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High School Triathlon
Posted 04 March 2012 - 07:07 PM
Triathlon and coaching in general I've got covered. But, as I was telling the AD and Principal last week, I have zero experience coaching high school kids. I have no idea what to expect from them. Triathlon training is really intense, as am I, and I'm not sure how hard I should push. I want them to do well, I want them to learn and have fun, but this is a tough sport. Triathlon generally attracts pretty motivated people, but I have no sense of what I will be able to ask them to do and have them respond positively.
So, I turn to the infinite wisdom of SoSH to ask if there are any coaches with experience with sports like track, cross-country, swimming, or other endurance-based sports for high school athletes. Any tips, advice, or general wisdom in working with kids in sports like this would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:46 PM
Every year I had several kids on each team would be so disrespectful of authority as to be uncoachable. It actually seemed to get worse each year. They were especially disdainful to any voice raising or anything which restricted socializing - no cell phones in the dugout during games, for example. To understand the reason some of these kids are like this, all you have to do is meet the parents. In my experience your intensity won't serve you well. The high school baseball coach here is also intense. I have never heard anyone associated with baseball in this town say they liked him. He's been the head coach for something like 15 years and hasn't won much of anything. General disdain and lack of respect for authority got so bad this past year, I am sitting this season out. Of course, I never had the hammer of throwing them off the team short of fighting or assulting an umpire. All I had was the bench and even that was ineffective with some kids.
I'm actually a bit surprised at the support you're getting from the AD and principal. I would think it's a liability nightmare. I envy you for being willing to do it given the potential personal liability as a volunteer. I'm assuming the school won't indemnify you. You may want to think about it a little more and double check if your umbrella liability policy would cover you, either way.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:37 PM
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