The 2020-2021 cross country season will begin in 5 weeks on February 22. It will last only 7 weeks. One of those weeks is our "spring break" week.
The first allowable contest date of this "season 2" by the OSAA is Monday, March 1. This is after one week of practice. Metro League planners have crafted a preliminary competition schedule with a first contest of Wednesday, March 3. If you are considering joining cross country, it's high time to start getting fit for the season.
During our season, we will be operating under strict guidelines. These guidelines include wearing a mask at all times, maintaining social distancing, and being limited to groups of 50. On the subject of these groups of 50, this will have the consequence of limiting the size of our training groups. While details are still being confirmed, should the team exceed 50 (athletes plus coaches), there will be obvious adjustments. One thing is certain: the safety and health of our athletes and their families will be our primary concern as will our own health as coaches and the health of our families.
We are working on contingency details for our season and will release information as decisions are made. As coaches, we are waiting for most of the decisions to be made or green-lit by the administrators in the school district. Personally, I don't want to make promises that I can't keep. I'm working hard to push for firm detail from district administrators.
In the meantime, we encourage any interested athletes and their families to initiate the registration process (note: participation fees remain undecided as of the writing of this blog post). The attached file details the process for registration for the upcoming season.
A note about track: the track season is scheduled to begin on April 5.