Cross Country

FALL 2021 SEASON

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For the Fall 2021 Season, we we're planning on offering at least (3) THREE FIYA In-Person XC meets and (10) TEN FIYA XC Virtual meets. Dates and general info for our in-person season are now available below, and further details including 2021 meet locations will be posted shortly. All dates and info on our virtual XC program and how to participate are included below on this page.

 

To learn more about FIYA, click here. If you are new to FIYA, it is especially important to take the time to review the information herein before you start competing in our cross country events. For more sports offerings and dates for the 2021-2022 School Year, please visit our Sports Page.


Please continue reading for more details on both our In-Person and Virtual XC programs, and we look forward to having you participate! 

 

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MORE ON FIYA CROSS COUNTRY

Due to the restrictions put in place in Los Angeles County last year, FIYA’s 2020 Fall Cross Country season went completely virtual and will return both virtually AND in-person for the Fall 2021 season! Continue scrolling to read more details on Virtual XC and how to participate.  For schools that will be returning to in-person sports this Fall, we will also be bringing back our In-Person XC season! We're offering (3) THREE individual meets, dates/locations listed below.

NEXT 2021 XC DATE: September 22nd

VIRTUAL COACHES MEETING FOR VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON XC @ 4:30PM

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Registration, automatic timing, and results for all of our XC meets are done through athletic.net. Registration for all in-person and virtual meets is NOW OPEN and for all (3) in-person meets, coaches have until the end of day the Monday prior to meet day to register all runners. If you're new to our XC program, you will first need to create a FREE athletic.net school account and register each of your runners to your school's team. Next, coaches will register each runner for each desired meet offered on FIYA's Athletic.net account.

To create a FREE athletic.net account for your school's team

For FIYA's athletic.net profile and to register runners for both Virtual AND In-Person meets once registration opens.

XC AGE DIVISIONS & COURSES

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FIYA is open to ALL elementary and middle schools for participation. NO High School students are allowed to compete in FIYA. We divide the competition for both our Virtual AND In-Person meets based on grade levels as follows…

 

Division 1 = 8th Grade & Below and runs a 2 mile course;

Division 2 = 6th Grade & Below and runs a 1.5 mile course;

Division 3 = 4th Grade & Below and runs a 1 mile course.


NOTE: A student-athlete can compete as part of the school team or individually if there are not enough student athletes at your school interested in competing. Students are also allowed to run in older divisions, but are prohibited from running in lower divisions than their age group.

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2021 In-Person Meets Location

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CHEVIOT HILLS REC CENTER

**SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE INFO ON VIRTUAL XC & LOCATIONS

Virtual XC 2021 DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS:  Sept 8

REGISTRATION CLOSES:  Nov 28

COACHES MEETING:  Pre-season Meeting TBA

ONLINE COMPETITION OPENS:  Sept 8

COMPETITION CLOSES:  Nov 28

*Dates subject to change

IN-PERSON XC 2021 DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS:  Sept 8 (For all 3 meets)

REGISTRATION CLOSES:  Monday before each meet

COACHES MEETING:  Pre-Season Meeting TBA

XC MEET #1:  Wednesday Oct 6 @ Cheviot Hills

XC MEET #2:  Wednesday Oct 13 @ Cheviot Hills

XC MEET #3:  Wednesday Oct 20 @ Cheviot Hills

*Dates subject to change

MORE ON FIYA VIRTUAL XC

  FIYA Virtual XC requires runners to actually run the courses we have laid out but they do it on their own, at anytime during the open competition period. Our courses are carefully measured out and uniquely designed at various parks and recreation areas spread vastly throughout Los Angeles County so that we can accommodate as many schools geographically as possible. All in all, our Virtual XC program is designed to provide an outlet for our school communities to gather safely outdoors, at beautiful locations, on your own schedule with your own safety precautions - all to enjoy each other’s company while competing against other schools’ cross country runners through FIYA’s virtual cross country meets.

NEXT VIRTUAL XC DATE: November 28th

REGISTRATION & COMPETITION PERIOD CLOSES

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Listed below are all important documents and links with more details on FIYA's Virtual XC program, rules, and locations as well as further instructions on how to register, how to compete using the app, and how to submit your results.

To read and download the full FIYA Virtual XC Program & Rules document

To read and download our Athletic App Registration & Competition Instructions

To visit FIYA’s athletic.net page, create a team account, or to register runners

To download the athletic app and create your runner’s account

Virtual XC Costs & Awards

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For all of our virtual meets, the cost will be per athlete per school per meet. For non-member schools, the cost is $15 per athlete per meet and for member schools the cost is $12 per athlete per meet. Upon conclusion of the cross country season, FIYA will issue one invoice per school covering all meets that your school athletes participated.  Payment should be made after receipt of the invoice.

AWARDS FOR PARTICIPANTS:

If a runner participates in at least SIX (6) virtual meets,

he/she will receive a commemorative 2021 FIYA Virtual XC T Shirt.

 

If a runner participates in all TEN (10) virtual meets,

he/she will also receive a commemorative 2021 FIYA Virtual XC Medal.

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For exact rules on scoring and awards for the 2021 Fall Virtual XC Season

AWARDS FOR TOP FINISHERS:

All virtual meets will have a team competition as well as an individual competition. **Meaning, individuals can still compete regardless if their school has enough runners to qualify as a team.**

 

  • For the team competition your school must have at least 3 runners per division per gender to qualify.  
    • For every three teams participating, we will award a team plaque.
    • We will award a maximum of 5 team plaques.

 

  • For the individual competition we award medals to the top runners in each gender division.
    • For every 5 runners, there is a medal place awarded.
    • EX: If there are 25 runners total in a race, there are 5 medals awarded to the top 5 finishers in that gender division.

How To Register & Compete

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To register and compete in any of our virtual meets, schools must FIRST create a free team account on athletic.net and each runner must also have their own account connected to the team's profile. Athletes will physically run the courses that we have designed at our various locations before the competition deadline. Using the Athletic App and their personal account, runners will record their runs with GPS and submit race results to the FIYA meet of which they're registered for on our athletic.net page.

 

If your school has not participated in FIYA Cross Country in the last two years, you will likely need to first create a free account at athletic.net.  Once you create your account, you can then register for any of the FIYA Cross Country Meets.

If you’re unfamiliar with our registration process through athletic.net please see instructions below on how to register. 

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Downloading the Athletic App After Registration:

For virtual meets, there are TWO IMPORTANT STEPS after you have registered your runners for a virtual meet on Athletic.net:

STEP 1 – Every cross country coach must download Athletic App to his or her mobile phone.

STEP 2 – Every runner must download Athletic App as well.

Please read and download the detailed Athletic APP instructions above.

In that document, you'll find instructions on how to create an account, how to register, and how to use the app to compete in a FIYA virtual meet. Again, all FIYA Virtual Meets require that the athletes actually run AT the designated course on your own at anytime during the open competition period.  Using Athletic APP provides the proof that athletes complied with this requirement.

Using the Athletic App at Each Virtual XC Meet:

Each athlete that runs a FIYA virtual cross country meet needs to use Athletic App.  We have provided detailed instructions on how a runner can record their run and submit his/her results.  In addition, Athletic App has other useful features for coaches and team members.  All instructions can be found on this same Athletic APP instructions Document.

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Above is an example of a virtual meet submission for the Boys Division 2 Kenneth Hahn race on FIYA's athletic.net. Includes finish time and GPS map for proof of full course completion.

Virtual Meet Locations & Courses

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For the Fall 2021 virtual season, we’ve carefully measured and designed (10) “meets” at various parks and recreation areas throughout Los Angeles County. All 10 locations are listed below along with the address/ map to get there, our course maps/ distances for that location, and our course video to get a better visual of the course and park location before you arrive.

Videos of all virtual courses can be found on our YouTube page here.

Columbia Park

Edward Vincent Jr Park

El Dorado East Regional Park

Earvin Magic Johnson Recreation Area

Hansen Dam Recreation Area

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FALL XC COMPETITION PERIOD ENDS:

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Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Lake Balboa/Anthony J. Beilenson Park

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Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

Legg Lake/Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

Peter F. Schabarum Regional County Park

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU THIS SEASON!

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