Additional Information

General Information:

Coach Contact Information
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       XC Coach: James Gater, JGATER@sacs.k12.in.us, 260-602-6969
     XC Coach: Josh Hoff, jjhoff23@gmail.com, 260-409-9692
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Important Dates:
        Spirit Wear Store:             TBD
       Parent Meeting:                Friday, August 14th @ 5:30PM. Enter at door 10.
       
Transportation Fee $10:    Wednesday, August 26th (Make check payable to Summit Middle School)
         Pictures:                            Wednesday, August 26th
       Conference Meet:              Thursday, October 10th (top 14)
       Awards Night/Uniform Return: TBD

Coaching/Training Philosophy: Built on trust, commitment, and caring (sportsmanship). Trust us as coaches just as we trust you to be parents. We have high expectations for multiple reasons: to prepare the kids for the demands of the sport, and to have them show their commitment to improving.

Practice Expectations: 6 days per week with 1 day to rest. If a meet is not scheduled for Saturdays, athletes are expected to either run 2-3 miles or participate 30+ minutes in an active sport of their choice. Practices Monday through Friday are mandatory. No club sports can interfere with practices and meets (Summit academic events are the only exception!). Misses = loss of varsity status, sit out Meets, and possible dismissal from the team!

Daily Running Gear: Running watch, water bottle, and good running shoes.  Shoes must be replaced every 300-400 miles, so new shoes must be purchased every season for injury prevention.  Three Rivers Running Company and Fleet Feet offer a 10% discount for student-athletes year-round! 

Pick Up Times: Practice runs from 4-5:30pm. Drop off and pick up will be at Summit Door #11. Please be PROMPT!

Meet Expectations: All student athletes are expected to wear their school uniforms, a team tee-shirt, and warm-ups (if necessary) to meets.  Outer layer of clothing must be Summit gear (tee, hoodie, etc.). Runners should wear training flats to meets and varsity runners (top 10) should also bring racing spikes.  Aside from Home meets at Summit, all runners are expected to ride the bus to and from meets.  If a student needs to leave, they must remain for cool down and awards before departing.  Students may be released to parents only by using the sign-out sheet.

Uniforms: School issued uniforms are the only acceptable attire to be worn during competition.  Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season.  If lost, athletes will be expected to reimburse the athletic department for the replacement cost.

Injury and Injury Prevention: Proper footwear, good nutrition (no soda, energy drinks, junk food, etc.), multivitamin and calcium, hydration (60oz or more of water per day), rest (lights out at 10pm the night before meets!), and letting adults know about issues. Please consult with OPS trainers at HHS/orthopedic specialist about any persistent issues.

Representatives of SMS: These teams represent our school and our community in all things we say and do. Good sportsmanship is expected.  Athletes must use caution when communicating with others through social media—what they do and say online is also a reflection of themselves and the program.

Academics: Athletes must remain eligible academically to be able to compete in meets and invitationals.  Students involved in extracurricular activities who earn an “F” at midterm shall be on probationary status. As a result, a study plan designed to raise failing grades to a passing level will be developed in conjunction with the athletic director. The student may continue to practice and compete during this study plan period. If the student fails to satisfactorily meet the expectations of the study plan, practice and/or game participation may be limited.

Meet Protocol: On away meet days, all students stay in collab until they are dismissed to dress in the locker rooms and then travel to the meet on school buses together. For each meet, please bring healthy, easily-digestible foods (and a garbage bag!)—parent volunteer snacks will not be distributed until the end of each meet and meets are long (Saturday meets can last until 2-3pm!).


Indiana Middle School Cross Country Championships
All girls and boys who achieve the following individual/team standards will be eligible for the state cross country meet. Additional eligibility factors will include: attendance, academic eligibility, and coach discretion.

We firmly believe that ALL students who stay healthy and work hard are capable of achieving these times!

Individual Time Standards
Big School Girls – 13:15
Big School Boys – 12:15

Team Time Standards (Top 5 add-up times, Maximum 10 Athletes in Varsity Races)
Big School Girls – 66:15
Big School Boys – 61:15