Archive for March, 2012

Hello DASH families,

Our first middle school meet is just two weeks away.  I thought our Thursday practice was encouraging.  We are starting to run faster and build up endurance. Soon it will be time to toe the line in a meet, so we have to keep working hard. If you will not be able to make the April 14th meet let me know soon.  I will be making the first draft of the roster this week.  The boys run in the morning, the girls in the afternoon.

I received the order of middle school jerseys a few days ago, so anyone who still needs one can see me after practice.  The suggested donation for middle schoolers is $20, plus a $10 jersey fee for those who need one.  The shirts are yours to keep. As for high school, any donation will be accepted. I will pass out high school jerseys in a few weeks. I also have t-shirts and hats for purchase for any DASH fans who would like to show their team spirit.

Our team is a good size right now, but if you know of anyone who may like to join us, it is not too late.

I hope to see you all again this week at Hart Park. Let’s hope the weather stays warm and dry.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

Hello DASH families,

I will start practicing this Thursday, March 15th, 6:15 PM at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. Hart Park Map  We finish between 7:30 and 7:45, probably closer to 7:30 this week. Since the weather is so unusually good right now, I will also be at the Hart Park track on Tuesday at 6:15. If you would like to get in an extra workout, please join us. 

I have settled on a requested donation of $20 for the middle school team this season, plus a $10 team t-shirt fee for those who need one. The t-shirt is yours to keep. The middle school athletes need to get a pair of, preferably, black running shorts to complete the uniform. I have not settled on a high school donation amount yet. I want to see who I have on the team before I decide. It will probably be the same as the middle school. You do not have to bring any money to the first practice. I encourage new families to come to a few practices first to see if running is something they like and can commit to before I ask for any money.

Here are some notes for parents and athletes about practices that I have revised from last year.

1. Dress in layers. T-shirt, sweat shirt and jacket. Bring gloves and maybe a hat.  It can get very cold, especially at Hart Park in the evening. The track is wide open and nothing blocks the wind.
2. You should bring a water bottle. The water fountains are not turned on yet.
3. I practice in any weather at Hart Park. It is up to you to decide if you want to come. Practice will be on. You do not have to call and ask. If it rains, bring appropriate clothing and expect to get wet. Running in a little rain can be fun.
4. If you cannot make practice because of another commitment, run on your own. You can get a good workout running around the block or in your back yard.
5. Athletes, talk to the coach! Let him know of any injuries or concerns you have.
6. This is a running team. The coach will ask you to run when you are tired. Yes, you should run when the coach tells you to run. Talk with the coach, ask questions, but do not complain. Remember it is fun to run.
7. Practices are social events, a time to make friends, joke around, and have fun. But when the coach is talking it is time to listen, and then give your best effort.
8. Parents and younger siblings are always encouraged to participate. We started doing little kid relays at the end of practices last year that everyone tried to get into. The DASH team loves its relays!

I look forward to seeing all the DASH families again, and meeting a few new ones this week. Please tell your friends about the team, and encourage them to check us out.

Take care,
Jim Caspers

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