2011 Cross Country,
Our kids were told they could only meet for 1 hour a day in the summer. Then our main PAL rival listed on its school website they were practicing 3 days a week for 2 hours each day. How does that fit into the conditioning rules you are talking about. I know they were running and not doing something else for conditioning.
Get over it... run on your own, twice a day every day. Join them if you want to.Maybe they have a club and their practice doesn't start until the first day of school.9I read the article and was interested from a parent perspective so I went to the CCS website and read that they don't have any rules in the summer, and essentially don't care what you do until August 15...except for football.
CCS Bylaws that concern this particular rule are here:http://www.cifccs.org/cbp/articles/11%20Article%20V%20Approved%20Sports.pdf
All sections only care about what happens in football. If the HMB Review didn't bring attention to the conditioning rule no one would care. All good running teams work out all year around. There is nothing wrong with having practice all summer. I know who BearsRunner is talking about and they have someone else coach them and keep them in shape all year. They then run for the school cross country coach and everything is fine.
The rule says "skill." You can run, but can't work on technique / form drills, etc. Nothing about no contact.During the period from the end of summer and the beginning of thefirst practice date for fall sports, fall coaches and/or CCS memberschools may NOT conduct any activity that involves skilldevelopment for any of the school’s individual student-athletes orgroup of student-athletes specific to the sport during the current fallseason, in which such student-athlete may be trying out orparticipating.(a) Prohibited activities during this period of time include but arenot limited to private lessons, individual instruction, camps,clinics, open gyms, open fields, open facilities, sport specificconditioning activities including activities that use equipmentspecific to the sport (example: balls, nets, blocking dummies,rebounders etc.)(b) This prohibition does not include general conditioning.i. Conditioning sessions during this period of time may notbe implicitly or explicitly required by the coach or anyoneelse associated with the school or the program.ii. Any single conditioning session held during this period oftime may not be more than 1.5 hours in length for anysingle student athlete.(c) Outside “club” etc. activity, shall not be used to circumventthese bylaws.
Off topic but related...What would be the coach's responsibility if 3 athletes showed up to an unsanctioned workout intoxicated and the coach was present at the run?Should he or she suspend them for the upcoming season or since the violation occurred during a voluntary practice before the official start of the season..nothing?
Unsanctioned practice or not that is unacceptable behavior by team members of a school team. I am not sure what the right repercussion should be but the incident needs to be addressed. I hope other coaches can speak up on this topic.
I disagree that the main focus of the sport of XC is to run. I believe the sport of XC is to RACE - and fast. If a Varsity Boy is racing then I bet they are moving at a sub-6:00 pace for 3.1 miles, MAX. Take that same athlete and they will doing conditioning (running) at a slower pace and for a longer distance. So just because an XC athlete goes out for a run, I do not believe he is specifically practicing how to race. Thus he is working within the intent of conditioning. My 2 cents.hank
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