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Virginia Prides Cross Country season operates from the end of August through late November. Practices typically take place in the South Riding & Aldie Va areas.
The program was developed primarily for the clubs middle distance and long distance runners to continue their training after outdoor track season was completed, it has quickly turned into one of the flagship programs for Virginia Pride.
Cross country is a sport in which teams and individuals compete on open fields over natural terrain such as dirt or grass. The courses usually are 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, and 5k long depending on the athletes ages. Cross Country normally includes surfaces of grass, and dirt, passing through woodlands and open country that usually include hills, flat ground, and sometimes gravel roads.
Cross Country is both an individual and a team sport; athletes are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Boys and girls of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.
FAQ's - see the clubs FAQ tab
It's simple this program will not function without the involvement of our parents. With the current situation we will have to adjust how we do things from previous seasons, If you would like to become a coach or regular helper, please let us know. Roles will primarily be at practices helping keep track of the athletes along the route making sure they know which way to go. We also utilize parents or older athletes for the "rabbit" roles, in the past some parents even brought their mountain bikes allowing them to really push the pace. If you're interested no experience is necessary and commitment can vary, we will most likely use a sign up sheet for different roles to keep track of who is doing what through out the year.
We also need parents to help out at meets and practices with refreshments for the team. During the morning of the meet we will need parents to help with setting up a team tent so the team can sit together, this can rotate as needed but it is usually performed by parents of the younger athletes as they are the first to arrive, once the meet is over we would need help taking the tent down, this is typically done by the parents of the older athletes as they run last.
AGES AND PRACTICE
Middle School (7th grade – 8th grade) & High School (9th grade or higher) anticipated schedule:
SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Location – South Riding Va / Aldie Va area
First practice – September 2nd 2020
Times – 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday – Running 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Homework
Wednesday – Running 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday – Running 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday – Off unless we have a meet
Sunday – Off unless we have a meet
Elementary Kids (4th grade – 6th grade)
First practice – September 3rd 2020
Running Times 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Mondays - Running Homework
Tuesdays - Running 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday – Running Homework
Thursdays - Running 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fridays – Off
**Schedule is subject to change**
Practice times and days will vary dependent on your grade / age. Due to the virus the team does not have as many coaches as in years past so we have had to adjust, athletes must be 9 years old at the start of the season to join the 2020 Virginia Pride Cross Country Team.
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