TRACK AND FIELD
0-C TRACK AND FIELD MANUAL
Welcome to the ____ spring sports season! Some of you know what you do in track and some of you don’t, and that’s O.K. I, and the coaches, will gladly help you figure out your events. Don’t worry about it. For practice purposes, always bring warm clothes. If we can go outside we will.
Athletes can be entered in up to 4 events at a track meet. That doesn’t mean you will be, but for some, it does. Keep this in mind, if we have a large enough team, several of you may only have a couple events, or maybe just one. Sometimes I might put you in an event that you don’t want to be in because I think you could do well in it, but I will try not to put you in an event that will take away from your focus events. If you are only in 1 or 2 events I might ask you to fill in for someone in a relay if they are unable to run. I also expect you to support the rest of your team and not just lay around when you are not competing.
Pay attention to your coaches. When we speak we expect you to listen. For some, I know you are out for the social aspects of track and field you get out of school, you get to catch some sun. you get to hang out with the kids from other schools, etc. I can live with that as long as you give 100% in practice and meets, don’t become a distraction, and support the program at all times. If you don’t want to give a 100%, work hard in every event, don’t go out. We have high expectations of you. Cyclone track and field is a pretty young program it is only been around a few years so are school records are broke often, so with hard work you could get your name on a record board.
My Coaching Philosophy and Goals
My Philosophy as a track coach is pretty simple. I know I will get more out of you if you are enjoying what you are doing. At the same time that does not mean you can do whatever you want at track meets! Sometimes the best event for you might not be your favorite. For that reason I won’t necessarily enter you in them each and every meet, but if I do, I expect you to put forth your best effort because I think it might be an event that you could excel in. Conference and Districts are different, in these you compete in what I inter you in. I spend a lot of time watching and recording track results from other schools to see what their kid’s marks and times are so I know where you could do your best. Do not ask to “walk off”. Understand this now; don’t even ask unless you are really hurt.
Personally, I have high goals set for you and the team, win as many event and meets as possible, especially Districts, and Conference!! All other meets no matter what you are in or, the WEATHER, are glorified practices, you need to give it your all. Competition creates excellence. You may work hard every day in practice but meets are where you get better. WORK HARD AND YOU WILL SEE REWARDS.
Coach Shabram will specialize in the throws and he will run the weight room (we do a lot with weights), and help me in other areas that I can’t get to during the day.
I (Coach Schumacher) have been coaching track for over 14 years in one aspect or another and a competitor throughout high school and college. I will have a hand in everything, and will work hard to teach you some of the things that I learned during my involvement in this great sport.
Information Regarding Practices:
- Practices will run at least one hour for everyone, usually closer to an hour and a half. That’s not asking much so work hard when you’re here. We will try to vault one day a week…somewhere, if another school will let us use their facility. Generally we can’t use other facilities until 5:30. This will make for a longer day. You will not vault in a meet until you practice at least once. Even then, I will make the decision if you are ready to vault in competition. Being a vaulter means some late nights to get practice in.
- We will warm up as a group. You need to do the warm up if you decide to mess around during it you will have extra running at the end of practice. Messing around means not doing the warm up correct, jumping on or tackling friends, or just doing anything that is disruptive to the team. Afterwards, you will break into smaller groups, with each being assigned a coach, or an older track member to lead the work out.
- Be on time. If you know you’ll be late, tell me in advance. If you’re late for a detention or 9th hour you do not let me know in advance, you will owe me a full out 400, if you don’t run hard you will do it again. Practice starts at around 3:55.
- Practices will rotate, schedule is online. Like said earlier pole vault will be at the different school usually Plainview, O’Neill,Tilden, or Neligh.
- If you decide that swearing is necessary, you will owe me an hard 800, if that swearing is directed towards one of the coaches you will owe me a lot more running I will decide how much, and you would have just volunteered for the 2 mile or an event of the coach’s choice at the next meet.
- If any fighting happens at practice you, me, and Mr. Sanne will be sitting down and having a meeting, and your punishment could range from extra running for a week, month, or dismissal from the team, and whatever punishment Mr. Sanne decides to add on top of that.
- Absolutely nothing tied to Drugs or Alcohol will be tolerated, punishments will be decided according to school policy.
- School bus will be off limits at track meets unless a coach is on the bus.
- If you do not understand something or have a question to why we do something just ask one of the coaches we will gladly explain.
- NO BASKETBALLS unless I told you to get one out for a reason.
Track Meet Expectations:
- Unless injury or sickness happens, you will not be permitted to “walk off” before your event.
- Support your teammates by rooting for them. I don’t mind you sitting around the camp when you need to rest between events, just don’t horse around and do things you shouldn’t.
- Clean up the campsite after the meet. It is not a freshmen responsibility to do this, it’s the teams.
- No public displays of affection on the bus or at the track, NONE
- Prepare for your events. Don’t sit around camp until 3rd call. Get up, get out, and get ready!
- Conduct yourself in a positive manner at all times. Be wary of your language and overall mannerisms.
- When you compete, be serious. I have witnessed athletes joking with friends, talking, laughing, waving, etc. All while running the race! I don’t like that at all. DO NOT DO IT, or you will not like the next practice.
- You may ride home with your parents as long as they sign a permission sheet which I will provide.
- If you are the only boy or only girl that qualifies for state, you are allowed to bring one teammate with you to state. You and I will sit down and decide who is coming they need to be a deserving person who has earned it, not just your best friend. I get the final say, but I will work with you.
- If we have a relay qualify for state I will bring down an alternate in case one of the team members gets hurt or sick.
- If you earn a medal at any varsity track meet you will letter. You also must finish the season in good standing with me, and you must have been in at least half of the meets (5) unless hurt or you miss for something school related.
- Should the boys’ team win the conference or the district track meet, then all the boys will letter. The same goes for the girls. I consider this a major accomplishment which everyone should be rewarded.
Rules and Regulations:
- 1st offense: Extra conditioning after the next couple of practice, and you will run the event of my chose at the next meet (Maybe the 2mile if it is open); I will also call home to let your parents know you weren’t present.
- 2nd offense: You will be asked to turn in your uniform.
- Skipping practice after Districts for state qualifiers:
- 1st offense: Extra conditioning after the next practice, or some time before the State Meet; if you were a part of a qualifying relay I will talk to the relay and you may be remove from it and the alternate will take your place.
- 2nd offense: You will not participate in or go to the State Track Meet.