Emerald City League 2019 Cross Country Guidelines


ECL XC Coordinator: Jeanne Higgins, Forest Ridge; jhiggins@forestridge.org; 425-679-0106 (office); 206-226-3046 (cell)


Regular Season Meets

Regular season meets are hosted by various schools as indicated on the master Emerald City 1A League’s and CrossTown Middle School League’s cross country schedules.

3:15 – course previews begin; maps will be available

3:45 – MS Girls

4:05 – MS Boys

4:25 – High School Girls

5:00 – High School Boys


Girls’/boys’ HS races will alternate order every year


Number of Participants

All members of a team – varsity as well as JV – may participate in regular season meets; we do not run separate junior varsity races.

The top 7 on each team will be the scoring team – 5 scorers and 2 displacers.

The same scoring system will be used at the District and State meets. However, at District and State, only 7 runners may run in the varsity race. (There are no JV races at District or State.)


Length of Courses

The length of Middle School courses shall be 1.5 miles.

The length of High School courses shall be 5 kilometers.

The one mile and two mile marks will be marked.

Splits will be called at the one-mile mark.


Maps of Courses

Host schools will provide maps of the courses at least 5 days prior to the meet.


Meet Expectations

1.    Meets will be run according to National Federation guidelines. Courses will be marked in accordance with Parks Department guidelines. Directional flags, cones, and/or spray chalk may be used; no spray paint!

2.    Courses will be marked in such a way that teams can do the walkthrough on their own.

3.    Rob Whitacre (G2 Racing) will provide automatic timing services for our league meets. He will provide each school prior to each meet a packet with bib #s and safety pins.

4.    Host schools are responsible to set up a finish chute adequate in length to handle the number of competitors, manage the finish line (2 people to sort finishers,1 to pull tags), and run a back-up stopwatch (which Rob will provide). Rob will provide his own canopy tent for the finish line if needed.

5.    It is recommended, but not required, that a bicyclist lead the race.

6.    Entries need to be posted on athletic.net 48 hours in advance of league meets. (e.g., entries posted on Sunday evening for a Tuesday afternoon meet).

7.    Complete results will be posted on athletic.net within 24 hours of a meet.

8.    Each school is expected to meet its obligations by providing a qualified helper who may or may not be the coach, if requested by the host school.

9.    Two or more schools will join to host each meet. Each school is expected to participate in the four regular-season ECL meets.

10. In the spirit of keeping the integrity and competitiveness of league meets at a premium, runners are expected to race each meet (while recognizing a wide degree of latitude for strategies that may be employed) rather than running a meet simply as a workout.


Emerald City League Championships

Held at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. League championship races will be run at the following times:

3:30 – High School Girls

4:10 – High School Boys

These races will alternate order every year


The League XC Coordinator’s school is the default host school of the ECL Championships unless otherwise noted on the schedule.


Awards for teams and individuals will be distributed after the end of the last race and scoring is complete.



Will be at South Whidbey High School in Langley, WA Saturday, November 2 – time TBA.


State Championships

The State Championships will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.



Coaches are reminded that a great deal of useful information is available at the websites of both the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (http://www.wiaa.com/) and the Washington State Cross Country Association (http://www.watfxc.com/home/).


All-League Awards

Emerald City All-League honors will be awarded to the top 25% of the league’s varsity runners (13 boys (7 teams), 16 girls (9 teams)) based on the Oct. 21st ECL Championship meet. Runners who are not able to compete in the ECL Championship may be petitioned for All-League status by their coach at the post-ECL Championship coaches’ meeting if their results during the previous league meets merit such status. This method recognizes a consistent percentage (25% of starters) of league participants rather than more or fewer participants depending on how fast recent league runners are, and it mirrors how All League is recognized other ECL sports. We will also vote on Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Sportsmanship honors in a post-game coaches’ meeting at the end of the ECL Championship meet.


Resolution of Conflicts and Concerns

Coaches are urged to approach each other with any concerns they may have. If they feel uncomfortable approaching another coach directly, they should bring the concern to the attention of the league cross country coordinator, who will convene the League Advisory Committee, comprised of the League President, League XC Coordinator, and an athletic director from a school not involved in the dispute.


Coaches and Athletic Directors Should Review:

1.    Emerald City League Cross Country Guidelines

2.    WIAA Handbook, cross country section

3.    National Federation Track and Field Rulebook, cross country section

4.    National Federation Track and Field Casebook, cross country section

5.    Cross Country Guidelines from WIAA


Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association

Coaches are strongly encouraged to join their professional association by going to the http://www.watfxc.com/home/ and registering with the WSCA (Washington State Coaches Association).