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Poster: Richard Cheese
Subject: RE: Why is it wrong to train high school kids ambitiously?
What if the team goals are ambitious and a few guys "just want to do it for fun". Keeping those guys around "for funsies" may hurt the team if you have to take time away from the serious athletes to work with the guys just doing it for their academic transcript.
Just because the coach can't force a kid to have high goals and ambition, by the same token the coach shouldn't have to foster a kid with the same intensity just because he shows up everyday but doesn't have any desire.
I hate that people try to make cross country and track out to be the "inclusive" sport. You think football, baseball, and basketball are keeping kids around who don't want to work? The school I coach at has practice at least once a week that lasts 4+ hours for football. They are also the best in the state. The "let's just get the kids out" mentality is hurting the sport. You should train a kid to maximize his potential while under you because if you don't do that there is a 90%+ chance he won't continue anyway.
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