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During the season, a weekly bulletin will be e-mailed to team member parents and posted on the website.  If you would like to get on the distribution list, e-mail: lgoldman@pacbell.net
Final Bulletin - November 11
PMS Cross Country Parents:
This will be the final bulletin for the 2013 PMS cross country season. I would like to thank all the team members for taking part and I hope that running will always be an activity they enjoy. Every team member should take pride in our successes this season and know that they are all champions for having taken part. To the parents, thank you for your support and encouraging the kids, driving to the meets, providing snacks, and just being a advocate for the cross country program. Special thanks to the team parents, Midori Lambert-6th grade, and Sydney Shaul and Sandra Gross-Whitaker for the 7&8th grades. To my fellow coaches who were instrumental in working with the kids, motivating them, keeping them safe during the endurance runs, and serving as role models, it was a pleasure working with all of you. Our successes this season would not have been possible without their time and effort, this too was a team undertaking.

My thanks also to the Piedmont Recreation Department and the PMS Boosters Club for their support.

Thank you parents too for the beautiful end of season gift, I will put the orchid plant high on the mantle place where I hope my grand kids can admire it but not get at it to knock it over.

Below is a summary of the season and a few select highlights, and there were many. I was hoping to see many of you again at the Piedmont Turkey Trot, but will be traveling to Boise, ID that day for a family get together with my sister, nieces and their families, and my daughters and my grand kids. Happy running to you and hope to see you soon.

Len Goldman

Survey

Just click on this link to complete the survey:

http://form.jotform.us/form/32836427629160

Team Singlet

The only team uniform item we would like returned is the singlet with a “P” in the middle of it. Please return it to the Rec Dept.

Winter Condition and Other Running Programs

Attached is the flyer for Winter Conditioning, there is a cap on the number of participants. Also, since it meets just twice a week, there is an implied commitment that students attend on a regular and on-going basis. Starting in a March time frame there will be a track and field program offered. More details on that will be provided in several months. Any questions, please let me know.

Photos

https://picasaweb.google.com/leonardmgoldman/20131110#

https://picasaweb.google.com/leonardmgoldman/20131116#

2013 Season Summary

I'd like to briefly review the season and share a few thoughts with you. One of the things we have tried to do over the years is create a program that kids of all ability levels can take part in, feel part of a team and that that also has the reputation of being of high quality and that its teams and individual runners are successful.

I think if a program has these elements that kids will want to be part of it.

This was my 8th year of coaching the PMS cross country program and my 11th year overall as a coach and during these 8 years the PMS program has won nine league titles. To my knowledge, no other school has accomplished this type of success over this period and we have had a number of kids finish in the top 10 in the championship races over this period. This year across all grades we had a total of 26 medal/trophy winners, a truly remarkable number in my opinion.

This year's program accomplished a number of things that no previous teams had. For the first time, we competed in the Southern Alameda Country league championship where our 6th grade girls easily won the league title and the 6th grade boys came within one point of winning the league. Our 7&8th graders also ran well in this meet despite the fact we held out 20 of our runners to compete in the East Bay league championship meet.

The 7&8thgrade girls team won the East Bay league championship title in convincing fashion for the third year in a row, something only one other school in the history of the East Bay league has done.

However, the important thing to remember is not the titles won or the medals/trophies collected, but how you played the game, trying your best, working together as a team, the lessons learned about training and competing, and finally the friends you made among both teammates and competitors. I feel these are the most important things that the kids can take away from their cross country experience.

Every year we like to try new things that we had not done previously, this year it included:

- Two regular season meets at new venues and with new schools. A meet at Bancroft Middle in San Leandro with teams from the Southern Alameda Country League and a meet at Woodminster Bowl hosted by Head Royce with teams from private schools and an Alameda club team.

- Season ending competition in two different league championship meets, the Sourthern Alameda Country League in Castro Valley and the East Bay League at Kennedy Grove. By competing in the Castro Valley meet, this enabled virtually our entire team to run together in the same championship meet and for some of the 7&8th graders to run "varsity" who wouldn't have been able to had we run in just the East Bay league.

- Buses were provided for two meets during the season, last year it was just one.

- A feather banner was purchased thanks to the Booster Club support to provide a visual symbol for the team rally point at each meet.

- Every team member received a gift of a logo embossed sling bag, free Icee coupon and for about half the team who accumulated enough points, a $10 gift card to Fenton's.

- Relatedly, a cross country program was started at each elementary school and nearly 90 students signed up for it. This provides an opportunity for 4&5th graders to have the cross country experience so like other sports they can try it early on, rather than having to wait.

- Two new on-line applications were used for scheduling attendance at meets and car pooling, Team Snap and Sign-Up Genius.

Some highlights from the season, and there were many to choose from, were as follows:

- Some team members started running in mid-June by participating in the "Summer Conditioning Program." This program provided an opportunity for kids to develop some basic endurance so when the cross country season started they already had a good base foundation.

- This year's team was one of the largest with 123 kids by my count at the end of the season. For comparison purposes, in 2006 which was our first season, there were 30 kids in the program. By grade, there were, 44 - 6th graders, 50 - 7th graders, and 29 -8th graders. In terms of gender composition, tit was close to being 50/50, with 59 girls and 64 boys on the team.

- Our first official practice was August 26. Practices were offered 4 days a week and after every practice a healthy snack was offered. This year for the first time, fresh fruit was offered several times during the season thanks to Whole Foods-Oakland.

Our sponsors also included Clif Bar, GU Energy, and Mulberrys.

- Several team parties were held during the season including a kick-off pizza party at the start of the season, a 6th grade and a 7&8th grade team party at Fenton's and a trophy party with pizza to celebrate our league championships. Our thanks to Cybelle’s Pizza for the discounted rate on the pizzas.

- Piedmont hosted for the 8th consecutive year a regular season league meet on September 26that Lake Temescal Park and a record number of kids participated, 445. This was the fourth year that chip timing was used in this meet and PMS pioneered the use of a computerized timing system for a middle school cross country meet in the East Bay.

- The team competed in 8 regular season meets. A total of 8 new school course records were established during these meets. Plus, for the new courses that the team ran on, these are automatic school course records.

- PMS Boosters Club supported to the cross country team by paying for the timing service at the Temescal Meet and picking up the cost of the sling bags, feather banner and some other sundry items.

- The coaching staff numbered 18 adults, 11 of them were new this year and 5 of the coaches had children who ran on the team. Also, we had two student mentor high school coaches who formerly ran in the middle school program.

There is always room for improvement is my philosophy, so that’s why the survey information and coach’s feedback are critical in this process. We have already started looking at some changes and in the months ahead will be developing them further. Be assured that the basic framework of our program will remain the same with some tweaking here and there. My role with the team will continue to evolve as we plan for the transition for other coaches and volunteers to take on more responsibility. What that might look like for 2014 remains to be determined, but the important thing is that the core mission, values and legacy of the team will continue.


WEEKLY BULLETIN #11 (For the Week of November 4) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

As we enter the final week of the season, I always have a bit of nostalgia remembering my running days as a youth and the feeling of not wanting the season to end. However, this is part of the cycle of any sport, the beginning, the middle and the finale. I don’t know what the outcome will be in the championship meet, no one does, but I have every confidence that the kids will dig deep, draw upon their training this season, and do their best. As coaches, that’s all we can ask of them and win, lose, or draw they can take pride in the effort they made and know that they will have many more years of running ahead of them. I and the other coaches will continue to hold them in the highest regard and know that we are all united by our common bond of running.

Please remind your child that if they have the PE mile on Wednesday to take it easy. I have e-mailed the PE teachers and informed them, but the kids need to understand they should not run hard that day until the cross country race.

There will be one or two more bulletins after this one, to kind of wrap things up.

Any questions, let me know.

Len Goldman

510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Schedule Remainder of the Season

- Reminder about the Championship Meet on November 6

- Survey

- Returning Singlet

Practice and Meet Schedule –

Nov. 4–Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 5 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 6 – Championship Meet at Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley

Nov. 7 - 7&8th Grade Varsity A Meet at Kennedy Grove

Information about the Championship Meet on November 6

The meet will be on Wednesday, November 6 at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Attached are directions and the course map. Since the kids get out at 1:48 that day, they are to walk directly to the Piedmont Community Hall after school. There will be a bus to transport them to the meet. It will leave around 2:15 p.m., giving the kids time to walk to the PCH, change into their uniform, etc. There will be two sixth grade parents there to handle any overflow, the parents of Abby Wheeler and Maura Cowan. Coach Christine will be the chaperone on the bus.

We really want all the kids to ride the bus there, but it’s okay for parentdrivers to take them home after they are done running. Since this meet has 6 individual races, we don't expect for the bus to leave for Piedmont until around 5:30.

The first race is 6thgrade girls at 3:50 p.m., followed by the 6thgrade boys at about 4:05 p.m. It is my understanding that the top 10 times in each grade and gender will receive a medal and there will be a trophy awarded to the winning teams, boys and girls. Our 7&8th graders will also be competing in the meet and I don’t expect the meet to end until around 5:30.

If your child will be staying for all the races and taking the bus back, I suggest that they bring some study material to work on during the down time between races and when they aren’t watching and cheering the kids in the other races.

Survey

As previously mentioned, we want to hear from you and get your input on the program. It only takes a few minutes to complete and helps us make constructive changes to the program.

Based on your input we can make continuous improvements to the program and make it better every year.

Just click on this link to complete the survey:

http://form.jotform.us/form/32836427629160

Team Singlet

The only team uniform item we would like returned is the singlet with a “P” in the middle of it. Please either give it to me after the last practice or take it to the Rec Dept.

Other Items Of Note

-Results for all the meets except the Woodminster Meet have been posted. I am still waiting for the host school to provide results, not sure if there is a problem and when or if results will be provided. http://www.pmscc.com/meet-results

- The plan is to offer a middle school 10 week “Winter Conditioning Program” from January to March 2013. Enrollment will be limited to around 50-60 runners, it will be offered two days a week right after school for 75 minutes. Please note anyone signing up for the program will be expected to meet certain criteria in order to sign-up for this program, some of which are consistent attendance, being able to run a mile or more without walking, etc. More details in a few weeks.

- Walk-A-Thon for Laikipia Hospice –Saturday, November 9, Piedmont Rec Center @ 9:00 a.m.

Team member Ivy Smith & her friend Laine Hodgkinson, as a part of their Bat Mitzvah community service project, are organizing a 5k walk/run through Piedmont, to support a hospice in rural Kenya which is in desperate need of medical supplies, medicines, transportation and staff. The date of the event is Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Piedmont Recreation building across from PMS. There is a $10 entry fee which will be collected the day of the walk. A snack and t-shirt will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for the people with the highest amount of money raised. The grand prize is a Ipad Mini. Please contact Robin Smith, unsackett@sbcglobal.net, or Huldah Hodgkinson, huldah510@gmail.comfor more information.

- Remember the Piedmont Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed to assist with the meet, please contact Christine Chapon if you can help.


WEEKLY BULLETIN #10 (For the Week of October 28) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

This week we begin our taper for the season finale. This is important; rest is part of training for any athlete. You can’t exert yourself day after day, pile on the miles and activity and expect to be fresh for the championship race. The body needs time to recover, every runner who trains learns this. If you are over-trained, not rested, you cannot do your best. It doesn’t mean don’t do anything, just dial it back in the days before the championship meet. So I would hope that your child would take things fairly easy, including other sports they might play and the PE mile. Note, the beginning of the week is suppose to be cool, have the kids dress in layers.

Any questions, let me know.

Len Goldman

510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Schedule Remainder of the Season

- Reminder about the Championship Meet on November 6 & Advance Course Walk-Through

- Survey

Practice and Meet Schedule – Remainder of Season

Oct. 28 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:45

Oct. 29 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:30

Oct. 30 -Practice from 2:00 to 3:15

Oct. 31 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 4 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 5 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 6 –Championship Meet at Castro Valley all 6th graders and 7&8thgraders except Varsity A (Team bus to meet at 2:00)

Nov. 7 –Championship Meet at Kennedy Grove for 7&8th Grade “A” Varsity

Information about the Championship Meet on November 6

The meet will be on Wednesday, November 6 at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Attached are directions and the course map. Since the kids get out at 1:48 that day, they are to walk directly to the Piedmont Community Hall after school. There will be a bus to transport them to the meet. It leaves around 2:00 p.m., giving the kids time to walk to the PCH.

I would still like some 6th grade drivers to meet us at the community hall parking lot at 2:00 p.m., so sign-up and then either Midori or I will confirm. The link to the car pool is:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA5AB23A5FD0-driver/11094958

The first race is 6th grade girls at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 6thgrade boys at about 3:50 p.m. It is my understanding that the top 10 times in each grade and gender will receive a medal and there will be a trophy awarded to the winning teams, boys and girls. Our 7&8th graders will also be competing in the meet and I don’t expect the meet to end until around 5:15. It is okay for your child to leave when they are done running, they don’t have to take the bus back.

In order to familiarize the kids with the course and if they are available, a course walk through by one of the coaches will be offered on Nov. 2nd and 3rd. I understand not everyone may be available, and we need at least 8 to 10 kids who want to do it. If interested go to Team Snap and on the “Availability” page indicate the date and time you would like to do the course walk through. Please complete this by October 30. I will send out an e-mail on Nov. 1 confirming what the plan is.

Survey

For the past several years, we have conducted a survey to obtain your feedback, suggestions and assessment of the cross country program. The purpose is to try and make it better for next year based on your comments. Many of the practices we currently utilize are the result of the comments we have obtained in previous years. The survey is anonymous and constructive criticism is always welcome. In addition, you should always feel free to contact the Recreation Department directly if you prefer this approach. Just click on this link to complete the survey:

http://form.jotform.us/form/32836427629160

Review of Meets & Practices the Week of October 21

This past week there was another first for the team as on Tuesday we ran in a meet at Joaquin Miller Park. The meet was hosted by Head Royce and Piedmont by far had the largest number of runners of any team. The race took place in Woodminster Bowl, which has been the site of cross country races in the East Bay for many decades. It is a venue used by many school for their cross country races. This meet was different than previous ones in that all the girls ran together in one race and then all the boys, regardless of grade. In addition, the race distance was a bit longer that what we usually compete at, 1.5 miles. The course is very viewer friendly and a picturesque setting for a cross country race. Official results from this meet are not yet available but will be posted to our website when they are:

http://www.pmscc.com/meet-results

The first race was the girls and Piedmont runners led from the beginning. Both Erin Hong and Clarissa Lam, both 7thgraders, quickly separated themselves from the field and pushed the pace the entire way. This was Erin’s 3rdcross country race in recent days, as on Friday she ran Mt. Sac in Southern California (2 miles and finished 11th in the sweepstakes race for middle school girls) and on Sunday did a 3K race at Woodminster where she finished in 2nd place. As both girls went through the meadow their final time, Erin had a very slim lead over Clarissa. Both girls were working hard, and in the final sprint to the tape Erin edged out Clarissa by the narrowest of margins. Both girls broke the course record for this meet, with Erin being the record holder due to her win. In 3rdplace, and surprising the field, was 6th grader Maggie Black who ran a very strong race and has continued to improve as the season has progressed. Other 6th grade girls in our top five team finishers were Josie Gross-Whitaker in 4thplace overall, Fiona Hunter in 5th place, Maria Del Rosario-Chan in 8th place, and Sophia Zalewski in 19th place. Space does not allow me to list all the 6thgrade girls but I think they showed a lot of “grit” and heart running with the older girls and a distance that for them is a bit longer than their other races. It should be noted that Piedmont girls took places 1 through 14, an impressive showing of our team talent across the board.

On the boys side, Piedmont runners also did very well and several 6th grade boys finished in the top half of the race. Our top five finishers were Josh Berg in 27th place overall, Colby Bookfield in 29thplace, Max Podell in 32nd place, and Timothy Taylor in 34thplace. As you can see, the 6thgrade boys were nicely bunched together which is important in cross country running to have a pack of runners finishing close together.

To view some pictures from this race the link is:

https://picasaweb.google.com/leonardmgoldman/20131024#

Some additional pictures from the Bancroft meet, thanks to Regina Chan can be found at this link:

Bancroft Meet photos

On October 24, four – 6th graders ran in the meet at MLK in Berkeley. In the 6th grade boys race, Timothy Taylor ran strong the entire way and finished in 5th place a time of 6:27 for one mile. In addition, both Cameron Davis and Daniel Kretzer ran a solid races, hung with the other runners the entire way and finished in 34th and 41st places respectively and their times were 7:14 and 7:30. On the girl’s side, Ella Phillips was our sole entry and she ran well finishing in 50th place and a time of 9:00, and I think she had a smile on her face the entire time.

The other highlight of the week was the 6th grade party at Fenton’s. As usual it was a very fun and “sweet”event. About 30 kids were able to make it. This is something the kids have been looking forward to the entire season. Many thanks to Midori Lambert for transporting the backpacks to Fenton’s.

Fenton’s Party- 7&8thGraders

The 7&8th grade Fenton’s party will be held on Wednesday, October 30th from 2:00 to 3:30. There is still time to submit your ice cream order, just go to this link:

Fenton's

The plan is to meet at the track on October 30 like we usually do for practice and run to Fenton's, it takes about 20 minutes. The kids can either use the Fenton's gift cards if they have earned one and which I will pass out that day or bring cash. Their backpacks will be transported to Fenton's if you plan on picking them up there. Or they can run back to the track with the coaches. The party will last until 3:30.


Other Items Of Note

- The plan is to offer a middle school 10 week “Winter Conditioning Program” from January to March 2014. Enrollment will be limited to around 50-60 runners, it will be offered two days a week right after school for 75 minutes. More details in a December time frame. Please note the requirements for this program will be more stringent than cross country in terms of being able to run more than a mile without walking, attendance is required at practice unless there is a parental excuse, and no sitting out the endurance run,

- Walk-A-Thon for Laikipia Hospice – Saturday, November 9, Piedmont Rec Center @ 9:00 a.m.

- Team member Ivy Smith & her friend Laine Hodgkinson, as a part of their Bat Mitzvah community service project, are organizing a 5k walk/run through Piedmont, to support a hospice in rural Kenya which is in desperate need of medical supplies, medicines, transportation and staff. The date of the event is Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Piedmont Recreation building across from PMS. There is a $10 entry fee which will be collected the day of the walk. A snack and t-shirt will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for the people with the highest amount of money raised. The grand prize is a Ipad Mini. Please contact Robin Smith, unsackett@sbcglobal.net, or Huldah Hodgkinson, huldah510@gmail.comfor more information.

- Remember the Piedmont Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers are needed to assist with the meet, please contact Christine Chapon if you can help.


WEEKLY BULLETIN #9 (For the Week of October 21) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

We are winding down to the final weeks of the season. For us coaches, it’s been great to see how much the kids who have come to practice on a consistent basis have improved in their running.  Please see the schedule below of our remaining practices and meets. We will be shortening them a bit the week of October 28 as we start a taper so the kids are relatively rested for the championship meet. Also don’t forget to sign up to drive for the remaining meets if you can. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA5AB23A5FD0-driver/11094958

Finally, just a reminder on meet days if your child is running the PE mile and the meet, they should take it easy in the PE mile, 10 minutes or bit under is fine. They should let the PE teacher know why they are not running it 100%.

Any questions, let me know.

Len Goldman

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Schedule Remainder of the Season

- Fenton’s Party

(Please check the attached spreadsheet on attendance, and let me know if we need to correct anything. I will publish a list of the kids who have earned a Fenton’s card on Monday.)

- MLK Meet on October 24

- Information about the Championship Meet on November 6

Practice and Meet Schedule – Remainder of Season

Oct. 21 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:45

Oct. 22 – X-C Meet at Joaquin Miller Park and practice if not running in the meet

Oct. 23 -Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Oct. 24–Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 if not running in the meet and MLK X-C Meet

Oct. 28 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:45

Oct. 29 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:30

Oct. 30 -Practice from 2:00 to 3:15

Oct. 31 -Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 4 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 5 –Practice from 3:15 to 4:15

Nov. 6 –Championship Meet at Castro Valley all team members except 7&8thGrade “A” Varsity from 3:30 to 5:00 (Team bus to meet at 2:00)

Nov. 7 –Championship Meet at Kennedy Grove for 7&8th Grade “A” Varsity

The meet on Tuesday at Joaquin Miller starts at 4:15 p.m. There will be a course walkthrough for the kids at 3:45. The host school is Head Royce and in their league all the grade levels by gender run together in the regular season meets. The first race will be the girls at 4:15 followed at about 4:45 by the boys race. Attached are directions to the location, please meet in Woodminster Bowl, which is near the entrance to the park, and look for our feather banner.

Fenton’s Party

The last day to sign up for the Fenton’s party is Monday, October 21. If you still need to sign up and place your order the link is:

http://form.jotform.us/form/32697960048162

We will meet at the track on October 23rd like we usually do for practice and run to Fenton's, it takes about 20 minutes. The kids can either use the Fenton's gift cards if they have earned one and which I will pass out that day or bring cash. Note on the attached attendance spreadsheet, go to the tab labeled “Bonus Points” and look at Columns A, B, and C. If you think something is in error, let me know. Their backpacks will be transported to Fenton's if you plan on picking them up there. Or they can run back to the track with the coaches. The party will last until 3:30.

The 7&8th grade Fenton’s party is scheduled for October 30th.

MLK Meet on October 24

As previously mentioned, because of concerns about the course and how convoluted it is this year due to construction at the school, I am asking for limited participation by team members. If your child has already run in 3 regular season meets, I recommend that they not run in this meet. There will be practice that day for kids who don't run in the meet. Please go to Team Snap and change their availability to a "No" if they are not running in the meet. Also, for this meet, we only have one driver with seats for 5 kids and currently 16 kids have expressed interest. I am hoping this number will decrease, and again only run in this meet if you absolutely need to.

Information about the Championship Meet on November 6

For the first time in team history we will be participating in a championship meet with schools from Southern Alameda Country. The meet will be on Wednesday, November 6 at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Attached are directions and the course map. Since the kids get out at 1:48 that day, they are to walk directly to the Piedmont Community Hall after school. There will be a bus to transport them to the meet. It leaves at 2:10 p.m., giving the kids time to walk to the PCH. The first race is 6th grade girls at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 6th grade boys at about 3:50 p.m. It is my understanding that the top 10 times in each grade and gender will receive a medal and there will be a trophy awarded to the winning teams, boys and girls.

In order to familiarize the kids with the course and if they are available, a course walkthrough by one of the coaches will be offered on Nov. 2nd and 3rd. I understand not everyone may be available, and we need at least 8 to 10 kids who want to do it. If interested go to Team Snap and on the “Availability” page indicate the date and time you would like to do the course walkthrough. Please complete this by October 30.

Review of Meets & Practices the Week of October 14

On Wednesday, for the first team since our program began, we ran in a regular season meet hosted by a school in the Southern Alameda Country League, Bancroft Middle in San Leandro. This is part of a trial effort this year to compete with schools in different leagues to allow our runners a variety of opportunities at different venues. Our runners did extremely well in the meet and I think they enjoyed running on a flat surface and fast course with the only obstacle a hay bale to jump over.

In the 6th grade girls race, a very talented group of runners from Canyon Middle took the top places but we did place two runners in the top 10, Maria Delrosario-Chan in 6th place with a time of 6:51 and Marta Symkowick in 7th place and a time of 6:52. Also, running a good race was Sophia Zalewiski in 13th place, 7:07, and right behind her in 15th place was Zazie Huml in 7:11, and Kaia Kim in 16th place and a time of 7:12. We had one other runner finish in the top 20, Samantha Castro was 19th in a time of 7:22. A total of 12 - 6th grade Piedmont girls competed in the meet. Again, I apologize for not being able to specifically name every Piedmont runner who took part in the meet. Full results are available on our website:

http://www.pmscc.com/meet-results

Thanks to Roberto Castro, pictures from the meet can be found at this link, 6th grade races are at the beginning of the album:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104706450003770247974/Bancroft101613?authkey=Gv1sRgCPPNtNq7vtXJigE&feat=email#

For the boys, Piedmont 6th grade boys also had two runners in the top 10, Colby Brookfield in 8th place and a time of 6:36 and Kihiro Lambert in the same time (a photo finish) with a 9th place overall. They were closely followed by Bruno Bridger in 13th place and a time of 6:44. Our 4th team finisher was Ben Nicolas in 28th place and a time of 7:19 and 5th team finisher was Matthew Sprague in 31st place and his time was 7:27. There were also 12 - 6th grade boys in the race and it was a beautiful Fall day to be doing a cross country race. Note, since this was a new course, our first place team finishers, are automatically the PMS school course record-holders for this venue.

In the 7thgrade girls’ race, Piedmont placed 5 runners in the top 10 with Margo Donahue leading the way in first place and a time of 5:59 for one mile. She was one of the few girls in the short history of this meet to break 6:00 minutes for this distance and led the race from the beginning. In 5th place was Elie Cole, who has been a consistent top 10 finisher in a time of 6:27, and right behind her in 6th place was Frannie Lahey-Teare in 6:39. Running in her first race of the season and coming back strong was Naomi Hollinger in 8thplace and a time of 6:46. Our fifth team finisher was Veda Skatter in 10th place and a very fine time of 6:54.

In the 7thgrade boys’ race, and running in his first race of the season, Ethan Argue demonstrated his potential as a runner, by surprising the field and winning the race in a time of 5:45. In fact, he was just 7 seconds off the course record of 5:36 and led almost the entire race. Piedmont had seven runners in the top 13. Finishing in 4th place was Aiden Dixon in 6:08, Andrew Stoddard in 6thplace in 6:10, Dylan Thayer in 7th place in 6:13, Ryan Fitzgerald in 8th place and 6:16, Max Rivera in 10th place with a time of 6:28, and Luke Anderson in 13th place and a time of 6:41.

The next to last race was 8th grade girls and again Piedmont fielded a very strong group of runners with Ellie Coleman pulling away and opening a gap at the end, with a winning time of 5:54. She was the only 8th grade girl to break 6 minutes in this race and again joined a very elite group of girls to run under 6 minutes. Piedmont runners also took places 6 through 10, with Georgie Please in 6:24, Sofia Barker in 6:26, Eva Hunter in 6:27, and Minnie Cooper in 6:47 respectively. In addition, Rose Eisenbach had a top 20 placing in 15th with a time of 6:56.

The final race of the day was 8th grade boys, and we had three boys finish in the top 13. In 8th place and continuing his season long strong performance was Toby Fischer in 8thplace and a time of 6:12. Also, running well and showing good team work were Walter Teitelbaum and Reece Proctor in 12th and 13th place respectively in the same time of 6:17.

 WEEKLY BULLETIN #8 (For the Week of October 14) 

Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

A well deserved 3 day weekend is on the calendar now and I hope you enjoy it. Remember if your child runs for 20 minutes over the weekend to submit for extra credit and if they run on Monday, they can earn extra credit that day too. Just go to this webpage and click on “Extra Credit Form” and complete it: http://www.pmscc.com/parents

This coming week we have practice on Tuesday, a cross country meet on Wednesday, and practice on Thursday. The 7&8th grade drivers for Wednesday’s meet are Betsy Whitely, Kirsten Dixon, Sydney Proctor, Neethy Duzak, Maryann Tucker, Stephanie Anderson, Karen Engel, Tina Coleman, Julie Hollinger, plus Michelle Cole will drive if needed but can’t be at the parking lot until around 3:15. We have 36 – 7&8th graders signed up for the meet.

Remember to be at the Piedmont Community Hall at 2:30 on Wednesday. Finally, every 7&8th grader is expected to run in one of the end of season championship meets on either November 6&7th. The meet on November 6 meet starts at 3:30 and while tentatively the plan is to rent a bus to take the kids to the meet, we would still like parents to sign-up to drive to this meet, just in case and for any overflow runners.

Use this link to sign up to drive.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4DABAA2A1-carpool

Any questions, please let me know.
Len Goldman

510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Information about the meet on Wednesday

- Fenton’s Party

- Schedule Week of October 21

- Attendance

This Week’s Cross Country Meet-Wednesday 10/16

For the first time in team history, we will run in a meet at Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. We will be competing with schools in the Southern Alameda Country Middle School League. The first race is at 4 p.m. and the race order is 6th girls, 6th boys, 7th girls, 7th boys, 8th girls, 8th boys. The race distance is one mile, and it is flat but features hay bales that the kids have to jump over and that we have been practicing doing this for the past week. Attached are directions to the meet and the course map. Note we will offer practice on Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 for those kids who are unable to run in the meet.

If you are a snack provider, you have several choices on getting the snacks to the meets. You can bring them at 2:30 p.m. to the car pool area and drop them off, or you can contact a parent who is driving and get them to that parent, or you can leave them with Coach Christine Chapon, who lives at 1207 Oakland Ave., in Piedmont. Her phone number is 510-325-3261.

Below is our meet schedule for the rest of the season.

Save the Date - Fenton’s Party on October 23 & 30

Save the dates, 6th graders October 23 and 7&8th graders on 10/30 for the party at Fenton’s. It will be from 2:30 to 3:30. We will run there from the track and parents are asked to pick up their child at Fenton’s when it is over. The backpacks will be transported by one of the parents. The kids will submit their order in advance, the cost is around $10 to $15 tax and tip included.

http://form.jotform.us/form/32697960048162

Schedule Week of October 21

I wanted to put out advance notice regarding the week of October 21. Two meets are scheduled, Tuesday, October 22 at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland and Thursday, October 24 at MLK school in Berkeley. I just found out that due to construction at MLK, the course has been modified quite a bit and is also short of the standard distance, which is 1.25. Consequently I am requesting that the only team members who participate in this meet either need it to fulfill the 3 meet requirement or have not raced in several weeks and need a refresher. I really would prefer all other team members to skip this meet and come to practice instead. Just go into Team Snap and make the change. I will be happy to discuss this item with any parent who has questions, but I feel in this case the kids can get more out of practice than running in this meet unless they absolutely have to.

Attendance & Points Earned

Attached is the most current report on attendance and points earned. Please note that the threshold of points needed for the Fenton’s card of 38 points is subject to change. I will review this threshold after points are tallied for the week ending 10/18 and will also take into consideration plans to run in the meet on 10/22. Our goal is have at least half the 6th grade team qualify for a Fenton’s gift card. Also, let me know if there are any corrections needed to attendance or extra credit. On the Attendance spreadsheet, the tab labeled “Bonus Points” and columns A, B, and C are the key ones with supporting details in the other columns.

A quick recap of our meet on October 7 at Orinda Intermediate School but first, results from the Prospect Sierra meet on October 3 have been posted on our website.Congratulations to Josie Gross-Whitaker for a new 6th grade girls course record of 7:44.
Second, official results from the Orinda meet also been posted on our website:

The placings for the 6th graders who took part were as follows:

6th grade Boys-(Place in Parens):

Josh Berg (5)

Jayden Lee (8)

Kihiro Lambert (18)

Benji Kostroun (30)

Bruno Bridger (31)

Cutter Mitchell (39)

Alan Rossi (74)

Tamir Menahemy (87)

Burke St Claire (89)

6th grade Girls-(Place in Parens)

Maggie Black (4)

Sophia Zalewski (9)

Kaia Kim ( 17)

Samantha Castro (19)

Emma Paterson ( 37)

Willow Faust (38)

Adrienne Chan (42)

The course at Orinda was significantly different from previous years, with the kids running on the hillside.

On the 7&8thgrade side, it was another impressive showing for the girls team across the board as Piedmont placed 6 girls in the top 10, and had a total of 20 girls in the race.Finishing in 2nd place and giving the winner a very close race was Erin Hong in a new 7thgrade girls record for the Orinda location is a time of 7:57. In 3rdplace was 7th grader Margo Donahue in a time of 8:12 and she was closely followed by Ellie Coleman, 8th grader, in 5thplace and a time of 8:23.Rounding out top ten finishers for Piedmont were Clarissa Lam for 6th place and a time of 8:28, Elie Cole in 7th place and a time of 8:32, and then Eva Hunter in 10th place and a time of 8:44. I would also like to mention Lily Kevilled who finished in 15th place and a time of 9:04 and Cece Garofoli in 19th place and a time of 9:11.

On the 7&8th grade boys side, our first finisher in the combined standings was 8th grader Toby Fischer in 11thplace and a time of 8:02.Our other top five finishers were all 7th graders with Ryan Fitzgerald coming in 15th place in a time of 8:08, also credited with the same time in 16thplace was Aiden Dixon.Rounding out the Piedmont top five runners was Mitch Curtis in 24th place, 8:23 and Dylan Thayer in an identical time and 25th place.A total of 13 - 7&8th grade boys ran in the meet.

A few pictures from the meet can be found at this link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/leonardmgoldman/OrindaMeetOnOctober72013#

Finally, at practices this past week, time trials were held on Wednesday and Thursday so we could simulate race conditions. The distance was 1200 meters on the track. In addition, we continued to work on running form, hurdling/jumping over a hay bale and speed play through a centipede relay. Note with Fall officially here, the weather is likely to be changeable. Note, practices and meets take place rain or shine. In past years, we have had some meets take place during heavy rain. You should assume meets and practices will take place as scheduled whatever the weather might be. Also, with cooler temps likely, have the kids dress in layers for both meets and practices.


Remaining Meet Schedule (Subject to Change)

- Wednesday, October 16th @ Bancroft Middle in San Leandro

- Tuesday, October 22nd @ Head Royce (Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland)

- Thursday, October 24th @ MLK in Berkeley (Only run in this meet if you need it to make the 3 meet requirement)

- Wednesday, November 6th, 6th Grade Championship, 7&8th JV, and 7&8th "B" Varsity Team @ Canyon Middle in Castro Valley

- Thursday, November 7th, 7&8th "A" Varsity Meet, Kennedy Grove


WEEKLY BULLETIN #7 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:
We are half way through our regular season meet schedule and for the next couple of weeks just one meet per week is the plan. I have a couple of items for your attention. First, historically attendance this time of year starts to wane a bit. I wish I knew why, perhaps it’s more homework, the demands of other activities, etc. but I encourage you if possible to try and have your child come twice a week in order to get the most benefit from what we do. Lacking that, one time a week (which includes running in a meet) and running on their own on the weekend for 20 minutes is satisfactory.

Secord, based on Team Snap and the driver sign-up, we are 8 seats short (all grades) for the Orinda meet on Monday and 12 seats short (all grades) for the meet on October 16 in San Leandro. We can use more drivers for Monday and two to three more drivers for October 16 based on the data. The link to sign-up to drive is:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4DABAA2A1-carpool

One clarification, for the meet on November 6th, we are asking drivers to be at the Piedmont Community Hall at 2:00 p.m.

Len Goldman

510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Calendar & Meet Schedule

- Championship Meet Schedule

- Attendance

Calendar & Meet Schedule

This week there is a meet on Monday (practice available at Witter for those not running in the meet) and then practice as usual on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I am attaching directions to Orinda and the course map.

Please note on Monday, October 14, there is no school and no practice either. If your child runs for 20 minutes that day, turn it in for extra credit using the extra credit form at this link:

http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Our remaining schedule of “regular” season meets is:

Monday, October 7th @ Orinda Intermediate (All grades)

Wednesday, October 16th @ Bancroft Middle in San Leandro (Meet starts @ 4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 22nd @ Head Royce (Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland)

Thursday, October 24th @ MLK in Berkeley

As previously mentioned, there are several meets we have chosen not to enter, but if your child needs to run in one of them to meet the requirement of running in three regular season meets, let me know. The dates of those meets are not reflected above.

If you are a snack provider, you have several choices on getting the snacks to the meets. You can bring them at 3:00 p.m. to the car pool area and drop them off, or you can contact a parent who is driving and get them to that parent, or you can leave them with Coach Christine Chapon, who lives at 1207 Oakland Ave., in Piedmont. Her phone number is 510-325-3261.

Championship Meet Schedule

Every team member is required to run in a championship meet, so please block off Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday November 7. The only exception is if your child is injured or ill and I will need to be notified by you of this situation in advance. I expect you to re-arrange their after-school schedule on this date so they can participate. The November 6th meet in Castro Valley, as previously announced, is for every 7&8th grader except those named to the “A” varsity team by the coaching staff. For the first time in the history of our team, we our participating in a championship meet with schools in Southern Alameda Country. I expect that the competition will be at a high level. The meet will be held at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley, and it is a fairly flat and fast course. More details about the meet logistics in future bulletins, the meet starts at 3:30 p.m. and our entire 6thgrade team will be running in this meet, in addition to our 7&8thgraders, again with the exception of our top 10 boys and top 10 girls.

The November 7th meet will be held at Kennedy Grove Park in El Sorbrante and schools in the East Bay league will participate. Piedmont and Hillcrest are the host schools and I may need some parent volunteers to assist with the meet.

Our "A" team of 7&8th grade boys and girls will run in this meet.

Please note previously we had a “JV Championship Meet” on the scheduled for MLK School in Berkeley on October 28th. We will not be participating in that meet. Thank you if you had volunteered to drive to that meet, we would ask you instead to drive to the meet on Nov. 6th.

Attendance

We are attaching the Attendance and “Total Points” earned as of 10/4. Go to the “Bonus Points” worksheet and See Column A which represents the total points calculated with the attendance points (1 per practice), any Bonus points given during practice, extra credit points and meet participation points (2 per meet) factored in. Please review and let us know of any corrections we need to make. Remember the points accrued count toward earning a Fenton’s gift card.

Review of Meets & Practices the Week of September 30

The 7&8th graders had the opportunity to run in one meet this past week, Monday at the Moraga Country Club. For Monday’s meet we rented a team bus to take the kids to Moraga. The bus was pretty packed and I think the kid’s enjoyed the experience. We may try a bus for one more meet this season it depends. Monday’s venue was unique in that it was held at a golf course. A total of xx- 7&8th grade boys and girls participated in the meet. Space does not allow me to name all the Piedmont kids who ran in the race, but complete results through the Moraga meet can be found at:

http://www.pmscc.com/meet-results

In the 7&8th grade boys race, Lorand Cheng continued his fine season with a 4th place finish overall and a new 7thgrade PMS course record of 8:11.1. Next was 8th grader Vincent Titterton in 9th place and a time of 8:26.6. The third PMS finisher across the line was Toby Fischer in 11th place in 8:31.4, followed by Walter Teitelbaum in 13th place and a time of 8:35.6. Our fifth finisher was Dylan Thayer in 19thplace and a time of 8:46.9.

On the ladies side, our 7&8th grade girls had another strong showing and a new 7th grade PMS course record for Erin Hong in 1stplace overall and a time of 8:21.7. This was her 3rd course record in as many tries. Piedmont girls also garnered 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 10th places with Clarissa Lam, Ellie Coleman, Elie Cole, and Eva Hunter respectively. This is outstanding team depth and I would be remiss if I did not also mention Sophia Barker in 13th place, Minnie Cooper in 19thplace and Lily Keville in 20th.

Thanks to parent Roberto Castro, here is a link to some photos from the meet:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104706450003770247974/PMSXCountryMoraga93013?authkey=Gv1sRgCIjhvbSX2NP0gQE&feat=email#

The 6th graders had the opportunity to run in two meets this week, Monday at the Moraga Country Club and Thursday at Cerrito Vista Park. For Monday’s meet we rented a team bus to take the kids to Moraga. The bus was pretty packed and I think the kid’s enjoyed the experience. We may try a bus for one more meet this season it depends. Monday’s venue was unique in that it was held at a golf course. A total of 18- 6th grade boys and girls participated in the meet. Space does not allow me to name all the Piedmont kids who ran in the race, but complete results through the Moraga meet can be found at:

http://www.pmscc.com/meet-results

In the first race of the day, 6th grade boys, we had three kids among the top 20 with Josh Berg, Kihiro Lambert and Colby Brookfield finishing in 12th,13th and 17th places respectively. Rounding out our top five finishers in the race were Cutter Mitchell in 25th and Matthew Sprague in 29thplace.

For the 6th grade girls we had two girls in the top 10, Maggie Black in 4th place and Sophia Zalewski in 6th places, very solid performances by both young ladies. Our next finisher was Samantha Castro, 22nd place, followed by Kelly Mitchell in 28th and Sophia Loucks in 45th place.

Thanks to parent Roberto Castro, here is a link to some photos from the meet:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104706450003770247974/PMSXCountryMoraga93013?authkey=Gv1sRgCIjhvbSX2NP0gQE&feat=email#

 

On Thursday, those 6th graders who were able to participate ran in a meet in El Cerrito. Some say this course has a certain charm, and harkens back to the early days of our league. Anyhow, “official results” are not yet available; when they are they will be posted on our website. The report by Minori Tsuge is as follows:

6th grade girls:

(1) Josie Gross-Whitaker

(3) Maria Delrosario-chan

(4) Jihae Oh

(5) Fiona Hunter

(11) Alshley Nelson

(16) Samantha Castro

(18) Maura Cowan

(20) Kaia Kim

(28) Abby Wheeler

6th grade boys:

(8) Jayden Lee

(11) Max Podell

(27) Durant Fuller

(28) Benji Kostroun

(48) Mathew Sprague

They all ran very hard. Josie was leading at the start. She got passed on the first loop but I kept telling her to keep her in site and get her rhythm. At the very last loop I told her to focus on the couple of up hills and try not to let the gap grow and take full advantage of the downhill, especially the very last one. Sure enough, she made her move at that last down behind the bleachers and took the lead and down the chute. Maria was solo 3rd and kept her position throughout the entire race.

Fiona and Jihae worked with each other and passed a few girls in the end to capture 4th& 5th. They were neck and neck with each other. All girls ran a very good race. Ashley Nelson ran a solid race and finished in 11th place.

As for the boys, Jayden hung in there and pretty much kept his position throughout the race. Max was very even and ran solid, and his down the chute sprint was very memorable. He passed the boy in front of him right at the very end. Durant really tried hard, even though he kept telling me that his throat hurt and said he walked a little, which I did not witness. Benji ran a solid pace race. Mathew was trying very hard and I was very proud to see his efforts.

All in all, they showed some great sprints down the shoot and successfully passed kids in front of them.

Here is the link to photos from the meet:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104706450003770247974/ElCerrito10313?authkey=Gv1sRgCNL8ktei2Ly_Ew&feat=email#slideshow/5930776032754666450

Finally, at practice we continued with our usual activities the other days of the week and will soon start emphasizing more “interval” type training. One new element we added this week was jumping over a hay bale that might be part of a cross country course. The kids practiced both hurdling it and the step-up approach.

Finally, at practice we continued with our usual activities the other days of the week and will soon start emphasizing more “interval” type training. One new element we added this week was jumping over a hay bale that might be part of a cross country course. The kids practiced both hurdling it and the step-up approach.

Save the Date - Fenton’s Party on October 23 & 30

Save the dates, 6th graders October 23 and 7&8th graders on 10/30 for the party at Fenton’s. It will be from 2:30 to 3:30. We will run there from the track and parents are asked to pick up their child at Fenton’s when it is over. The backpacks will be transported by one of the parents. The kids will submit their order in advance, the cost is around $10 to $15 tax and tip included.

http://form.jotform.us/form/32697960048162

Uniform

If your child has not received a team t-shirt or singlet, David Weisgerber from the Recreation Department will have them available at the car pool area prior to each meet. Please note if your child received an extra singlet, we would like it returned and all singlets are to be returned at the end of the season. 

WEEKLY BULLETIN #6 (For the Week of September 30) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

Our 2013 season kicked off with two meets this week and it was exciting to see the 6th graders race for the first time. At the Temescal meet, which we hosted on Thursday, almost our entire 6th grade team was there. The kids did extremely well and every team member should take pride in both their individual and team performance. A summary of the meet is contained later in this bulletin. Next week two meets on the schedule, Monday and Thursday again. Finally it was great to see so many current and past team members at the Wellness Run today. If you ran in it be sure to put in for extra credit.

Note, the weather forecast for Monday includes the chance of rain,the meet will take place rain or shine.

Len Goldman

510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Team bus for September 30th meet

- Schedule this week

- Team Snap

- Attendance

Bus for the meet on September 30th

The Recreation Department has rented a bus to take the kids to the meet on Monday, September 30th at the Moraga Country Club. Every child attending this meet is expected to ride the bus to Moraga. Please remind your child to hustle right after the last bell to get on the bus at the parking lot of the Piedmont Community Hall at 711 Highland Ave. The bus will leave at 3:25.

If you were scheduled to drive that day, I should have previously contacted you about not having to drive. We still need a car or two for back-up at the Community Hall, but otherwise just meet us in Moraga.

Note, the kids do not have to take the bus back to Piedmont unless they want to. I don’t expect us to return to Piedmont until around 6:30 and we need parents to meet their child at the Piedmont Community Hall at that time to drive them home.

Schedule for The Week of September 30

Monday – Cross Country Meet at Moraga Country Club*

Tuesday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday – Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday – Cross Country Meet at Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito*

* Practice will also be offered at Witter Field that day.

Directions to both meets are attached. Also refer to our website:

http://www.pmscc.com/directions-to-meets

Note the meet on Thursday, we are just sending our 6thgrade team, not 7&8th graders who will practice that day. Minori Tsuge will be the in-charge coach, I will be at practice on Thursday and unable to attend the meet.

If you are a snack provider, you have several choices on getting the snacks to the meets. You can bring them at 3:00 p.m. to the car pool area and drop them off, or you can contact a parent who is driving and get them to that parent, or you can leave them with Coach Christine Chapon, who lives at 1207 Oakland Ave., in Piedmont. Her phone number is 510-325-3261.

Team Snap

Thank you for completing the information in Team Snap, however we are still missing a few sign-ups for meet participation. Also, if you need to change anything on “Availability”just go into Team Snap to do this. For driving sign-up the link is:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA5AB23A5FD0-driver/11094958

Note, if you sign-up to drive to a meet, you should automatically get a reminder 48 hours before the date of the event.

Attendance and Extra Credit

We are attaching the “Total Points” earned as of 9/20. See Column A which represents the total calculated with the attendance points (1 per practice), any Bonus points given during practice, extra credit points and meet participation points (2 per meet) factored in. Please review and let us know of any corrections we need to make. Also, if we see a child has not been to practice or meet in the past week we will contact you unless we are aware of extenuating circumstances. Don’t forget too; the kids earn extra credit if they run on the weekend and you submit the extra credit form: http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Review of Meets & Practices the Week of September 23

The PMS cross country team opened up their 2013 seaon, the same way they closed last year with some impressive performances. This is the eighth year for this program sponsored by the Piedmont Recreation Department and the 2012 team was not only the largest in terms of participants, 110, but also captured the most league championship titles of any school with three team championships. This year's team is equal in size, and based on the first two meets of the season could be a contender in several categories. On September 23, the team ventured to Golden Gate Field in Albany for their first meet of the season with 60 runners in 6th, 7th & 8th grades. The highlight of the meet was the girls 7&8th grade race of 2000 meters as the 2012 league individual winner from Albany Middle faced off with 7th grader Erin Hong from Piedmont. The first 3 girls finished within 2 seconds of each other. 7th grader Erin Hong was just behind the leader from Albany and her time of 6:49.6 is a new school record for GGF. In fact she is the first Piedmont girl, 7 or 8th grader to break the 7 minute barrier at this course. Our next placer was Margo Donahue in 6th place (this was her first cross country race), and a time of 7:12.6 and following her was Elie Cole in 8thplace with a time of 7: 20.9. In the 7&8th grade boys race, our first finisher in 6th place was 7th grader Lorand Cheng in a time of 6:45.2. This broke the 7th grade boys PMS record for GGF. Finally, in the 6th grade girls race, Piedmont placed one runner in the top 10 with Maggie Black placing 5th in a time of 6:44 for the 1 mile distance.
On Thursday, September 26, Piedmont hosted its annual "home" meet at Temescal Park in Oakland. This was the largest meet in league history with 545 runners from 20 schools with the biggest contingent from Piedmont with 90 runners. In the first race of the day, 6th grade girls, Piedmont had the first 5 finishers in the race and placed 6 runners in the top 10. In cross country a perfect score is “15” and if the meet had been scored that’s what we would have achieved. Josie Gross-Whitaker led the way in a new Piedmont 6th grade girl’s course record of 7:26.5. The old record of 7:29, dates to 2006, the first year of the program. In 2ndplace was Fiona Hunter in 7:34.7, 3rd place was Maggie Black in 7:38.4, followed by Maria Del Rosario-Chan in 7:42.6 , and 5th place was Jihae Oh in the same time as Maria. Our 6th runner in the top 10 was 9th place Zazie Huml in 8:07.2. In the 6th grade boys race, we had a total of 16 boys take part. In an exciting race down to the wire, Josh Berg from Piedmont finished in 2nd place with a time of 7:13.5, only 5 seconds behind the first place runner. Our other top ten finisher was Max Podell in a time of 7:37.1 fro 10th place. The 7&8th grade race saw another outstanding performance with six Piedmont girls in the top 10. The first place finisher overall was Erin Hong with another school course record in a time of 7:21.1. Coming in 4th place overall in her first cross country race was Clarissa Lam with a time of 7:34.1 and right behind her in 5th place was Margo Donahue 7:35.3. 7th place overall was Ellie Coleman in 7:56.1, and following her in 9th place was Isa Harrison 8:05.5 and Georgie Pease with a 10th place finish and 8:05.9. The last race was 7&8th grade boys and Piedmont had a solid showing our first finisher overall was in 11th place for Vincent Titterton and a time of 7:33.6 , followed in 12thplace Andrew Stoddard in 7:33.7. Then Piedmont runners finished 14ththrough 16th places, respectively it was Aidan Dixon in 7:35.1, Toby Fischer in 7:35.3, and Ryan Fitzgerald in 7:36.2.

Uniforms

At this point every child should have both a racing singlet (like a tank top) and a t-shirt. Running shorts were also given out. Please note the racing singlets are to be returned at the end of the season, you can keep the shorts and t-shirt. Also, some children because they forgot their singlet were given a 2ndone. Please we need any extra singlets returned ASAP.

Save the Date - Fenton’s Party on October 23 & 30

Save the date, 6th graders on 10/23 & 7&8th graders on 10/30. It will be from 2:30 to 3:30. We will run there from the track and parents are asked to pick up their child at Fenton’s when it is over. The backpacks will be transported by one of the parents. The kids will submit their order in advance via a survey form that will be available next bulletin, the cost is around $10 to $15 tax and tip included.



WEEKLY BULLETIN #5 (For the Week of September 23) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:
The competitive portion of our season kicks off this week on Monday. The kids have been working very hard and are excited about running in the meets. Some race day nerves are to be expected. The important thing and I will remind the kids of this, is to relax and run your race, try your best and finish with a smile on your face. More details about the meet follow and I hope to see quite a few parents there to cheer the kids on. I have tried to emphasize that running in a race is a learning process and you come away having gained some knowledge and insight about yourself. I and the other coaches will be there to support and encourage them. Competing in any race is an accomplishment that they can take pride in and knowing that they tried their best.

Today’s shower/rain reminds me to mention that practices and meets are held rain or shine. One year the championship meet was held in a deluge and several parents assumed no meet and didn’t show up.

Running goes on despite the elements. Any questions, let me know.
Len Goldman
510-339-2430 (h), 510-304-9533 (cell)

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

-Information about carpooling to the meets

- Team bus for September 30th meet

- Team Snap

-Attendance

Information About Driving to the Meets & Snack Providers

On meet days, car pool drivers are to meet the kids in the parking lot of the Piedmont Community Hall at 711 Highland Ave. Please be there by 3:00 p.m., a representative of the Rec Dept. will check you in.

If the parking lot is full, park on the adjacent street. Also, kids are not assigned to cars and drivers in advance; as children arrive they are put into cars. Of course you will want your child to ride with you if you are driving. On occasion you may have to give a 7or 8thgrader a ride. Attached are directions to the meets on 9/23 & 9/26. I will have my cell phone on in case you need to contact me, 510-304-9533.

The meets start at 4:15 p.m., 6th graders race first, so it is important for the drivers to leave as soon as your car has been loaded with kids. Attached are the directions to the meets this week. Our website also has maps for each meet location: http://www.pmscc.com/directions-to-meets

I will be at the meet site, waiting for the team. My cell number is included, 510-304-9533. The kids can either change into theirrunning attire at the meet or wear it under their regular clothing, changing into it prior to their last period. I suggest the kids dress in layers. Look for our team “feather banner” as the rally point where to meet. Don’t forget too to bring your running shoes, a water bottle, and a snack for before the meet.

Please note, on most meet days practice will also be offered. However, I expect any child scheduled to run in a meet will do so. The meets are an important part of the cross country season and learning process. On Monday, practice will be offered but on Thursday, 9/26, no practice will be available.

To give you some idea of the meet timeline for Monday:

- 4:15 to 4:30 -- 6th grade boys race

- 4:30 to 4:45 -- 6th grade girls race

- 4:45 to 5:00 -- 7th & 8th grade boys race

- 5:00 to 5:15 -- 7th & 8th grade girls race

On Thursdays, the girls run first, so just switch the time around for the genders. Once 6th graders are done with their race, they are free to leave, or they can stay and cheer on their teammates. Note, I suggest giving your child a "light" snack to take with them so they can have something to eat prior to the race that will not upset their stomach, but provide some energy. See below for more details.

If you are a snack provider, you have several choices on getting the snacks to the meets. You can bring them at 3:00 p.m. to the car pool area and drop them off, or you can contact a parent who is driving and get them to that parent, or you can leave them with Coach Christine Chapon, who lives at 1207 Oakland Ave., in Piedmont. Her phone number is 510-325-3261.

Finally, I may call upon parents to help at the meets with the kids. We don’t want them running around unsupervised and being mischievous, sometimes it takes more people than just the coaches to help keep the kids focused on the meet and behaving.

Bus for the meet on September 30th

The Recreation Department has rented a bus to take the kids to the meet on September 30th at the Moraga Country Club. Every child attending this meet is expected to ride the bus to Moraga. We still need 1 or 2 parents previously scheduled to drive to be at the Piedmont Community Hall at 3:00 p.m.asback-up. We also need a parent volunteer to be a monitor on the bus, there will also be a coach present. Let me know if you want to volunteer.

Team Snap

Thank you for completing the information in Team Snap, however we are still missing a few sign-ups for meet participation. Also, if you need to change anything on“availability” just go into Team Snap to do this.

For driving sign-up the link is:

Note, if you sign-up to drive to a meet, you should automatically get a reminder 48 hours before the date of the event.

Attendance and Extra Credit

A point of clarification about the team guideline that every runner must attend one practice a week. Participating in a meet counts in meeting this requirement, so if your child runs in one meet a week that is sufficient and the requirement is fulfilled. Plus meets are worth 2 points, regular practice counts as 1 point. Don’t forget too; the kids earn extra credit if they run for either 15 or 30 minutes on the weekend and you submit the extra credit form. http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Also, I understand progress reports for school just went out. Academics of course come before sports, please keep me posted if your child may be attending practice less frequently to work on their studies.

Schedule for The Week of September 23

Monday – Cross Country Meet at Golden Gate Fields Racetrack

Tuesday –Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday– Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday– Cross Country Meet at Temescal Park in Oakland

Review of Practice the Week of September 16

It was a busy week with pizza parties, team parent meeting, uniform distribution and every kid getting a coupon for a free small Icee at Mulberry’s. First, thank you to the parents who came to the team meeting on Monday; I hope you found it informative. I believe everything we discussed is contained in this e-mail.

One thing I mentioned is that the designation of who on the team is a varsity runner vs. Junior Varsity will not be made until around the 3rd week in October. It is only for the championship meet that this is relevant, during the regular season meets it does not apply.

Second, my thanks to Cybelle’s in Montclair for giving us a discounted rate on the pizzas, I encourage you to patronage our other sponsors, Whole Foods, Mulberry’s, Clif Bar and GU Energy.

Third, regarding the uniforms we will continue to distribute them, my understand is that the Recreation Department will be at the car pool on Monday and Thursday with uniforms for any child who didn’t get them, both shorts and a singlet are available. We would like the singlets returned at the end of the season. Also, I will continue to hand out the Icee coupons, one per child, until every team member has received one.

Briefly, at practice this week, we started to emphasize more running stairs and hills, since many courses will be hilly. To practice this we run the wood ramp and play a game, “Run for the Money.” Hills also build leg strength. Some more short, up tempo track workouts were also competed during the week, plus our usual endurance runs.

Nutrition Checklist for Cross Country

by Coach Frank Pucher

The Cross Country Season is almost here! So before it begins, let's talk about Race Day Nutrition.

Morning Races
For morning races, always eat something 2-3 hours before race time. Some toast or a bagel with some peanut butter is an excellent race day breakfast. A ClifBar / PowerBar is another good choice. Be sure to drink 8-10oz of water with breakfast. Avoid fruit with skin (apples, plums etc.) before races unless you've tried them before other races as they may cause stomach discomfort if not digested in time.

Afternoon Races
Afternoon races pose a different strategy. Beginning in the morning eat a typical day's breakfast (whatever that may be). Assuming lunch in school around 12pm, try to eat an easily digested meal - perhaps a chicken/turkey sandwich with a Banana. Drink 8-10oz of water with lunch. Assuming a 4pm Race Start consume 1/2 of a ClifBar / PowerBar with another 8-10oz of water about 1- 1 ½ hrs before the race if you're still feeling hungry.

An accepted principle is that you can consume 100 calories for each hour before your event.

After the Race
After you finish your race and have properly warmed down, you should eat something within 1 hour to help spark the rebuilding and recovery process. Yogurt, fruit, or a sandwich with some more water are the best choices. The worst choices you can make after a race are cookies, crackers, chips and cokes.

Your body wants to rebuild and recover; bad food choices will simply delay the process. An athlete who eats properly "post race" has an advantage over their teammates and competitors almost immediately. If you've ever felt really bad the day after a race, take a good look at what you ate right after!

In Summary
There is no "magic formula" for eating that will lead to excellent performances. However, there are plenty of things you can do to SABATOGE all of your hard work and miles run. Follow the suggestions listed and you'll be on your way to a safe and successful season.

6th Grade Meet Schedule

Date

Host

Location

9/23/2013

Albany

Golden Gate Fields - Albany

9/26/2013

PMS

Lake Temescal

9/30/2013

JM

Moraga Country Club

10/3/2013

Prospect Sierra

Cerrito Vista Park

10/7/2013

Orinda Intermediate

Orinda

10/16/2013

Bancroft

San Leandro

10/22/2013

Head Royce

Joaquin Miller Park

10/24/2013

MLK

MLK, Berkeley

10/28/2013

JV Championships

MLK, Berkeley

11/4 or 11/6

6th Grade Championships

El Cerrito or Castro Valley


WEEKLY BULLETIN #4 (For the Week of September 16) 

Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

Introduction

The cross country program is entering its fourth week, by now the kids have hopefully got into the routine of school and the cross country practice schedule. I wanted to mention that at this age, many children are going through “growing pains”. Due to the fact many of the kids on the team play other sports, at the start of a season their bodies have not yet adapted to the increase in exercise activity. We try to deal with each situation at practice and usually advise a child to sit out practice or to stretch if they complain of soreness. If we feel it is something more involved Coach Christine will contact you. In some cases, a visit to a medical professional may be necessary if the pain persists or gets worse.

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

- Parent Meeting after Practice-Monday, September 16, 5:00 p.m. at Witter Field

- Sign-up for Meets (Team Snap & Car Pool Sign-Up)

- Last week to join team

- Uniform Distribution

-Schedule this Week

Parent Meeting & Pizza Party for Kids

Parent meeting with all 6, 7, & 8th grade parents of team members for Monday, September 16th. It will start at 5:00 p.m. and should end by 5:45. The purpose is to talk briefly about the program, the meets, driving, and most important answer questions. Your kids can attend too if you would like. Meet in the bleachers at Witter Field. The meeting is not mandatory, but if you could attend that would be appreciated.

Also, Monday will be our annual team pizza party. It will take place at the end of practice, 4:45. I understand not every team member can be there. We will probably have a “make-up”pizza party on Thursday for the kids who couldn’t be there on Monday.

Team Snap & Driver Sign Up

Team Snap will be used to manage many aspects of the team. As your child, registers for cross country you will be getting an invite e-mail to join the cross country team for Team Snap. You must accept the invite for all this to work.

Once you have accepted the invite, we ask that you complete the “Availability” section, letting us know what meets your child can run in. Every child must run in three regular season meets and a championship meet. They don’t have to run in every meet, 3 at the minimum and 6 as the maximum regular season meets.

If you have any problems using Team Snap let me know. Also, thanks to 7th grade parent, Steve Curtis, here is a link to a article he wrote about using calendar subscriptions and Team Snap to help manage your child’s activities.

http://reallyhelpfultips.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/calendarsubscriptions/

“Sign Up Genuis” is being used to manage car pooling to the meets. We rely on parent drivers to volunteer to do this. For some meets, I don’t know which ones yet, a bus will be provided to take the kids there and back, so we will only need a few drivers to handle any overflow. Once we know which meets buses will be used for, we will let you know. If you can drive to any of the meets on our schedule and haven’t signed up yet, please do so. The link is:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4DABAA2A1-carpool

Directions to the meets on 9/23 & 9/26 will be included in next week’s bulletin.

If you are a snack provider for a meet, it is your responsibility to get the snack to someone going to the meet, like one of the drivers. You could also drop it off the day of the meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Community Hall parking lot.

Schedule of Meets

Below is our schedule of meets, subject to change. Recently a regular season meet has been added on Thursday, October 24 at MLK School in Berkeley. Please use Team Snap to sign up for meets.

One item of note there is a meet at Cerrito Vista Park in El Cerrito on Thursday, October 3. This meet is for 6th graders only unless a 7th or 8th grader needs this meet in order to fulfill the requirement of running in three regular season meets. If your child needs to run in this meet, please complete this survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y7QZ3LC

Last Week to Sign-Up for Cross Country

This is the last week for signing up for cross country, several kids are continuing to come to practice and according to the information provided by the Recreation Dept. they have not submitted a registration form and payment. I will contact you under separate cover. Myself and the coaches are at risk if we allow children to continue to practice without the proper paperwork. The trial period is over. Thank you for your understanding on this item.

Uniform Distribution

The kids will be getting several items of apparel in the coming weeks. First, every child will receive a cotton t-shirt with the team name and a logo on it. This item is for them to keep. They can wear it to practices or meets. Second, every child will get a singlet (like a sleeveless t-shirt) made of lightweight material. This is to be worn in meets and returned at the end of the season. We will do our best to try and fit your child with the proper size. These items should be distributed starting next week and we will continue to distribute them until every child has received one.

Schedule for The Week of September 16

Monday –Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m

Tuesday –Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday– Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday– Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

The kids should bring a water bottle and a snack to eat before practice, your cooperation in doing this would be appreciated. Remember, practices and meets take place rain or shine.

Review of Practice the Week of September 9

The kids continued to work on their overall conditioning and our endurance runs into the neighborhood near the track were about 1.5 miles each day. Some specific work on running hills was included and this will be a point of emphasis in the weeks ahead. We often have the kids run the wood ramp above the track as this surface is softer than running on asphalt or concrete. In addition, an 800 meter time trial was run by many of the kids so we could start to introduce the racing element into our practices and get an idea of the ability level of the kids in general. This was done on the track in order to better control and track the kids. A variety of different training aids our used in our practices, including speed ladders, hurdles, cones, bean bags, and even beach balls. Some of these items are just for fun, but most have a specific purpose we are trying to accomplish, plus adding an element of skill development with the aid of equipment. Two new coaches joined us this week, Ray Stewart and Nate Van Nortwick.

Tentative Date for Fenton’s Party

The tentative date for the 7&thth grade party at Fenton’s is Wednesday, October 30thfrom 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. As you know every Wednesday the kid’s get out at 1:48 p.m. If there is anything scheduled for school that day that might conflict, please let me know.

Schedule of Meets

Date

Host

Location

9/23/2013

Albany

Golden Gate Fields - Albany

9/26/2013

PMS

Lake Temescal

9/30/2013

JM

Moraga Country Club

10/7/2013

Orinda Intermediate

Orinda

10/16/2013

Bancroft

San Leandro

10/22/2013

Head Royce

Joaquin Miller Park

10/24/2013

MLK

MLK, Berkeley


WEEKLY BULLETIN #3 (For the Week of September 9) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

Introduction

I understand that both middle school and cross country are new for you and your child, a lot of information to absorb. I am confident that it will all come together, that’s why these weekly e-bulletins are important in the communication process.

One key thing is that the Team Snap invites are only being sent to the parents of those kids who according to the Recreation Dept. records have enrolled and paid for their child to be in the program. I am attaching the reg form. If you haven’t received a Team Snap invite and think you should have, let me know. If your child has not yet signed up and they want to do cross country, please enroll the.

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

-Schedule for the upcoming week

-Parent Meeting After Practice-Monday, September 16

-Meet Schedule

-Team Snap & Car Pool Sign-Up

Below are details about these items and others.

Schedule for The Week of September 9

Monday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m

Tuesday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday – Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Some kids are coming to practice hungry, especially on Wednesdays. Please pack them a snack, they have time to eat something before practice. They need something to take the edge off and provide enough energy for practice. Fresh fruit is good, a whole wheat bagel, yogurt, dried fruit, even an energy bar but read the label for contents, these are just a few examples of what they can eat. Of course they need water to wash it down, or a sports drink is okay too.

Parent Meeting

I would scheduled a parent meeting with all 6, 7, & 8th grade parents of team members for Monday, September 16th. It will start at 5:00 p.m. and should end by 5:45. The purpose is to talk briefly about the program, the meets, driving, and most important answer questions. Your kids can attend too if you would like. Meet in the bleachers at Witter Field.

The meeting is not mandatory, but if you could can attend that would be appreciated.

Team Snap & Driver Sign Up

Team Snap will be used to manage many aspects of the team. As your child, registers for cross country you will be getting an invite e-mail to join the cross country team for Team Snap. You must accept the invite for all this to work. 

Once you have accepted the invite, we ask that you complete the “Availability” section, letting us know what meets your child can run in. Every child must run in three regular season meets and a championship meet. They don’t have to run in every meet, 3 at the minimum and 6 as the maximum regular season meets.

If you have any problems using Team Snap let me know.

“Sign Up Genuis” is being used to manage car pooling to the meets. We rely on parent drivers to volunteer to do this. For some meets, I don’t know which ones yet, a bus will be provided to take the kids there and back, so we will only need a few drivers to handle any overflow. Once we know which meets buses will be used for, we will let you know. If you can drive to any of the meets on our schedule and haven’t signed up yet, please do so. The link is:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4DA5AB23A5FD0-driver/11094958

Review of Practice the Week of September 2

Our second week of practice was pretty similar to the activities we did the first week. A few new things were added, one was “Run for the Money.” All the kids will be able to experience this fun running game in the weeks ahead. Basic conditioning is still the emphasis with hills, speed, and tempo type runs yet to come. The endurance runs into the surrounding neighborhoods are meant to get the kids use to the distance they will run in the cross country races. The total distance of these runs each day is around 1.5 miles, slightly longer than what they will run in the races. Please note, some 6th graders have already or will soon be running the “PE Mile” during PE class. I understand this and the PE teachers know about the cross country program. On the days of the meet, and if your child is scheduled to run the mile that day, they should tell the teacher that they have a cross country meet that day and they will be jogging the mile, not racing it at 100% effort. They should "save" their energy for the cross country race is my recommendation. My understanding is that as long as the child runs the PE mile in 10 minutes or under, the PE teachers are okay with it. So the kids still have to run the PE mile but they can take it easy on the days they will be racing, just let the teacher know. Any questions or concerns about this, let me know.

Schedule of Meets

At the end of this message is a revised schedule. A regular season meet has been added on Thursday, October 24 at MLK School in Berkeley is the only change. If your child wants to run in that meet, use Team Snap to sign them up. There is always the possibility of other changes. Note, meets are held rain or shine. Every child must run in three regular season meets and the championship meet.

Also, on meet days, except for Sept. 26th, practice will also be offered. However, this is not an excuse to skip a meet and is an option for those team members who perhaps have already run in 3 meets or their schedule that day does not allow them to run in a meet.

Team Parents

We need one or two more team parent volunteers to help coordinating drivers and snack providers for the meets. It should take just an hour or so per week. If interested, let me know.

Also, we plan on having a parent meeting for all parents in a few weeks so myself and members of the coaching staff can meet you and we can brief you on the season and answer questions.

Currently, Midori Lambert is our only 6th grade team parent.

Recruiting

This coming week will be the last week for kids to check out the team and see what we do. So, if your kids have any friends, invite them to practice.

Wellness Run

Since its inception three years ago the cross country team has supported the "PUSD Wellness Center Fall Fest 5K." This year it will be onSeptember 28. During one of our upcoming practices, the team will be distributed the notification flyer to the residences along the course as part of our community service. To sign up for this run, the link is:

www.piedmontfallfest5k.org

Thanks for making it all the way to the end! Any questions on the above items, let me know. Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Coach Len

Date

Host

Location

9/23/2013

Albany

Golden Gate Fields - Albany

9/26/2013

PMS

Lake Temescal

9/30/2013

JM

Moraga Country Club

10/3/2013

Prospect Sierra

Cerrito Vista Park

10/7/2013

Orinda Intermediate

Orinda

10/16/2013

Bancroft

San Leandro

10/22/2013

Head Royce

Joaquin Miller Park

10/24/2013

MLK

MLK, Berkeley

10/28/2013

JV Championships

MLK, Berkeley

11/4 or 11/6

6th Grade Championships

El Cerrito or Castro Valley

Q&A Regarding Meets and Car Pooling

Q. How far do the kids run in the meets?

A. The 6th graders run approximately one mile. Please note that the distances are not exact and that the courses are usually run on a dirt path, grassy field, an asphalt road, or some combination of the above. Most courses will have some hills. At Golden Gate Fields race track, the kids get to run on the grass in-field, its a very neat place to run.

Q. What type of clothing should my child wear to the meets?

A. Each child will receive a cross country t-shirt as a memento of the season and they get to keep it. They can wear it to practices and if they prefer to meets also. In addition, my understanding is that every child will receive a cross country "singlet" to wear in the meets, however it has to be returned at the end of the season, as we re-use them from one season to the next. Also of course, they should wear running shoes and socks, and shorts. They may want to wear “sweats” over this clothing while warming up and after they have run.

Q. What other schools will be running in the meets ?

A. PMS is an a league with other public and private schools located in the East Bay. Traditionally, Albany and Martin Luther King have fielded the strongest squads. Orinda is also in our league, along with Prospect-Sierra, Willard, St. Paul's, Hillcrest, Redwood Day, Benicia to name some of the other schools

Q. How does the scoring work in a meet?

A. In cross country, low team score wins and you need at least five runners of each gender to score as a team. A perfect score is finishing in the first five places, 1st through 5th place. In my experience, the runners who finish in 4th and 5th places for a team are the most critical from a scoring standpoint. So that is why we ask that as many kids as possible run in our races, you just never know who might tip the balance in your favor. Also, the 6th grade boys and girls respectively are scored separately, while the 7th and 8th grade boys and girls respectively are combined for scoring purposes.

Note, regular season meets are not scored, just the league championship meets. However in every meet, results showing the time and placing for each child will be published.

Q. Should my child eat something before a meet?

A. Be sure your child has a healthy breakfast and lunch, and pack an extra snack for them to eat that afternoon, so they have sufficient energy. The snack can be fruit or some other healthy food item that agrees with them. It should be eaten about 90 to 60 minutes before their race. Of course they should hydrate throughout the day.

Q. How do kids get to the meets?

A. Parents are the key to supporting the team and encouraging each child. We rely on parent volunteers to drive team members to each meet. We understand not every parent will be in position to drive to the meets during the season. However you can still help out by providing a healthy snack for the meets.

Q. Where do the kids meet the drivers for the meet?

A. Immediately after the last bell, the kids are to walk up Magnolia Ave., to the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Avenue. It is the building that is part of Piedmont Park. The parent drivers are to park in the diagonal parking area in front of the Hall and should be there by 3:05 p.m. A representative from the Rec Department will check off the kids as they arrive and help put the kids into the cars. Our objective is to leave for the meets by 3:20 p.m.

Q. How do the kids get home from meets?

A. The parents who drive to the meets will also bring the kids back to Piedmont unless the parent of a child comes to watch the meet and picks their child up. We ask that the carpool parents who drive any child back to Piedmont drop them at the child's home. If you meet your child at the meet and then take them home, please let one of the coaches know when your child is leaving the meet and who the driver is.

Q. How long are the meets and what time should I be there to pick up my child?

A. The meets start at 4:15 p.m. and the 6th graders usually run first. The 7th and 8th graders run next, usually separate races for the boys and girls. The meets are usually over by 5:30 p.m., so if you are picking your child up, you need to be there before 5:30 p.m. You can pick your child up earlier if they are a 6th grader. So door-to-door from the time the last bell rings to when your child will be back home will be about 2 hours for 6th graders (if they leave after their race) and 2 1/2 hours for 7&8th graders.

Q. How do I know the location of the meets?

A. The e-bulletin prior to each meet will have the address and detailed directions from Piedmont to the meet site. The directions will include my cell number in case you need to call me. For the car pool drivers, a hard copy of the directions will be available at the pick-up location. In addition, the team web site has a page with the site location and map:

http://www.pmscc.com/directions-to-meets

Q. For the parents providing the snacks, what kind of snacks, for how many kids and how do we deliver the snacks?

A. The snack should be enough for 8-10 kids. Of course we want a healthy snack, and over the years it has been things like fresh fruit, fruit rolls, rice crispy bars, healthy other types of bars (Odwalla bars), etc. You can either have your child bring it with them to school that day, although it might be a bit bulky, or you can drop it off to David in the Rec Dept. David would bring it to the car pool area and give it to one of the 6th grade drivers to bring to the meet. Another option might be to deliver the snack to one of the drivers.

The kids eat the snack after they run. Obviously if a child needs an energy boost before they run, we would give them the snack before hand, but usually the kids get it afterwards when the digestion may be a bit easier.



WEEKLY BULLETIN #2 (For the Week of September 2) 
Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

Introduction

Our first week of practice went well, it was great to see so many kids. I would like to congratulate again the returning students for coming back and thank the parents for their support. While many 6, 7&8th graders have signed up for the program, any child is welcome to try out a practice, no obligation to see if this is something they might like to do. They are welcome to come any day the week of 9/2 (but not Labor Day) or 9/9, we meet every day but Friday, right after school at Witter Field.

I know many of you may have questions about the program, meets, etc. Much of it will be the same as last year, but I realize a refresher may be in order. I will try to address many of your questions in these weekly e-mails without making them too long. A good resource is the “Frequently Asked Questions” page on our website:

http://www.pmscc.com/faq

Key points in this week’s bulletin are:

-Upcoming week schedule

-Schedule of meets (At end of e-mail)

-Team Snap (Team members need to accept the invite, sent under separate cover)

-Runner Reward Program and earn extra credit over the 3 day weekend

Schedule for The Week of September 2

Monday – No practice due to school holiday, run on your own for 20 minutes and earn 1 extra credit point

Tuesday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday –Practice from 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday – Practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

We expect kids to be in the bleachers by the above start times, please remind them to make every effort to be on time.

A couple of things we wanted to mention. First, please pack a healthy snack for your child to eat especially on the early release day. Many kids come to practice for whatever reason kind of hungry. The snack we provide is for the end of practice. If your child has any allergies let us know.

Also, it is hot this time of year; they should bring a water bottle. We always have water, but it’s more effective hydration if they bring their own bottle. Third, for sun protection we recommend a hat be worn. Sunscreen should also be applied and we provide that at every practice.

Finally, I was pleased to see all the new running shoes the kids had on. We had a few who wore non-running shoes. If your child needs shoes, I recommend going to a specialty running stores, so your child can be fitted by someone knowledgeable. Transports on College Ave. does offer a 10% discount on non-sales shoes if you mention PMS.

Organization structure

As the team has grown over the years, the need to have grade level head coaches has become apparent. This year, Christine Chapon will be the head coach for the 7&8thth grade team. She will be responsible for leading the 7&8th graders during their day to day practices. Christine will report to me and I will be the overall coordinator for cross country team.

Christine has been part of the PMS coaching staff for the past four years, and has also assisted with the PMS track and field team and the Piedmont high track team. Last year she was the 6th grade head cross country coach. She is a Piedmont resident and her son Jules will be a senior this year and runs on the cross country team at PHS. I have known Christine since she moved to the Bay Area in 2000 and we have worked together on many running related projects over the years.

If you have any questions about your child, feel free to e-mail her at: cchapon1305@gmail.com

Also, this year, Minori Tsuge will be the head coach for the 6th grade team. She will be responsible for leading the 6th graders during their day to day practices. Minori has been coaching in our program since 2010. She is an avid runner and also coach’s adult runners. She recently completed the USATF Level 2 coaching certification and also has RRCA coaching certification. If you have any questions about your child, feel free to e-mail her at:

mints321@aol.com

Schedule of Meets

The tentative schedule of meets is listed at the end of this e-mail. There may be some changes but we will give you adequate notice. I will have more to say about the schedule in the next e-mail. PMS hosts a meet at Temescal Park on Thursday, September 26th. Parent volunteers for the meet are needed, if you can lend a hand, respond to this message.

We will be utilizing Team Snap as a scheduling tool. You will be receiving an invite to join and it is required that you sign up. This will make it easier on all parties involved when it comes to meet planning.

Note, our schedule of meets and practices is also posted and updated on Google Calendar: http://www.pmscc.com/calendar

Every child must run in three regular season meets and a championship meet. They don’t have to run in every meet, 3 to 6 regular season meets are sufficient and a championship.

Team Snap

This tool will be used to manage many of the aspects of the team. As your child, signs-up for the program you will be getting an invite e-mail to join the cross country team for Team Snap. You must accept the invite for all this to work. In a few days, we will start sending out a separate Team Snap e-mail about indicating what meets your child can run in and if you can drive or provide a snack.

On Team Snap, under the “Roster” tab, it indicates those team members who have completed a registration form to date. Quite a few more kids will join in the next week or two, last year the 6thgrade team was 60+ members strong.

Runner Reward Program and Earning Extra Credit

Since the cross country program was founded, we have had a program for rewarding team members for coming to practice, running in meets, extra credit for a running on the weekend. Attached is a document explaining the program. I would appreciate it if you could review it with your child. This year we have a special team gift for every team member, a logo embossed "sling bag."

We give extra credit if the kids run on their own, or with a parent on the weekend. We only accept one extra credit form per week, except this week if they run on Labor Day it’s okay. To report extra credit mileage, go to this link:

http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Click on "Extra Credit Form," complete the form and press the "submit" button.

Note, some children asked if they could run for longer than 20 minutes. I would suggest a maximum of 30 minutes. They do not receive any more points for runner longer than the recommended time.

Communications

As mentioned, there will be a weekly bulletin and it will be the primary vehicle for providing information to you. Please read it in its entirely and share it with your child. In addition we have a team website: www.pmscc.com

If at any time you have any questions or want to discuss things, feel free to either e-mail or call:

lgoldman@pacbell.net

510-339-2430 (home)

510-304-9533 (cell)

Review of Practice the Week of August 26

It was great to see so many 7&8th graders at practice. While we have a lot of returning veterans, we also have quite a few kids who are new to the cross country team. The 7&8th graders practiced as a unit this past week, I think this helps to establish both a feeling for being a team and fosters camaraderie. It was warm the entire week, that is to be expected this time of year, and there may be even warmer days ahead. We practice rain or shine; obviously if it is really hot we may adjust the workout and take even more water breaks. The next couple of weeks we are working on general conditioning, not focusing on any specific aspect of running. The endurance runs of 1 to 2 miles at each practice are at the core of what we are currently doing. In addition, we worked with jump ropes, speed ladders and hurdles. Form drills and dynamic warm-up are also being emphasized. We did some speed work on the track, but it is not a point of emphasis yet.

I understand some kids may be experiencing more muscle soreness, aches and pains, than usual. This is normal in most cases because the children are not yet used to running as much as we did this past week. It takes time for the body to adapt to the change and increase in activity. Usually the soreness goes away with a day or two of rest. If however, the pain persists, it could be something more. Please contact me or Christine and let us know. In some cases more rest may be required.

Whole Foods-Oakland generously donated bananas and we had them for our end of practice snack on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, at the other practices the kids were offered a choice of Z-Bars, fruit stick from Clif Bar, GU gels and chomps all of which are donated to our program.

Questionnaire

To assist us in getting to know more about your child, I am asking you to complete a brief on-line questionnaire. It will take about 5 minutes. I am also asking that your child tell me what goals they have relative to being on the cross country team. It is the last item on the questionnaire and there is a menu of items to choose from or they can submit their own goal. Extra credit will be give for those team members who turn it in by Sept. 9.

To complete it, just go to this link:

http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Click on "Runner Questionnaire & Goals" and complete the form and click on the submit button. If you have any problems doing this, please let me know. We discussed at our first practice what are goals and why they are important.

Team Parents

We need one or two more team parent volunteers to help coordinating drivers and snack providers for the meets. It should take just an hour or so per week. If interested, let me know.

Also, we plan on having a parent meeting for all parents in a few weeks so myself and members of the coaching staff can meet you and we can brief you on the season and answer questions.

Recruiting

We are still in the process of building our team and we welcome any boy or girl who wants to be part of the team. Any student can try a few practices before deciding if they want to sign up. So please have your child tell their friends and ask them to join them at one of our practices.

Wellness Run

Since its inception three years ago the cross country team has supported the "PUSD Wellness Center Fall Fest 5K." This year it will be on September 28. During one of our upcoming practices, the team will be distributed the notification flyer to the residences along the course as part of our community service. To sign up for this run, the link is:

www.piedmontfallfest5k.org

Any questions on the above items, let me know. Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Coach Len

Date

Host

Location

9/23/2013

Albany

Golden Gate Fields - Albany

9/26/2013

PMS

Lake Temescal

9/30/2013

JM

Moraga Country Club

10/3/2013

Prospect Sierra*

Cerrito Vista Park

10/7/2013

Orinda

Orinda

10/16/2013

Bancroft

San Leandro

10/22/2013

Head Royce

Joaquin Miller Park

10/28/2013

JV Championships

MLK

11/7/2013

7&8th Grade Championships

Kennedy Grove

* 6th Graders only, unless you need this to make 3 regular season meets



WEEKLY BULLETIN #1

Dear 2013 PMS Cross Country Parents:

Welcome

Thank you for signing up your child for the cross country team or perhaps considering signing them up. Please read this entire message and share it with you child, it contains important information. I would like to welcome back the veteran runners who are returning There will be changes to the program, like there are every year, but I think they are positive ones. The entire coaching staff is looking forward to the upcoming season. We understand that the start a new school year can be busy period, but we hope that cross country can provide a healthy and fun outlet for your child. While practice is available 4 days a week, you decide what days your child would like to attend. The minimum requirement is one day a week, and because rest days are also important the maximum should be three days a week of practice, plus possibly running for extra credit on one day of the weekend.

Our first practice is Monday, August 26th, meet at the track right after school. We will have a sign-in table set-up on the walkway. I need a couple of parent volunteers to staff it from 3:00 to 3:45, contact me if you can help.

The first couple of weeks if your child has any friends who like to run, they are welcome to try a practice or two with no obligation and see what we do. I am attaching the reg form and you can drop it off at practice this coming week, mail it or sign up on-line.

Schedule of Meets

The league schedule of meets will be determined next week and will be provided you next weekend. For the first time, we will be competing both with schools within our league and schools in other leagues. The good news is that the meets with schools outside our league will be relatively close by, Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland and Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. As a result, we anticipate doing fewer meets with schools along the I-80 corridor in Berkeley and El Cerrito.

PMS hosts a meet at Temescal Park on Thursday, September 26th. Parent volunteers for the meet will be needed, if you can lend a hand, respond to this message.

We will be utilizing Team Snap as a scheduling tool. You will be receiving an invite to join and it is required that you sign up. This will make it easier on all parties involved when it comes to meet planning.

Communications

There will be a weekly bulletin and it will be the primary vehicle for providing information to you. Please read it in its entirely and share it with your child. In addition we have a team website: www.pmscc.com

The "Frequently Asked Questions" tab has answers to many of your questions. I suggest you please review it.

If at any time you have any questions or want to discuss things, feel free to either e-mail or call:

lgoldman@pacbell.net

510-339-2430 (home)

510-304-9533 (cell)

Schedule for the Week of August 26

Meet at the track, on Monday there will be a sign-in table set-up on the walk way. Every child must sign in and wear a name badge.

Monday and Tuesday, we practice from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Every Wednesday, the kids get out at 1:48 p.m. and on that day practice is from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday is a minimum day and the kids are excused at 12:45. Practice is from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. It is also Bonanza Day for the 6th graders and I understand if they opt to attend that instead of practice. We meet at Witter Field. Parents are welcome to attend our practices to see what we do. Note, our schedule is also posted and updated on Google Calendar: http://www.pmscc.com/calendar

One practice a week, running in 3 regular season meets plus the league finals are required of every team member. We recommend that a child not run in more than 6 regular season meets, training and rest are important too.

Monday - 3:15 to 4:45

Tuesday - 3:15 to 4:45

Wednesday - 2:00 to 3:30

Thursday - 1:00 to 2:30

We met at Witter Field in the bleachers.

Practice Items

Please note, your child should bring a water bottle to practice. There are only two drinking fountains at the track, but the kids need to hydrate whether the weather is hot or cool and we do take breaks for this purpose. In addition, every child needs to run in running shoes, not court shoes or all purpose shoes. Most of our running will be on the track, sidewalks or asphalt. The meets will be run on a variety of surfaces, mainly dirt and grass. Regular running shoes work fine on this surface also. If your child's running shoes are more than 6 months old, you may want to buy a new pair. There are many running stores in the area and I recommend going to a specialty running stores, so your child can be fitted by someone knowledgeable. Transports on College Ave. does offer a 10% discount on non-sales shoes if you mention PMS. Note, they will be giving out a free t-shirt with a shoe purchase, just ask them about it.

There are bathrooms at the track where the kids can change into their running attire. They are to bring their backpacks with them to the track. While we are practicing, they are to leave their backpacks in the bleachers, there always be coaches around to keep an eye on them.

Kids are not allowed to practice in flip-flops, barefoot, dress shoes, etc. They will be sent home, T-shirts and running shorts, not long pants are recommended, again for the comfort of the child.

Sun screen, it's sunny at the track and there is little shade, so protection from the sun is important.

It's important to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch. The kids can't run if they don't have the energy. Its okay if they want to bring a light snack (fruit, etc.) and have it right before practice. At the end of every practice, we have a healthy snack. If your child has any allergies let us know.

Questionnaire

To assist us in getting to know more about your child, I am asking you to complete a brief on-line questionnaire. It will take about 5 minutes. I am also asking that your child tell me what goals they have relative to being on the cross country team. It is the last item on the questionnaire and there is a menu of items to choose from or they can submit their own goal. Extra credit will be give for those team members who turn it in by Sept. 9.

To complete it, just go to this link:

http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Click on "Runner Questionnaire & Goals" and complete the form and click on the submit button. If you have any problems doing this, please let me know. We discussed at our first practice what are goals and why they are important.

Runner Reward Program and Earning Extra Credit

Since the cross country program was founded, we have had a program for rewarding team members for coming to practice, running in meets, extra credit for a running on the weekend. Attached is a document explaining the program. I would appreciate it if you could review it with your child. This year we have a special team gift for every team member, a logo embossed "sling bag."

We give extra credit if the kids run on their own, or with a parent on the weekend. We only accept one extra credit form per week. To report extra credit mileage, go to this link:

http://www.pmscc.com/parents

Click on "Extra Credit Form," complete the form and press the "submit" button.

Team Parents

We need several more team parent volunteers to help coordinating drivers and snack providers for the meets. It should take just an hour or so per week. If interested, let me know.

Also, we plan on having a parent meeting for all parents in a few weeks so myself and members of the coaching staff can meet you and we can brief you on the season and answer questions.

Recruiting

We are still in the process of building our team and we welcome any boy or girl who wants to be part of the team. Any student can try a few practices before deciding if they want to sign up. So please have your child tell their friends and ask them to join them at one of our practices.

Staff

We have a very competent and experienced staff of coaches. I feel it is important to have each practice staffed with enough coaches so the kids can be well supported and supervised. You can read a summary about each coach on our website and I hope you have a chance to meet each of them during the course of the season.

http://www.pmscc.com/coaches

Note, the bios of the coaches will be added as I receive them.

Any questions on the above items, let me know. Thank you and have a nice weekend.




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