Hi! I was wanting some insight on how you or others place athletes in various events. I coach junior high students who are new to the sport. I allow them to indicate to me what their interests are: throws, sprints, distances, etc. I use common sense and view their abilities to place them in events I feel they can 1) be successful and 2) help the team.
I do move around our younger athletes throughout the season trying to fine tune where they fit best.
My issue comes towards the time when invitationals, conference meet, and sectionals come around. I’m limited to place only two athletes per event and some kids get cut. It’s the hard truth. I have parents always disliking my choices when their child gets cut. I’d like a system that irons out all those choices for me and there is no grey area.
I also take into consideration their work ethic, sportsmanship, and other factors (such as dedication to the team) along with times/distances.
Do you have any suggestions?
I know our cross country coach weighs each meet…they carry more weight as the season progresses. So an athlete that tails off in the end of the season doesn’t take a slot away from an athlete that is getting better as the season goes on. Does that make sense?
I could install some system like that but since I move kids around for the first month or so, it’s hard to really be fair. Cross country is simply running the same distance…no grey area.
I wanted to know a system you or someone else you know used to select athletes when we are limited in the numbers. Thanks for your time!