MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8)
Use A Running Start to help middle school-age runners develop good technique and cultivate an enjoyment of running.

Coaching Guidelines

In middle school it's time to begin transitioning from play to training and to gradually introduce competition. Always keep practices fun, but be aware that runners at this age are eager to be treated like adults, work hard, and be recognized for it. They enjoy practicing skills and seeing their improvement. You should explain, broadly, the reasons behind the exercises... Read More...
Include stretches and strength exercises to develop fit, flexible runners primed for efficient and injury-free running...
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Teach proper form to improve performance, make running easier and more comfortable, and prevent injury... Read More...
Use pacing activities to establish baselines, evaluate progress, and teach kids to monitor and control their speed for more efficient running... Read More...
Play games after race days or at the end of practices to build fitness, general athletic skills, and enjoyment of running... Read More...