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Poster: Another Option
Subject: RE: Training high school kids with no talent?
Make sure you know why the kids are running/training. If there isn't a performance component at the core of their motivation, don't expect much improvement even with an increase in their mileage.
When kids truly get movitated to train, they ask questions, they push themselves in workouts, they train on the weekends, they do strength work, they eat right, they sleep right, etc. Not all kids are interested in really finding out what they can do, especially as freshman.
At this point in their careers, create opportunities for them to feel success and recognize it when it occurs even if it's just with a nod and a handshake. Don't increase their mileage beyond what they are physically and emotionally ready for. Don't try to force them through workouts.
Meet them where they're at. Provide the opportunity and guidance necessary to feel success based on their efforts. As long as they're near the flame, they will eventually catch fire even if it's not as bright as you would like.
Anyone who has coached for a fair amount of time has plenty of stories about kids who didn't do much for their first couple years and then dropped loads of time in their last year or two.
Be patient and encouraging. They will survive being beaten by guys younger than them. In the end, these clysdales may provide your best coaching memories when your career is done. Just don't let your expectations get too far in front of theirs.
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