CYO Cross Country Information Fall 2022

The deadline to register for Cross Country is Friday, 9/2!

Volunteers: Calling all volunteers! A robust Cross-Country program depends on parent involvement; the St. John/Al XC program is looking for volunteers. No running experience is necessary!

Two information sessions are available for parents interested in volunteering:

Meets require a minimum of 6 volunteers. Because the St. John/Al team is a large team, it would be great to have 10 volunteers.

To Sign Up as a Volunteer:

  • At one of the information sessions (see above)
  • Via Teamsideline
  • Contact James Bozsa, 281.753.1708,
  • Look for a Sign-Up Genius, which will be sent later

Volunteering at St. John School:  All adults volunteering at St. John School must go through Safe Environment Training (if you have not done so). The first training is a two-three hour training followed by periodic online training (you will be notified via email).

Practices: All practices run from 5:30- 6:45pm and will be held at Woodland Park. Details for practice location can be found here.

  • Friday, 9/2:  all grades
  • Monday, 9/5:  PreK-3 – no practice
  • Tuesday, 9/6:  Grades 4-8 practice
  • Friday, 9/9:  all grades

Regular Season Practice Schedule Start the Week of 9/12

  • Mondays:  PreK-3
  • Tuesdays:  Grades 4-8
  • Fridays:  all grades

Final Practice of the Regular Season:  Friday, October 7

Pumpkin Run:  Friday, October 14

Meets: There will be 4 meets this season. You must participate in one of the first two meets to qualify for the Championship Meet.

  • Sunday, 9/18:  Meet 1 for all grades
  • Sunday, 9/25:  Meet 2 for all grades
  • Sunday, 10/2:  Championship meet for grades K-3
  • Sunday, 10/9: Championship meet for grades 4-8

Grades 4-8 Pre-Seasoning Training Plan

  • Week of 8/8:  Twice this week, go for an easy jog around a park or another safe area selected by the parent. The goal is to jog SLOWLY for 10 minutes continuously. No sprinting.
  • Week of 8/15:  Same as above but extend the easy jog to 15 minutes.
  • Week of 8/22:  Extend jog to 20 minutes.

Summary of Key Dates

  • Saturday, 8/27:  Optional grades 4-8 Pre-Season Fun Run at Woodland Park dirt track. We’ll warm-up, then go for an easy jog around the park.
  • Sunday, 8/28:  In-person volunteer meetup/planning session at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 5pm
  • Tuesday, 8/30:  Virtual volunteer planning session via Zoom. Volunteers, please attend one of the two sessions.
  • Friday, 9/2:  First practice – all grades
  • Friday, 9/2:  Registration deadline
  • Monday, 9/5:  Labor Day – no practice
  • Sunday, 9/18:  Meet 1 – all grades
  • Sunday, 9/25:  Meet 2 – all grades
  • Sunday, 10/2:  Championship Meet – grades K-3
  • Sunday, 10/9: Championship Meet – grades 4-8


James Bozsa –

Andrew Exnicios –

A printable version of the above information can be found here.