HRK Eagles 2017 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 track--just feeling the freedom of running in nature.
Things to look forward to this season: a new practice location, new practice times, a different type of end of season party, and the return of one of your favorite coaches. (Plus, you know, all that running with friends.)
before registering with questions or if you would like to assist with coaching. **
The 2017 Cross Country season is now finished.
Thanks to each athlete (and their family) for another awesome season of
HRK Cross Country.
We hope to see you (and some of your friends) next summer.
Athletes must register by the registration closing date.
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 Sports Handbook page for more information.)
When: August 7th through October 21st. (The ending date will be determined once conference meets are finalized.) Practices will be twice a week, with meets (cross country games) starting in early September.
Where: Practice is outdoors at the Warren Township trail (in Gurnee), 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: $55. The registration fee will NOT include a team uniform shirt--which costs around $20 and can be ordered through the HRK Spirit Wear web 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 Track and Field.
Register: The deadline for registering is July 31st. Please contact us before registering if you have questions or would like to help coach the team. We are happy to answer questions and always looking for people to join our coaching team. (No experience is necessary.)
Schedule: A tentative schedule will be available after program registration closes.
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 7th. The coaches will go over team information, volunteer sign-ups, athlete expectations, and answer questions athletes and families may have.
End of Season Party: Tentatively plan on late October.
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 cancelled, you will be notified by 2:00 p.m. that day. Most meets will not be cancelled, due to rescheduling conflicts within the conference. Practices and meets will be cancelled through the website, so please make sure you sign up to receive email and text notifications about any changes. Also consider downloading the (free) League Athletics 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, helping with 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 afterwards by 7th-8th grades boys and girls.) HRK is part of the Northeast Illinois Catholic Conference (NICC), which usually holds three meets at various locations during cross country season.
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. Potential high school meets are listed on the team calendar.
(Last updated on August 1, 2017.)