The Cross Country season is September through October. This position instructs middle school athletes in the fundamental skills, strategy and physical training necessary for them to realize a degree of individual and team success in their program. The employee must understand and abide by all building, Tacoma School District and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) policies, regulations, procedures and guidelines.
- Supervises student athletes to promote effective student learning through participation in athletic activities.
- Plans, develops and implements an effective program for the particular sport to prepare athletes both physically and mentally to participate with confidence and self-assurance in athletic contests; formulates behavioral objectives for the coming sports season; administers discipline when necessary in a fair and consistent manner; emphasizes safety precautions; provides opportunities for each participant to achieve some success; shares information with parents (rules, schedule, practice days and times) to review the total scope of program; informs participants prior to season about the district’s policies and regulations and extracurricular activity contract.
- Organizes practice sessions that are both stimulating and instructive; conducts practice with 7th and 8th grade teams four days a week and 6th grade teams two days a week, immediately after school with the idea of developing the athlete’s greatest potential; teaches basic fundamental skills of the sport; prepares daily practice activities and keeps records on file; emphasizes and promotes good sportsmanship in the conduct of team members and coaches.
- Knowledge of effective coaching practices/techniques for the particular sport.
- Ability to comply with WIAA coaching standards.
- Ability to motivate students.
- Ability to exercise fairness in dealing with student athletes.
- Ability to conduct oneself in an ethical and exemplary manner at all times.
- Ability to maintain poise and composure during practice and games.
- Ability to relate to students of differing athletic abilities.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective work and student relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.
- Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate athletic activities.
- Ability to set-up and maintain accurate records and files.