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2 Major Changes to the 2014 Clinic

I don’t know any good coaches who run the same system year after year. And we’d be doing you a disservice if we ran the same clinic each year, regardless of how successful and well received our event. One of the concerns people have when considering attending/sending athletes to our clinic is the sheer number…

3 Ways to Avoid Shin Splints

Sooner or later, shin splints will rear their ugly little faces. If you’re lucky, it’ll only hit a few athletes. If not, you’ll have a group full of kids whose legs are pudding. If you’re blessed with living in a cold weather environment where you’re stuck in hallways all winter, you have a 1253% greater…

Lower Body Mechanics in the Throws

Complete Teaching Progressions for the Throwing Events   Biomechanical Concerns.  When we look at lower body activity in the throwing events, we are concerned with three realms. They are blocking, lengthening the implement’s path, and force production. Blocking.  Blocking refers to a stopping or abrupt deceleration of the thrower’s movement. This fosters a transfer of…

You’re Fired Friday (Vol. 2)

It’s a New Year and I can’t think of a better time to release another installment of me indiscriminately firing people on the Interwebs, especially since coaches seemed to enjoy the first version. The theme of today’s episode: Professionalism, Status and the Ego If you start getting worked up, be sure to look over my…

Commonality Based Coaching

  What is a Commonality?    Simply put, a commonality is something two things have in common. In track and field coaching, the commonalities we are concerned with are shared skills and movements. There are two types of commonalities we’ll discuss here, intraevent commonalities and interevent commonalities. Intraevent Commonalities.  Intraevent commonalities are technical features and movement…