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King Cross Country:Awards and Letters

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AWARDS, HONORS AND LETTERS 2018

The following are descriptions of the primary awards given at our annual Awards Night:

Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award: This honor reflects the character and legacy of our school's namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King led by serving. His life modeled "the first shall be last" and "do unto others what you would have done to you." In that spirit, we honor an exemplary young person who leads all season by serving. This award honors someone who demonstrably puts others before him or herself. This person does not seek aclaim, but is noticed, respected and honored by many due to their sacrificial character. To maintain the dignity and esteem of this award, the coaching staff awards it only when there is a deserving athlete, therefore, it is not an honor that is given each season.  #integrity

Most Valuable Runner This is a person who displays a consistently valuable character to the competitive outcome of the team all year long. These qualities are demonstrated in a variety of ways, among which for consideration are:
Speed and skill on the race path,
competitive contribution to the success of the team in racing,
strong, positive contribution to the success of the team in practice,
positive attitude toward the sport and teammates,
coachability,
demonstrated enthusiasm for King High,
consistent demonstration of unselfishness, integrity, and verbal leadership and inspiration toward the team throughout the season.

It is a high standard. Do NOT presume that just because you're the "fastest runner on the team" that the award will be bestowed upon you regardless of the other, equally important characteristics.   The MVP of our teams are young people who demonstrate "value" (as defined above) to our team all season long, not just on race days.  #integrity  #excellence  #faithfulness

Four Year Athlete Award : Athletes who compete in cross country at King High all four years of high school are honored with a paper certificate. Those who, during their senior year, finish with exceptional attitude and effort, will receive a distinguished plaque.  In order to qualify for this plaque, athletes must meet the minimum requirements in all of the following categories during their senior season:  #faithfulness

1) Miss less than 5 days of running and
2) Compete in 75% of the invitationals and
3) remain eligible academically and
4) meet the minimum request of fundraising and
5) finish in good standing with their teammates and coaches having demonstrated a positive attitude toward training, coaches, the sport, teammates and development in the sport of distance running.

#learning  #integrity  #faithfulness  #excellence

Most Improved Runner: This is a person who demonstrably shows dramatic improvement in their race times from one season to the next or within the context of one season.  #learning  #excellence

Rookie of the Year: The most impressive new-comer to King High XC, both boy and girl. A rookie who demonstrated an above average success in racing and commitment to the sport and the team. The athlete demonstrated not only talent but a commitment to the team and a positive attitude.  #excellence  #learning

League Championship and CIF Patches: League Championship patches are made available only for varsity letter earners who raced in the top nine (9) of King’s finishers at least once during the season. CIF Finalist/championship patches will be available to those who raced in, or served as an alternate on the CIF teams #excellence  #faithfulness

CIF TEAM SELECTION

King XC has had a tradition of qualifying for the CIF Championships every year since our beginning in 1999. The CIF Championships are held in the weeks following League Finals and are for varsity only. The CIF officially “recognizes” a limited number of athletes per gender team during the rounds. Teams may take more than 10 athletes, but they serve in an unofficial capacity.

For many years, King has made the announcement of the CIF squads by mid-October. We do not wait until league finals to announce who the members of the CIF squads will be.  We aim to take a minimum of 9 runners with no guarantee of maximum numbers.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The selections are based on a variety of criteria, among which but not exclusively are:
 1) Positive attitude and expressed enthusiasm to compete at a high level
 2) Overall contribution to the team through the first six weeks of racing
 3) Varsity level achievement during the season
 4) Projected ability to impact the CIF team scoring
 5) Demonstrated strength on the CIF course,
 6) Leadership ability.

The coaching staff reserves the right to grant priority to freshmen or underclassmen who may benefit from “CIF exposure”. The fact that one is a Senior in high school does not in its own right, grant one a right to CIF action.

Athletes who portray negative attitudes toward their teammates, the sport, the coaches or toward CIF-level effort will NOT be considered for the CIF teams.  

LETTER POLICY

Please Note:  While the coaches do reserve the right to award a letter to any athlete regardless of point total, due to the objective nature of the lettering system and its broad-based, multi-faceted approach, such awards have never been given since this system's adoption in 2002.   100 points are required to letter. Less than 100 points will not letter.

Letter Requirements: The letter for King Cross Country is awarded for both talent and effort. It is designed to be a valued award for running ability, hard work and dedication. The achievement of a letter is not a right, but rather the result of a personal responsibility to act and behave all season in a positive way ...  meaning, an above average commitment to the team, the sport, to hard work and to improvement. A letter can be earned by anyone from any grade level. To earn a letter in Cross Country, the athlete must do ALL SIX of the following requirements.

1. Finish the season in good standing with the coaches, having demonstrated all season a positive, team-oriented, success-minded attitude and conduct. 
2. Compete in at least three of the in-season Saturday invitationals
3. Maintain a positive attitude throughout the season. This kind of attitude is demonstrated by an above-average commitment to the team’s goals, to the sport and to one’s individual improvement.
4. Finish the first quarter with a minimum of 2.0 GPA.
5. Don't quit. Quitting for any reason prior to the end of the season will disqualify an athlete from a letter.
6. AND, earn 100 or more points from any of the following categories  in the chart below.


DISQUALIFIERS FOR EARNING A LETTER
  1. Fall BELOW a 2.0 GPA at the end of the first quarter. Ineligibility will disqualify an athlete from lettering.
  2. Quitting for any reason prior to the end of the season will disqualify an athlete from a letter.
  3. Refusal to compete in a CIF race (if qualified to do so) will disqualify an athlete from a letter.

Accomplishment

 
PointsAwarded
Boosters: Parent attendance at a booster meeting (Sep, Oct. Nov) 5 each day
Improvement: Athlete displays consistent and substantial improvement from prior year of King XC in race times throughout the season and on a variety of courses. 10 
Fundraising: Community financial support obtained (student earns only one level of points):  10 points for the first $140 earned in fundraising, then 10 points at $200, $300 and $400 thresholds.  Maximum of 40 points.**bonus 5 points if at least $140 is raised and turned in by Labor Day 10, 20, 30 or 40 
(+5 more with date-by bonus points)
 
DNR: (defined as “the student Did Not Run the intended workout.”  Is NOT defined as “student was present for attendance or watched the workout”)  Athlete has 2 or fewer days of non-running - DNR - (for any reason) from scheduled practices and meets from Aug 23 to the day after league finals (only academic events/testing and doctors notes are excused) After 8 days of non-running, an athlete forfeits a letter regardless of points earnedDoctor’s excuses must be delivered to Coach Peters within one week of the injury/illness to excuse non-running days.   30
DNR: Athlete has 3 or fewer DNR's (for any reason) from scheduled practices and meets from Aug 23 to the day after league finals (only academic events/testing and doctors notes are excused) After 8 days of non-running, an athlete forfeits a letter regardless of points earnedDoctor’s excuses must be delivered to Coach Peters within one week of the injury/illness to excuse non-running days.   20
DNR: Athlete has 4 or fewer DNR's (for any reason) from scheduled practices and meets from Aug 23 to the day after league finals (only academic events/testing and doctors notes are excused)  After 8 days of non-running, an athlete forfeits a letter regardless of points earnedDoctor’s excuses must be delivered to Coach Peters within one week of the injury/illness to excuse non-running days.   5
Participation in King Cross Country
For Four Years
For Three Years

30
25
Racing Accomplishment: Finish the season with your name on the Top-7 Grade Level Record List (all time), or Top 15 MSAC All-time List (one only) – Improving upon a Mt.SAC time already listed in top 15 will count toward points 10 
Racing Accomplishment: Finish in the top 7 combined King finishers of a competitive day or race in the actual varsity race regardless of finish place (8th and 9th place runners earn 5 points) 10 or 5
Racing Accomplishment: Compete in the varsity race at League Finals 5
Racing Accomplishment: Compete at CIF Prelims 20
Racing Accomplishment: Compete at CIF Finals 25
Racing Accomplishment: Compete at State Championships 30





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