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Pre-Season Preparation for Track Coaches. Pulling my hair now, so I won’t have to March 1st…. Recruit your team * Hallways *P.E. classes *Fall and Winter sports *Distribute a Newsletter *Construct a Handbook *Pictures/Displays/DVD’s *Do your research on those you are recruiting.

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pre season preparation for track coaches
Pre-Season Preparationfor Track Coaches

Pulling my hair now, so I won’t have to

March 1st…


Recruit your team*Hallways*P.E. classes*Fall and Winter sports*Distribute a Newsletter*Construct a Handbook*Pictures/Displays/DVD’s*Do your research on thoseyou are recruiting


Communicate with Parents

  • Send out a winter Letter (prior to Christmas break)
  • Include tentative
  • Calendar
  • Schedules
  • Plans
  • Philosophy
  • Expectations
  • Equipment needs
  • Winter training expectations

Solidify your coaching staff

  • Paid
  • Volunteer
  • Get solid commitments

Lining up your medical staff

  • Preferred physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Massage therapist

Carefully Finalize Your

Meet Schedule

Date Day Meet Site Time

3/14/09 Sat Davis Jamboree Kumler Field 12:00pm

3/21/09 Sat Papa Wells Invite Kumler Field 11:00am

3/24/09 Tues Grandview Invite Grandview HS 3:30pm

3/28/09 Sat Ray Cross Invite Ephrata HS 11:20am

4/3/09 Fri. Carnival of Speed Milton-Freewater 11:00am

4/11/09 Sat Davis Invite Zaepfel Stadium 10:00am

4/18/09 Sat Pasco Invite Pasco HS 10:00am

4/18/09 Sat. Windbreaker Invite Wahluke 10:00am



  • Make tentative practice schedules
  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Three-month plan
  • 12 month plan




Inventory uniforms/order new or replacement uniforms

  • Practical vs stylish
  • Singlets/Shorts/Warm-ups
  • Pay attention to uniform rules

Inventory equipment & order new equipment

  • Repair old equipment
  • Implements
  • Finish Line equipment
  • Software
  • Shelter
  • Facility needs

Submit financial requests to business office

  • Entry fees
  • Equipment/Uniform Invoices
  • Lodging
submit bus requests to transportation office buses how many private transportation varsity jv meets
Submit bus requests to transportation officeBuses-how many?*Private transportation?*Varsity/JV Meets

Line up a capable, willing team manager

  • A good student-manager is a great asset

Recruit home meet helpers

  • Experienced
  • Not experienced-clinic or training session

Set up any necessary lodging

When you’re A.D. makes arrangements…

When you make arrangements…


Establish team captains or leaders prior to the season

*Choose (or elect) your captains

*Meet with team leaders or seniors


Track coaches should be physically fit!

  • Model:
  • Good nutrition
  • Active lifestyle
  • Self control
  • Clean living
  • Positive attitude
attend a coach s clinic keep yourself informed and on top of training methods and state guidelines
Attend a coach’s clinic!Keep yourself informed and on top of training methods and state guidelines
  • Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association Conference
  • Pemco All-Sports Clinics
  • WIAA Coach’s School
  • WSU Track camp