Charleston Middle School Track INFORMATION FROM YOUR COACHES Coach Hankenson, Coach Lynn cCCoach Nance, Coach Sherwood, & Coach Heitka TRACK PRACTICE: 1. Practices will be every evening from 3:40 until 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted beginning February 27th . A monthly practice schedule will be distributed at the end of each month. Some nights certain athletes may need to stay later to work on events; we will try to give advanced notification. 2. Athletes are expected to be cooperative and willing to work. A good work ethic and attitude are necessities to be successful in track and field. Failure to work or be cooperative, using inappropriate language (profanity, inappropriate slang or taunting), constant horseplay, or showing a poor attitude will result in consequences determined by the coaches, or if necessary the athletic code. 3. Attendance at practice is required EVERY DAY! The only excused absence is one that results in having an excused absence from school or participating in another school activity that day. If you miss track practice to participate in a non-sponsored school sport or activity (club, soccer, weightlifting, etc.), it will be counted as an unexcused absence unless details have been approved in writing with the CMS coaching staff in advance. If you can get to track for any portion of time, certain considerations will be made. Absences from practice for any other reason will result in an unexcused absence from track. If you are unsure about your absence, check with a coach. Most of the time arrangements can be made to keep an absence from being unexcused. Two unexcused practices will result in missing a meet. Three unexcused practices will result in permanent dismissal from the team. 4. Proper attire for practice will be gym clothing or loose tee shirts, shorts of appropriate length and fabric. Low rider shorts, tank tops, mid-drift tops, tank tees, blue jeans will not be appropriate track apparel. Shirts will be kept on at all times! It is recommended for athletes to bring sweatpants and sweatshirts, gloves, and caps for inclement weather. We will practice outside as much as possible. Always be prepared for any type of weather. 5. Please have everything you will be taking home in the locker room. You should not be in the main part of the school during or after practice or when arriving home from a track meet. You should use the restrooms in the locker rooms. Buses will depart and arrive on the west side of the school by the back door of the gymnasium. Please be sure you have arranged for someone to pick you up at the time the coaches have estimated we will arrive back in Charleston; exit from the back door of the gymnasium. We need to know when everyone has gone home. 6. Please try to drink a lot of water. We want you to begin to think about proper nutrition. Therefore, please do not bring pop or candy to practice. Try to bring nutritious treats for after practice and for meets. TRACK MEETS: 1. A list of participants will be posted on the gym wall close to the coaches’ office. Check this to see your list of events for the meet. For some of the meets, the coaches are limited to taking only a few of our athletes because of limits given to us by the school we are visiting. At all times we try to get everyone involved in some way. At a track meet, listen for the first call announcement for your event. It is your responsibility to get to your assigned event on time. 2. Meet attire will consist of school issued track clothing. Everyone will be issued a warm-up suit and uniform. School-issued clothing should be in sight at all times (if you need layers of clothing the school clothing should be on the outside. Take plenty of clothing and perhaps a blanket; it gets very cold at some track meets. . 3. Athlete’s should remain in the team’s camp area. At no time should you enter another school unless an event is being held inside or you have permission from one of your coaches. Every school has bathroom facilities located near the track. 4. The district’s bus policy is always is in place. There will be no eating or drinking allowed on the bus. Athletes should remain seated when the bus is in motion and follow bus rules. 5. If parents wish to take their child home after a track meet, they need to see one of the coaches and sign a checkout sheet. Only a parent may sign their child out and take them home. An athlete should remain until a meet is over. 6. At the track meets, it is important to remember that we represent the best, Charleston Middle School. Therefore, athletes, parents, fans, and coaches need to represent Charleston with a positive attitude and a winning spirit! Treat our opponents with the utmost respect and remember that part of being a true champion is how you act when nobody is looking. 7. Hopefully, these rules will help everyone have a productive and fun track season!!!.