During the fall, NYA hosts a 5 meet season for athletes in grades 3-8 to explore the sport of cross country (XC). NYA facilitates meet production for area schools and individuals. We compete at local parks on specially designed cross country courses where athletes race 1 mile (3rd-5thgrade) or 2 miles (6th-8th grade). The season culminates in our Regional Championship where athletes can qualify to compete in the Tennessee State Championships. Athletes can compete as part of a school-based team, a homeschool co-op, or as unattached individuals.
NYA will serve as your meet director and facilitator during the developmental season. We do not hold practices nor train athletes for this program.
GET A TEAM STARTED AT YOUR SCHOOL: Getting a team started at your school is easy! Once you have decided to coach or found someone who will, coaches & parents can explore our coaches' page with a sample 8-week training program, our coaches' packet, and more great info. Coaches will need to register on our website as a coach and once you do you will have access to your roster and athlete's info. Now all that's left is for you to recruit and set a time and day for practices! We will have a coaches' meeting in August to go over the ins and outs of the season. Start practicing as early as possible for the best results from your team!
TEAM SCORING: In order to score as a team, schools must have 5 runners per gender, per division (elementary school division grades 3-5 and middle school division grades 6-8). School teams that have fewer than 5 runners can still participate, they just will not be counted in the team scoring. All team members MUST attend the same school. If you are interested in getting a team started at your school or to volunteer coach, please contact Hollee for more information.
Athletes are also welcome to compete "unattached" if a school team is not in place. Simply register online, but be sure to still list your school! You may be the sole representative, but I'm sure they will be proud that you are representing them! Unattached runners have access to training plans on the Coaches' Page and will be eligible for individual place awards.
NYA will host 5 cross country meets in the Nashville area. Each meet will consist of a 1 mile "Elementary School Division" race for 3rd-5th graders and a 2 mile "Middle School Division" race for 6th-8th graders. All teams and unattached runners compete together in all meets. Our first 4 meets begin promptly at 2:00, starting with the ES races running, and the the MS races to follow. The Regional Meet (race 5) will have race times TBD. Each runner will be awarded a participation ribbon and our top 10 finishers per gender in each division will be awarded place ribbons. Your registration fee for the Developmental Program will cover 3 regular season meets and two championship races; the "NYA XC Championships" (formerly the City Meet) and the "Nashville Region" Regional/Area Championships. The NYA XC Championship will be a fun championship race for all those indiviuals and teams who have raced the full season with us. The Regional meet will be an open meet for anyone in the "Nashville Region" to qualify for the state meet. You do not have to sign up for the full NYA XC season to compete in Regional. You will need to check the Regional Map below or on the Regional Meet Page to make sure you are running in the correct Regional meet to qualify for State. You WILL NOT need to re-register for these championship races once you have registered for the developmental season. If you are in a different region, you will need to register for that regional meet separately. The regional meet will serve as the qualifying race for the KYA Elementary and Middle School State Championships in Knoxville, TN on October 23rd, 2021. More specific information about the Developmental season schedule is posted on our meets page.
**We are not affiliated with TMSAA.