We don't make exceptions for attendance if an athlete sees our sport as their off season sport. We are fortunate in that our county has a policy that our school team practices and competitions are the priority over club sport practices and competition. We support that idea. I am sure there are teams in our county that probably allow club sport kids to miss practice for their club team commitments- we aren't one of them. We tried this with a few volleyball girls one season a couple years ago and it was a headache, and frankly, we weren't getting much out of the deal, though one girl showed a little promise when she showed up.
We also have the same expectations of our freshmen, middle of the pack, etc runners. I think it creates too much division if you have different expectations as far as attendance goes. We will work with kids who have jobs but we don't encourage them to have jobs during the season. We do expect them to handle their work schedule and work it around our practices and races and most of them do a very good job with that. One of our boys had a 40 hour a week paid internship with a very good company this past summer. We totally supported his choice (kid is TOP of the heap academically and very focused) but warned him he might not make top 7. That seemed to motivate him and he worked his hours around summer training and ended up at NXN and had his best year ever.
I can think of only one kid on our team in 4 years who was BARELY good enough to make our varsity girls team and not run year round with us. We support our freshmen who want to try other sports, but we also make it pretty clear that while they are playing basketball, or soccer, or both, that someone else who chose to focus on running is probably going to be faster than they are next cross country season. If they are OK with that, we are OK with that.
In winter track, we sometimes get a soccer kid who wants something to do in the winter. None of them have ever been able to make it to the post season. Actually, we have 2 girls who ran cross, did winter, and then play soccer in the spring and they have been able to contribute, but they run 8 months out of the year. I did have a first year boy soccer player who ran for us this winter who sent us a wonderful email after his season ended this past week who said he never felt more fit than he was this winter and that he loved it. He wanted us to keep giving him training till soccer starts. I am totally happy to have those kids on our team, but he made it practice every day just like our year round kids.
We really don't get any basketball boys. Thanks to AAU. Got a senior who came out 2 years ago for spring track (he was not playing basketball in college so had no need to worry about off season basketball) who was really coming along in the 400 by the end of the season. He was quite sorry he had not tried track earlier. So were we. We do get a handful of basketball girls for cross country but generally after their freshmen year, they aren't good enough to make our varsity. Hoping to get a couple of them back for spring this year, but not holding my breath thanks to AAU.