South Lyon High School
Men's Cross Country
There Is No Substitute For Summer Miles
June 3 thru September 6
Freshman 200
300 Mile Club
400 Mile Club
500 Mile Club

Summer Mileage Goals
Freshmen 200
Sophomores 300
Juniors & Seniors 400
Conversion Factors
Non Running activities can't make up more than  25% of your
weekly totals unless this is waived by coach Smith due to

Biking (constant)                                  3 miles   = 1 mile
Treadmill                                                 1 mile      =1 mile
Elliptical or Zero Gravity                      2 miles   =1 mile
CONSTANT Lap Swimming                     15 minutes = 1 mile
Water Running 140 heart rate               15 minutes - 1 mile

Other activities (walking, hiking, basketball practice, etc.) do not
count for miles because they typically do not raise the heart rate
for at least 20-30 minutes non stop.

If you are injured or on vacation, please  contact Coach Smith to
waive the 25% restriction on cross training miles.
Camp Requirements
Camp Requirements Waived in 2020 due to Covid
*100 Miles Submitted between June 1- July 27
Miles must be submitted within 6 days of each week's end.

*22 of 37 Group Running Practices June 18-Aug. 5
The completed 24/24 counts for 4 practices.
Non completed 24/24 counts for 2 practices.

*If you will be on trips this summer and can't make 22 practices by August 6,
you must have a plan in place with Coach Scott Smith by June 30.  There is
no waiver for the mileage requirement.
End of Year
Awards 20
Each athlete who completes the season successfully will receive
one or more of these awards.

1.  Freshman or JV
2.  Varsity
3.  Lion Hearted

1.  Freshman or JV
A.  Finishes the season successfully but does not qualify for varsity
options  One or Two.
B.  Attendance:  
No more than 7 absences between August 1
7 and the end of the season.
No more than 2 group three absences:  Athlete is removed from team
upon the 3rd.

2.  Varsity Award 2019
To receive the varsity award for boys cross country, you must complete

1.  Run one 5K CROSS COUNTRY Race under 18:00.
For each June, July, August weekly summer mileage submission sent
within six days of week's end, you can add 5 seconds to the  18:00
If you submit all of your weeks on time, this will be a 19:05 Varsity Time
A valid mileage submission has at least 10 miles per week in June,
15 miles per week in July, and 20 in Aug. (19:00 if you submit 12 valid weeks).
2.  Have NO Group III unexcused absences.
3.  Attend all Mandatory Practices starting August 1
7 unless you are ill or
other group I or II absence. More than five days of combined group I
and/or II absence August 1
7 through November 6 will disqualify you from
a varsity award.
4.  Attend all Meets unless you are ill or other category I absence.
5.  Successful completion of the season.
6.  Attend the state meet to cheer on any SLHS  state qualifier.

OPTION TWO  You must complete Option Two, parts 1,2, 3
1.  Complete three years of cross country.  
2.  Submit 400 miles June 1 thru Aug 31 of that 3rd year
3.  Complete numbers 2-6 from OPTION ONE above.
Attendance Policy
starting August 17th, 2020

Group One     Excused—Does not need to be made up:
1.        Absent due to illness. Covid test required to rejoin the team
2.        Special one day Church Function (Confirmation Service)
3.        Observance of a single Holy Day or Sabbath
4.        School one day Performance (Concert or Competition)
5.        Wedding or funeral in the immediate family.
6.        Doctor visit directly related to a cross country injury.

Group Two       Excused— But need to be made up:
Note:  Make Ups normally made up at morning weights.
          2020 Make Up method still to be determined.

1.      Absent from school partial day due to illness.  If you
      do not attend school all day, you are ineligible to
      participate in a meet or practice unless prearranged with
      the athletic director.
2.      Family Vacations (Please try to avoid these
after Aug 16)
3.      School project/make up test  (must be approved by your
      coach at least one day in  advance—plan ahead)
4.      Court Hearings
5.      School Discipline
6.      Doctor or Dentist appt. not directly related to an XC injury.

Group Three     Unexcused—Need to be made up:
Athletes with any group 3 absence is NOT eligible for the
varsity award or the Lion Hearted award.  Upon the 3rd Group
Three absence, the athlete will be asked to leave the team
and to return next year.  No refunds or awards.
1.     Employment absences
2.     Driver’s Education/Secretary of State
3.     Vacations/Amusement Park Trips except with his own  
4.     Any absence where Coach Smith is not notified in
     advance by a parent e-mail of an eligible Group One or
     Group Two absence.
5.    Any Meet Day or Thursday absence except those in
 Group One.
6.    Unexcused absence from any part of school day
7.      Any Group II absence not made up within week.  
8.      Chronic Tardiness (5)
9.     Missed bus to a meet (not eligible to run)
10.  Any absence where an athlete went home ill after school
     and missed practice.  This can be converted to group II
     at Coach Smith's discretion if a parent contacts Coach Smith
     the same day and verifies the extreme and sudden illness.

The athlete will be ineligible to run the next meet or receive a varsity
award due to any Group Two absence not made up within the week
or any Group Three absence.  The athlete is off of the team with the
3rd group three absence.  No refunds will be issued or awards given.

Group two and three make ups are accomplished through
attendance at morning weights. (6 AM SLHS M,W, F).  Although a
make up is required for both group two & three absences, this make
up does not turn a group III absence into a group I or II absence.

Special 2020 make up procedure still to be determined.

The athlete will can have a maximum of 7 absences of any
kind during the season.
*Being absent from a meet counts as 2 absences.
*After 7 absences, the athlete will be asked to turn in his uniform
and return the following year. Extended absences of three days or
more EXCUSED BY A DOCTOR will not be counted against the 7
day total. No refunds or awards will be given.

Injured athletes are expected to attend practices and meets unless
the injury will remove the athlete from activity for an extended period
of time.  This needs to be discussed with Coach Smith.

Family vacations during Mandatory Practice Time are strongly

Vacations After  August 16
1.  Not eligible to run meets until an equal number of practices
have been attended after the athlete returns from vacation.
2.  Not eligible to run meets until 2 weight sessions have been
 attended for each practice missed.  The weights sessions
occur after the absence.
Special 2020 procedure to be determined
3. Not eligible for the varsity award or captainship in that same year.
Note: If the athlete attends every meet but is not eligible to run one
because of Group II absences, he can still earn the varsity award IF
the vacation occurred before the start of the school year. He will be
expected to help with team needs (splits,photographing, results, etc).
4.  Short trips (max 2 days) due to immediate family weddings and
funerals are exempt from the vacation policy if 2 day (funeral) or 14
day (wedding) advance notification is given to Coach Smith
by parent
5.  If an athlete is not allowed to run a meet due to vacation
absences, he is still required to attend to take splits and
photographs.  He will have a workout  before the meet begins.
6.  First year athletes are encouraged to also avoid vacations after
August 1
7.  However, some leniency will be shown to first year
Awards for 2020
1.  Academic:
A.  Season Academic Award (Mr. Teagan will set the check date)
B.  Lakes Valley Conference Scholar Athlete Award
C.  4.0 Marking Period Award
if athletic dept. provides this information

2.  Freshman, JV, Varsity, or Lion-Hearted
A.  Freshman or JV Certificate
B.  Varsity (Letter; Certificate; 2nd, 3rd, 4th Varsity)
C.  Lion Hearted

3.  Special Awards
A.  MVP (based on stats)
C.  Mileage Clubs (must turn in miles weekly)
D.  Most Improved
E.  Last Man Standing
F.  Most Generous

G.  Fortitude

G.  Best Underclass Leadership (VARSITY senior class vote)
Note:  If the Best Underclass Leadership recipient also
         is a junior, he will be named the first captain of the next season.  
         He will meet with Coach Smith shortly after the banquet to
         discuss additional terms before becoming captain.  Additional
         terms include camp attendance and mandatory season attendance
         and June-July-August attendance.
H.  Perfect Attendance
I.  Iron Horse  (Completed all races including time trial)
Last Man
2019 Winners
Vlad Schnitzel               4th time!
Brendon Stec                2nd Time!
Dom Foytek                    1st Time!
Reiner Kandt                  1st Time!

2018 Winners
Vlad Schnitzel        3rd time!
Haden Gallentine  2nd time!
Brendon Stec        1st time!

2017 Winners
Val Schnitzel 4th time!
Vlad Schnitzel 2nd time!

2016 Winners
Val Schnitzel 3rd time!
Haden Gallentine
Vlad Schnitzel

2015 Winners
Marshall Thelen  4th time!
Val Schnitzel       2nd time!
Joey Younkin
Athletes must submit
miles within 7 days of
week's end to get
credit for that week's
May 4 thru November 6
Our mission statement dictates that
we strive to become a family of brothers
engaged in a common purpose.  To that
end, it is essential that we always act in
such a way to protect and nurture our
team and our team mates.

1.  Social media must be used very carefully (or not used).  
A.  Do not post pictures or video of team members without
    their permission.  
B.  Do not post pictures of team activities without Coach's
C.  Complaints must be handled like men of character, not like
     critics hiding behind a keyboard.  NEVER engage in
     negative group texts or other social media postings that
     involve the team, its members, its coach, its parents,
     or its competitiors.
D.  NEVER post anything that will embarass yourself, your
     friends, your family, your team, or your school.
E.  First offense:  One week suspension off team.  Serious   
                           infractions will result in permanent removal
    Second offense:  Permanent removal from the team.

2.  Absolutely no use of alcohol or drugs including tobacco or
 vapes.  First offense:  Notification of the athletic department
                                      and REMOVAL from the team.

3.  No slacking or walking.  Team members must always strive
   to have a quality practice.  Slacking off hurts team comaraderie.
   If a time is assigned to a run, the athlete must make every
  attempt to hit that time.  
 First offense:  Meeting with coach.
 Second offense:  Meeting with coach and captains.
 Third offense:  Missed Meet
 Fourth offense:  One week suspension from the team
 Fifth offense:  Removal from the team.

4.  No use of foul language, sexual innuendo, or racial slurs.
  First offense:  Meeting with coach.
 Second offense:  Meeting with coach and captains.
 Third Offense:  One or more of the folowing at coach's discretion:
    Meeting with parents
    Meeting with athletic director
   Two meet suspension.
   One week suspension from team.
   Removal from the team.

5.  Always...
   **Display good sportsmanship.  
    **Behave like a gentleman.  
    **Say Please & Thank You.  
   **Pick up after yourself.  
*       *Volunteer with the group needs.
   **Show respect to team mates
   **Show awelcoming attitude to new members
   **Follow directives of captains and coaches unless illegal or   
     in violation of school/athletic code of conduct.

6.  Never:  Put yourself before the team.  
                 Be negative.  
                 Bring shame to yourself or the team.
                Complain about running.  
                Disrespect your team, its members, and its leaders.
                Use your parent as your servant.  Be self reliant.

RACE Eligibility 2020
Joining the team qualifies you to practice with the team.  This might
be a varsity or a JV squad.  Joining the team DOES NOT guarantee
you the opportunity to race.

Due to Covid considerations, there will be a limit at some races
for the number of participants who will be allowed to compete.
Faster athletes will be given the first opportunity to race.

Also due to Covid Considerations, a race course must be cleared of
all boy runners and all boys' teams before the course will be turned
over to the girls' teams.

There will be a social distance staggered start.  Waves of
approximately 10 runners will start.  The staggered waves will
differ from course to course and will be determined by the meet

For these reasons, a boy must demonstrate that he is capable of
running faster than 25 minutes for a 5K before he will be allowed to
compete in 2020.
Other Special 2020 Considerations
Each athlete must bring his own water in bottles marked with his name. Bottles must
not be shared.
Masks must be worn at team gatherings unless the athlete is in the process of a
South Lyon Community Schools has indicated that it will not provide athletic
transportation unless face to face school is also being provided.
South Lyon Community Schools and the Lakes Valley Conference have also indicated
that they will enforce a NO SPECTATOR rule, especially the early part of the fall season