A Running Start: The Video Resource for Coaching Youth RunnersSpring 2011 Website
A Running Start is a terrific "video resource for coaching youth runners," though that description fails to describe the wealth of content it offers. Designed to help youth coaches, physical education teachers and parents teach children of all ages how to begin a running program, the site offers video tutorials to instruct children on warm ups and cool downs, proper form, pacing and games for elementary, middle and high school students. The videos are exceptionally well produced and narrated and highlight the importance of doing the exercises with students.
In addition to the running instruction, the site also includes a section on "Active Eating" which is a "series of K-8 lesson plans that use fun physical activities to educate children about making healthy food choices." The lessons plans are aligned with a series of national education standards. A third component of the program is the "Academic Connection" section, currently in development, which will offer classroom exercises that use running as a catalyst to teach different academic subjects.
Created by the New York Road Runners, A Running Start has an impressive collection of content consultants, form experts, and on-screen coaches to support the material on the site. For anyone involved with youth running programs or a parent simply interested in introducing their children to running, this is an invaluable resource well-worth checking out.