HRK Eagles is a competitive home school sports program based in Lake County, Illinois. We offer basketball, volleyball, track, cross country, and flag football. Our programs are for Junior High and High School aged athletes.

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HRK Eagles 2019 Co-Ed Cross Country Team

Lots of enjoying the beautiful scenery God has created while pushing yourself to go farther (literally) and having fun. No field events, no short distances, no running around a track--just feeling the freedom of running in nature.


New this season:  An extended season, featuring races before and after the regular season ends.

There are lots of opportunities, so please join us!


Please check back in June for information about the 2019 season.


All 2018 cross country conference meet dates have been determined.

More may be added as the season progresses, but the conference dates are set.


** Please  before registering with questions or if you would like to assist with coaching. **

Athletes must register by the registration closing date:  midnight on August 5th.


Who:  Full-time and part-time homeschooled boys and girls who are ages 10-18 (or 4th-12th grades). (Please note that there are specific guidelines as to what "homeschooled athletes" are. Visit the eligibility section of the HRK Eagles Sports Handbook page for more information.) We will also allow 3rd graders to be on our team, although they cannot participate in the conference meets. (Meets are cross country games.)

When:  August 5th through October 26th--tentatively. (The dates will be determined once conference meets are finalized.) Practices will be twice a week, with meets starting in early September. High school meets are usually held on Wednesdays (and one Tuesday). Meets for 4th-8th graders are usually held on Tuesdays, starting in early September.

Where:  Practice is outdoors at the Nippersink Forest Preserve (in Round Lake), from 4:30-6:00 p.m., on Mondays and Thursdays. (As the season progresses, we may choose an alternate location for extra hill practices. The coaches will keep you updated.)

Fee:  TBD. In 2018, it was $60 for athletes in 4th-12th grades; $30 for athletes in 3rd grade. The registration fee will NOT include a team uniform shirt--which costs around $20 and can be ordered through the HRK Eagles Team Store. (More details are included on the Equipment/Uniforms page.) This shirt is yours to keep for future seasons and is also used for HRK Eagles Track and Field. The coaches will review uniform requirements at the parent meeting/first practice.

Register:  The deadline for registering is TBD, but was at midnight on August 5th (before 12:01 a.m. on August 6th) for the 2018 season. Please before registering if you have questions or would like to help coach the team. We are happy to answer questions and are always looking for people to join our coaching team. (No experience is necessary.)

Schedule:  A tentative schedule will be available after program registration closes. More meets will be added once they are confirmed.

Equipment/Uniforms:  Please look at the Equipment/Uniforms page to see what you'll need.

Mandatory Parent Meeting:  A mandatory parent meeting will be held during the first team practice on August 5th. The coaches will go over team information, tentative meet schedule, volunteer sign-ups, athlete expectations, uniform requirements, and answer questions athletes and families may have.

End of Season Party:  TBD, but probably around Friday, October 25th, at the Village Church of Gurnee. (We'll be celebrating alongside other Eagles participating in autumn sports.)

Weather:  The team practices outdoors--rain or shine. (Exceptions are occasionally made for torrential downpours, lightning, and high heat indexes. Generally speaking, though, we run no matter what the weather.) If a practice is canceled, you will be notified by 2:00 p.m. that day. Most meets will not be canceled, due to rescheduling conflicts within the conference. Practices and meets will be canceled through the website, so please make sure you sign up to receive email and text notifications about any changes. Also consider downloading the (free) SI Play app to make communications on the go easier.


     Athletes:  All athletes are expected to give the coaches their full attention during practices and at meets. Athletes must communicate with the coaches, telling them in advance if they will not be at practice or a meet. They should come dressed in the uniform (only at meets) and be ready to participate at both practices and meets. Athletes also need to practice on their own throughout the week.

     Parents:  Since HRK is an all-volunteer organization, your help is necessary for our team to function smoothly. Becoming an assistant coach, timing at meets, supervising younger children during practices, taking photos, and planning our end of season family party are ways you can help the team out.



Information about cross country meets:

     4th-6th grades meets are one mile long; 7th-8th grades meets are two miles long. 4th-8th grades athletes run at the same meets, although at different times. (4th-6th grades boys and girls run first, followed afterward by 7th-8th grades boys and girls.) HRK is part of the Northeast Illinois Catholic Conference (NICC), which usually holds four or five meets at various locations during the cross country season. This season's meets will be held on Tuesdays in Wauconda, Libertyville, and Mundelein. The dates are September 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. The conference invitational will be held on October 2nd.

     9th-12th grade meets are three miles long (about the distance of a 5K race). They are held at Lake Forest Academy, starting at 4:30 p.m. The dates are September 4th, 12th, and 26th. 

      This year, our team will participate in a homeschool championship meet in October in Janesville, Wisconsin.


 Updated on January 16, 2019.