Schedule Set For 2012 FACA Cross Country Clinic

The 2012 FACA Cross Country Clinic is set for the sunny beaches of Clearwater, Florida. The Sheraton Sand Key Hotel will host the three day event that runs Thursday through Saturday. FACA Cross Country Chair Kristin McWilliams is very excited about this years' line up of speakers and panelists. Topics range from "Common Sports Injuries", to specific training workouts, and the ever popular coaches panels which this year will include a "Panel of Legends", and a special coaches two mile!. FLRunners will have complete coverage of the event including recaps of the days events, as well as videos of presentations and interviews with speakers and panelists.

2012 FACA/HUDL Cross Country Clinic Schedule


Thursday, July 19, 2012
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM       Clinic Registration

9:00 AM -    9:50 AM    Dr. Drew Warnick, All Sport Medicine                     

                                    “Common Sports Injuries” (CARE/PREV)

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM   Dr. Drew Warnick, All Sport Medicine                     

                                    “Concussions and What You Need to Know“ (CARE/PREV)

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM   Coach Mike Higgins, Coral Springs Charter

                                    “Kinetic Learning – Learn While Exercising” (Theory)
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM  Shelton Crews, Executive Director FACA

                                    Kristin McWilliams Winter Park/FACA Chair

                                   “Welcome and the FACA’s role in Cross Country.” (Theory)

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM       Alex Ozuna, FHSAA
                                    “Official Rules Clinic” (Theory)
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM       Dennis Kozub, Winter Park High

                                    “How to make pumpkin pie when you don’t have any pumpkins.” (Sport Specific)

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM       Break - Visit Exhibits
3:10 PM – 4:00 PM       Jay Getty, Hagerty High H.S. (Sport Specific)
                                  Topic 1 – “Managing Elite Level Athletes & Team Concepts”

                                  Ryan Raposo, John A. Ferguson High School (Sport Specific)

                                    Topic 2-  XC 101:  “ Basics on Building or Rebuilding a Program from Scratch.”
4:10 PM – 5:00 PM       Scott Simmons, The American Distance Project (CARE/PREV)
                                  “Strategies for Heat and Humidity Management in Distance Running”
5:10 PM – 6:00 PM       2011 State Cross Country Championship Coaches Panel

                                   “Roundtable Discussion on their Respective Programs” (Theory)

6:10 PM – 7:30 PM       Dinner – Visit Exhibits
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM       Kristin McWilliams, Winter Park/FACA Chair

                                    “Improving XC in Florida. FACA Recommendations.” (Theory)

Friday, July 20, 2012
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM       Clinic Registration
9:00 AM – 10:40 AM     Scott Simmons, The American Distance Project
                                    “Championship Season Training Design” (Theory)

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM   Break - Visit Exhibits
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM   Paul Nowicki, Bartram Trail High School
                                    “You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.” (Sport Specific)

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM     Lunch – Visit Exhibits
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM       Paul Spangler, The University of Florida (Sport Specific)
                                    “Speed Endurance Training Approach- 1500m/3000m”
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM       Rene Plasencia, Colonial High School

                        “Secrets of Success: Colonial High.”  (Sport Specific)

3:20 PM – 3:45 PM       Break - Visit Exhibits
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM       Bob Braman, Florida State University
                                    “New Ideas for LT Training.” (Sport Specific)
4:40 PM – 5:20 PM       Bob Braman, Florida State University
                                    “A look at the Appalachee Parkway Course, and tips on hosting a

                       home cross country meet” (Theory)

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM       Panel of the legends of Florida Cross Country

                                  “A roundtable discussion of old timers.” (Theory)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM       FACA Coaches Reception

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM     MF Athletic/Warr10r Running Camp Coaches Social

Saturday, July 21, 2012
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM       Coaches Run

9:00 AM – 10:40 AM     Scott Simmons, The American Distance Project
                                    “Diet for Optimal Performance and Issues with Iron.” (CARE/PREV)
10:50 AM – 11:50 AM   Paul Spangler, University of Florida

                                    “Power and Distance Running.” (Sport Specific)
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM   Kristin McWilliams and other veteran coaches

                      “Learning from One’s Mistakes and Other Valuable Lessons.” (Theory)


Panelists for Thursday's State Championship Coaches

Doug Butler Holy Trinity
Jeff Sommer Estero
Don Kappelman Ransom Everglades
Frankie Ruiz Belen Jesuit
Roy Harrison Plant High School

Panelists for Friday's Panel of Legends/Old Timers

Brent Haley Largo/Steinbrenner
Paul Nowicki  Bartram
Mike Boza   Plant High School
Roy Harrison Plant High School
Dennis Kozub Winter Park
Rick Rothman  Spanish River

  • For those who have not registered yet don't worry. You can still do so at the clinic. Cost is $60 and that includes a one year FACA membership which provides coaching insurance and admission to all FACA clincs including the Track & Field Clinic in January.

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