Building Teamwork

10 Rules to Run By from “Coaching Cross Country Successfully”
by Joe Newton, with Joe Henderson; Human Kinetics 1998

  1. Team is the essence of life. It’s how to blend the talents and strengths of individuals into a force that becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. Great teamwork is the only way to reach your ultimate moments, to create breakthroughs that fill your life with a sense of lasting significance.
  3. Everyone is a team player, whether he knows it or not. His family, his workplace, his place of worship, his neighborhood functions as a team.
  4. However, teamwork isn’t simple. In fact, it can be a frustrating, elusive commodity. That’s why there are so many bad teams, stuck in neutral or going downhill. Teamwork does not appear magically just because we talk about it.
  5. Forty years of coaching have proved to me, over and over again, that the complex inner rhythms of teamwork (flows of ambition, power, cooperation, and emotion) are the keys to making dreams come true.
  6. People are territorial animals. We all want to take out something to call our own. We strike back when our turf is threatened. Don’t smother those territorial and competitive instincts. Harness them for the good of the team. Understand that sometimes the individual must give up some territory for the good of the team.
  7. Willing sacrifice is a great paradox. Runners mostly give up something in in the present (comfort, ease, recognition, hair, rewards, and so on) to attract something even better in the future: a sense that they did something that counted.
  8. A team needs a covenant, an agreement that binds people together. Sometimes a covenant is written. Sometimes it is unspoken, complete expressed through action or thought. Any team afflicted with the DISEASE OF ME functions with a tacit covenant of self-destruction.
  9. There are only two options regarding commitment to a good covenant. Team members are either in, or they are out. There is no such thing as life in-between.
  10. Being ready isn’t enough. Runners have to be prepared. Being prepared demands mental and physical conditioning and conscious planning. A runner who is just ready and not totally prepared simply increases risk and is a liability to the team.

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3 Variables of Distance Running

Frequency

Frequency is how often one runs. The more often or frequent one trains, the greater the aerobic capacity (ability to consume O2) you will develop. This will often lead to the increased rate of getting this O2 to the muscles as needed, as well as using the O2 more efficiently. Since running is an oxygen-driven sport, running frequency is the basis for training. If one wants to get into shape, run often! Not running for a period of no more than 2 days often will result in the loss of previous physical fitness. In a seven-day week, running for about five of the seven days is a good strategy. Running six days is excellent. Many runners run all seven days of the week; however, it is highly recommended that one day per week be taken off for rest for a beginner runner. (more…)

Summer Training – June 20 to Aug 13, 2022

Quick Check List to Start Summer Training, Required Forms & Deadlines

  1. Register on REMIND: Text @etcross for the athlete & @etxcparent for the parent to 81010 ASAP
  2. Register for Summer Conditioning by June 30
  3. Registration for 2022 Summer Conditioning – https://apps.daysmartrecreation.com/dash/index.php?Action=ProgramFinder/index&leagueID=1101&cid=saddleback&company=saddleback&facilityID=1&seasonID=129
  4. Complete Athlete Clearance Online by June 30
  5. Complete a Sports Screening Form by June 30
  6. Sports Screening Info 2022 (possible dates & locations)
  7. Register for XC Stats using registration code @etxctf by ASAP
  8. Go get fitted for running shoes at a running specialty store like Road Runner Sports
  9. Get a running watch, GPS preferred

2022 Summer Practice Schedule & Locations 

Inspirational Summer Training Video

SUMMER TRAINING IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL SEASON

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Results

Results and Stats Individual and team results can be found on our team results website. You must be registered to access results. Registrations code is @etcross Register for XC Stats http://xcstats.com Other public websites for results and up to date track and XC info are… http://athletic.net http://prepcaltrack.com http://ca.milesplit.com

Varsity Camp – July 14 to July 20, 2022

Varsity Camp – Flagstaff

YOU MUST BE ENROLLED BY JUNE 30, 2022, and PARTICIPATED FULLY IN THE SUMMER CONDITIONING PROGRAM (and 3/4 weeks of Pre Season for returners during the CIF Dead Period) TO GET AN INVITE.  THE TRAINING LOG MUST TO UP TO DATE EACH WEEK.
Determined by 2 Mile Time Trial on July 7. 2022.  Make TT date will be July 12, 2022 (10 sec penalty will be assessed).  Appx 10 boys and girls will be invited based on their TT performances and improvements over the previous year along with their training log on XC Stats.  Additional runners may be invited based on availability. All invited runners must turn in the Permission Form along with payment ASAP but no later than 2 days prior to departure.  
Tentative Itinerary for 2022 trip to Flagstaff (daily runs)
Thur, July 14 – Depart at noon to Flagstaff after our run
Sun, July 17 – Day trip to Sedona
Wed, July 20 – Return home at 11:00 am

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Cross Country Team Policy

Course Overview

Please click on the Team Contract link below to print and sign.

Team Contract XC – Uniform Request Form

El Toro Cross Country is based on the premise that running/physical activity and participation are important for all student-athletes, regardless of their level of athletic skill or ability.  Through participating each day of CLASS (yes, it is a class); student-athletes will learn how to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. In addition, we hope to instill the enjoyment and discipline required with daily running/physical activities by coaching each student-athlete to compete with fair play, good sportsmanship, and an understanding of the importance of maintaining physical fitness along with good basic nutrition and a positive attitude.  Cross Country may not have been your first choice but please respect this great sport!!  
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