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Fall Season

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

2023 will be my last year as program director for EAA Cross Country.  We will need a replacement director to keep the program going.   Without a sports director, and no sub-board the program will be suspended until someone is able to step into the sports director role.  

If you are interested in taking on the role, please let me know and I'll be happy to explain the responsibilities of the program director so you can decide if it is right for you.   The sooner we have someone step-up the better plan we can have for a smooth transition and ensure the program continues.  Thank you for considering! 

2022 Fall Season Information

We will need ~10 coaches for the fall 2022 season.   There will need to be a minimum of 2 coaches per pod.  The last couple years we've had 5 pods.   The more coaches we have, the smaller we can make the pods.  I try to arrange the pods by running ability - from competitive to developing.  

Each week prior to practice I will send the coaches a training plan for the week and outline how to structure practice while leaving room for coaches to make the best decisions for their group of runners.  The goal of structuring this way is to ensure consistency for the entire team while allowing the coaches to just focus on coaching and not practice planning.  Thank you so much for consideration! 

For parents new to the sport of cross country running, please be aware the nature of the sport is to be able to run independently for extended distances.  Any participants that are not able to run will need a parent with them so the coaches can work with the majority of the pod.  

Please also know that cross country is a CONTACT FREE SPORT.  Any participants who push/tackle etc during practice/meets will not be allowed to participate without a parent and any violations of policy will be enforced.  Please be sure you review the Player and Parent Code of Conduct Policys on the EAA website as they will be followed.  No deviations from the policy will be tolerated.  

ABOUT EAA CROSS COUNTRY

2019 Team

The main goal of the EAA Cross Country program is to provide an enjoyable experience for youth interested in competitive distance running.  Our goal is to highlight the importance of team, sportsmanship and to provide the opportunity to develop skills in distance running.

During the eight-week fall-season we will focus the majority of our practices on endurance running but will also be incorporating other running skills such as strength (hills), power (intervals) and speed.  

The typical format of a practice includes 

- 10 min warm-up (.5 mile jog, movements to wake up the muscles) 
- 30 min endurance run 
- 10-15 min intervals/hills/speed 
- 10 min cool down (walking/jog stretching) 

The 2022 meet schedule is still being determined and will be updated on this page as soon as schedules with neighboring schools are finalized.  Typically we have 5 meets per season.  

 

2022 PRACTICE AND MEET SCHEDLE

DATE TIME LOCATION EVENT
Monday, Aug 8 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thursday, Aug 11 6:00 - 7:00p Glacier Hills Elementary Practice
Monday, Aug 15 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thurs, Aug 18 6:00 - 7:00p Glacier Hills Elementary Practice
Mon, Aug 22 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thus, Aug 25 6:00 - 7:00p Glacier Hills Elementary Practice
Mon, Aug 29 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Fri, Sept 2 AM MEET Rosemount High School Irish Invite
Mon, Sept 5 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thurs, Sept 8 6:00 - 7:00p Glacier Hills Elementary Practice
Mon, Sept 12 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thurs, Sept 15 Arrive by 5:40p Northview Elementary Eagan Invitational
Mon, Sept 19 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thurs, Sept 22 Arrive by 5:40p Nicollet Middle School Burnsville Invitational
Monday, Sept 26 6:00 - 7:00p Northview Elementary Practice
Thurs, Sept 29 Arrive by 5:40p TBD Farmington Invitational

2022 CROSS COUNTRY MEET SCHEDULE

Meet Date Location Arrive By Gun Time Distance
Rosemount Inv. TBD TBD TBD TBD 1 mile
Irish Invite Fri, Sept 2 Rosemount High School TBD - AM TBD - AM 1 mile
Eastview Inv TBD TBD TBD TBD 1 mile
Eagan Inv Thur, Sept 15 Northview Elem 5:40p 6:00p girls, 6:20p boys 1 mile
Burnsville Blaze Inv Thurs, Sept 22 Nicollet Middle School 5:40p 6:00p girls, 6:20p boys 1 mile
Farmington Inv Thurs, Sept 29 Dakota County Fairgrounds 5:40p 6:00p girls, 6:20p boys 1 mile

COVID-19 REMINDER

This is a reminder to all parents, coaches and players to please remain vigilant in your return to play COVID safety procedures.  It is important to report positive COVID results to myself (Tina Wrucke) immediately and to follow MDH recommendations for quarantine. Our number one priority is the safety of our players and families.

All of our sports programs will be following safety procedures as it relates to practices and games, as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). That guidance can be found here:

Schools and Child Care COVID-19 Best Practice Recommendations - Minnesota Dept. of Health (state.mn.us)

Tina Wrucke

EAA Cross Country Director - Volunteer

Warm Weather & Air Quality Guidelines

EAA Cross Country Weather Guidelines

If the Heat Index is...

  • Up to 90 degrees - Normal Run with water breaks as needed
     
  • 91-99 degrees - Mandatory 2-minute water breaks per lap.  Practice reduced to 30 min total. 
     
  • Over 100 degrees - Suspend practice. 

If the Air Quality Index is...

  • Good/Moderate - no impacts to practice 
  • Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups - practice reduced to 30 minutes 
  • Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy/Hazardous - no practice 

As always you should make the best decision for your young runners.  These are guidelines that we will use to make decisions for the safety of the kids.

2022 REGISTRATION

2022 registration will open in June 2022

Grades 1 - 6 

FEES

$65 through July 10, 2022 (no refunds after registration closes) 

Late fee of $15 from July 10th until
registration closes July 17, 2022

EQUIPMENT

  • Running shoes required
  • T-shirts provided by EAA (included with registration fee) 
  • Water bottle
  • EAA will follow MDH Outdoor Youth Sports  COVID Guidelines 

2022 PROGRAM DATES

XC Season starts 2nd week in August and goes through the end of September / early October 

Practice will be held Mon and Thurs from 6-7 pm.  

All ages will meet and practice the same nights.