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  Aug 24, 2010
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Cross Country
Parents and Athletes,

Well, it's hard to believe, but we are starting the 4th week of practice already!  I don't know about you parents but it seems each year is going faster and faster.  So that's why we have to enjoy each day, each practice, each HOT run...  You know what I'm talking about.  How are you enjoying the triple digit weather?  Remarkably from my view, all of you are doing great.  Parents and Athletes, and I love to see the enjoyment you are having out there. 
We could have an elitist team and only focus on those kids that are striving to and have the ability to win.  The Storm club makes a conscious decision to mold and instruct any willing athlete.  That's why I'm here and I'm confident you feel the same way.  I'm just as happy coaching the fastest athletes as I am the new athletes, and those athlete's that just work hard for PR's. 
So let's get down to business.
We've covered a lot in the first 3 weeks of practice but for review I'll highlight some key things we've learned:
1.       HAVE FUN!  Athletes, if you aren't having fun, then I've failed.  I'll never tell you it's going to be easy, but even through difficulty in training you have to enjoy it.
2.       Proper technique!  Focus, focus, focus, on each stretch, on each drill, on each core exercise, on each running step.  Now is the time to train your body to run effortlessly, do it now and you'll be great forever.
3.       Hydration!  You should be drinking water all day long at school.  Walk by a drinking fountain, take a big gulp, drink water at lunch, NOT COKE!!  An hour or less before practice, drink a glass of Gatorade or electrolyte.  Bring a large bottle of water and electrolyte with you to practice.  Right after practice you should have an electrolyte drink to start the recovery process.
4.       HAVE FUN!!!
Those are 4 points that will help you be successful this season and help you have a great time.
I almost forgot, have you gone around your neighborhood looking for someone that could use your help with: weed pulling, tree trimming, window washing, car washing...  Get out there and make a difference in your neighborhood and while you do that tell your neighbors about Storm and ask if they would support you in the lap-a-thon! 
Ok, that's it for this week.
Looking forward to the weeks to come, keep having fun, stay healthy and we'll see you soon!
My best to each of you!
Coach Jeremy



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Practice Schedule For This Week
  • Monday 8/23/2010 6:00 PM - Heritage Park
  • Tuesday 8/24/2010 6:00 PM - Central Park
  • Thursday 8/26/2010 6:00 PM - College of the Canyons
  • Saturday 8/28/2010 8:00 AM - Central Park
Cross Country 2010
Sign ups for our 2010 Cross Country Program are still going on! You can download the paperwork by clicking the following links: Sign Up Paperwork  Please follow the instructions in the packet. 
Storm Cross Country Features: 
  • Local practices on safe trails/paseos
  • Local meets (most meets within 30 mins of SCV)
  • Experienced coaching
  • Scholastic Achievement Award to athletes who keep outstanding marks in school.
  • Awards banquet - booked at the SCV Sports Complex
  • The SCV's largest and oldest youth cross country team.
  • Athletes from all parts of the city, no boundaries on where you can live, athletes from Canyon Country, Valencia, Newhall, and Saugus.
  • Memory book or DVD
Valley Youth Conference Competition with meets in Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, & Los Angeles County. No need to drive to Ventura every weekend.
For Boys and Girls ages 5 - 16 of all athletic abilities living anywhere in the Santa Clarita & Antelope Valleys (Running is Required!!!) 
Athletes compete on a course ranging from 2 K to 4 K depending on age.
Athletes eligible for Post Season, with possibility of competing for the National Junior Olympics on the nationally acclaimed team Valley Striders.
Conference ribbons for every single events, results posted on the website within 24 hours of the meets.
Fun Fun Fun!!! 
Our first day of practice will be on Monday August 2nd at Heritage Park 6:00 PM, near the picnic tables.
For More information contact David Summer at 661-644-0322 or 
Our lap-a-thon is scheduled for September 13, at Saugus High School, This is our primary fund raiser event, This fund raiser helps us keep our price low, allows us to offer scholarships, and assist our athletes in national competition.
We ask every family to seek pledges either by flat rate or a per lap donation. The athletes run 1 hour, later they return to their donors and collect their pledges to turn in by the dead line.  
We will award a grand prize to the athlete who raises the most funds. Every athlete who raises $40.00 will also win a prize.   
The deadline to be eligible for the grand prize is October 5th. Athletes who raise $40.00 or more will still be eligible to win a lap-a-thon prize even if they turn in the funds after October 5th.
Song Requests: We are taking requests. If you have a song you want to hear during the lap-a-thon, please send me an email so I can make sure I have it, * We may not be able to get to all songs requested.
The lap-a-thon form will be ready for downloading next week.
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Alan Bingham
Santa Clarita Track Club