Cupertino High School Track and Field 2017
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Coach Paul Armstrong

Track and Field at Cupertino High School

The philosophy of the track and field program is to provide an environment for the student athlete to succeed.  Each student athlete on the team is given the best coaching that we can provide.  I consider the track and field team to be an extension of the classroom and a good part of the high school experience.  The following are a few of the many things the student athlete should receive by being a member of the team: taking responsibility as a member of the team, commitment to their goals and the team, bonding with their teammates, development of a healthy attitude about the sport, acceptance of rules as presented, and an opportunity to be a leader on the team, in the classroom and in the school community.  We do not have a no cut policy.  Each person who trys out will be evaluated for their current and potential skill level, their attitude, and their commitment.  We may extend the tryout period for those who are on the bubble.  This is a competitive situation, not a participatory one.  A student athlete who is willing to work and is open to growth and a teaching environment may be allowed to continue. The learning and thinking process does not stop in the classroom. Individual progress is a key component in our environment.

Track and Field at Cupertino High School should be a place for several types of athletes. First, we want our cross country runners to continue their progress with the faster and more intense pace of track. We are looking for fall and winter athletes who need competitive conditioning for their sport.  Field hockey, football, volleyball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and wrestling participants can benefit greatly from participation in track and field.  We are also looking for the person who has not participated very much in athletics before but has the desire and basic skill set to do well and the willingness to work patiently over several years.  The concepts we teach and the training we provide are easily transferable to other sports or activities. The prospective team member must however possess a certain level of athletic ability.  

Track and Field is a sport where a number of different skills are needed.  It is a sport where you can improve greatly over a period of time. Most of the good distance runners of the world today are over well 25 years of age, whereas in swimming, the swimmers of that age are generally long over the hill. Also, most track and field activities can continue well into old age.

Track and Field is a sport where everyone gets a chance to participate in meets. There is no"bench." It is also a sport where the small student has as good of a chance for success as does the larger participant. Track and Field is not an easy sport and perhaps "desire and dedication" plays a greater role than in any other sport; certainly size isn't critical.  We hope we can attract more people each year, as that has been one of our greatest problems --- team depth.  My goal for everyone on the team is to maximize their potential each year through goal setting, rigorous training, and consistent practice.

During the official season, we normally practice Monday through Friday at Cupertino, and Saturday if there is no meet.  We are forbidden to practice (coach and athletes together) on Sundays. 
Thus, Sunday is a rest day.  Our basic training regime is varied. One day hard and the next day easy, as most high school runners are too young physically to train hard too many days in a row. Everyone needs a rest and a change of pace. We do weight training, core work, exercises, drills, and of course everyone runs. I expect my athletes to be the best conditioned at CHS. Freshmen and sophomores may be taking a PE class in addition to their track training so they may occasionally get overly physically pushed.  It is expected that you will get dressed and out to practice quickly so that the entire team can start practice together.

We participate in 5-6 dual meets each season on weekdays and a number of invitationals that take place on Friday or Saturday. Everyone takes part in the dual meets. The invitationals vary from the easy to get an accepted entry to those that are very difficult to obtain entry due to the quality of the competition.  

This a competitive program, not just a participatory program.  You are expected to get better over the course of the season.

This page was last updated: 1/9/17
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