penned by David Baskwill. We are printing it with David's permission. We've also added some of our own thoughts on the subject.
Old School (1970s): Practice right after school.
New School (2012): Practice at 5:30PM, just 1 1/2 hours after they get home from school.
Old School: Practice lasts 1 1/2 hours, team meeting included. Ends on time.
New School: Practice lasts 2 1/2 hours, followed by a team meeting. Never on time.
Old School: Practice at high school, trip home by school bus.
New School: Practice at numerous variable sites, transportation necessary both to and from.
Old School: Dual Meets twice weekly.
New School: Quad or Quintuple Meets once weekly.
Old School: Tattoos only on a spectating ex-Marine Uncle from out of town.
New School: Neck tattoos on Freshman runners.
Old School: No sunglasses.
New School: Sunglasses on an overcast day as essential running equipment.
Old School: Nike Waffles.
New School: "Barefoot" Shoes.
Old School: Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.
New School: Winner at about 16:00 for boys 18:00 for girls.
Old School: No idea what friends are up to during practice.
New School: Tweets and Facebook updates during practice to know that friends are "chillin".
Old School: Coach is basketball coach and high school math teacher.
New School: Coach is 6-time All-American and stay-at-home-dad.
Old School: 0 assistant coaches.
New School: 6 assistant coaches.
Old School: 1 Newspaper article a year, with many facts wrong.
New School: Blog with daily updates on minutiae of every runner's life.
Old School: Quarter mile or half mile repeats a staple.
New School: Don't know what a quarter is.
Old School: One runner with a VW van on its last legs takes a few people home.
New School: Each runner over 16 drives their own BMW, Lexus or Mercedes home.
Old School: Cotton
New School: Lycra
Old School: Stretch
New School: Core
Old School: Fartlek
New School: Lactate-Threshold or Tempo