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Head Coach Paul Armstrong
PHILOSOPHY or WHAT I BELIEVE IN
THIS IS A COMPETITIVE SITUATION, NOT A PARTICIPATORY ONE.
All athletic endeavors begin and end with overall fitness.
1. Every kid deserves to be coached.
2. I coach more than just the sport when appropriate.
3. I try not to do things that will hurt the athlete. I use
short term and long term thinking.
4. I plan all of my workouts in advance and revise them as needed
during the season.
5. Everyone should be respected.
6. Academics come first before athletics, but good time
management is expected and required to do well in both.
I use time management and goal setting for both athlete and
coach. We discuss various ways to do both.
8. Having fun is important, but it is not the primary
9. I do not tolerate second rate effort easily.
10. Parents are part of the process. Stay informed and
11. The goal is for everyone to improve from the beginning of the
season to the end and/or from last season to this season.
12. Retention of committed athletes is important.
13. We work on relaxation, focusing, and mental preparation.
management is important.
15. I think and coach short term and long term.
16. I teach and coach to the success process model. See
17. Track and Field is not easier than PE class.
18. We look
for events that might be better short or long term when appropriate.
Winning is not necessary to be successful, but to be successful you
must improve. We believe in continuous improvement.
This page last updated: 1/9/17
I define the success process model as a construct that produces results
by breaking down the end goal into milestone success points and simple
segments that allow the goal(s) to be understood and
That means every practice and meet must produce a result that will lead
to the final meet. The final meet is the last success measuring
point. In cross country, milestones such as minimum mileage, the
5:00/6:00 first mile, the 24 200s, the 12 400s are established.
The fitness course, Saturday
long runs, crunches, push-ups, rest days,
weight training, stretching, race and course strategies, etc. are all segments that go toward
goals. In track and field, much of the same milestones
are used along
with event specific drills and exercises. Everything is designed
together by the end of the season. It is similar to putting a puzzle together. You decide where to
start and complete parts
based upon what's working or which pieces are available, adjusting the
completion strategy along the way as needed.
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