Thursday, December 7, 2017

Verbosity - Back to Reality

Or in this case, "wordiness" anyway.  Nate Rollins, a young writer with the Whitman-Hanson Express sent over questions he has, and hopes to write about, in regards to our Girls T&F team.  You'll be able to glean those questions and responses from an upcoming article no doubt, but those questions were helpful in my assessment of where we stand at the moment.  It will be difficult to replace athletes who we could count on for 5, 10 or even 15 points in each meet, but I am very optimistic about the future.  We have some good, young athletic talent, and in time the youngsters on this team will achieve everything their predecessors did . . . and then some.  Now it would be "verbosity" if I were to name names and expectations at what is a very, very early point in our season.  At this juncture it would only be words.  Suffice it to say however, newcomers will be critical in us having a successful season.

Injury and illness, along with greater numbers, caused Dawn and I to consider adding a third Captain.  As most of you already know, Camry Boyce, already a Captain for XC and LAX, has been added as a Captain for this season.  Her athletic ability is unquestionable, and she has already shown herself to be a fantastic leader.  Three Captains is not unprecedented by the way.  In fact, in years past we have had three Captains more often than two!  Congratulations to Camo!

On the subject of three Captains . . . I am pleased to announce that the Girls XC team will have three Captains next Fall.  Maeve McDonough, Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue and Maeve Rooney were all selected by the team in voting that rivaled the Kennedy-Nixon election of 1960. (Google it.) And on the Boys side, the 2018 XC team will be led by Junior Adam Solari and Shane Schraut.  Congratulations to all!  Your first task, and one that is ongoing . . . recruit! 

Enough for now . . . ZZZZZzzzzzzz

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thoughts - Wednesday

To all - Thank you. Heartfelt. Sincere.  Parents - Heroic.  Sue Moss - Gem.  Coaches - Loyal, Dedicated, Friends.  Kids - Infinite superlatives.  Mrs. Coach - “9:00PM, don’t you ever shut up? xoxo”.  Love to all.  Thank you.  Heartfelt.  Sincere.

2:30 . . .

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday - December 5, 2017 Lots of things . . .

Tonight from 6:00-8:00PM (or thereabouts) we will hold the XC banquet to celebrate this past years Cross Country team.  Sue Moss will make her yearly presentation and awards will be presented.  We will also be asking each team member to vote for next year's XC Captains.  A formal announcement of those selected will be made later in the week.  As you know, you were all asked to nominate yourselves if you had interest in becoming a Captain.  Eligible nominees are (1) Seniors Class of 2019, or (2) Juniors, Class of 2020, with two years of XC experience.  The following are being considered based on the foregoing:

Boys: Brandon Hager, Caleb Parkinson, Shane Schraut, Adam Solari
Girls: Victoria Boss, Dorothy DiMascio-Donohue, Maeve McDonough, Maeve Rooney

You will be asked to select TWO from the list.  Coaches will exercise votes, if necessary, in order to break ties.

I hope we have a good turnout this evening . . . Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Congratulations to our XC All-Scholastics!  Andrew Newman, Jack Ryan, Julia Cosgrave and Nicole Norve were selected for this year's Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic Cross Country team.  A reminder to them  that pictures will be taken at the Brockton Enterprise Office today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1324 Belmont St., Unit 102, Brockton, MA 02301 from 4-7 p.m.. Please wear an article of clothing that represents your school/sport.  

Track & Field notes:  While we are a mere week away from our first meet versus Hingham, (December 13 at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at 5:30 PM) we are not yet close to where we need to be if we hope to be competitive.  Less than two weeks to develop conditioning can be frustrating to both coaches and athletes  I guess that was my thinking when I changed the picture (above) on Day 1.  Those that want and expect to achieve his/her full potential will make the effort required.  There is plenty of room at the top for those willing to do so. 

Today for the Mid-distance and Distance runners it will be an "Easy" day.  That is, slower, but longer running, as we try to get you ready for competition.  There will be ample time following running for field events.  Sprinters/Jumpers/Throwers will work with event coaches.  

Friday, December 1, 2017


I'm an early riser.  Many nonagenarians are.  Thankfully.  (Think about it.)  I woke up at 4:30 AM with purpose . . .  to listen to the new U2 album - available today.  The opening line* of song #1 set the tone for my day.  Best day ever.

I've been going over the results of the sprinters this week and am impressed.  Really impressed.  After working with the distance/mid-distance runners and lady shot put throwers I am even more impressed.  Coach Driscoll put it best in saying those other (great teams) will have to pay attention to W-H.  Couldn't agree more.

Today Coach D and Coach S have a timed/drill workout planned.  Of course we have something for the Distance/Mid-Distance Groups, each of which will be designated before heading out.  (Relatively) easy day for all.  I'll also be working with several groups on hand-offs.  I can't stress enough the importance of our relay teams.  Placing first in the 4x200 and the 4X400 represents a big swing in the dual meets.  10 points for the winners, 0 for second place.  I am confident we have some remarkable talent in those events.  December 13th will be here before you know it and we face a very talented, and deep Hingham team.  In fact, we meet nothing but very talented teams this season in Hingham, Duxbury, Pembroke, Plymouth North and Silver Lake. An incomplete schedule can be found at:

(Check the box for indoor Boys or Girls track and then click "show schedule" just above it.)

Saturday AM will see a short practice - 9:00 - 10:00 for all.  For now I'm focusing on today (best day ever).  Fun Friday #1.  See you at 2:30

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 4 - 11/30/2017

Today will be somewhat cooler than yesterday but as I peer out my office window the flag and those leaves that remain are moving ever so slightly.  Cold I can deal with . . . wind, not so much.  Dress appropriately!  Don't forget to encourage others, especially those not selected for other teams, to join us. 

Today, just about everybody will be on the track with running events. (Distance/mid-distance should know today is not an "easy" day.)  Field events to follow.  Details will be provided at 2:30.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Who loves ya baby?

OK, you've got to be my age to know that was a line used regularly by Detective Theo Kojak in the 1970's television program “Kojak”.  It became kind a of a catchphrase of my generation back in the day.  Never thought I'd be using it in 2017 (of course, I wasn't sure I'd be topside of the sod in 2017!)

 Nonetheless, I know there were cuts from other sports today.  And I know there is disappointment among those cut.  I could be crass and say "life goes on" but I've been there and I know that is not what anyone wants to hear.  I feel badly for anybody experiencing that disappointment, but I can tell you from experience that things will look better down the road.  One door closes, another opens.  If you have a friend who has been cut from a team please let him or her know, Track & Field will accept them with open arms.  Who loves ya baby???  Track & Field!!!

Practice tomorrow at 2:30.  Bring a (disappointed) friend.  We'll do our very best to be that "something better."

Practice - Day 3 11/29/17 (Day 333 of the year)

Today the temperature should be in the mid 50's, nice change of pace, however temporary.  Distance/Mid-distance runners will go easy for various time/distance (details at 2:30.)  Mid distance will go a little shorter and do some additional work on the Track as well.  Core (4 X 10), 22, Stretch x :45 to follow.

Sprint workout looks like this . . .

Boys 2 x 40 try to beat best time
Girls 100M timed
Boys& Girls  7 x 80M Hills 3 lamp posts

Intro to High Jump Boys then Girls

Hurdle Drills (see Coach S for drill sheet)
Boys: Dan, Shane, Graham, Julian, Josh (anyone else)
Girls: Dorothy, Marissa, Madeline, Anna, Emily (anyone else)
Intro to starting Blocks 
10 starts
Start Competition

Core 6 x 45 sec   PushUps 22       Stretch 8 x 45 sec

See you at 2:30 . . .