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What is a good resource for training and coaching high school cross country runners

Looking for information on training high school athletes for cross country running. The team has an already seasoned winning past. 1st place for many years, but always room for improvement and also many new fresh new runners.

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If there’s an association for cross-country coaches in your state, check to see if it offers a local coach training or certification program or online materials you can use; networking with other cross-country coaches can be a great source of insight and support.

More ideas:

• ACE offers two specialty certifications to enhance your competencies in coaching any sport — Sports Conditioning Specialist focuses on the foundations of improving athletic performance; Youth Fitness Specialist focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed for designing safe and effective age-appropriate exercise programs.

• The National Federation of State High School Associations offers free articles covering all aspects of coaching youth sports.

• The Road Runners Club of America offers a Coaching Certification Program addressing basic exercise physiology, injury prevention, sports nutrition, sports psychology, developing training plans to meet a variety of running goals, and more.

• Check your library or favorite bookstore for books about coaching cross-country; choose one or more written by authors with good coaching experience and credentials.

There’s no single formula for high school cross-country success; you’ll need to adapt what you learn to the unique needs of your team. The body of knowledge around human performance is always changing and growing; so the most important thing is to be flexible in your approach, evaluate your wins and losses, and keep on learning.



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