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Old 07-26-2007, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default anybody ever coached middle school cross country or track?

Say you have one hour a day, four days a week, for an 8-week season...

Actually this might be best to do over e-mail if anybody has.
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Old 07-26-2007, 04:19 PM   #2
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I think Ron coaches track?
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Old 07-26-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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I have. And so has my brother, Gary. How can I help?

Either email me a number or we can talk here...

dj84123@yahoo.com

Remember, though, I quit posting at another site when a certain person called me out for not going through Track and Field Certification. I have to let you know:

I'm not certified to coach track. Of course, no coach I EVER had was certified.

So, if I make mistakes, you can blame it on my lack of certification(s).

Even if you don't listen to my advice, please try to keep the program fun and balanced...
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:19 PM   #4
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Wow, thanks!!
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:04 AM   #5
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Never coached but I imagine getting a folding chair with cup holder, cooler, fan, umbrella and megaphone with preprogrammed messages like "Run", "Keep Running", "Suck it up", "Do you see me crying because my ice melted in my drink?", "Another lap ladies"(works for boys teams too), etc....are all important pieces of equipment.....read that in Ron's book of coaching somewhere. Also you probably want to setup in the long jump sand pit....for the bare feet to rest in.
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:37 AM   #6
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The main problem I had with the Track portion of Track & Field...and oddly enough Cross Country...was the damndable running. Eh.

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Old 07-27-2007, 07:58 AM   #7
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I've coached the throws for two years now and will defer to Dan - simply because I use a lot of his stuff as a part of my coaching. Please don't take this discussion to private emails - I'm sure many of us can and would enjoy learning from it. Organizing practice time and keeping things moving is a challenge as well as the programs themselves. And if anyone has any ideas how to keep troubled kids eligible - I'll all ears.
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Old 07-27-2007, 08:07 AM   #8
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Middle school is easier than high school, just keep it fun. I have tons of experience in every event. 99% of coaches are ex-runners, or still runners.
There are field events, lots of them. My point, the longest distance in middle school is the 1600. Half the school will want to fun the 50-75 sprint and long jump. The PE coaches will give you the fat kids to throw the discus and shot.

So, if you are interested, give me a PM here.

Also, the more you read on the 'net, the less you will actually know. And, the "certified" track and field coaches I know, come to me for advice. Got offered a junior college throws coach job recently. And I don't know nothing.
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:33 PM   #9
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Thanks, guys! Chris: I will summarize the main points of any offlist conversations; however there are some specific things I'd like to not post publically... plus I want to talk to Dan on the phone.

Gary, I'll PM you.
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:36 PM   #10
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Thanks, guys! Chris: I will summarize the main points of any offlist conversations; however there are some specific things I'd like to not post publically... plus I want to talk to Dan on the phone.

Gary, I'll PM you.
Feel free to PM me with any info you care to share. Thanks
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