Well parents, here we find ourselves about two-thirds of the way through the 2021 track season, and what a season it has been! We've been training now for 12 weeks, and have been able to participate in a couple meets with a few more in the works. Most of our athletes have been able to progress from week to week, and it has been a pleasure to watch these kids grow into more confident runners.
As a side note, for those of you new to youth running programs, I want to ensure you that for obvious reasons this is not a normal season. Typically, we will have most of the races scheduled out in advance. Athletes will usually begin the season with the fitness they had built over the prior season, and therefore shouldn't struggle as much with minor aches and injuries. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding this year and, as in so many other things, look forward to the world getting somewhat back to normal in the fall.
One additional point we want to stress, and will bring up in practice over the next couple of weeks, is the fundamental structure of a season's training schedule. It is important for both parents and athletes to understand that we design practices through the season to grow increasingly more challenging. Our practices will continue to get longer, and the intensity we expect will continue to rise, all based on an expectation that the kids will complete the other runs on their schedule each week. The simple fact is that those athletes who are not doing their long runs on the weekend and midweek runs will continue to fall behind in our workouts on Tuesdays and Fridays. We want to see everyone improve and stay healthy and fall in love with this sport, and so it is critical that our athletes do all the workouts we assign.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let either myself or any of the other coaches know. Looking forward to a fun workout today, and seeing the hawks fly!
Delta Hawks Coaches