PIEDMONT MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The 2013 season will be the program's eighth year since its inception and this popular co-ed sports program includes both running and fun activities. Last year was the largest in the team's history, with 120 kids participating and the team enjoyed success on the field of play, highlighted by the three league titles, the most ever. The 6th grade girls and 6th grade boys both won league titles and for the 2nd consecutive year, the 7th&8th grade girls repeated as league champions. The program features a flexible practice schedule that allows kids to fit in their other after-school activities and it has a proven record of kids having fun and engaging in a healthy activity.
Students of all ability levels are welcome and the program helps develop endurance, which is important in being better prepared to play other sports. The season officially starts when the school year begins and goes until the end of October. Practices are Monday through Thursday right after school for 90 minutes. This format allows kids to pick the days that best fit their schedule and provides the flexibility to participate in other after-school programs. Note, you do not have to attend every practice, but you are required to attend at least one practice a week unless you are ill or injured. Choose the days of the week you want to come, and it can vary from week to week.
Practices will include running for endurance, improving your running form, a warm-up and cool down, and core muscles strengthening, and more. In addition, there will be runs to local parks (Crocker, Dracena, Hampton, etc.), plus popular destinations such as Fenton's, Mulberry's, etc. Fun running games will also be incorporated into practices and there will be a team party to kick-off the season and to end it. A mileage reward program will be part of the season's activities rewards will be earned for coming to practice and participating in meets. During the season, there will be competition with other middle schools and 6th graders run a mile and 7th & 8th graders run 1.25 miles in the meets. The season concludes with a championship meet for each grade level and gender, with both individual and team trophies awarded. Every team member is required to run in at least 3 meets during the season, plus the championship meet.
2014 Cross Country Registeration
Who: All middle school students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grade in September
What: Provide students the opportunity to develop their running ability in a fun, but directed environment where both the individual and team accomplishments are
important and are recognized. Sessions will include running, sprinting, stretching, core, strength training and more. Training emphasizes distance running into the
surrounding neighborhood of between 2 to 3 miles and running uphill and downhill.
Participants must be able to run 1 mile without walking and must attend at least 1 practice a week.
When: Monday, August 25th to Thursday, November 6th (Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays) from 3:15 to 4:45pm (Wednesdays, 2:00 to 3:30pm)
Where: Witter Field - Meet on the track at the Start/Finish line
Sign Ups: The fee is $209.
Go to "Downloads" and print the Fall Cross Country Registration Form.
Complete the bottom portion of the form and submit it to the "Piedmont Recreation Department,"
358 Hillside Ave., or bring to the first session.
Please make checks payable to: Piedmont Recreation Department.
Or you can register on-line here: Middle School Cross Country On-line Sign Up
(Note: A minimum of 15 sign-ups are necessary in order to offer this program.)