Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Program

2021 Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Program

The Knoxville Youth Athletics Elementary and Middle School Cross Country Program is an eight week program for all girls and boys grades 3-8 that teaches the fundamentals of distance running with weekly competitions including an Area Championship meet that allows participants a chance to qualify for the Tennessee State Middle and Elementary School Cross Country Championships in October.  In many counties surrounding Knoxville (including Knox) cross country is not a funded school sport at the elementary and middle school level.  The Knoxville Youth Athletics serves to help fund, foster and expand a sport that provides positive health benefits to its participants.  If your school does not have a program and you would like one we can get you started.  Everyone is welcome, whether your school has a program or not, you are home-schooled or you just love to run.

You must register online prior to your first practice (no exceptions).


Information Link (click on link below)Date / DeadlineAdditional Information
Meeting for all NEW teams / programs onlyJuly – 6:30PMProvision Health and Fitness (Map)
Coaches Page


Elementary School /

Middle School

August 9- Online Program Entry Opens$35.00 per athlete program fee – covers entire season except the State Meet. Registration Video Tutorial
Parent Meet Volunteer Sign Up
Parents Info Package 20
The Long Term Approach to working with Young Distance Runners
Participant and Spectator Race Etiquette (Important)
Inclement Weather Policy
Heat Policy
Lost Child Protocol
Bib Numbers Explained
ONLINE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS8/31/21 – Deadline to Register

7/22/2021Meeting for all NEW teams / programs only – 6:30 PM Provision Health and Performance – Required for all new teams and coachesProvision Health and Performance (Map)
7/27/2021ES-MS Coaches Meeting 6:30-8 PM – Provision Health and PerformanceProvision Health and Performance (Map)
8/8/2021ES-MS Coaches Clinic – 2-4 PM – Provision Health and PerformanceProvision Health and Performance (Map)
8/9/2021Online Program Entry OpensElementary School Sign Up / Middle School Sign Up
8/31/2021Deadline for Teams to submit Online Rosters
8/31/2021Deadline for Unattached runners to Register Online

General Rules for the 2020 Fall Season (Subject to Change)

Health and Safety

  • If you cannot answer “NO” to all of these questions, you cannot attend a meet or practice:
    • Have you been quarantined/isolated by a healthcare provider or health department in the past 14 days?
    • Have you had close / face to face contact for 10 or more minutes with someone who has COVID-19?
    • Are you feeling ill?
    • In the past 24 hours have you had a fever, cold, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, vomiting/diarrhea?
  • If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you and your household will not be permitted to come to the meet and will have to leave. If you answer yes to any of the other questions, you will not be permitted to the meet for a minimum of that day and up to 14 days dependent on the situation or cleared by their school policies.
  • If a child is quarantined by their school or another entity, they are not permitted back at practice until they are cleared to return by their school policies.
  • If an athlete tests positive, every athlete/coach that is told to self-quarantine by their school or other entity will not be permitted until they are cleared to return by their school or work policies.
  • Hand sanitizer will also be available for anyone to use during the meet at high contact areas including portas and restrooms. Teams should have hand sanitizer as well.
  • Coaches must remain 6 feet away from all athletes unless wearing a mask.
  • Athletes must remain 6 feet away from all athletes or wear a mask unless running or on starting line.
  • MASKS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ATHLETES WHILE COMPETING BUT MAY AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION. Coaches may wear masks if they cannot socially distance.
  • Athletes should not enter team area until 45 min-1 hour prior to wave. We ask that team parents stay out of team areas unless assisting the coach and wear a mask at all times that 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Athletes and spectators may not spectate at the start line or finish area. Only athletes competing in that wave should be at the start and all athletes must exit the finish area immediately and go back to team area.

Meet Operations

  1. We will utilize “wave” starts this season. This will keep the number of athletes on the starting line small while still allowing for competition and racing. The size of the wave will be pre-determined by KYA and the facility host. This will be reflected in the online registration for the event and capped at that figure.
  2. Coaches may pick up their packet about 45 minutes before their first wave.
  3. Athletes should avoid being in the team area more than 45 minutes before their wave. Parents should NOT be in the team area except if helping the coach with preparing the team for competition.
  4. Areas marked with “Caution tape” will be areas that you CANNOT spectate. These will typically be around the starting area and finish area.
  5. Clocks at finish and start will be synced with the time of day so that you know as a coach/spectator/athlete what time your race will start.
  6. Race courses are setup so that there is little to no overlap between waves and no cross-overs where athletes could crash.
  7. The race courses will be setup to be run autonomously and likely will not have a lead cart or cyclist.
  8. After the athlete finishes, they cannot hang around at the finish area, must return to their team area and leave if your household is done racing.

Safety Forms/COVID Waivers. Parents must fill out the Athlete Protocol Form, Parent Protocol From and Waiver. Coaches must fill out Coaches Protocol From and Waiver.

KYA COVID WAIVER (All Coaches/Athletes/Parents): https://pdf.ac/mpz7Y
Athlete Safety Protocol Form: https://pdf.ac/A8kHx
Coach Safety Protocol Form: https://pdf.ac/Cq7VD
Parent Safety Protocol Form: https://pdf.ac/hPZhA


DateTimeEvent/ActivityLocationMapCourse Maps / VideosAdditional InformationParking Map
8/29/20212-4 PMGroup RunTBDMapOpen to all parents / participants  preview of course Saturday at the Victor Ashe Park Fall ClassicParking Map
9/4/2021Meet PageFirst ES/MS Cross Country MeetTBDES-MS Map / ES-Video / MS-VideoMeet Info – Wave Starts
9/5/20212-4 PMGroup RunCove Lake State ParkMapOpen to all parents / participants  preview of course that will be run on Monday and Tuesday
9/8/20216:15 PMSecond ES Cross Country MeetCove Lake State ParkES Map / VideoWave StartsParking Map
9/9/20216:00 PMSecond MS Cross Country MeetCove Lake State ParkMS Map / VideoWave StartsParking Map
9/12/20212-4 PMGroup RunWalters State – SeviervilleMapOpen to all parents / participants  preview of courses that will be run on Monday and Tuesday
 9/13/202106:15 PMThird ES Cross Country MeetWalters State – SeviervilleES Map / VideoWave StartsTravel / Parking Map
9/14/20216:15 PMThird MS Cross Country MeetWalters State – SeviervilleMS Map (Same as ESx2 loops / VideoWave StartsTravel / Parking Map
9/19/20212-4 PMGroup RunMelton Hill ParkMap2PM – ES, 3PM MS, 4-6 UnguidedOpen to all parents / participants  preview of course that will be run on Monday and Tuesday
9/20/202105:00 PMFourth ES Cross Country MeetMelton Hill ParkES Map / VideoWave StartsParking Plan
9/21/202105:00 PMFourth MS Cross Country MeetMelton Hill ParkMS Map / VideoWave StartsParking Plan
9/26/2021Group RunKnoxville Livestock CenterMapOpen to all parents / participants  preview of course that will be run on Monday and Tuesday
9/27/202106:00 PMFifth ES Cross Country MeetKnoxville Livestock CenterES Map / VideoWave StartsParking Plan
9/28/202106:00 PMFifth MS Cross Country MeetKnoxville Livestock CenterMS Map / VideoWave StartsParking Plan
10/9/202110:00 AMArea ES / MS Championships – RACE TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGEVictor Ashe ParkMapES MapElementary School  – Qualifier for the Tennessee State ES Cross Country Championships – Meet InfoParking Map
MS MapMiddle School  – Qualifier for the Tennessee State MS Cross Country Championships  Meet Info
9:30 AM – Elementary Girls Wave
9:40 AM – Elementary Boys Wave
9:50 AM  – Elementary Girls Wave
10:00 AM – Elementary Boys Wave
10:15 AM – Elementary Girls Invitational
10:30 AM – Elementary Boys Invitational
10:45 AM – Elementary Awards
11:30 PM – Middle Girls Wave
11:45 PM – Middle Boys Wave
12:00 PM – Middle Girls Wave
12:15 PM – Middle Boys Wave
12:30 PM – Middle Girls Invitational
12:45 PM – Middle Boys Invitational
1:15 PM – MS Awards
10/23/202110:30 AMTennessee State Elementary School Cross Country ChampionshipsVictor Ashe ParkMapES MapMeet Info
10/23/202101:00 PMTennessee State Middle School Cross Country ChampionshipsVictor Ashe ParkMS MapMeet Info
10/26/202104:30 PMFirst Practice – Post Season Cross Country Program – Elementary and MiddleAll SitesProgram Info
11/1/2021 4:30 PMFirst Practice – Post Season Cross Country Program – High School Non-State QualifiersAll SitesProgram Info
11/9/2021 4:30 PMFirst Practice – Post Season Cross Country Program – High School State QualifiersAll SitesProgram Info
11/6/202110:00 AMKYA Time Trials (ES/MS ONLY)TBDMeet Information
11/13/202110:00 AMSEAAU XC District ChampionshipsVictor Ashe ParkMapMeet Information
11/19/202105:00 PMKYA Time Trials (HS ONLY)Hardin Valley AcademyMeet Information
11/20/202108:00 AMCCCNYC ChampionshipsLexington, KYMeet Information
11/21/202108:00 AMKYA 5K PR ClassicSequoyah Hills ParkMeet Information
11/27/202108:00 AMFootlocker SouthCharlotte, NCMeet Information
12/4/202108:00 AMAAU XC NationalsTallahassee, FLMapMeet Information

Program Contact Information

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