Dear Incoming Freshman,

    Thank you for showing some interest in our cross country program.  Just in case some of you are not sure what cross country is all about; here is a brief overview.  All races (varsity or junior varsity) are a 5K race.  Last year we had 28 boys and 30 girls on the team.  The times varied greatly….for boy’s the times ranged from 17:30-24:00 and for the girl’s the times were from 18:50-30:00.  We have kids that will go on to run in college; triathletes; kids trying to stay in shape for other sports (usually soccer) and kids that just want to stay personally active.


    Important reminders:

    ***Volunteer Summer Conditioning:

    Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-7:00pm meet at PHUHS track.  If weather is bad, we will meet at our gym.  Bring water bottle!

    June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26


    Wednesday 8:30-9:30am at Philippe Park (meet at historic Indian Mound by shelter 7).  Bring water bottle!

    June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25


    *****Try-outs are Monday July 30th thru Friday Aug. 3rd 6:00pm – 7:15pm

    (Meet at our track….if weather is bad; we will meet in our gym).  Runners will be evaluated all 5 days and will consist of a 2 mile time trial (Monday) and a 3 mile time trial (Wednesday) along with regular workouts. Aug. 6 – Aug. 10 regular practice 6:00 – 7:15pm. (We can use these as make-up try-out dates if needed).


    *****ALL Paperwork must be turned in to Coach Southard or Coach Schaefer before you are allowed to try-out for the cross country team.  The mandatory paperwork can be picked up at PHUHS or printed from link below.  Physical (good for one calendar year); Participation Form (must be notarized); School Athletic Insurance.


    *****To be eligible for summer conditioning….only need proof of sports physical (which are pages 6 & 7 from link below) and school athletic insurance.


    ****Below is the link for the necessary paperwork:

    http://www.pcsb.org/cms/lib8/FL01903687/Centricity/domain/176/pcs%20forms/4-1891-A.pdf it takes a few seconds to load (13 pages)


    School Athletic Insurance (www.k12studentinsurance.com) must be purchased on-line (for most sports…you just need the minimum which is around $6-$8) go to the drop down box:  Find your school plan and select Pinellas County Schools.  The insurance for next school year should start on Tuesday Aug. 1st, but you should be able to purchase starting July 1st.  If you got school insurance last year, you are good through the end of July.  If not, you will need summer insurance to participate in summer conditioning.  Please print a receipt copy and bring to the coach.


    southardd@pcsb.org (Coach Southard – Girl’s Head Coach)

    schaeferde@pcsb.org (Coach Schaefer – Boy’s Head Coach)