• The official summer practices will be in the afternoon this year instead of the morning. See below for more details. Coach George will be out of town the first week of practice, but the upperclassmen on our team will help the new assistant coaches get through that week.

    Team summer practices from 8/21 through 9/2:

    • Monday through Friday (high school AND middle school teams): Practice will run from 3:30 PM to 5 PM, meeting at THS in the spin room (old weight room), which is right by the main student parking lot behind the school.
      • There is a lot of construction happening on Israel Road in front of the high school, so please plan on arriving a little early in case there is a construction delay at that time.
      • Jordan Magrath (the new Athletic Director) will be at practice on the first day, Monday 8/21 at 3:30 PM, to address any issues related to clearance and/or eligibility to practice. As was communicated earlier this week, please work through the required forms/documentation/fees ASAP on Final Forms and Skyward. You will be able to pay fees at the school office that day. Students will not be able to practice until the required documentation has been completed.
    • Saturdays (high school team ONLY): Practice will run from 8 AM to between 9:30 and 10 AM. Meeting locations are TBD each week, but will often be at Millersylvania State Park throughout the season. Please keep in mind you'll need a WA Discover Pass to park there.
      • Saturday practices are considered official practices for high schoolers and they're expected to attend each week. These practices are typically key workouts for the week (either long runs or race pace intervals) and are very important for successful postseason performance in the Districts and hopefully, State. 

    Other important reminders:

    • A parent info night will be on Wednesday, 8/30 following practice in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the high school. Practice ends at 5 PM, so I hope to start the info night soon after (by 5:10 PM or so). I don't expect it to last any longer than 30-45 minutes. This is for both high school AND middle school. 
    • Practice times once school starts:
      • High school will meet in the spin room at 2:30 PM, practice ending between 4:30 and 5 PM. Most Fridays will shift practice time up to accommodate the ACT early release schedule (practice starts at 1:15 PM, ends around 3:30 PM).
      • Middle school will meet at the BMS track at 3 PM, practice ending at 4:30 PM. ACT early release practice schedule TBD.  
    • To be eligible to compete in meets, students must be in good academic standing and have participated in 10 official team practices. 
      • The first race of the season is the Olympia XC Invite on Saturday 9/9 at LBA Park. This invite is considered a jamboree, with a shorter race distance, and students may participate in that with only 8 practices. Students can still race in the Olympia XC Invite's Open/Community race (not wearing a Tumwater uniform) even if they don't have their 8 practices in by then, and this will count as practice towards their required 10. 
    • XC Spike Night will be on Tuesday, 8/29 at 6 PM at South Sound Running, optional for middle schoolers. We'll talk at parents' night about how all runners are encouraged to wear actual running shoes, though. Spikes are not necessary, especially for middle schoolers. 
    • Race schedules will eventually be on the teams' athletic.net pages. Some of the races are already on there.
      • Saturday, 9/3 - Olympia XC Invite @ LBA Park
      • Wednesday, 9/13 - League meet @ Tumwater (Pioneer Park)
      • Saturday, 9/16 - Fort Steilacoom Invite @ Fort Steilacoom Park
      • Wednesday, 9/20 - League meet @ Centralia
      • Wednesday, 10/4 - League meet @ WF West
      • Saturday, 10/7 - Nike Hole in the Wall Invite @ Lakewood High School in Arlington, WA (north of Marysville) -- HIGH SCHOOL TEAM ONLY
      • Wednesday, 10/11 - League meet @ Makarenko Park in Aberdeen
      • Wednesday, 10/18 - League Championship XC meet @ Centralia -- END OF SEASON FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL JV
      • Thursday, 10/26 - District XC meet @ Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland -- HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY TEAMS ONLY
      • Saturday, 11/4 - State XC meet @ Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco -- HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY ATHLETES ONLY, IF QUALIFY FOR STATE

    Let me know if you have any questions. Erin Zahn is leading up the team booster club this year, and we should hopefully have some more information about that, as well as team unity night events within the next few weeks.

    Thank you all!

     

    Coach George

    e-mail: mgeorge403@gmail.com

    cell (text preferred): 360-789-0106

     

    Coach Josh

    Email: joshsproul26@gmail.com

    Text: (315) 777-6963

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