Cross Country Coaches
Doherty High School
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION
Parents and coaches are important role models for students; they both
provide necessary guidance to young adults in their development and in their understanding of the world in which they will
live and work as adults. By understanding and respecting each other, parents and coaches, working together, can greatly
benefit children. When your children become involved with the athletic program at Doherty High School, you, as parents,
have a right to understand the expectations that will be placed upon them. Clear communication between parents and coaches
facilitates this understanding.
The following information is intended to be used as guidelines to establish
an environment in which open communication and mutual respect are fostered.
Communication You Should Expect From Us
of the coaches
and times of all practices and contests
of athletic department training rules
4. Team requirements
(i.e., special equipment, fees, off-season conditioning recommendations)
if your child is injured during participation
of excused and unexcused absences from practice/contests
that results in denying your child a participation opportunity
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
expressed directly to the coach rather than passed from parent to parent to child...
of any schedule conflicts well in advance
concerns regarding a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
As your children become involved in the athletic program at The Doherty,
they will experience some very rewarding moments. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things
do not go the way your children wish. Some are appropriate to communicate with coaches.
1. The treatment of your child—mentally and physically
2. Ways to help your
3. Concerns about your
Issues Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
It is very difficult to accept that your child may not compete
as much as you hoped. Coaches are professionals. We make judgment decisions based on what we believe is best
for all athletes involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things
can be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things must be left to the discretion of the coach.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach
and the parent. It is expected that you will call the coach first to set up an appointment. If the outcome of
the meeting warrants a third party, call the Athletic Director's office to set up a meeting.
to set appointment. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a meet or practice. These can be emotional times for both parent and coach. Meetings
of this nature do not promote resolution.
next step if a satisfactory solution was not achieved would be to seek the input of the principal or a school athletic director.
Research indicates that participation
in other activities has a great impact on success in adult life. Many of the
character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly the same that will promote a successful life after high
school. We hope this information will help in enabling your child and you to
have a positive experience with this program.
DOHERTY CROSS COUNRTY TEAM POLICIES
We follow the guidelines of School District 11, the Colorado
State High School Activities Association and the following rules:
1. One F or multiple D's on grade checks taken every week puts you in Study Tables
AE until F grade is brought up.
time study tables if ineligible for entire week missing one day takes you out of next meet.(This is Doherty Athletics Policy)
4. Eligibility is every two weeks. 2- F's or more and you
are ineligble for nine weeks regardless of your grade going up in that nine week eligiblity period.
5. Our goal is for each student athlete to learn and practice balancing a highly competitive training with academics.
letting yourself down academically you end up letting down the team.
1. If late
to practice a note must accompany. You must make up missed time.
2. An unexcused
absence pulls you out of the next meet.
3. All absences
must be made up. See your Coaches before your next practice.
4. All training room
activity must be completed by 3:30 with clearance through Coaches
If calling in an absence from school, Please have attendance people place a note in Coach Duensing’s mailbox
to notify me of absence.
Not having appropriate clothing in which to practice constitutes an unexcused absence.
can control two things
you to focus on those two aspects of your training most of all.
- You must be at practice every day and
you must be on time. If you cannot do either, you MUST notify one of the coaches
before practice in writing. Failure to do so can result in not participating
in the meet. You also run the risk of being dropped from the team. Excused absences need to be communicated to the coach.
2. If we are taking a bus, YOU must be on time as the bus will leave those athletes who are not there. If you miss the bus you don’t compete unless you have made previous arrangements with us.
- You must take care of all the equipment
that is checked out to you. You will be charged replacement cost for any lost
items, repair costs for damages.
- You are expected to travel with the
team to meets that are scheduled out of town. You should bring money and/or
food. Team members are allowed to return home with parents only. When this is the case, you must report to one of the coaches who will personally dismiss you to your parents, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THIS RULE ABSOLUTELY.
- When you are not at your locker, keep
- Keep the locker room clean and locked
PRACTICES OUTSIDE TEAM PRACTICES MUST BE CLEARED BY THE COACH. The following is a guide:
1. Athletes are required to use our training and strength programs.
2. Any variance of our event or strength program must be cleared through the coach.
3. It is in the Athlete’s best interest to buy into our program in order to progress and peak
at the appropriate time. Training without our knowledge could be detrimental
to the athlete.
Busses are provided for out of county meets only
Arrange for you own transportation for El Paso County meets.
Arrange for your own transportation to ALL
We will pre-determine the practice site (consult
calendar), it is the athlete’s
responsibility to get there on time.
5. Parents need
to call if there are transportation problems.
1. Arrive when
directed by your coach
2. Warm up 45
minutes prior to your event keeping warm, loose, mentally focused
Be independent (you don’t need to ask a coach where you need to be, when you
need to be there or where the check in is for your event.)
Drinking 8 oz of water an hour in cool to warm weather and 12 oz an hour in hot to extreme hot weather
Bring complex carbohydrates and protein
Stay in the shade on warm and hot days when not running
7. No Jewelry.
Beads, bobby pins, or hard objects in hair these count as jewelry
8. No belly
Shorts are on the hips or above
10. Doherty attire only, no club or other
school attire, are to be worn to meets and kept on until the starter tells you to take them off.
11. Uniforms must be worn as intended.
12. You may be disqualified for warming
up at a field event, getting steps, if there is not a coach or the field event judge present.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
In addition to the School District 11 substance abuse
1. Any use of drugs, alcohol
or performance enhancing drugs will be immediate
grounds for dismissal
from the team.
2. The athlete will be asked to hand in their uniform
and they will be off the team.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT (For Meets and Practice)
- You will need an adequate pair of running
shoes for practice. A separate pair of shoes in which you will lift.
- A large athletic bag is recommended
for team travel.
- Some practices and meets will be very
COLD. Be sure to bring enough layers to keep you warm and dry (Hat, gloves,
sweatshirt and LONG PANTS warm muscles work best)
- Water bottle
- Lots of Food (always try to eat a protein
source within 30 min of workout or event completion.)
Dress warm for every practice and every meet. You can always peel layers of clothing off if you are too warm.
Bring gloves, hats, sweats. Missing practice for improper attire counts
- Each member will be issued a uniform
and sweats in a mesh bag. Each item in the bag has corresponding numbers with
the bag and the athlete is responsible for turn in of all items and the corresponding bag immediately after the Regional Meet
or the following week. The following charges will be place on a obligation account
in that athletes name for anything that is not turned in by Thanksgiving 2010
- It is the Athlete’s responsibility
to wash, keep track of, and return all parts of the uniform in the bag with the correct numbers originally issued to that
- WASHING : Wash your uniforms in COLD WATER SEPARATELY from other clothes.
We will have team
picture taken in early September through Apre Photography. Team and individual
packages are available at various price levels.
Top seven runners will compete Varsity. To make Varsity you have to
be top seven in a meet to make Varsity in next meet. Coaches reserve the right to make any changes for the
benefit of the team and individuals.
Regional Team is chosen based on an averaging of times from three meets during
the season plus extra weighted CSML meet. Top seven runners will compete on the Regional team based on this average.
Coaches may use other discretionary reasons for making their choice of Regional team based on unexpected circumstances.
Compete in half of the Varsity meets as one of top seven runners.
budget covers meet entry fees and one single bus trip. We need to supplement
our budget with club funds for the remainder of our needs.
BASIC FOOD GUIDE
would never put cheap gas in your car, don’t put cheap food in your body.
Good foods include: breads, grains, pastas, a variety of fruits, poultry, lean red meats, non fat dairy
products. Try mostly whole foods without processing. Lots of fluids of which the most important is water but can include juices,
avoid carbonated sugar drinks especially during the season. Vitamin supplements
are good, Calcium is especially important to young women.
Foods to avoid: high fats, fried foods, sweets, salty food, (chips).
Pre-competition foods: complex carbs, grains, pastas, (limit protein
immediately before races 4 hours on digestion but not after), lots of fluid. Try
not to change your routine before you compete.
If you need further
clarification please feel free to contact one of the coaches
Drinks: Keep hydrated
with water or sports drinks. Do not consume any ENERGY DRINKS ie. Rock Star,
Spike, Red Bull… or any caffeinated beverages.
SPARTAN SPORTS MEDICINE
Athletic Training Room # 328-6491
o 2:30- the end of daily practices
o Be in training room immediately
after school to allow for rehab/treatment first come first served
Player Injury/Rehab Procedures
If an athlete goes
to see a physician about an injury they need to bring the trainer a note from the physician before they can be cleared to
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
Make it your way of life
10 COMMANDMENTS OF CROSS COUNTRY
Your ATTITUDE will
shape your SUCCESS
Optimism is contagious
Negativism works all
Always raise the expectations
Clarify your goals
Believe in yourself;
Your coaches do
Be a risk taker, play
Help your teammates
and respect them
Take problems seriously;
Every day is “Cross