Dear Coach Ed,|
I found the kidsrunning.com Web site today and I was so happy! I am going to be coaching middle school cross-country for
time in the fall.
Do you have a week or two of specific
workouts that you
with your kids? I like your idea of running games. What is
how does it work?
Thank you for your time and help!,
Galway High School
Congratulations on joining the ranks of youth running
For middle school cross-county runners you will get kids that don't
know if they
can run the distance. Start off the first weeks bringing those
the distance they will be competing at. If they are going to
compete at 1.5
miles have them run (it doesn't matter how fast) 2 miles at
least once in
practice to insure their confidence in finishing a race.
kids like "BIZARRO TAG" the best. It is played on a surface
about 30 feet
square. One kid is IT and they have 15 seconds to tag as many
they can. Teammates must stay in the 30 foot square. As soon as
seconds is over another kid is it. Keep it going non stop.
Don't forget to
take your turn at being IT.
The second favorite is relay races.
person, 10 person, or any number of teams. Set
a cone about 25 yards from the start line. The first person on
will run around the cone, come back to the start and pass the
baton off to
the second person in line and so on. Keep changing the teams
until they are
just about even, competitively. Then surprise them and make them do the same
thing but run
backwards! This stuff is really fun. The athletes get good
they don't even realize it. The gain speed, endurance, agility,
build close team relationships. When everyone is tripping over
in tag and tripping over themselves trying to run backwards fast
impossible not to have fun. They look forward to practice
because it is fun;
a lot more fun than having kids run hard intervals. They will
training when they move up to high school level. Best of all you
get all the
credit for being an innovative coach and all you did was play
Kristen you're going to love this.
Ed Poirier, "Coach Ed", recently was invited by the United States Olympic
committee to attend a workshop and training seminar at the Olympic training
center in California.
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