Cupertino High School Cross
Home of the Pioneers
Head Coach Paul Armstrong
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 child deserves to be coached.
I coach more than just the sport when appropriate.
3. I try
not to do things that will hurt the athlete. I think short term and long
4. I plan
all of my workouts in advance and revise them as needed during the season.
demand respect for each other.
Academics come first before athletics, but good time
management is expected
and required to do well in both.
7. I use
time management and goal setting for both athlete and coach.
fun is important.
9. I do
not tolerate second rate effort easily.
Parents are part of the process. Keep them informed and
goal is for everyone to improve from the beginning of the season to the end
from the last season to the next
Retention of committed athletes is important.
13. We work
on focusing, mental preparation, and relaxation.
management is important.
15. I think and coach short term and long term.
teach and coach to the success process model. See explanation
17. Cross Country is not easier than PE class.
Winning is not necessary to be successful, but to be successful you
19. We believe in continuous improvement.
the success process model as a construct that produces results by
down the end goal into milestone success points and simple segments
allow the goal(s) to be easily understood and reached. That means every
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,
as minimum mileage, the 5:30/6:15 first mile, the 24 200s, the 24 400s
are established. The fitness course, Saturday long runs,
rest days, course strategies, etc. are all segments that go toward
the goals. In track and field, much of the same milestones are used
with event specific drills and exercises. Everything should come
the end of the season. It is similar to putting a puzzle
decide where to start and complete parts based upon what's working or
pieces are available, adjusting the completion strategy along the way
last updated: 6/11/16
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