HRK Eagles Homeschool Co-Ed Competitive
Cross Country (Fall 2020)
*Keep checking back for when registration will open.*
Before registering, please read the entire XC page and equipment page first. We have a new sports director this year and it is important that you understand the expectations of this season.
* Coaches Needed for the 2020 Season!*
In order for there to be a season for our younger kids this year, I will need assistant coaches for the 3rd-6th graders and 7th-8th graders. (My biggest priority being the 3rd-6th graders.) Should the need for "social distancing" contine into the fall, I want to be prepared with extra help. (Even without soical distancing, the need for more coaches remains.)
Your role as an assistant coach will be:
• Being responsible for the kids in your grade level while they are on the trail. This can involve you walking on the trail or riding a bike.
• Leading the group in their running assignments given to you by the head coach.
• Assisting in field games when extra time allows.
• Assisting at meets for the grade level your are working with along with the head coach.
• There is a 50% discount per child for those interested in assisting. Please contact Coach Fleener ASAP if you are interested.
*New uniforms are coming!*
This year, in 2020, we are looking into moving forward with new uniforms for all runners in 4th-12th grade. Over the years, our uniforms have gradually changed to the point that they are no longer consistent across the teams. We want to go into 2020 as a unified looking team ready to run, jump, and throw all for God's Glory! You can check out our new HRK uniforms here. Your older HRK team spirit wear (jackets, warmup pants) can still be worn over your new track uniforms at meets. The sizes of uniforms will be determined at our first practice/parent meeting. Coaches will be ordering the uniforms for the athletes. Please do not order old uniforms as we are finializing details on this.
Who: HRK Homeschool Cross Country is a co-ed competitive 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.
Grade Schoolers will need to run, at minium, 1 mile, but often longer at practices. Meet distance is 1 mile. 3rd graders will be allowed to particiapte the "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, at minium, 1 mile, 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, at minium, 2 miles, but often longer at practies. 2 miles is their meet distance length.
High Schoolers* will need to run, at minium, 3 miles, but often more at practices. 3 miles is their meet distance length.
*High school students that have graduated early, are attending college fulltime, 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 3rd - October. (End of November for extended season runners.) Practices will be held from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Days and locations TBD.
Fee: Fees for 4th - 12th graders will be $60 for registration and $50 for a new uniform.
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.
***New uniforms for our 2020 season are still being finalized. Please make no purchases of current uniforms on the Squad Locker site at this time.***
Please see our Equipment page for full details on uniform and equipment requirements.
The HRK track dress code must be adhered to. Athletes should come dressed and ready for practices and meets and be prepared for all possible weather (cold, heat, rain, wind). Shirts must be kept on and shorts must be worn over leggings and spandex. Uniforms are required for meet participation.
Mandatory Parent Meeting/First Practice: The first team practice will be at Nippersink Forest Preserve and will start with a brief parent/athlete meeting during the first 30 minutes; the head coaches will go over team information, expectations, volunteer sign-ups, and answer any questions, etc. Unifrom sizing will also be done this day.
Meets: HRK competes with local private schools in Lake County, IL as well as extra (optional) competitive distance runs as they become available in IL and WI. Meet dates, times, and details are still being arranged by the conference organizer and are being added to the HRK calendar.
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 cancled, 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.
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: May 6. 2020