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August 21, 2012
Lincoln High School

                            LINCOLN CROSS COUNTRY 2012

Practice schedule, Aug 20-Sept 4 – All practices @ Lincoln unless otherwise specified.

Tuesday, Aug 21 - 3 pm

Wednesday, Aug 22 - 3 pm – mile time check

Thursday, Aug 23 - 3 pm
Friday, Aug 24 – 3 pm

Sat, Aug 25 – 10 am @ Leif Erickson trailhead
Monday, Aug 27 - 3 pm
Tuesday, Aug 28 - 3 pm
Wed, Aug 29 - 3 pm
Thurs, Aug 30 – 3 pm

Friday, Aug 31 - Night Meet @ Wilsonville HS; plan to arrive between 5 and 7 pm, depending upon your race time 
Tues, Sept 4 – 5 pm 
Wed, Sept 5 – First day of school. Practice immediately following the end of school, usually 3:35 pm. 

Team Pot-luck and Parent Meeting – Wednesday, Aug 29. 6:30-8:30 pm at Val and Bob Banks, 7823 NW Gales Ridge Lane, Portland 97201 (East side of Skyline between Cornell and Thompson). Contact: Valerie Banks. Email: valbanks7@gmail.com. Phone: 503-869-3198. Parents and athletes strongly encouraged to attend…siblings welcome.

Please sign up to bring a dish at the following link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4FACAF2AA57-xcountry/4503016REMEMBER TO BRING SERVING UTENSILS WITH YOUR ITEM AND LABEL YOUR BOWL OR PAN. If you prefer not to use this online tool, contact me directly. If the kitchen or takeout deli is not your style… I could use a volunteer or two to help for the evening. My info is below. There are also several restaurants that will gladly make a large sized salad or main dish for you to pick up and bring. Let them know they are supporting Lincoln Cross Country and maybe they will give you a discount!

This shared potluck is THE moment for parents and kids to gather together before school and x-country begin. Sign-up for the ever important e-mail/communication lifeline. Learn about critical details of our season. Check out the volunteer opportunities. Meet the Coaches and other athletes. Fuel your minds and bodies with delicious potluck items (seriously, this crew has a reputation)!

Parent Quote  “ Make time for this  meeting. It makes the entire season easier and more fun for your athlete and you. It can also help you to understand the sport and minimize surprises.”

SPECIAL BONUS:    Olympians Adam and Kara Goucher will join us with their son Colt.

Things you need to know

Paperwork/Clearance – All athletes are required to complete either a Physical Clearance Form or an Update Clearance Form annually. A physical by a doctor is required every two years and the Physical Clearance Form is completed in those years. In alternate years the Update Clearance Form must be completed. In addition, a current blue card must be turned in for every sport. All paperwork is due by the first day of practice.

 Fees – All athletes pay “pay to play” fees at Lincoln. These fees have increased this year, to $210, or $40 for students on free/reduced lunch. There is an annual limit of $420 per student (so, if a student plays three sports, there is no fee required for the third sport) and $830 per family. Of the $210, $200 goes to the PIL District Athletic office to pay for transportation, administration, coaches’ salaries, etc. Only $10 stays with the Lincoln Athletic office. Nothing goes to the cross country program. We are asking all XC  afamilies to consider paying a slightly higher fee ($225-$240) as a donation. These extra funds will go towards our cross country expenses, including things lik ae uniforms and transportation to invitationals. Fees are due by Sept 5 (prior to uniform distribution), and we would hope to collect most fees at the team pot-luck/parent meeting on Aug 29.

Fundraising --  In addition to asking families to make a small donation with their athletic fees, the cross country team does fundraise annually by working at the Portland Marathon, and by attending our info night at Road Runner Sports (Sept 5, 7-8:30 pm). Athletes should plan on participating in both these events and parents are asked to join us at Road Runner Sports (we get a larger donation for parental attendance). Plus, it is a great opportunity to find out exactly what type of shoes your runner should be wearing!

Race Schedule – Aug 31 @ Wilsonville – 6 pm (no transportation provided)

                                      Sept 7 @ Bill Chapman, Rood Bridge Park, Hillsboro – 4:30 pm (bus)

                                      Sept 15 @ New Balance Invitational, Clackamas Com College – all day (bus)

                                      Sept 22 @ Northwest Classic, Lane Com College, Eugene  – transportation tbd

                                      Sept 28-29 @ Sunfair Invitational, Yakima, WA – overnight trip (Fri/Sat); approx. 38 athletes will be invited; estimated cost ($90-$110)

                                      Oct 3 @ Sunset – 4:30 pm (bus to and return)

                              Oct 10 @ Westview – 4:30 pm (bus to and return)

                              Oct 13 @ Concordia Classic Invitational @ Fernhill Park in Portland  - all day (bus)    

                              Oct 17 @ Lincoln – @ Pier Park –  4:30 pm (bus)

                              Oct 24 @ Metro League Championships @ THPRD (SW 58th and Walker) – 4:30 pm (bus to and return)

                              Nov 3 @ Lane Community College – OSAA 6A State Cross Country Championships

                              Nov 10 @ Boise, Idaho – NXN Northwest Regionals (Varsity only)

Running Varsity – The varsity team in cross country consists of the top 7 runners for both boys and girls, with the top 5 runners scoring. Occasionally we will participate in races where we enter more than 7 runners in the varsity race. The top 7 runners will be determined weekly, based on performances in the races the week before. For the first meet of the season (Wilsonville), no one will run varsity – all races are by age group. The 7 fastest runners from that meet will earn their place on varsity for the next meet (Bill Chapman) and so on.

Uniform Distribution – Uniforms will be distributed on Sept 5 and 6, during practice. For the Wilsonville meet, runners are expected to wear their own singlet and shorts (preferably Lincoln colors, red and white). A white or red t-shirt is also fine instead of a singlet, and black or other dark shorts are OK if you don’t own red. Do not go out and buy any gear for this.

Team Captains – Will be selected on Thur, Sept 6. Four captains (2 boys and 2 girls) will be chosen by ballot. Only seniors and juniors are eligible and must have been on the team last season.

Important Information – There are two websites which contain important information: race results, scheduling changes, etc. www.ihigh/lincolncards.com and www.athletic.net.

In addition, we do use email to communicate regularly. Also, Coach Parry’s cell phone (503-577-5759) is a good way to contact us in case of emergency, especially when we’re at a meet.

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