Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Round Table

CrossCountryExpress.Com, Sports Basement, and Saucony


The NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Round Table

The Sports Basement
1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Saturday, January 3, 2009
Session I: 9am-12pm
Lunch: 12pm-1pm
Session II: 1pm-3pm

Round Table Leaders
• Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
o Miramonte High School

• Albert Caruana – Clinic Co-Director
o Crystal Springs Uplands School

• Chuck Woolridge
o Campolindo High School

• Tim Hunter
o San Ramon Valley High School

• Doyle O’Regan
o Piedmont High School

Round Table Features
• Everyone is a clinician, everyone is a student
• Round table topics selected by attendees in advance via email
• All attendees receive “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from each attending coach
• 20% off store discount for all attending coaches at Sports Basement
• Meals and beverages provided by Sports Basement
• Free gift for each attending coach courtesy of Saucony
• Raffle of prizes courtesy of Saucony
• Cost for the round table discussion is FREE
• Event is open to the first 50 coaches to register

Contact Chris Puppione ( for register for the event, as well as to receive further information.

Please contact Chris ASAP as spots are filling up fast. Some of the best coaches in SJS, NCS and CCS will be at this Round Table. Don't miss out.


December 2, 2008

Dear Coaches,

Now that cross country season is in the books and the track & field season looms on the not-so-distant horizon, we would like to invite you to join us for a clinic unlike any other in the state of California.

On January 3, 2009, we will be hosting The NorCal Distance Coaches Collaborative Round Table in Walnut Creek, CA at The Sports Basement. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 9am and will be attended by many of the finest coaches from our part of the state. Sponsored by Sports Basement, Saucony, and CrossCountryExpress.Com, this clinic is unique in format and conception.

Many of us have attended clinics over the years, and although we have been lucky enough to hear some great speakers, the part most of us look forward to is the aftermath—sitting around with your peers, swapping stories, discussing training ideas, asking questions, all while enjoying some good food and drink.

We have decided to get rid of the lectures and ditch the conventional while getting straight to the good stuff—some high-energy shop talk with some of our sport’s finest coaches in a relaxed environment full of friends and soon-to-be friends. At this event, the attendees will choose the topics. Whether you want to rehash the last cross country season or talk about the track season ahead, you tell us and we will put it on the agenda.

Limited to the first 50 coaches to sign-up via email, this round table discussion is completely based on the contributions of all attendees. Here is how it works:

1. Coaches are asked to email Chris Puppione ( to sign-up for the event.

2. Upon receipt of your email, Chris will ask you to submit the following for the clinic by December 27, 2008:
a. Topics and ideas you would like to discuss or gain knowledge about at the clinic (training, recruiting, nutrition, state of the sport, etc.)
i. This is an absolute necessity, as these suggestions will function as our agenda for the day.
b. A 1-3 page installment (or “nugget of knowledge”) describing something you do with your athletes that you feel is key to your program’s success (i.e. a particular workout, coaching philosophy, mental training, etc.)
i. All coaches are expected to contribute with this—consider it your entrance fee!
ii. These “nuggets” will be compiled and all attendees will receive the full collection of notes at the clinic.
c. Any copies of your training plan or training notes from the past cross country season or the upcoming track season.
i. While this is optional, coaches can submit these so that they may be shared with other attendees for review, critique, and to foster discussion of training methods.
ii. By submitting your training ideas or plans in advance, we will be able to produce copies for review at the round table—you can have your season’s training impacted by some of our sport’s greatest coaches, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

3. A running tally of coaches who commit to attending the round table will be maintained on Albert’s website ( so everyone can prepare any specific questions that they may have for their fellow coaches.

4. Prior to the event, Chris and Albert will release a schedule that will outline the topics for the day so that each coach attending may come prepared to participate and contribute.
a. THERE ARE NO LECTURERS AT THIS EVENT. We are not presenting a seminar—this is an opportunity to expand the discussion and for everyone to be a student and a teacher.
b. Attending coaches are encouraged to bring any information they wish to discuss or share to the event. We will have overhead projectors, LCD projectors, as well as AV equipment—bring it all.

5. Sign-in on January 3rd will begin at 8:30am with the round table beginning promptly at 9am. We will section the day into topics picked by our attendees, break for lunch at noon, and then reconvene for further discussion starting at 1pm. The round table ends when either you go home or they kick us out of the building at 3pm.

6. While this is an open discussion, we have designated the following coaches as leaders for the event:
o Chris Puppione – Clinic Co-Director
ß Miramonte High School
o Albert Caruana – Clinic Co-Director
ß Crystal Springs Uplands School
o Chuck Woolridge
ß Campolindo High School
o Tim Hunter
ß San Ramon Valley High School
o Doyle O’Regan
ß Piedmont High School
These coaches will act as guides for the discussion, keeping the round table focused while moving the group through the agenda and moderating input from all coaches. They will offer their insights as well, but they are not clinicians or panelists.

7. On the day of the event, all attending coaches will receive the following:
a. Food and beverage courtesy of Sports Basement
b. 20% off store discount courtesy of Sports Basement
c. A free gift courtesy of Saucony
d. A raffle ticket for prizes courtesy of Saucony
e. “A Packet of Nuggets”—a compilation of coaching gems from all attendees
f. Great conversation with amazing colleagues

8. After the actual round table event concludes, Chris and Albert will maintain the email list for all attendees so that the coaches who attend will be able to continue the conversations beyond the clinic walls. This will provide everyone with a constant flow of information and allow us all to become better coaches for our athletes.

It is our belief that this collaborative round table will be of great benefit for all coaches—rookies and veterans alike. Please join us for this amazing event by emailing your registration to Chris Puppione (

Be a part of the excitement—be a part of the conversation. Join us January 3, 2009 at The Sports Basement in Walnut Creek, CA for The NorCal Distance Coaches’ Collaborative Round Table.

Yours in running,

Chris Puppione
Albert Caruana

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