This question has never been well answered by any publication – until now. Go ahead, Google it. Track and field is the most participated sport in high school in the United States. Yet, the most important questions are seldom if ever addressed. Coaches don’t know, don’t have time or don’t want to share some of this critical information. Most parents and youth do not have a basic understanding of the track and field world! Yet, it is that very understanding that will enhance EVERY parent and youth track & field athlete experience!
Do you know track etiquette?
Do you know what all those abbreviations in track & field stand for (like 300H, DMR, q or Q, NH, ND, NR, IAAF, NFHS)?
Do you know how to be a good spectator (parent) at track meets?
Do you know how to be prepared for a day at the track?
Do you know how to enhance motivation in your child?
Do you know how to find a club or coach?
Do you know how to keep your child optimally focused?
Do you know the facts about college scholarships for track/cross-country?
This book was the brain-child of Dr. Lorraine Williams. Once a youth athlete herself, only when her own daughter wanted to get involved with track & field did she realize how much is NOT known or shared about the sport! Dr. Williams (aka Trackmom) teamed up with Coach Dean to create a book that is one of a kind. Make no mistake about it, other attempts at this subject are lacking in substance and practical real life advice.
More than just a how-to guide, this book provides a foundation to develop youth as an athlete and a person through sports. It is what sports in general and track and field specifically should be about. This book sets the stage for the best track and field experience possible for parents, youth and coaches! Parents and coaches: once you read it, you’ll keep going back to reread it!
…how to get involved with track and field.
…how to find a coach, club or team.
…key facts, practical trivia, and track and field lingo.
…how to be prepared for practices and for track meets.
…how to create a motivational environment for your child.
…check-lists to keep you organized.
…assessments to help define parents’ and children’s unique needs.
…interview questions for potential clubs and coaches.
…an easy reference for terminology and abbreviations found in track and field.
…a candid view of how far youth can go in track and field and what it takes.
Early reviews are already coming in. Here is what a 20 year veteran youth coach has to say:
“Finally, a book that integrates what youth track and field is all about – health, fitness, enjoyment and a child’s personal development. This is the absolute best guide for parents whose kids are already involved or want to get involved in track and field I have ever seen. You will not find a better or more understandable guide. This book motivates while it educates. In short, in my 20-plus years in track and field this is the finest book of its type.”
Coach Rawle Crichlow
Feel The Heat TC (USATF Club #48-0277)
Hamilton High School Cross Country & Track & Field