Racing is the enemy of good form. This is a tough one, because all our kids (especially the younger ones) want to race.
We want to try and establish form before we start racing.
Racing is when the form can disappear.
Drills above will teach the consistency of running form required for Long (and High Jump)
At the start of the season, the low temperature will mean that the Long and High Jump maybe unsafe (the sand can be like concrete at 32F). Please do not use the long jump area unless you have dug it over and are happy there is no risk for our team.
We can teach long jump form without the sand pit by using markings on infield. Specially drills:
Accelerate to the line (board)
The distance in steps for the approach to the board should be approximately the age of the child (so 8-9 steps for an 8 year old).
We have 2 leads we are working for High Jump coaching.
Teach kids to hold the baton (and only place on the ground). Even during practice, we should not see the baton be dropped.
Use static drills to teach handover – then build up to walking, jogging running.
Using a static or stationary approach means we can practice many times within one practice session.
We have several coaches (Kermode, Moore, Pettifer, Scheeser, Stahl) who can help with teaching Relay.
Ubersensehttp://www.ubersense.com/ is a smart phone app we should consider to use during our practice sessions so we can show kids what they are actually doing vs. what they think they are doing.
New: Outline for Practices
Intent: Based on Coaching Clinic and feedback from last year, Initial practices will focus on building a base and correct form only. We should not encourage racing (we have plenty of time for this!).
We will also use the infield to focus on games, form and drills (especially for K-2).
We have purchases new equipment to help with coaching on infield including:
Agility Ladder (Jumping, balance)
Small hurdles (Jumping, obstacle courses)
Tennis Balls (for relay or throwing)
Soft balls (for throwing events)
For practice 1 and 2, could all coaches join 20 mins before start time to plan practice session and demonstrate the notes above.
The Long Jump and High Jump areas are not available for initial practice sessions.
Warm-up will be held in 3 groups – 20 Mins
5-6: focus on running laps – warm up pace, then dynamic stretching
3-4: dynamic stretching, followed by 1-2 laps
K-2: Use infield only – no track for warm up. Have kids moving – e.g. running in place, bunny hops, jumping jacks, small running games
Drills to develop correct Form:
Grades 5-6 will use track lanes 4, 5, 6 – 20 mins
Grades 3-4 will use track lanes 1-3 – 20 mins
Grades K, 1 and will use the infield – we will divide the infield into 3 areas - one for each grade 20 mins
Grades 5-6 and 3-4 move to infield. Focus on “4” Form, A skip, arm move movements – short 30-40 form runs.
Grade 2 use back straight. Grades 1 use front straight from 110M spur to 50M; Grade K use finish line area. Teach basics of track – lanes, running in lane, starts and finishes. Include short cool down for K-2.
Intervals (for Grades 3-4 and 5-6 only)
3-4 use infield to run intervals (Hard Run – recover – repeat)