Meet and Greet at Wise Guys

We our having our annual Meet and Greet with the coaches on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6PM at Wise Guys Pizza, 4957 Yorba Ranch Road, Yorba Linda.  Come enjoy dinner, talk with other parents, chat with the coaches and allow the runners to get to know each other outside of practice.  The purchase of your dinner helps raise money for our team.  Enjoy your dinner on the patio from 6-7 and then Coach Vidal will say a few words and open the floor to questions.

To help avoid overwhelming the Wise Guy’s kitchen, we encourage you to call ahead with your order.

This is part of our Wise Guys fundraising week.  From Sunday, July 21st to Thursday, July 25th, 20% of proceeds (excluding alcohol and specials) will go to the team.  Delivery, dine-in or take-out all qualify.  Simply take in the flyer (below) and let them know you’re with YLHS Cross Country. 

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WiseGuysXC Flyer

Summer Camp is Here!

Glad to see everyone out there for the start of summer camp today!  It was a great start to the season.

The schedule for summer camp:

Mondays and Wednesdays: Yorba Regional Park–meet at the west end closest to Fairmont Blvd.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Yorba Linda Packing House Square–18200 Yorba Linda Blvd.  This is near the intersection of Yorba Linda Blvd and Imperial Hwy.  Use Back in Motion Physical Therapy to find it on your phone.

Fridays: Yorba Linda High School.  The team will meet at the sea container–near the pool and gym area.

Saturdays: Rotational.  Saturday practices will vary.  For Saturday, July 13th practice will be held at Prospect Trailhead.  Use Resolution Crossfit, 3700 Prospect Ave to find it on your phone.

All practices are from 7-9AM during summer camp.

Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest, the season is just getting started.

Summer Camp and Athletic Clearance

Please be sure to sign up for XC summer camp which runs July 8th-August 23rd. Here is the link to PYLUSD Summer Sports Camps:

Summer Sports Camp

No athlete may participate without the registration form received by the District and a Physical Clearance form received by the school.  Make sure to keep a copy for your records.

Registration form- turn in to the District
Summer Camp Registration Form

Summer Camp Registration Link  Register Online!

Physical form- Must be turned in to Yorba Linda High School

Pre-Participation Physical Form

Also, the Athletic Clearance process needs to be completed for all new and returning athletes participating in sports at YLHS. For Fall sports, this process really needs to be completed prior to summer, since the sports physical and copy of the insurance card need to be submitted prior to the office closing for summer vacation. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Sappington, athletic clearance clerk, by phone: (714) 986-7500 Ext. 14041, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. or by email at

Athletic Clearance


Getting Started

Summer Camp is Coming Soon…

As school continues on, summer camp appears to be in the far distant future but it is less than one month away.  If you are new to running, it is a great opportunity to prepare your mind and body for the upcoming cross country season.  Returning runners understand what to expect but can start to prepare now.  New runners can start a program to build up endurance to be ready for the season.

Here are a few important tips for new runners (and returning ones, too):


There are some really nice looking shoes and clothing great for running but they may not be right for you.  Everyone’s stride and foot strike are different and it is important to get shoes that are right for YOU.  Discomfort and injuries can occur due to wearing the wrong shoes.  It is recommended you visit a running store specializing in helping runners get the best fit with their shoes.  The store should analyze your gait, watch your stride and recommend multiple pairs of shoes for you to try.  Try them on with an open mind and with more than a fashion eye.  Comfort and function are the most important part of the shoe.  Great designs and colors are more awesome when the fit is perfect!  

Here are a few area stores that specialize in helping runners get the right pair of shoes (no endorsement or recommendation stated or implied).  Most of these stores will give you a discount if you let them know you will be joining cross country this fall and you show them your student ID.

A Snail’s Pace (Brea)

Top Speed Running (LaVerne)

Legacy Running Co (Whittier)

Road Runner Sports (Costa Mesa)

Fleet Feet Sports (Rancho Cucamonga)

Runners High (Long Beach)

Socks and clothing are important too.  You want to get socks that wick moisture away from your feet.  Avoid socks that are 100% cotton.  They absorb moisture and can create an uncomfortable experience and potentially lead to skin and foot problems.  Consider cotton, wool and synthetic blends or synthetic fibers for best performance.  You may also want to consider padding (heels, balls of feet), seamless toes and the rise and fit of the sock as there is nothing worse than a sock that slides into your shoe during a run.  

With clothing, again avoid 100% cotton.  The cotton will absorb moisture and wet fabric will stick to the skin causing irritation, chafing and/or blisters.  Look for blends and synthetics that wick moisture away from the skin for the best comfort and performance.

Not all gear is right for everyone.  We all have different body types, mechanics and sweat patterns.  Shoes, socks, shorts and tops that are perfect for one person may be extremely uncomfortable for someone else.  Ask your coaches and experts for advice and get the gear that is right for you.

Start Easy

You don’t win the race on the first day of practice.  Depending on your fitness level and running experience, you may actually need to start with a run/walk program.  Start easy, take it slow.  If you’ve never run before start by running every second or third day, one to three miles at a time.   Instead of distance, you could even start with running for time—10 minutes to start and then begin to work up to 45 minutes.  Don’t be afraid to take walk breaks if necessary.  Before you know it, you’ll be running three miles or more comfortably.  The cross country season is long and the only way to be successful is if you are healthy enough to toe the starting line.  The biggest mistake a runner can make is to do too much, too soon, too fast.  A general rule of thumb is to increase your weekly mileage no more than 10% per week.  Three to five days of running per week is enough to prepare you for summer camp.  Proper rest, hydration and nutrition will help get you ready to tackle the summer.

Improve your chances of avoiding injury:

Wear the right shoes/gear

Ease into your running

Get proper rest, hydration and nutrition

For more great tips refer to resources such as and search for “beginners”.

We look forward to seeing you July 8th for the start of summer camp and a healthy and successful season.

Amazon Smile Fundraiser

The YLHS XC Boosters attempt to provide everything needed for the coaches and athletes to be successful during the season. We do this with a minimum amount of fundraising. One of our few fundraisers is through our Amazon Smile account.

Supporting YLHS XC Boosters through Amazon Smile is an easy way to help our athletes.

Simply click on the link below to begin helping.

Amazon donates to YLHS Cross Country Boosters.

When you shop through Amazon in the future make sure to go to (change your favorites and bookmarks). YLHS XC Boosters should be automatically saved as your charity. Using Smile does not change the availability, cost or shipping for your products but it does donate .5% to the XC Boosters. One half percent may not seem like much but when dozens of athletes’ families are using Smile the numbers quickly add up.

We are asking you help us with this fundraiser by sharing the Amazon Smile link with your extended family, friends and neighbors.

Every little bit counts, signing up is easy and the proceeds help us support our great runners.

Thank you in advance for your support!