Sorry I haven't updated this. One of the things both Dan and Gary told me to do was to get information on how many kids, whether it's girls or boys or both, what the dates look like, what events there are, how long there are intramurals and how long the competitions are, what resources for helpers I can get, etc.
Since we're working with a brand new principal and assistant principal, it's hard to get info because they don't know. I told them I was definitely interested in cross country and track, but I'm not sure if anybody else is also interested or how those decisions are made so I'm just going to sit tight. It's so weird--one day they are begging everyone to coach sports, the next day they don't even know what is open... but everyone is so swamped trying to get things ready for August 7th.
Dan's homework for me was to read The Charley Francis Training System section on sprint mechanics, as well as a free e-book on his site called The Contrarian Approach to the Discus Throw.
Gary recommended doing 800m warmups before talking to anyone
and making everyone do 50 pushups if they mouth off, especially the boys, especially if they can't do them. And he's into Australian pursuit.
Dan recommended relays for most of the training with 8-10 minutes per activity, with everyone doing each activity--farmer's walk is a good one. Everyone should do throwing, jumping, sprinting...
He told me to find two or three helpers and to look for a British site called "sprint mechanics" and to focus on 3-5 drills for each activity (sprint, long jump, shot put).
Since they just switched the grade I'll be teaching (!!) I'm working on rewriting lesson plans, etc. before focusing on this...especially since I'm not even sure whether I'll be coaching or not! My fingers are crossed though and I will keep everyone posted. They told me that girl's cross country and both boy's and girl's track are open, but you never know with this school... they seem a bit scattered.
Other middle schools in the district usually have 2 weeks of intramurals, 5 weeks of intra district competition and one tournament week for cross country, and for track 3 weeks of intramurals, and everything else is the same. But it's a guessing game right now.