Joining the Team
Athlete Requirements for the 2021 Season
Being a member of the 2021 Alpharetta High School Cross Country Team is a enjoyable and rewarding experience. We are a competitive team where membership requires preparation, commitment, hard work, and a good attitude. The coaching staff is requiring all athletes to:
Attend all in-season team practices*
Attend all meets*
Have athletic clearance, check out the athletic clearance tab on the website. No physical = No practice.
Athletes who are unable to meet these requirements will be cut from the team.
***Athletes participating in another sport or activity must talk with Coach Baron and Coach Wright prior to team registration. We want to make sure your schedule will be balanced and not overwhelming!
Join our team coach text message list. Links are on the home page of the team website
Keep a running log to track your training and progress. STRAVA is a free app that the coaches would like everyone to use. Join the Alpharetta Cross Country team so the coaches and fellow runners can give you kudos and encouraging comments!
Must have completed to begin running in summer or August 2nd
Complete ALL the forms and upload your physical (all 4 pages) to the DragonFly Maxx. Must be completed in the 2021 year.
Join the athlete and parent Remind text groups (on homepage of website).
Meet & Practice Information
Summer Running Unofficial Practice
Begins June 7th, 2021 @ AHS Stadium. Find more details on calendar.
Summer running unofficial practices are a great way for new runners to meet returning runners. Attending summer running also begins the building of a strong, supportive team culture before being in the official season.
Typically begins the first week in June and ends the last week in July with a GHSA Dead week. You can find specific dates on calendar.
Anytime you are able to join, please attend!
Items to bring: filled up water bottle (if plastic, write your name on it), timing watch (regular or Smart), and a positive attitude.
Official Season Practice
Begins August 2nd, 2021--more details on calendar.
Monday & Friday 6:00 A.M. at AHS Track. Be on time. Showers/locker rooms to be provided after practice.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 4:00 PM--5:45 PM at AHS Track. Be on time.
Typical Workout Week
Monday and Wednesday: Workout days (tempo, repeats, Raider hill, etc.)
Tuesday and Thursday: Mileage Runs
Friday before meet: Easy mileage run
Friday before no meet: Workout
Mid-August--Late October. Making it to State: early November.
Saturday Meet morning typical routine
Bus leaves over by AHS gym at 5--5:45 A.M. (depending on where we go)
All runners MUST ride bus to meet. You miss the bus--you do not race that day.
Also, NO uniform = NO race.
Runners help bring stuff from bus to where we setup our tent at meet.
Runners get bibs and running chips from coaches (stay around the team tent area).
Runners warm-up based on timing sheet.
Parents/Guardians do not distract your runner before they race. Talk to them after please.
If you are not racing or warming up, you are cheering on your team members. Try to stay together.
If you do need to ride home, runner and parent/guardian must check out with their corresponding coach.
Contact Coach Derek Wright and Coach Holly Baron with any further questions!