For the first time, cross country coaches now have a learning resource through “Coaching Cross Country,” an online education course available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Learning Center at www.NFHSlearn.com.
Cross country is both a team and individual sport that demands great fitness, endurance and a drive to compete.
“We are excited to offer this course for cross country coaches,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services. “For the first time, cross country coaches now have a course in the NFHS Learning Center.”
Created in association with USA Track and Field, the course is designed to help coaches learn more to teach the skills of cross country to their students.
“Our goal is to assist coaches with courses that are specifically tailored to the needs of their students,” Schuster said. “We have had a track and field course available for a few years now and saw the opportunity to partner with USA Track and Field for ‘Coaching Cross Country.’”
Units available within “Coaching Cross Country” include “Goal Setting and Mental Toughness,” “Team Dynamics,” “Tapering Principles” and “Ancillary Training Activities.” Cross country coaches can also learn about developing a training plan, the psychology behind cross country, different training environments and how to identify, treat and prevent common injuries.
“Coaching Cross Country” also includes various video components with periodic quizzes to reinforce learning objectives.
Additionally, the “Coaching Cross Country” course fulfills the sport-specific course criteria for obtaining NFHS Learning Center certifications as Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC).
After starting with two courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – in 2007 through the former NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 70 online courses – 34 of which are free.
In addition to “Coaching Cross Country,” the NFHS Learning Center offers 28 other sport-specific courses. Courses are now available to students, coaches, parents, administrators, officials and performing arts/educators.
Since the launch of www.NFHSlearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than nine million courses.