Sunday, March 4, 2012

Waldorf Track and Field 2012

6th grader showing style while doing the long jump.
Coaching at Haleakala Waldorf school has been an amazing learning experience for me. In the summer I connected with the Physical Movement teacher at the school Stanley Bartlett. Together we have been coaching the middle school athletics, and I have been focusing on the running sports; cross country (XC), and now Track and Field. Please take a look at the Waldorf Track and Field and XC page on my site here: for more detailed information about our team.
6th Grade line up for the 100 meter dash.

7th grade boys with Coach Stanley Bartlett
On Saturday, March 3rd we had our first track meet after just four short weeks of practices twice weekly, and once on the weekend. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students came out in great numbers with 29 children on the team this year. The first meet was held at the beautiful track at Kamehameha school. This facility it top notch, and it was a pleasure to attend. There was light rain in the early morning, so we were lucky to have cool, and somewhat cloudy conditions to perform our best.  

The meet started off with the team warming up and running on a track for the first time, as we have been practicing up at Kula Park on the grass. Then the long jump started, where we represented strongly, with 11 jumpers. Then the races started. We had some fantastic performances for the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes. There were feelings of surprise, elation, and even a few tears. There were several changes in all of the relays, and a change in the long jump, and through it all the team was so supportive of each other. Compromises were made, and it was all done with a happy heart.
7th Grade Relay Team
Our relay teams all had great hand-off's, and held on to those batons (not one drop!). We all had fantastic starts, and our running form was looking good. I couldn't have been more proud of the children, and their determination, and perseverance. I am so looking forward to our last meet this coming Saturday, March 10th at War Memorial stadium in Kahului. I have hopes of continuing on with as many children that are interested for upcoming races hosted by Valley Isle Road Runner (next race up: 5K March 17th, 5PM, Ale House, Kahului). Please take a look at our running website at Coaching is not easy, and has tested my skills in multi-tasking. I am so fortunate to be coaching. This form of teaching is dynamic, and a lot of fun.

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