The veteran Vista cross country parents would like to extend a warm welcome to all families, especially families new to the program! First off, we would like to share a video that really shows the heart of the Vista Nation XC Team that features some of the Vista XC alum and families. Huge thanks to Adam and Jen Christians for doing a beautiful job of putting this together: https://vimeo.com/426581750
Below is some relevant information about the program:
The Team Blog is the main source of communication for all things Vista Nation XC. CHECK THE BLOG EVERY WEEK! http://www.vistanationxc.com/blog
GROCERY CARD FUNDRAISER
It's the only fundraiser we have and it's a very easy way to help cover the cost of our excellent and dedicated assistant coaches. This costs you nothing and takes 5 minutes:
There are many ways to contribute to the TEAM by volunteering. If you are interested in getting involved and don't know where to start, please see the attached list of committee heads below and send an email or text to the committee head of the committee you would like to volunteer. You are an important part of the success of this program and we thank you for your willingness to help out!
Please watch for opportunities to purchase a Vista Nation XC green shirt! It's a Vista Nation XC tradition to have a huge turnout of fans wearing the neon green shirts! If you have a high school runner, be sure to order the lime green Vista Nation shirts at the beginning of the fall season. Order extras for runners and all family members. Not only does it show our support and presence at meets, but as parents, it makes it easy to identify each other. Cross country families are generally a friendly, approachable bunch, although it can be hard to mingle at meets because we scatter about.
It's important that your runner be fitted for a good shoe right away! Your runners will go through lots of shoes, and there might be some trial and error involved at first, which can be frustrating. But, it's really the only expense for this sport.
BEING IN THE RIGHT SHOE PREVENTS INJURY AND IS WORTH THE EXPENSE IN THE LONG RUN. Runners Roost and Boulder Running Company both offer discounts to MVHS runners. Their employees are committed to getting their customers in the right shoe. Once you know what shoes work for your athlete, you can start ordering online or shopping sales. Do NOT let your runner convince you to buy a certain shoe because their teammates have them or because they look cool. Those are expensive (and often physically painful) mistakes. There is no team shoe.
Along those lines, if your runner starts complaining about a nagging ache or pain, he/she should talk to a coach before too much time goes by, to get some clues about what is going on (there's a decent chance it's the shoes). Your runner will undoubtedly resist doing this, but there are several coaches to choose from. Surely one of them will seem approachable. This is necessary.
FOR NEW FAMILIES:
Hopefully, you've had time to adjust to the program during the summer. If not, it'll be ok. There are so many parents eager to help you figure out how this team works. The first year is the hardest year, then you are a seasoned veteran.