How to Create an Annual Plan for High School Sprinters

Posted by Latif Thomas

Where I live, the indoor track season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. And if I expect to have a good season, I better have already spent some serious time planning and creating the annual plan for my short and long sprinters. (As well as my ‘super long sprinters’ who run the ridiculous 600m race here in New England.)

Taking the time to create a simple, but flexible, annual plan outline helps me focus in on the various training and competitive goals I have for the season.  As the years go on, I’ve found that the more energy I put into my general annual plan, the easier it is to write highly effective workouts, as well as make adjustments once the pandemonium of the season starts.

If you’re not familiar with the annual plan and/or want to see how I put mine together, I put together a short video of how I approached it this season.



Now that you understand what an annual plan should look like, the next step is to make sure you have a plan for which skills and progressions you want to use (i.e., the actual ‘stuff’ that makes up your practices), as well as how to implement these workouts and progressions with your short sprinters and long sprinters.

If you’re interested in more specific information about planning training for high school sprinters, from the General Preparation Phase all the way through the Competition Phase and Championship Season, take a serious look at my comprehensive coaching program on the subject:

Complete Program Design for Sprinters



Track and field annual plan template - Complete Track and Field



Updated on: July 25, 2024 6:30 am


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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