Green Mountain Coaches Workshop
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The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop offers a special learning opportunity for beginning coaches, (and even veteran coaches), looking for a more scientific approach to coaching your cross country teams.
The Coaches Workshop is designed for cross country coaches without extensive academic or coaching backgrounds. It is Green Mountain Running Camp's effort to give back to the sport by offering this tuition-free workshop as an intensive short course in the art and science of coaching distance runners.
The workshop is offered in conjunction with the Nike Green Mountain Running Camp. The workshop teaches the principles of hard/easy training and gives coaches the tools to individualize workouts by tying together pace, pulse, and perceived exertion.
- Coaches are encouraged to accompany their cross country teams and attend the Coaches Workshop covering the latest in training and racing techniques.
- The workshop runs concurrently with the youth camp session.
- Study the Science of Effort Based Training.
- Discuss various speeds and paces of distance workouts.
- Examine the design and analysis of videotaping of running form.
- Review techniques and suggestions for program administration.
- Compare methods and materials for team organization.
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Co-Director Roy Benson
Co-Founder/Co-Director of Green Mountain Running Camp. Roy T. Benson, MPE, C.F.I., is an exercise scientist and distance running coach. He earned a Master's Degree in PE with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Florida.View Roy Benson's Bio ⟩
Since 1976, he has held a national certification as a Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. He has presented several hundred professional papers and lectures for academic and popular audiences.
He currently serves as a Special Contributor for Running Times magazine with a monthly readership of over 250,000 serious runners. His newest book "Heart Rate Training" was published by Human Kinetics in the Spring of 2011.
Coach Benson ran competitively for over 45 years with personal bests of 1:52.7 for 800 meters and 4:19.8 for the mile. As a master's runner, he ran 36:06 for 10k, 17:22 for 5k, 4:52 for the mile and qualified for the Boston marathon with a 3:09:05 PR at age 40.
He coached at the University of Florida from 1969 to 1979 as head X-C coach for seven years and head T & F coach for three years. For 16 years, 1993 to 2008, he served as Community Coach at Marist School (a 2A size private school) in Atlanta where his girls and boys teams won 16 state class 4A X-C championships and individual runners won a total of 20 state titles in x-c and track.
He also founded and has directed the Smoky Mountain Running Camp for 40 years.
Celebrating our 41st year!
The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop runs concurrently with the July 30th GMRC youth session.
The Green Mountain Running Camp Coaches Workshop offers a unique learning opportunity for both beginning as well as veteran coaches, looking for a more scientific approach to coaching their cross country teams.
The workshop, designed for cross country or track coaches without extensive academic or coaching backgrounds, teaches the principles of hard/easy training and provides coaches with the tools to individualize workouts by coordinating pace, pulse, and perceived exertion. Offering information for the design of training plans and workouts for all phases of training, it also assists with the organization and administration of cross country or track program from the middle school to college levels.Show Less See More Camp Details
Coaches can enroll in free of charge if they have 5 or more runners from their team attend the camp.
The workshop offers up to 15 hours of classroom sessions which are incorporated into the regular camp curriculum to provide a multitude of opportunities to learn from workshop staff coaches, special guest speakers, and varied breakout session presenters. Joining the campers' running groups on their twice a day training runs is also an option for all workshop participants.
The Primary Workshop is offered from Sunday evening until Friday evening. During this time, participants will receive hours of instruction as well as the opportunity to hear guest speakers and additional breakout sessions with veteran staff coaches.
The Extended Workshop is designed for coaches who attend with team members and want to stay until the camp session ends on Friday. Up to six additional hours of instruction will be offered during this session.
Topics include but are not limited to: Principles of Effort Based Training, 4 Speeds of Distance Running Training, Training Plans for your Season & Off-Season; Coaching Personality, Developing a Team, & Team Bonding; Policies, Procedures & Summer Training; Motivation & Setting Goals For Your Athletes; Preventing Injury & Running Drills; Meet Day Protocol; The Exceptional Athlete.
Additional topics covered with guest speakers and breakout sessions may include:
· Sports psychology
· Sports nutrition
· Racing strategies
· Team dynamics
· Strength work and drills
· Roles of stretching
Camp Check-in & Check-out Details:
Coaches stay in dorms on campus, 2 per room.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6.45 Reveille--Wake up
- 7.00-7.30 Morning activity: easy morning run or yoga
- 7.30-8.30 Breakfast
- 9.00-10.00 Coaches Workshop 1
- 10.00-10.30 Guest speaker in main theater
- 10.40-11.15 Breakout session (select 1 of several topics) conducted by staff coaches
- 11.25-12.00 Breakout session (select 1 of several topics) conducted by staff coaches
- 12.00-1.00 Lunch
- 1.00-2.00 Coaches Workshop 2
- 2.10-3.00 Guest Speaker or program in main theater
- 3.15-3.30 Pre-run stretch
- 3.30-5.30 Afternoon run
- 5.30-6.30 Dinner
- 6.45-8.30 Coaches Workshop 3
Located at Kimball Union Academy, in Meriden, NH, the Green Mountain Running Camp is one of the oldest in the country. Coaches stay in the college dormitories, 2 per room. Coaches and campers run on beautiful trails right from campus, in evergreen forests and sun drenched meadows...and jump into a mountain stream to cool down.
Green Mountain Running Camps is owned and operated by Green Mountain Running Camps LLC which is a limited liability company formed under the laws of the State of Nevada.
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XC Season Success!
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the program you put together this past summer, not only for the coaches, but also for the kids. You've helped create a program that really works to teach and empower all its participants! As for our results this season. We won the Maine Independent School Championship and went on to win New England's (NEPSTA Division IV) for the 2nd time in four years (we've podiumed all four and this bookended championships for my seniors). Thanks in part to your help and teaching over the summer, all our runners peaked perfectly and we had great performances from top to bottom! My runners placed 3, 20, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35 out of a field of more than 200 with 37 schools being represented (the kids were ready and ran a great strategic race). On our girl's side, we placed 3 runners in the top 20! The success continued all the way down the JV roster as well.
— Adam L.
Engaging and enjoyable
To the staff of Green Mountain Running Camp, I can not not thank you enough for the opportunity to take part of the coaches clinic this summer. I had an incredible experience and learned a great deal of information to incorporate in my upcoming cross country season. It was great to see so many kids who enjoy running and to be able to take part in running with them. Coach Gerry Chester did an amazing job in the classes he taught us. His personal stories, warmth and humor kept class engaging and enjoyable. He has such a knowledge for running. Kristin Ross also played an a huge part in my attending the coaches clinic. I coach with her at our middle school and she has been asking me to come to camp the last few years. I am so glad I was able to attend. I enjoyed the break out sessions she arranged and it's obvious she has a great presence with the campers and staff at the camp. Thank you again for a great experience. I look forward to coming back next year either as a coach or to attend the clinic again. Well done!
Being able to receive individual feedback at this workshop regarding our individual program and how to implement and adjust it to get the most benefit out of our season was something that other coaching workshops don’t offer.
— Erin E. Pomykala, Head Coach Men's and Women's Cross Country, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Exceeded my expectations
What an incredible week. This coaches’ workshop far exceeded my expectations. Whether this was your first season coaching, or you’ve had a few years under your belt, there was much to be taken away from this workshop experience. I am very much looking forward to returning next year to see what session two will hold.
— Terri Miller. Solebury School Head Cross Country Coach Assistant Track and Field Coach New Hope, PA
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