The other day I posed a question about a debate I
had with some colleagues on whether or not to bring
certain athletes to certain track meets.
Here are the questions and the results:
There is a State Level Freshman/Sophomore meet
coming up. There isn’t enough money in the budget
to take everyone, but parents volunteer to drive.
Go to the meet with deserving athletes because it
is a great opportunity for up and coming
underclassmen athletes to participate against their
peers in a state meet atmosphere for both competitive
purposes as well as to keep them interested in the
Not go to the meet because if the kids are any good
they will get plenty of opportunities to compete in
their regular duel meets, league meet and state
meets. How many meets do underclassmen need to run
in anyway? Plus those meets are just fundraisers
for the State Track Organization.
My second question was:
There is a State Level Invitational coming up.
Qualifying standards are the same as the State Meet
and the vast majority of the best athletes in the
state attend the meet. There isn’t enough money in
the budget to take everyone, but parents volunteer
to drive. You would:
Exactly 96% of you said:
Take qualifying athletes to the meet because they
need to compete in a State Level competition and
atmosphere against the best athletes in the State.
It’s a great opportunity to run personal bests and
these types of meets are what your best athletes
train for in the first place. To skip this
opportunity would be an injustice to your hard
working varsity athletes.
A mere 4% of you said:
Not go to the meet because only some kids will
qualify and it’s a waste to spend an entire day
with a relatively small group of athletes. Besides
if those kids are any good they don’t need to race
against top competition until the League and State
Championships. Running time trials against lesser
competition in duel meets will get them plenty of
experience for Championship Season.
So what do you think? What would you do? Share your
thoughts by posting below.
Now, the discussion I had with my colleagues got me
thinking about different types of coaching philosophies.
So listen to the audio below to hear my take on
the pros and cons of Socialist vs. Capitalist
programs and then weigh in below.
I want to hear if you agree with my logic or if you
think I’m just a crazy commy!
- Latif Thomas