston Rd to Flemings, use the driveway next to the baseball fields to drive to the back of the school past the tennis courts.
Option 2: Use Waldon Rd to Walters Rd, use the new driveway just before the stadium to drive to the back of the school.
Use the new parking lot behind the school next to the stadium. Meet under the overhang behind the school.

Alternate Location (long bike ride only)
For the long bike ride we will meet at Independence Elementary.

Parent Volunteers needed 
For both of the bike rides, we would greatly appreciate your help.

Short Bike Ride: One or two parents to ride with us. Bonus, cool treat at the end. 

Long Bike Ride: Three or four parent volunteers to ride with us and another to follow us in a van/truck/suv (big enough to carry a bike and passenger in case a bike breaks down).

Please email Coach Rykse if you are able to help (jrrykse@clarkston.k12.mi.us)

 

2020 Fall Season

We will continue to update this post until our first day of practice. Once we start practicing, we will use the newsletters to keep in touch.


Update: 3 September
Thank you to those who could join us for the online parent info meeting. For those of you who missed it, here is the recording

 

Update: 2 September

  • Parent meeting tonight (Wednesday, sept 2) starting at 7pm. Parents who completed our online athtic contract have been emailed the zoom link. We will post a link to the recording here as soon as zoom makes it available to us. We have heard there have been delays in getting the recording.
  • Practices for both SMS and CJHS runners will be held at Clarkston High School during the temporary distance learning. Practice time will be 4:15 to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. 
  • First practice day is Wednesday Sept 9. Make sure to have your physical and family waiver with you and completed the online athletic contract and registered with community ed.
  • Runners will be completing a DAILY online form BEFORE attending practice. Runners will first go to the entrance of the football stadium (parking lot off of Walters road). Report to the ticket booth to have your temperature checked. You will then walk down to our practice location.
  • Masks are required as soon as you exit your vehicle and stay on until we begin our workout. Make sure to have your own water bottle with you. No lockerrooms to change. Come dressed ready to work out. Restrooms are available on a limited basis.
  • You can read information on what the high school athletes did for their summer workouts. It will be similar for us once we start. 

 

Update: 28 August

  • Rough draft schedule. We will have 5 dual meets on Tuesdays late afternoons evening. Sept 22, 29, Oct 6,13,20. 
  • Make sure to complete our online atheltic form by Tuesday September 1 in order to get the link to our online zoom parent meeting. The link will be emailed out Wednesday morning (Sept 2). Parent meeting Sept 2 from 7pm to 8pm.
  • First day of practice is Wednesday Sept 9

Update: 15 August

  • If you sign up for virtual, yes you can still participate in sports. You are responsible for getting transportation to and from practice every day.
  • Now that we know we are starting school remotely (not the same as virtual, see the district website for the difference), both SMS and CJHS will meet for practice at the same location. Location will either be at CJHS or CHS. Will update when we are told more info (will become a familiar phrase). You are responsbile for getting transportation to and from practice every day.
  • Tentative practice time will be 4:10 to 5:30. 
  • Once we go back to in person school, we will update our practice info. 
  • We are still delaying the date for you to pay the communinty education fee. We want to wait as long as possible so you have as much updated information as possible to help you make a decision to participate or not. Please be aware its going to be difficult to promise you to "get your money's worth". Example, we are working with a few schools around us to set up some 1 on 1 meets. If we propose a 5 meet schedule but then have to later cancel a proposed meet for whatever reason, we are unable to offer a refund because we have one less meet. We are doing our best to find a way for our runners to have a cross country experience safely and within the guidelines we are given and could change.

 


Long Version:

Sashabaw Middle School and Clarkston Junior High will be starting practice on Tuesday, September 8.  Have a sports physical completed BEFORE you start practice. See below for physical information.

No, we do not make you run 10 miles the first day of practice. We slowly build up so we are ready for the first meet. Our team is a very entertaining crew with some who like to race, some who want to get in shape, and some who are just out to talk with their friends and meet new people. Practices vary with endurance training, speed training, game activities, and strengthening exercises.

Check out the links above for more information about what is cross country, our schedule, and other useful tidbits.

Changes for fall 2020

  • Parent meeting will be online. Check back for info on how to attend.
  • Normally we would start practice the first week of school, we are delaying a week.
  • Before practice begins, runners will be getting their temperature checked
  • Masks are required. Masks may be removed during the actual workout but are on the rest of the time (stretches, changing into practice clothes, using restroom, getting dirctions from coach, etc.)
  • All the meets we normally attend are invtitational style (10,20,30+ teams). Almost all of those meets are/will be cancelling for fall 2020. Instead we are working on a schedule of dual meets (our team and one other team) with other middle schools around us.  The schedule is to be determined.
  • No bus transportation to meets. Parents will need to make a plan to drive your runner to and from meets. Example, let's say we are able to have a meet with Oakview middle school and it is at Oakview. Parents will need to make arrangements to get their runner to the meet and back home.
  • It is possible there may be spectator limitations at meets. This could vary by location. We will know more as further guidance comes out.
  • If school is virtual but the state is in stage 4 and allows sports, we may still have pratices. If that happens, we will share details. Example, it might be we all meet at CJHS track at 3pm for a practice. 

How to Sign Up 

The cost to join the cross country team is $150 for the season. We are a club sport sponsored by Clarkston Community Education. Unfortunately, this means the community ed fee does NOT apply towards the athletic pay to participate fee for all other school sports. Example, you also plan to play volleyball (which is an official school sport) in the winter. You would need to also pay the Clarkston Athletic pay to participate fee for volleyball when volleyball season starts.

The following needs to be completed to register for cross country:

  1. Complete the online athletic Contract.  Note: You do not need to pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee. You only pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee if/when you sign up for an official athletic department school sport. 
  2. Complete a physical and turn in a copy to your coach. You can download a copy of the physical form here.
  3. Pay and complete the Community Education registration and fee. This is done through Independence Township Parks and Recreation. You can register in person, by phone or online. Visit the township parks and rec website at itpr.org to register online. Search for community ed then cross country. <----Do NOT do this yet. We will let you know when this needs to be completed. 

 

Physicals 

Physicals for the 2020-2021 school year must be dated AFTER April 15, 2020 . Most likely that physical you did for the spring track season or other spring sport is not valid for this school year. 

Can't get an appointment at your doctor that fits your schedule? Pine Knob Urgent Care (Sashabaw Rd) offers sports physicals for $20 (last we checked).  Bring a copy of the physical form. Walk in at any time they are open.  Call 248-274-9910 for info. 

 

Stay Informed

There are mutliple ways to keep up with the team:

  1. Check our website to view the weekly newsletter detailing the events for the week. Usually updated Saturday/Sunday.
  2. Sign up for text messages using the remind service. We use this method to communicate late breaking news. Maybe a practice had to be canceled last minute or while at a meet we need to send out info, etc.
  3. Occasionally you may also see an email blast. We use this method to communicate information that did not make it into the newsletter or reminders about events or pleas for help. You do not need to sign up. We use the email address you entered when you completed the online athletic contract.

2020 Summer Virtual Training

Between lots of construction at the high school where we host our summer conditioning fun and wanting to ensure the health of our runners due to covid, we are instead hosting virtual conditioning this summer. No, you don't have to join zoom meetings. wink

 

While we will miss hanging out with you in person, we have created ways for us to interact with each other. We have a summer Google Classroom for us to communicate, a summer photo gallery for us to share pics of our summer running adventures, and training plans for all abilities. 

Come virtually hang out with us! Visit our summer conditioning page for more info on how to get started.

Runners, make sure to join our summer cross country Google Classroom. Class code is: KAYGHRM

2019 Elementary Race Results

Despite the weather outlook, the race was able to be completed. Thank you to all who came out and supported the cross country team despite what mother nature had planned. Congratulations to Clarkston Elementary winning the traveling trophy for the 4th year in a row. 

To see results of the race, choose the results tab. In the results, times are organized by race and by grade. You can view photos of the race as parents share them with us. Go to our photos page for the photo gallery. Do you have photos to share? This is one of our runner's favorite day's of the season. They love seeing photos of themselves running along with the elementary students. Consider sharing your photos of the race. Use our upload link

Thank you to Planet Sub and Menchies for donating a portion of their sales on Friday to the cross country program and thank you to those of you who enjoyed a sub or frozen treat! Runnin' Gear on Dixie is also a strong supporter of our cross country program. Please consider visiting them for your running needs.

Interested in finding out more about the cross country program? Check out our about page and the guide for propective runners and parents

Come cheer on the high school cross country team! Clarkston hosts the final league meet at Clintonwood Park on Thursday, October 17. Click here for race times and more info. 

 

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