I wanted to take this opportunity to put in writing my coaching philosophy and my goals for your child and the team this season. High School Cross Country and Track & Field can be an exciting and fun opportunity for your child to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun. As fun as it can be for your child, different expectations from the coach, parent(s), and athlete can take away from that positive experience in a number of ways. As you read through this letter please make sure that my philosophy fits with your expectations of what you want for your child and how you believe the team should be run. If not, this is your opportunity to let me know.
I believe that the athletes gain confidence and a love for the sport through positive feedback from parents, coaches, and other teammates. Skill level develops at different rates for each person, but effort and having fun can always be achieved. I try to always provide positive feedback for effort.
I think it’s important that a coach takes more than a casual interest in the athletes. I strive to talk with all the athletes 1 on 1 at some point during the practices and meets. I may not be successful getting to every person each day, but I want them to know that I’m interested in what they have to say and more importantly, I want them to know that their coach likes them as a person.
I believe in trying to make practices as fun as possible, while providing the practice and instruction that they need to improve, I call this serious fun. If they are not prepared for training that day they will not get to “play” with us that day. Examples include sweats, logs/goals, stretching rope, water and after practice snacks.
Teamwork and developing friendships is an important part of any team sport. I always express to the athletes how important it is for them to support each other and to always be positive towards their teammates.
Competition is an important element of any sport and as the each athlete grow they naturally become more competitive. I feel my role and that of the parents is helping the athletes develop the ability to deal with competition in a healthy way. Effort, attitude and the desire to win are my focus. If we can achieve that, then chances are we’ll win the meets that we are capable of winning.
I will work on teaching fundamentals and skills during practice. I will incorporate new structures; check out before they leave, the importance of nutrition, goal/food/running logs, new workouts etc.
- Help your child develop the skills necessary to be successful at this level and to prepare your child for next season.
- To have fun and have them develop a love for the sport. Learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
- Give positive reinforcement based on effort and results.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment for all the students on the team.
Varsity is chosen by the fastest times on the team. This can vary from meet to meet.
Team Rules and Discipline
- The #1 team rule is “support your team” which means cheer each other on during practice and meets.
- Be prepared and ready to train.
- “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”
- Time to be serious, time to have fun, time for serious fun.
- Poor Hydration and Nutrition = Poor Performance.
- There is always another race.
- There is no excuse column on the results sheet.
- Have fun and always give your best effort.
- I expect all the athlete to always show respect for the coaches, parents, and their teammates.
- Spend time outside of practice studying the sport.
- Please try to get your child to practice and meets (where we don’t have a bus) on time. If you know your child will be late or won’t be able to make it to a practice or race, please let me know in advance if possible.
- Help out with team volunteer opportunities. We have a number of items that require parent help.
- Get involved with your child. This may be helping out with a practice, car pooling and fundraisers.
- Please encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all athletes, coaches and officials at every race and practice. Please cheer for your child during races, but try to keep from yelling instructions to them. Remember this is their opportunity to enjoy racing. Much of the fun is lost if their Mom or Dad is always yelling instructions.
- Please let me know if you have a problem with me or something that is happening. Same holds true if your child isn’t happy about something. I want to know if there is a problem right away. These problems can be fixed very easily if I know about them.
- Safety is a primary concern for me. Unfortunately, I can’t watch every child every second. If you see any situation that you believe is a safety concern, please step in and help. Make sure you follow up with me so I know what has happened.
I’m looking forward to a fun and rewarding season. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me.