HRK Eagles Homeschool Co-Ed
Cross Country Team (Fall 2020)
*Registation is now open! Registation will remain open until midnight on July 31st.*
Our first practice will be August 10th at Nippersink Forest Preserve at the "entrance shelter" at 3:45. (Backup shelter will be "shelter A".) Our parent meeting will be over Zoom on August 6th at 3:45. Please make sure you enter an email address and phone number when you register so you can be notified of changing events.
Before registering, please read the entire cross country page and equipment page first. A final decision on new uniforms has been made and you can find that below under 'Equipment'. We have a new sports director this year and it is important that you read and understand the expectations of this season.
If you are new to homeschooling and new to HRK Sports, please reach out to me, Coach Fleener, with any questions you may have about cross country.
Due to Covid-19, much of our season will be up in the air. We are moving forward in hopes of having a normal season. If meets do get canceled, but we are still allowed to run as a group, we will move our season into an "HRK Running Club". Be prepared for new precautions to be taken this season such as social distancing and separation of teams while running. This year we have additional assistant coaches to help with each individual team. Should the season need to be canceled, please see our updated Refund and Covid Cancellation Policy.
Parent volunteers will be necessary to allow this season to run efficiently. Please read below under 'Parent Volunteers' to see how you can help.
Who: HRK Homeschool Cross Country is a co-ed running team for High School* (HS 9th-12th grade), Middle School (MS 7th-8th grade), and Grade School (GS 4th-6th grade) that are educated at home full or part-time. We do compete in school meets and meet participation is required to be on the team.
Grade Schoolers will need to run 1 mile for meets but often longer at practices. 3rd graders will be allowed to participate and "run up" with the 4th-6th grade team at practice. However, they are not eligible to participate in meets. 3rd grades will need to be able to run and be able to keep up with their other teammates. Please contact Coach Fleener to ask about space for 3rd graders before registering.
Middle Schoolers will need to run 2 miles for meets but often longer at practices.
High Schoolers* will need to run 3 miles for meets but often longer at practices.
*High school students that have graduated early, are attending college full time, or are receiving financial aid for college classes are not eligible for the team.
Since 2017, HRK has had a policy in line with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) rule: HRK athletes are allowed to play for (and practice with) only one school or club track and field team during the outdoor track season. If an athlete is on a school or club track and field team, they will have to make a decision about which team they want to be part of.
When & Where: August 10th - October. (End of November for a possible optional extended season.)
Practices will be held from 3:45-5:30 p.m. However, practice for 3rd - 6th graders often does not run as long as the older kids. Parents have the option of taking their kids home earlier or allowing your kids to stay and play games in the field until 5:30.
Mondays: Nippersink Forest Preserve. (Shelter location TBD according to where bathrooms are open.)
Thursdays: Old School Forest Preserve. (Shelter location TBD according to where bathrooms are open.)
Fee: Fees for 4th - 12th graders will be $60 for registration. Plus the addition of a uniform (see below.)
Fees for 3rd graders will be $30.00. No uniforms are needed for 3rd graders. Please contact Coach Fleener to ask about space for 3rd graders before registering.
Coaches have made the decision to hold off on purchasing new uniforms for the 2020 season. You may continue wearing your black HRK shirt and black shorts for one more season. The older black uniforms can be purchased at our HRK Squad Locker store, but please note, these black uniforms are being phased out for next season. Shirts must be black with the white HRK logo. You will want to choose a "dri-fit" wicking performance material and NOT a cotton tee shirt. Black shorts may be purchased on your own at any store but must be solid black with no stripes or logos.
Please see our Equipment page for more details on what you will need at each practice.
Parent Volunteers: HRK is run solely on volunteers, including its coaches. Parent volunteers are needed for our 3rd-8th grade teams. Due to Covid, bathrooms that have opened at forest preserves are very limited. We will need parents to help assist our coaches by walking younger kids to the bathroom when needed and making sure that they find their team okay. Volunteers are also needed to walk the trail to help be extra eyes for the coaches if any kids need help. We will also need a parent or two to stay back at the shelter so no kids are left unsupervised. Meets for 4th-8th graders have mandatory parent volunteers to be trail spotters. If we do not provide enough volunteers for meets, there is a chance our team will not be allowed to run. Parents with younger kids may keep their little ones with them as they volunteer.
Parent Meeting/First Practice: Via Zoom on August 6th at 3:45 for about 15-20 minutes. Email with a link to come.
Meets: HRK competes with local private schools in Lake County, IL and occasionally southern WI. Meet dates, times, and details are still being arranged by the conference organizer and are being added to the HRK calendar. Meet participation is required for all runners on the team.
Coaches will occasionally find extra 5K's for HRK to run. These races are optional, but highly encouraged. Cost and registration for these optional races are the responsibility of each family.
Weather: XC is an outdoor sport and meets are not often canceled due to inclement weather except for dangerous conditions. Be prepared to run in rain, heat, and cold. If a practice is canceled , you should be notified by 2:00 p.m. that day. Practice and meet changes will be communicated via the HRK website, so please make sure you signed up to receive email/text notifications when you register. Double-check that you have the correct email and cell number before registering.
Covid-19 Health Precautions:
•Maintain social distance by being 6 feet apart whenever possible.
•Masks shall be worn when social distance cannot be maintained, but will not be worn while running and warming up.
•Athletes and coaches should not attend practice or meets if they have a fever of >100.4 or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (fever, chills. cough, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) or if you have been exposed to somebody who has been diagnosed with Covid-19.
•Players will not share water bottles. Water and disposable cups will be provided if you forget your waterbottle.
•Hand sanitizer will be provided at practice.
Team Verses: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) "... but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
-All athletes are expected to give the coaches their full attention during practices and meets. Athletes will show respect to coaches both in attitude and in word. (If a coach is speaking, you are not speaking.)
-Swearing will not be tolerated.
-Athletes must communicate frequently with the coaches telling them in advance if they will not be at a practice or meet.
-Athletes must come dressed for the weather and ready for practices and meets. Shirts must be kept on and shorts must be worn over leggings and spandex.
-Show good sportsmanship by encouraging your teammates and cheering them on. Seek to treat others with love and respect. Gossip or slandering of other athletes, parents, or coaches on the field, off the field, or on social media will not be tolerated. If concerns or differences arise, go address the matter directly with the person and do so in love, and with compassion and humility. (Ephesians 4:29-32; Romans 12:9-18; Matthew 22:36-40)
-Be consistent and honest with yourself, parents, coaches, and team. This is a competitive sports team and you cannot fake the effort you put into running. Your coaches and teammates will know. Running homework and strength training on your own is required. You will get out what you put in. Runners are expected to have a desire to learn how to improve and then apply that knowledge to perform your best.
-We encourage co-ed friendships, but there will be no public displays of affection.
-No cell phones. No earbuds. Personal devices and cell phones are not allowed during practice or at meets unless it is to contact a parent. Earbuds are not allowed during practice or at your meet. Body awareness (breathing, pace, etc) is important to athletic improvement. Headphones/earbuds can detract from this. They also decrease your awareness of traffic, bikers, other runners, or dogs, especially while we are on trail runs.
-Meets: We are invited to participate in the meets we attend. Invitations can be taken away at any time. We MUST represent our team well at meets. This means good sportsmanship, no profane language, or horseplay. These actions can get our team disqualified. Let’s be positive ambassadors of Christ and of our homeschooling community. When the meet organizer is communicating to our team, we stop and listen.
-Nutrition and hydrating: Come hydrated to practice and meets. You should slowly be drinking water all day. You should be finished hydrating (max 40 ounces, less for younger/smaller kids) 2 hours before a practice/meet. You should also be finished with a meal 2 hours before a practice/meet. If you need a snack, try to make it a 100-calorie healthy snack 1 hour before practice. Failing to follow these guidelines could result in cramping, stomachaches, vomiting, and overheating. Sleep well and eat a healthy diet. It goes without saying: live a drug-free, alcohol-free life.
-High schoolers are welcome to volunteer at our grade school and middle school meets.
***If expectations are not being met, a warning will be given to you the runner. Next, your parents will be contacted and will be asked to come to practice to decide on a discipline plan. After that, the end result may include suspension or expulsion from the team. There will be no refunds extended beyond HRK's general refund policy.
-Parents are responsible for helping get their runners to practice and meets on time as well as picking up on time. Please also help your runners communicate with coaches when they will be missing a meet or practice. If your runner arrives late to practice or a meet, they will miss warm-ups and be at a higher risk for injury. If you know you will be late, please communicate this with the head coach. Please be prompt for pickup. All of us coaches are volunteers and live busy lives. When practice is over, we have other places we need to be. If you drop off your child and leave, you must stay in the area on days that have a high chance for lightening should practice end early.
-Meets: XC has mandatory parent volunteers. You will be asked to trail spot on a rotating basis. Coaches will also need volunteers to walk for forest trails, time runs, and stay back at the shelter to help with younger kids.
-Please read through the Athlete Expectations (above) with your child. Help the coaches reinforce these expectations. ***If expectations are not being met by runners, a warning will be given to them. Next, you as parents will be contacted and will be asked to come to practice to decide on a discipline plan. After that, the end result may include suspension or expulsion from the team. There will be no refunds extended beyond HRK's general refund policy.
Please also read HRK’s Inc.’s Parent Expectations.
HRK Eagles, Inc. Mission Statement: To provide competitive sports for students who seek to honor God through athletics.
Philosophy: We believe that God gives physical abilities that can be developed and used to bring Him glory. We provide competitive sports to homeschool families in order to facilitate spiritual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Devotions, character-building, skill development, and prayer are an integral part of the program. It is our desire that Jesus Christ be expressed and glorified in the lives of coaches, parents, and players in both words and actions.
HRK stands for…
HONOR in Athletics,
RIGHTEOUSNESS through Christ,
KINDNESS in Action.
Proverbs 21:21 “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
Last updated: July 31st, 2020