COACH LAWRENCE'S BLOG
“Young man, walking down the hallway, you should do Track.”
1) It is pure
The oldest and purest athletic completion of all is the simple foot race. Our sport, Track and Field, has its origins dating from even before the original Greek Olympiad.
All kids run. Running fast is fun. Jumping far or high is fun. Throwing something heavy as far as you can is fun. Haven’t you ever taken a rock and thrown it as far into a lake as you can? Leaped off the top of a sand dune? Raced your friend to the end of the block? The building blocks of Track and Field are written into our DNA. Humans were never meant to be sedentary. Track and Field is a sport that harnesses the skills needed for every other sport: speed, strength, endurance, and coordination.
There is nothing arbitrary about who wins the race.
No judgement call from the ref will determine the outcome. Same goes for all the other events – it’s easy to see who jumps over the bar and who doesn’t, who throws or jumps the furthest.
In soccer, football, baseball, hockey it is plausible that the team that plays better can still lose. Sometimes it comes down to a judgement call, a penalty called or not called (ask the Fenwick Football Team). In Track, the results are there for all to see.
You don’t need much to succeed in Track. You don’t even need a Track. There is one regulation Track in all of Ethiopia, a nation whose distance runners have won dozens of Olympic medals over the past two decades. Cahokia, the best Track team in our state, has no indoor facilities. Some sports, even swimming, are largely restricted to wealthier parts of the world. Anyone can do Track. You need very little equipment. A pair of trainers and a pair of spikes. That’s it. If you can’t afford those, we’ll help. You don’t need to have started on your training as a little kid to be successful, as you might have in tennis, golf, swimming or wrestling. Your talent is already there- our goal as coaches is simply to help you find and develop it.
Let me give you an example on athlete who had talent but needed help finding it. ... FULL ARTICLE