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Donegal High School
915 Anderson Ferry Road
MountJoy, PA 17552

Communication with Coaches
Practices & Attendance
Sportsmanship & Conduct
Track Meets
Joining the Team
Varsity Letters
Attitudes for Success



You are a scholar athlete. It is your responsibility to keep up with your academics. Good athletes are great at time management and make their academics as successful as their athletics. Use your time wisely.


Communication with coaches is extremely important. Coaches are there to guide you and want you to be successful.

  1. You should keep the coaches informed of anything that may affect training such as prior knowledge of an absence from practice, any injury, conflicts within the team or with other athletes, academic problems or any other issue that may keep you from performing to your potential.
  2. Please let the head coach know ASAP if you will not be available for a meet because of a conflict. More than a week notice is appreciated.

Practices and Attendance

Practices are Monday through Friday at 3:30 till 5:45. Currently Saturday practices are optional. Track and field requires daily training to be undertaken safely and successfully. Practices are intended to help you achieve your best. You need be at practice.

Please review the following attendance requirements carefully. If you do not feel you can fulfill them, do not sign up for track and field.

  1. Practice begins at 3:30. Athletes are expected to be on time, dressed ready to practice at 3:30. Roll will be taken.
  2. If you can not be at practice please communicate this to the head coach. Acceptable absences are illness (absent from school), a family emergency, and school sanctioned events or trips. Work, detention, homework, forgetting clothes or shoes, and lack of a ride to practice are all unexcused absences.
  3. Being apart of the track team is a big commitment. You may have a job, but it should not interfere with practices or meets.
  4. If you are unable to practice as a result of an injury, report to the training room before practice starts, then join the team for stretching.
  5. Athletes must be at practice to be eligible for meets. Athletes who miss practices before an upcoming meet may not compete, but are required to attend the meet and help the coach.
  6. Athletes will be given two unexcused absences before they are dismissed from the team. Unexcused absences may carry consequences. Unexcused absences left at the end of the season will be tallied and counted as points. Athletes who attend 2 optional practices will receive 1 additional unexcused absence.

Sportsmanship and Personal Conduct

Athletes are ambassadors. Your conduct and attitude are a reflection of you, your family, coaches, teammates, and school. Represent them all in a positive sportsmanlike manner with excellence and integrity.

No one person is above the team. Everybody on the team is important– no matter how talented, and deserves your respect and encouragement.

  1. Have a positive attitude and support, encourage, and congratulate your teammates.
  2. Respect your teammates and coaches. Listen when coaches are speaking.
  3. Always display good sportsmanship to the other team. Congratulate and encourage your competitors. Respect their effort for they go through the same things you do. Take the opportunity to extend your hand in friendship and meet new people: e.g., “Hi, I’m Tammy. That was a great run you just did.”

Track Meets

Participation in meets is our goal and reason to practice. You are to be available for every meet! Generally everyone will compete, but some meets are limited to the number of entries per event or are by invitation only.

  1. Athletes are expected to travel on the bus to and from dual meets. The only exceptions being for family or school emergencies.
  2. Athletes may travel to and from invitational meets with their parents if the parents have spoken to the head coach. Parents will have to check athletes out at meets with the head coach. Letters from parents giving permission to ride with someone else will not be accepted.
  3. If you are going to be late for the bus, call coach on his cell phone.
  4. All track athletes will attend team huddles before and after dual meets. Team huddles will be at 2:50 on home meet days and at the conclusion of meets. Athletes will only be dismissed after the team huddles.
  5. During a meet you cannot pull yourself out of an assigned event unless you receive permission from the head track coach. You cannot leave a meet before the completion of the final event unless you have received permission from the head track coach.
  6. Athletes receiving an award must wear their team warm ups or jersey, or a T-shirt with the school name on it while receiving their award.


You will have some aches and pain from training that is natural such as muscle soreness. These types of injury will dissipate with rest that should actually be built into the training program. Persistent muscle soreness however can be a problem or lead to other problems.

Any ache or pain should be communicated to the coach. It will then be determined if the ache or pain is a natural outcome of training or if further investigation by the trainer is needed.

  1. Athletes are expected to communicate all injuries to their event coach before going to the trainer.
  2. Athletes unable to practice or compete should attend practice unless they are receiving treatment for their injury. You can help at practice, support teammates, and receive event specific instruction.

Equipment and Implements

Good running shoes are a must. They help you stay injury free. Spikes are the only meet apparel not provided. They are not required, but will help your performance. Please dress for the weather. We will be outside, and you may want to bring clothing appropriate for the cold weather or rain.

  1. Athletes will be issued team warm ups (top and bottom), a singlet, and meet shorts. They are for meets only.
  2. Athletes should only handle equipment specific to their event. Even then, it should only be used when and how your event coach advises you.
  3. If you need equipment or track implements for meets, you are responsible for making sure it gets on the bus and put away when returning to the school. Please keep track of our equipment at all meets.

No-Cut, but…

Donegal Track and Field is a no-cut sport, which means that no one will be dropped from the roster due to ability level; however, this is a competitive track team, and athletes will be expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment. Do come out for track if you want to increase your skills, extend and push your limits, and learn to compete in a sportsmanlike manner.

This is not a jogging club or exercise group: Do not come out for track solely to earn a PE credit (it will be the hardest credit you ever earn), to add a college application activity, or for general fitness.

Varsity Letters

Athletes can earn a varsity letter through the following requirements: 20 points is the goal to earn a varsity letter. Unexcused absences left at the end of the season will be tallied and counted as points.


Athletes will be encouraged to set short term goals and long term goals for the season. Set standards that will push yourself and better yourself. Goals should be realistic, specific (a time or mark), and progressive (build upon each other). Make sure they are based on your training and fitness level at that time. Work with your event coach to set goals that are achievable. The head coach will meet with you to help you set goals.

Both the boys and girls teams will also set team goals. Team goals give us a sense of unity and purpose.

You will have to ask yourself if you are willing to make the commitment to achieve your goals and the team's goals. Are you willing to show up for practice each day to work hard? Are you willing to make sacrifices and go outside your comfort zone? Do you look for ways to better yourself and your teammates. If each person on the team does, we can reach our goals.

Attitudes for Success

(rank in order from 1-6 in order of importance to you)

_____The desire to strive for excellence.

_____The realization that nothing of value can be achieved without hard work and dedication.

_____The desire to display self-confidence.

_____The desire to show one’s ability in competition.

_____The desire to cooperate as part of a team.

_____The desire to have fun.


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