2012 New England Track & Field Clinic (Save the Date)

Posted by Latif Thomas

We’re not quite ready to start taking registrations for this summer’s New England Track & Field Clinic, but I’m getting requests and questions every day so I wanted to at least give you some information so you can schedule vacations, etc. around the clinic.

The dates for this year’s clinic are July 19-22, 2012 at Brown University.

With the overwhelming success of last year’s New England Track & Field clinic, we have decided to expand this year’s program. So here are some things that are new this year:

1. We’ve doubled the number of slots for the sprints and hurdles. Last year the clinic sold out almost 6 weeks before it was held and we want to make sure no one gets left out again this year.

So we will offer two sprints or hurdles sessions. One will be Thursday/Friday July 19-20 and the other session will be Saturday/Sunday July 21-22. This gives you the option of choosing the session that best fits your life and/or allows you to register for, say, sprints during the Thursday/Friday session and then jumps during Saturday/Sunday session.

2. We’re adding the throws for the Saturday/Sunday session. We haven’t lined up all of the staff for the shot put, discus and javelin just yet, but you can be assured it will be top notch like with the other events. Case in point: One of our lead throws instructors will be Brown University Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Michelle Eisenreich.

3. We’re adding classroom session for coaches. On Friday night, July 19, we’ll be running seminar style classroom sessions for coaches. This way you can get some insight into the workout planning, philosophies and preparation side of coaching. Then, with that information and insight in hand, you’ll go out to the track sessions to see how we take ‘book information’ and specifically apply it to athletes. I don’t know of any other clinic that offers this (though I’m sure they’ll borrow the idea) and we think it’s going to be pretty cool.

I don’t know who is speaking on what quite yet, but we are certainly open to your feedback and suggestions since this clinic is about you and not about us.

4. We’re adding more staff. Last year I don’t think we had enough coaches covering the sprints. Most of last year’s staff has signed on to return this year, but we’ll be adding even more coaches to ensure low staff to athlete ratios. For starters, one of the best sprints coaches in New England, Wheaton College Men’s and Women’s Head Coach Dave Cusano, will be joining the sprints staff for both sessions.

Now those are the basics for now. More information and the start of registrations will be coming soon. However, many of you probably have questions. If so, post them below and I will do my best to answer them as quickly as possible. Feel free to use this space to make lecture session suggestions or let us know what you’d like to see at this year’s clinic.

To your success,

Latif Thomas


Latif Thomas - Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic at Harvard University, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics across the country, Latif has true passion for the sport and it definitely shows. Over the past 19 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All-State, and New England Champions in sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he can count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter.

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