How do I register for Cross Country?

Contact Coach Chai at kc.eltoro@yahoo.com or 949-973-0703 or speak with your guidance counselor. Other questions? Please check the website at www.eltorocc.com


Is there a Try Out?

No, not for an incoming freshman but to make the racing team you must meet a minimum time on our 2-mile Charger Challenge course. For 1st year athlete, you must be able to run under 14:30 for a boy and 17:00 for a girl. Please check our website at www.eltorocc.com under CC Team Policy for additional info. For all returners, you must participate at least 75% of the summer training or make the team at our Try Out. Check under the Summer Training tab for more info.


Is it possible for me to make the racing team if I am running much slower now?

If you come to practice daily and participate, you should make the team. We have not had anyone not make the racing team at some point in the season.


What happens if I do not qualify on my first try?

You have all season to try to make the racing team. We have multiple try outs.


Why do we have to run those times?

It is for everyone’s safety… to make sure you can finish a 3-mile race in all types of conditions safely. Many times, the weather conditions can be difficult.


How many miles a day will I run?

It depends on your ability but for 1st year athlete, 10 min walk/run at the start and will increase as your fitness develops.


Do I need experience or to meet a minimum time in a mile?

No! Everyone with good work ethic is welcome but all returning athletes will have to meet a minimum mark or participated at least 75% (~36 out of 48 practice days) during the summer.


When do I start running for Cross Country?

Sooner the better. Returning athletes start first of June. Freshman can start running with the team (lead by team captains) starting June 25, Mon – Fri at 7:00 am, Sat at 7:30 am in front of the ET Gym.


Are there coaches at practice?

Not during CIF dead period. CIF dead period is from June 10 to June 30. This is an unofficial practice without adult supervision. Athletes run on their own with other members of the team.


Why are there no coaches during this period?

It is against CIF rules.


Do I have to run during this period?

No. However, it is highly recommended for anyone wanting to be competitive.


Do I have to sign up for summer conditioning to participate in Cross Country?

No not for an incoming Freshman, but it is highly recommended for anyone wanting to make the racing team, to be considered for the Clovis Trip, Mammoth Camp or Saturday Invitationals. Summer base training is the MOST IMPORTANT training phase. YOU MUST BE ENROLLED BY JULY 10 AND PARTICIPAT FULLY TO QUALIFY FOR THE MAMMOTH CAMP AND CLOVIS INVITATIONAL. Our first race of the season is the first week of school. As you can see, it will be very difficult if you did not participate during the summer training practices.


When is summer conditioning?

July 2 to Aug 25. Mon to Fri at 7:00 am. Sat at 7:30 am. Schedule can be found on our website.  www.eltorocc.com, under on the Summer Training tab.


How do I sign up for summer conditioning?

The link can be found on our team website. www.eltorocc.com, under the Summer Training tab.


What is the cost of summer conditioning?

$200, although we are one of the lowest cost programs in the county compared to others at $245 – $315 or more.  We do not want you to miss out on what is the most important phase of your training due to funds.  We have a limited number of full and partial scholarships available.  Please ask for an application if you think you qualify.


Why is it important to start training so early?

We train in phases. The first phase is the BASE phase and it is the MOST IMPORTANT phase. You need to build a solid foundation so that you can get your body prepared for harder and faster work to come once the season starts. Sooner you start the better!


What happens if I must leave on a family vacation or for other commitments?

You will be given a MODIFIED running schedule. It is best not to miss too many days as you can quickly lose fitness.   Returning runner must attend 75% of practices to be added to the roster.


What is Mammoth Camp?

It is for top 14 runners per gender plus a few coach’s selections (based on their time trial on July 21 or July 28 and summer training) to train where Olympians train and to bond as a team. More info can be found on www.eltorocc.com, under the Upcoming Events tab.


What is Clovis Invitational?

It is a 5000-meter (3.1 miles) race that is held on the same course as the CA State course. We take appx 50 athletes (boys and girls) on an overnight trip to Fresno on a charter bus. More fun than you can imagine. More info can be found on www.eltorocc.com, under the Upcoming Meets tab.


Will I be able to participate in Saturday Invitationals?

Saturday Invitationals are by invitation only. There are different standards for different Invitationals.  It is highly encouraged if you get an invite.  More info can be found on www.eltorocc.com, under the Upcoming Meets tab.


Is there a fee to join Cross Country?

No. However, the program is SOLEY FUNDED by donations from athletes. A small donation of $200 is asked at the parent meeting to pay for coaches’ stipends, uniforms, transportation, equipment, etc.


Do I have to join track if I run Cross Country?

No! Track is a spring sport, but we would like you to participate in Track to build your fitness for next year’s Cross Country.


Is there an incoming Freshman Parent/Athlete meeting or training/nutrition seminar?

Yes, incoming parent meeting is on May 22 at 7 pm in the MPR at El Toro HS. Training and Nutrition seminar will be on June 26 at 7 pm in the MPR at El Toro HS. Mandatory parent meeting for everyone will be announced later. More info can be found on www.eltorocc.com, under the Upcoming Events tab.

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