Winter Track Expectations

EXPECTATIONS

Over the past several years, the winter track program has evolved into a competitive, successful component of the Goshen running program. This was made possible by raising expectations, instilling good sportsmanship, setting goals, and ultimately, hard work. In order to continue and expand our success, we require our athletes to abide by following guidelines which we feel are crucial to this program. We expect our athletes to put forth 100% — not only during meets, but also at practice every day. We want each athlete to see the improvement that results from consistent hard work & determination, and to value the importance of commitment. We also want each athlete to realize that he/she has achieved success because of continued effort and dedication.

Before any student can participate in Varsity Winter Track and Field, they must have a current physical, sign up on Family ID, and be approved by the school nurse.  In addition, the expectations contract must be signed and returned.  Until all forms have been submitted, athletes cannot attend practice and/or meets.

Attendance/Practice

Practice will take place Monday through Friday, from 3 – 5PM. Athletes are expected to be supervised between 2:16 and 2:47 with a teacher or in a supervised area the cafeteria.  By 3:01PM, athletes should be outside ready for their warm-up jog. After the warm-up, athletes should be ready to stretch as a team.  Any athlete not outside by 3:01PM is required to bring a pass.  Failure to produce a pass will result in the athlete being marked late/unexcused. Frequent unexcused latenesses will result in athletes being sent home.  Practices will also be held on Saturdays when meets aren’t scheduled or occasionally after 5PM for specific field events.

Attendance is mandatory! In order for athletes to be successful, they must attend practice consistently from beginning to end.  We understand that student-athletes have busy lives and often try to juggle part time jobs, extra-curricular activities (such as clubs, the musical, and other sports) however, if an athlete chooses to participate in winter track and field, he or she has made a commitment to the team.  Any athlete planning on being absent from practice on a regular basis due to other extracurricular activities, will not be considered for the team. In addition, please attempt to schedule doctor, dentist, and hair appointments, etc… for non-practice times.

Students enrolled in other after school activities, academic or otherwise (OCCC English, Italian, the musical, Drivers Ed, etc…) must make arrangements to make up practices and are not permitted to miss meets.  

Athletes will be permitted to have three missed (unexcused) practices.  If an athlete has missed more than three unexcused practices, he or she will be asked to turn in their uniform and his/her name will be removed from the roster.

If you are absent from a practice, a note from a parent or guardian must be submitted explaining the reason for your absence (preferably in advance, when possible). Excused absences include: attendance at religious events, doctors’ appointments, and medical/family emergencies.

Attendance at practice the day before a meet is absolutely mandatory.  If an athlete does not show up to practice the day before a meet (excused OR unexcused), he or she will be removed from the line-up of that meet. In addition, athletes must attend school the day of a meet.

In order for athletes to be eligible for a meet, they must attend a minimum of 10 practices (as per NYSPHSAA rules). Coaches reserve the right to increase the minimum number of required practices based on the practice and meet schedule.

 

Competition

Most of our meets are held at the West Point’s Gillis Field House. Meets are typically held on Friday nights, Saturdays, and occasionally on Sundays. A select number of athletes may also attend invitational meets throughout the season. Due to a tight schedule at West Point, the schedule will not be available until after the winter coaches meeting, but be prepared to give up many weekends.

Athletes are placed in events at the coach’s’ discretion, based on effort, attendance, skill, and attitude.  Because of limited entries at West Point, athletes may not be able to run in their preferred events at every meet.

If you are placed in a lineup to compete, and you do not show up on the day of a meet, you will be dismissed from the team (exceptions include medical or family emergencies).

 

Dress Code

Practices will be held outside throughout the winter sports season.  Because of the varying weather conditions, athletes are encouraged to pack a wide variety of clothing and be prepared for anything.  Plan to practice in rain, sleet, snow, and extreme cold.  Dressing appropriately (in layers, and wearing hats, gloves, long sleeves, etc…) is required.  Under Armour type clothing is also strongly recommended.  If you do not have proper clothing, you must attend anyway. Your presence is required.

Athletes should also arrive at competition dressed appropriately.  Before boarding the bus, athletes should be dressed and ready for competition. Warm-ups, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts should be worn until right before the start of the events.

Athletes are expected to abide by New York State Public High School Athletics Association’s rules and regulations regarding dress code at meets, including “Under Armour” and jewelry guidelines.  No jewelry is permitted to be worn at the meet site, including piercings, wristbands, or metal hairbands. If an athlete is caught by an official they will be issued a warning. If the same athlete is caught violating the jewelry/dress code rules a 2nd time, they will be disqualified. For more information regarding these rules, please see the NYSPHSAA handbook.  (p.110)

 

Conduct

Athletes are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during practices and meets. Any athlete found in violation of our contract and/or the Goshen Central High School Athletic Code will be disciplined accordingly.

  • Remember that participating in extracurricular activities is a privilege. Conduct yourselves with class.
  • Respect your teammates, coaches, opponents, and your school.
  • Profanity and unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
  • Clean up after yourself- do not leave bottles or trash behind after practice or at meets.
  • No use of tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal drugs/substances (any athlete found violating this rule will be dismissed from the Winter Track and Field team permanently).
  • Bullying and/or hazing will not be tolerated on the Goshen Winter Track team.

Athletes that are found to be in violation of the code of conduct will be warned, sent home, and ultimately removed from the team.  Students are also expected to maintain passing grades to remain academically eligible for winter track.

 

Varsity Letter Eligibility

Being part of a varsity team requires an increased level of commitment.  At the end of the season, athletes may be awarded a varsity letter.  To be eligible for a varsity letter, athletes must meet the following criteria:  Attendance rate of 90% or better at meets.  (If there are 10 meets, athletes may not miss more than one.)  No more than three unexcused absences for practice is acceptable.  An unexcused absence is defined as any absence other than a family emergency or illness.  Any unresolved absence will count as unexcused. (See above for further clarification on attendance policy.) Performance requirements can be found on our website.

Athletes must complete the entire season in good standing, without any incidents of conduct unbecoming of an athlete in order to be eligible for a varsity letter. Athletes that have received varsity letters in previous seasons are not guaranteed a varsity letter in the current season unless they meet all of the above stated criteria. Letters are ultimately awarded at the discretion of the coaches.