ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION | FORMS AND FEES
What do I need to turn in to Chiddix for my child to participate in athletics?
These forms will only have to be completed once a year. The forms are:
1. Current Sports Physical (physicals are good for one year from the date of the physical).
2. Copy of the Birth Certificate must be on file.
3. Athletic Permission/Record Form and Concussion Information/Signature Form4. Student Acknowledgment/Signature Form5. Unit 5 Medication Authorization Form (if child requires to self-administer an inhaler or carry an EpiPen)6. Athletic Fee. $85.00 for each activity. This is a change from last year. Fees are to be paid sometime after the first team practice, but before the first meet. PLEASE NOTE: Do not pay athletic fees at the time of picking up a Gold Slip!
PLEASE NOTE: Coaches will not be collecting physical forms, birth certificates or athletic permission/record forms! The only form the coach will collect is the gold slip (see below).
An athletic clearance slip (the Gold Slip) is necessary prior to tryouts/first practice for no-cut sports. Gold slips are available for pick up at the Chiddix main office. The gold slip indicates all necessary forms have been properly submitted to the main office or on file. The necessary forms are:
1. Current Sports Physical
2. Copy of the Birth Certificate
3. Athletic Permission/Record Form and Concussion Information/Signature Form4. Student Acknowledgment/Signature Form5. Unit 5 Medication Authorization Form (if child requires to self-administer an inhaler or carry an EpiPen)
The gold slip must be handed to the coach before the athlete may participate in our first practice of the year (as listed on the calendar).
Equipment for cross country?
All students participating in cross country are required to own some type of athletic clothing in order to participate at practices. This "checklist" of equipment needed for meets can be downloaded for your reference.
All athletes should have proper running shoes that provide support and cushion to their feet. Meet spikes are not required for athletes, but are obviously acceptable and recommended. Please refer to the IESA website for spike requirements.
CROSS COUNTRY 101This sport involves running a distance of 1.9 – 2.1 miles for middles schools over many different types of terrain. We may encounter grass, hills, creeks, roads - almost anything. A team is made-up of at least seven runners with the top five from each team scoring points for the meet.
Every cross-country meet is a little different depending on the host school and the size of the meet. The coach will inform the runners of the exact set up of the meet during the practice prior to the meet.
SMALLER MEETS | Some smaller meets will just run every competitor together and then score the top 5 boys and top 5 girls for the team results. Every runner will receive a place and time.
LARGE INVITATIONALS | Some larger invitational meets will run more than one race. They will have a Varsity race and a Junior Varsity (JV) race. The top 7 runners from the boys and girls team will run in the Varsity race. Other competitors will compete in the open race. The members of the varsity team can vary from meet to meet (more information can be found in the right side bar).
Cross-country is both an individual and a team sport. The race will produce an individual winner; this runner will score 1 point for his or her team. Each runner thereafter will receive a place. The individual places of the first five runners from each school are used to determine the team score, for example, a 5th place finish is worth 5 points. The team with the lowest point total wins. Every runner after the fifth runner on the team is important in order to bump the points of the other team(s) higher. The team that wins the meet depends on the entire squad!