TRACK MEETS FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADES
Dear Coach Ed,|
Our school district has a track meet each year that we have for 5th and
grade students. They will be competing in various events: 100, 200, 800,
And a 4X100 relay. I have about 4 weeks to prepare these kids for the
meet. I obviously have a variety of different skilled runners.
give me some ideas for drills? For example, should I do certain
with kids that will be running longer races than for those who will be doing
shorter distances? If you could give me some tips, I would greatly
I coach a team of young athletes ages 6 to 14. We practice 6 weeks
before our first track meet but only one day a week and one optional day for
an easy long run (1 or 2 miles). If your kids can fit in a two day a week
workout you should be in great shape for the meet. Thursday, we have our
long run and Tuesday, we have our regular practice. A regular practice day
would be stretching for about 10 minutes. This is also a time when we talk
about running, then we run 1 lap around the track slowly.
Now drills, all athletes
do the same drills: a game of tag for 15 minutes, wacky relay races mixing
up ages and girls and boys. sometimes 5 kids on a team sometimes 7,
sometimes 10; whatever the kids want to do. We do not time anything in
practice. The only time the kids race in practice is if it is a wheelbarrow
or three legged race.
Our practices are just fun, fun, fun. We end the day
with another lap around the track. You will be able to tell the distance
runners from the sprinters by that last lap around the track. If you're not
sure who the distance runners are after one or two practices just ask "who
wants to run another lap." Those 'extra lappers' are your distance runners. While
your distance runners are lapping the track have your sprinters practice
starts. If you keep your practices low key and fun your athletes will not
be apprehensive when they get to the track meet. They will be loose, ready
to have fun, and they will rise to the competition.
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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