TMS Cross Country

August 2, 2021

Dear Timberwolf Parents:

We are happy to invite your child to participate in Thomas Cross Country starting this August. We are a non-cut sport and everyone participates in most of the meets/competitions! As the only sport 6th graders are allowed to participate in, Cross Country is a great opportunity to enjoy a healthy, outdoor activity while meeting new people. Also, this will be the first year that TMS girls’ basketball schedule will not conflict with the Cross Country schedule, so girls can participate in BOTH cross country and basketball. Please read this letter carefully as it contains everything you need to know for your child to successfully participate on the TMS Cross Country team.

Calendar: Click here to view this year’s Cross Country calendar.

Registration: Please complete this form to register your child. This form MUST be completed before participating in practices.

PHYSICALS: All athletes must have a current physical BEFORE they can participate in ANY practices. Physicals are good for 13 months, so “current” for the cross country season means a physical dated after 9/16/20. A school nurse will be on hand to accept physicals from 7-7:30 AM on the first day of practice on Monday, August 9th at Hasbrook Park. Physicals can be turned in at the TMS office before Monday August 9th or emailed to

PRACTICES: In order to best prepare for our season, especially since our first meet is on Wednesday, August 28th, all athletes are invited (but NOT required) to attend practices before school starts. The first practice will begin at Hasbrook Park on Monday, August 9th from 7:15-8:30 am. Athletes should meet on the North side of the park by the baseball field. All practices that first week, August 9th-13th, will be in the mornings at Hasbrook Park from 7:15-8:30. Starting on Monday, August 16th, practices will be held at Thomas MS from 3:00-4:15 pm.

If an athlete cannot attend these practices before school begins, that’s okay as we understand there may be scheduling conflicts. We encourage all athletes to run 4-5 days of the week for 20+ minutes on their own (or run for 10 minutes, walk two minutes, then run 10 minutes more.) It takes time to build up cardiovascular endurance, and participants will do better and feel better if they have a head start.

HYDRATION/WATER BOTTLES: Summer and Fall are warm and humid times and it is critical to hydrate before, during, and after running. Runners should bring plenty of water with them to every practice and meet. A 16-oz. water bottle isn’t enough on those really hot and humid days.

REMIND APP: We’ve started NEW Remind groups, so everyone will need to sign up (even if you were already signed up last year). This is the primary method of communication with parents, so please sign up ASAP. Please use the listed class codes to join the appropriate group(s) on the Remind App:

6th Grade Girls: @xc6g2021; 6th Grade Boys: @xc6b2021

All 7th Grade: @xc72021; All 8th Grade: xc82021

Cross Country Schoology Page: Please join the 2021 Cross Country Schoology Page for updates and results. Use access code 44HN-F6XW-MHXKS to join.

PARENT MEETING: We will be holding a parent meeting within the first two weeks of practice. We will send the details soon. In the meantime, please make you register with remind and have your child join the Schoology group.

Thank you! We look forward to another successful cross country season!

Your Coaches,

Todd Slowinski

Joe Kim

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Hasbrook Park

Monday, Aug. 9th, 7:15-8:30am

333 West Maude Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL

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