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Subject: RE: What are your thoughts on dual meets?
I coach high school XC & Track in a very large urban district. Our "dual" meets are never duals or tri's or anything that small. Our smallest track meet is 6 teams, we have one next month that will have 11 teams. One of the issues is that with the proliferation of charter schools the talent level in the league is so spread that often times many events are worse than jokes, or don't have (m)any competitors. An example was yesterday's meet where the girls 800 had one girl from our team and that was it. It is frustrating.
Another issue for us is that being a large urban district means most of the kids are not distance fans and want to run sprints, so our XC meets are worse than a laugh.
To top it off, all of our "duals" are on Thursdays, which if we weren't trying to run a decent program and expose our kids to higher levels of competition would be fine, but try to run a meet on Thursday and come back and perform well at an invitational every Saturday and you've got problems, especially because the kids want to run on Thursday b/c they know they can win. It is maddening from a training schedule perspective, because kids won't "not race" a race.
The concept is great, but in practice where I'm at, they are poorly planned, thought out, and run.
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