Team Goals & Expectations

What you get
Each season every athlete will get a training plan customized to their age, training age, ability and goals.  When possible we will hold practices on a regular basis.  With our small #'s, we also do our best to work around everyone's schedules.  There will be times when the kids (at least the older kids) will meet or start practice without a coach.  These practices are not required for those who's parents aren't comfortable with this.  And on that note, parent's are always welcome and even encouraged to tag along at practice.

Expectations (of Athletes and Parents)
The coaches are not in this to make money.  We do not pay ourselves for the time we put in.  We do this as a service and find fulfillment in the work we do with our athletes.  In order to make it worth our time, a minimum level of commitment and dedication (or movement towards the said commitment for beginners) is also required on the part of the athletes and their parents.  Athletes must contribute positively to the team atmosphere through their attitude and work ethic. What we need most from parents is communication in scheduling workouts and in alerting coaches when adjustments need to be made to training plans due to conflicts, sickness, etc.  They should also help their athletes to follow through with their training plans and make sure they record their workouts in their training logs.
- Smart consistent training
- Develop work ethic in athletes
- Athletes find fulfillment in their personal accomplishments
- Take time for the small things that will make a difference
- Involve parents and siblings.
- Each athlete exercises 6 days a week and records their activities in a training log.
- Each athlete sets personal goals and benchmarks
- Athletes learn concepts of good nutrition
- Athletes understand the purpose of each exercise/ activity and become educated in exercise science and training theory
- No poor attitudes allowed
- Support and encourage all team members
- Workouts can be modified, but no short cutting allowed
- Good warm-up and cool-down
- Athletes should have at least 1 and preferable 2 pairs of good running shoes that can be rotated.  No sense training if you'll be injured because you don't have good shoes.  It also puts the coaches in and awkward postion of being nervous about assigning workouts without worrying about causing injury and other problems.  Vibram 5 fingers and other non-supportive shoes do not qualify as good running shoes.  While we believe there is benifit to some barefoot training, we do not want to be the guinea pigs for the latest maketing schemes.