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Cross Country Vision Philosophy

Northmont Cross Country Team Covenant
A covenant is a written agreement of the expectations, practices, goals, and behaviors that a team decides for the group. Unlike a contract that’s conditional, restricting and based on lack of trust, a covenant is an intentional commitment of team members to each other. It is an oath to each other and is based on trust.

Purpose
The purpose of Northmont Cross Country is to help each runner improve as a runner. It is also about giving people opportunities for growth that will prepare them for post-running life. Creating fast runners is important, but creating stronger people is more important.

Self-Governance
You are responsible for your team. That is, you work at a variety of levels to build, maintain and contribute to the development of the team. You are accountable for your choices. Take ownership for your actions, opinions, and beliefs. You are accountable for preventing your actions from infringing or violating others’ rights. You are responsible for addressing situations and communicating concerns about issues that undermine community or individual rights.

The Goals of Northmont Cross Country
• To see every runner improve
• To be successful as a team at conference and state level
• To help the runner develop values that lead to satisfying lives
• To provide an outlet from academics at Northmont
• To foster a healthy lifestyle
• To create a supportive team culture

Accountability
The rules for Northmont Cross Country are few… but they are important
• Be on time for training and leaving for meets
• Follow the training plan. Know the difference between hard and easy days.
• Understand why we train like we do. Become a student of the sport.
• Respect your body and make the right choice to do so.
• Be an example of honor and integrity to your teammates, your school and your family.

The Whole Runner and Full Engagement
Success in running is due to many variables working together to an end result: A healthy nutritional diet, rest and recovery, good health practices, and proper training all influence running performance. Positive health habits and choices are what create the whole runner. Becoming a student of distance running gives the runner the knowledge to succeed. Spiritual development also adds to one’s wholeness. Working to become a whole person will help you be a whole runner. Being fully engaged in the process is a must. Success comes from a burning passion to succeed… success does not come from an obsession (Vigil). Know the difference.

Mental Toughness
This sport is one of pain. Learning to deal with pain is part of the training process. Learning to be mentally tough (to have courage) is a learned phenomenon. Training is what teaches this. Challenge yourself to face pain…that is where courage is learned

Relationships and Support
Nothing is more important to a team than relationships. Every team has the potential for greatness, but each runner must find their role, be fully engaged and offer what they can give to the team. When interpersonal problems develop, deal with them immediately, weather between athletes or coach and athlete.

Consistency and Discipline
Consistency in training is what results in optimal performance over time. Develop habits that result in consistent training. Discipline is an internal choice to be consistent and focused. Champions are consistent and focused in their training.

Honor and Integrity
Respecting yourself and your teammates and the work that you do is what honor is about. It is also about doing what is right. Most of all, honor is about standing with and by your teammates. To run faster is a goal of the program. To do this with teammates and with honor and integrity is a greater goal. Your own moral and ethical code will determine your actions in life. Honor your teammates and school honor, your parents, yourself and the sport. Remember that character is not who we are but what we do.

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