HRK Eagles Homeschool Co-Ed Competitive
Track and Field (Spring 2020)
*Online registration is now open!*
Before registering, please read the entire track page and equipment page first. We have a new athletic director this year and some new (and returning) coaches. It is important that you understand the expectations of this season.
*New uniforms are coming!*
This year, in 2020, we are 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 on March 2nd. Coaches will be ordering the uniforms for the athletes.
*Track is in need of assistant coaches!*
Assistant coaches will receive a discount for the season for their runners participating. As an assistant coach, you will be asked to attend our 3 weekly practices in addition to meets. At practice, you will help carry out the instructions of our head coaches and athletic director by assisting with our various age groups and their running activities as well as helping with timing and recording. At meets, you will be asked to help make sure our athletes get to their events on time as well as helping out where the meet organizer asks us to. All coaches must agree with the mission statement
and philosophy of HRK.
If interested in being an assistant coach, please contact our Track Athletic Director for more information before you register.
**We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Coach Bukowski and all her faithful years of coaching our HRK Track Team. Coach Bukowski is stepping away and Coach Fleener will be stepping into her role. Please have patience as Coach Fleener transitions into this new position.**
Who: HRK Homeschool Track & Field 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. As more coaches become available, we may open up track for 3rd graders to run on Monday and Thursday practices (but not competitively). The more coaches we have, the more kids we can run. Please contact Coach Fleener to ask about space for 3rd graders before registering.
*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: March 2nd through the end of May (tentatively). Practices will be held from 3:45-5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays outdoors at Village Church of Gurnee and Tuesdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m. at Nippersink Forest Preserve. Indoor practices will be held at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Mondays and Thursdays if the weather calls for it. Tuesdays at Nippersink Forest Preserve will be for 4th-12th graders only. This day will focus not only on running but field events, relay exchanges, and hurdles as well.
Team Verse: Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV) “And this is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Wise love yields discernment. Discernment helps us to make excellent choices. The GOAL, as always, is God’s Glory.
Fee: Fees for 4th - 12th graders will be $75 for registration and $40 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.
HRK Track Events and Placement: We are a competitive sports team, not just recreational. Competitive sports require accountability, goal setting, and practicing on your own as well as working as a team so we can measure progress.
Track running events include the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprints, the 800, 1600, and 3200-meter (3200 HS only), hurdles, and 4 runner relays of various distances. Track field events include shot put (softball throw for grade school), long jump, and high jump (high jump not available at team practices).
Athletes’ participation and placement in events at meets on the team is up to the discretion of the head coaches, but we will always take the runner’s requests into consideration. A runner’s attitude, preparedness, coach-ability, and effort will be considering factors. At times we may select events for you that you did not request because we feel it is a good fit for you, would stretch you, or help the team overall. For team championships, it is not guaranteed that every athlete on the team will be able to participate. Usually, the top athletes from each event will end up competing.
***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.
Register: Please contact Coach Fleener before registering if you have questions or would like to help be an assistant coach for the team. (No coaching experience is necessary, but we are especially looking for coaches with track and running experience. This program runs on volunteers giving their time and talents.) Coaches receive a registration discount for their track and field athletes.
Mandatory Parent Meeting/First Practice: The first team practice will be at Village Church of Gurnee on March 2nd and will start with a brief parent/athlete meeting during the first 30 minutes of practice in room 207; 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, and Kenosha, WI as well as extra (optional) competitive distance runs as they become available. Meet dates, times, and details are still being arranged by the conference organizer and are being added to the HRK calendar.
Weather: Track 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. At times, a practice may be moved indoors to Libertyville Sports Complex on Mondays and Thursdays. If a practice is moved, 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.
-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, horseplay, throwing or kicking balls, running in the field alongside those competing, or inappropriate behavior. 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. YOU are responsible for listening to events being called out and being at your events on time. If you are not in an upcoming event, you should be waiting at the team camp cheering your teammates on. High school family and friends are not allowed on the track field. They may cheer for you from the bleachers or the team camp. Middle school and grade school meets may allow those who are volunteering to be on the field.
-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. However, these volunteer opportunities MUST be taken seriously. This is not a time to socialize and talk with your other friends volunteering.
***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.
-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: Family and friends are not allowed on the track field. You may cheer for your runner from the bleachers or the team camp. The only exception to this middle school and grade school may allow those who are volunteering to be on the field.
-Since HRK is an all-volunteer organization, your help is vital for our team to function. Assistant coaching, helping to time (or record times) at practices and meets, taking our team photo, team certificates, providing meet snacks, planning our end-of-season party, and helping with uniforms are ways you can assist us. Middle and Grade School meets have mandatory parent volunteers. Parents and athletes should be checking email and text messages on the day of practice and meets. This is our way of communicating with you about cancelations or location changes. Do not disregard these messages. Older teens are welcome to volunteer, but this job MUST be taken seriously. This is not a time for them to socialize with friends.
-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.
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.”
Updated on January 20, 2020.