I am taking over the running program at our school: XC, T&F, and we might even have an Indoor team.
We have a lot of 9th and 10th graders in the program, but only a couple 7th graders. I would think that for the long term health of the program, I need to get 6th graders interested (the earliest they can compete is in 7th grade). They get timed in the mile every few weeks in 6th grade, so I was thinking about talking to a few of the faster kids this spring to see if they would be interested in running with us over the summer.
Also, I was going to talk to the JV Soccer (spring sport) coaches and see how many of their players don't play a fall sport. These guys wouldn't run Track, but could probably help in XC (and maybe get more folks interested).
Do I have the right idea? Do you have any suggestions? Any pitfalls I should be aware of? Should I put more of an emphasis in recruiting older kids? (At the moment, if any older kids are interested, I would certainly take them, but I plan on putting 99% of my energy into the 6-7th grades...) Thanks in advance!