When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.
Sun Tzu Art of War
As a coach I think it’s important that we all understand the keys to success are very simple consistency, preparation, and confidence. As a coach you must lead from the front and show a commitment to your kids. In the winter off season this can become challenging as holidays, finals, and weather can wreak havoc on your schedule. I believe these factors make it all the more important that you are there leading your kids. If you allow minor things to keep you from showing up for training then your kids will follow your example and miss a large number of training sessions. Improvements in the sport of track and field take a long time to acquire. Speed and other positive adaptations must be constantly hit in training all year long if you want your athletes to become better because of your coaching. If kids are busting their butts every day you need to bust yours to be the most prepared coach you can be and get the most out of them. Kids are very sensitive to your level of preparation and will be more engaged in training if they know you are ready for them in the cold months of the winter. Personally I have tried to reinvest myself again this year for all my kids training over the winter. I believe this has paid dividends as our numbers have been larger then the last two years during our winter conditioning. In addition kids are already making huge gains. The day to day grind can be tough but when it is time to strike the one who is most prepared can attack their event with great accuracy, power, and technical superiority. Confidence for the athlete comes from the powerful belief they have done everything possible to be great. When push comes to shove this confidence allows the athlete to go to the absolute edge of their abilities and do things they previously thought were impossible.