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Diamondbacks XC


DESERT RIDGE Cross Country 2019

Welcome to Diamondback Cross Country 2019!

Desert Ridge Middle School has a very strong middle school cross country program. 

All 6th-8th grade students are eligible and encouraged to participate.


ALL PAPERWORK IS DUE NO LATER THAN Aug 23rd!  Please do NOT staple all of the forms, rather, please use a paperclip to hold all paperwork together.  If you wish to purchase a t-shirt for $15.00, we will be accepting payment at the meeting. Please make checks out to DRMS Cross Country or bring correct cash payment.  All forms can be found on the right hand column of this page.

MANDATORY PAPERWORK: ­Please put all forms in this order!

  • DRMS Student/Parent Information Form.  Read, sign, print and return. This will provide us with your contact info, practice conflicts, and volunteer interests.  Fill out and return.
  • Physical & Concussion Form.  Physicals are MANDATORY!  Please use the APS physical forms (5 pages).    Physicals must be dated April 1, 2019 or later and MUST be turned in before a student can begin practice – NO EXCEPTIONS. Please make a copy of the physical if your child will be participating in other sports through the school year- it will be sufficient for track season as well.  The concussion form is attached to the end of the physical that must also be completed.  Fill out and return when complete. 
  • Activity Code of Conduct Form.  Read, sign, print (only Page 5) and return.
  • Transportation Release Form. (will be handed out at the parent meeting)

*Forms cannot be returned individually; only complete packets will be accepted. 



Most meets will be ran on a course of approximately 2 miles. Host meets usually divide up gender and grade levels. However, 7th and 8th grade run together so there is a total of 4 races in a meet. Depending on the size of the team I may ask some runners to run up a grade level.


PARTICIPATION FEES: $65 to be charged.  Middle School Cross Country is not an APS funded sport. Fees cover our home meet, other expenses related to the team, and coaches salaries. 

T-shirt/Uniform for $15.00. We will use the same t-shirt from last year so no need to purchase if you already own one.


PRACTICES:  Practices begin Monday, August 19th.  Practices will be held each week Monday through Thursday from 3:30-4:45 p.m.  Each student is allowed one optional “grace day” he/she can miss. Students must participate at least one hour each practice to count towards attendance.  To participate in a meet, the student must be at the last practice before the meet and two other practices the previous week. Exceptions are made just talk to Coach Jaecks to make arrangements. 


Practices will almost always be held at the DRMS track behind the school.  Athletes will run off-campus. Additionally, headphones are not permitted for safety reasons. .  In case of inclement weather, we may have practices inside the school gym. 


WHAT TO BRING/WHAT TO WEAR:  All athletes need to bring water to practice and wear appropriate workout attire.  Workout gear must follow DRMS dress-code policy. Athletes will be allowed to change in the locker rooms; however, this privilege may be taken away if the locker rooms are vandalized or not left in clean condition.  Students need to bring all belongings to the field once changed. Students who are not appropriately dressed for the weather will be sent home. 


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:  All athletes will need to provide their own transportation to the meets.  Carpooling is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Dismissal from class will be dependent on the time and distance of the meet.   Athletes may leave the meet with a parent/guardian once their events are complete. Athletes will be permitted to leave the meet under two conditions: 1) a signed transportation liability form is on file AND 2) a parent/guardian has signed out their athlete with an assistant coach.  Athletes will only be released to parents/guardians listed on the transportation liability form. 



Date/ Time


Meet Host

9/04                    3:30



9/12                    3:30



9/18                    3:30



9/25                    4:00



10/02                  3:30

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

10/10                  3:30




  Order: 6th Girls, 6th Boys, 7th/8th Girls, 7th/8th Boys.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  As parents, it is important that you maintain contact with the coaching staff concerning any injuries, illnesses, absences, questions, concerns, etc.   Email correspondence is preferred, but phone calls are also welcome. I will also be using an app called GroupMe, I will be sending out invitations soon. If any issues or concerns arise, please communicate with the coaches first before contacting the athletic director or principal.  Additionally, encourage your athletes to communicate with their coaches regarding these issues as well. 


Girls/Boys Head Coach:  Roxanne Jaecks, 505-814-8960,                     

Girls/Boys Assistant:  Sarah Sanchez ,

DRMS Athletic Director: Stacy Pokorski,