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Get Free CTF Programs When You Purchase Freelap

A couple of years ago I invested in a Freelap timing system and man oh man. What a game changer. That thing is a perfect example of ‘once you have it you don’t know how you lived without it’. If you’ve been kicking the tires, but don’t have a system yet OR you have a system and are thinking about adding more transmitters (the yellow cones we call ‘towers’), regular chips, or upgrading to the new Bluetooth chips so you don’t need the ‘Relay Coach’ (aka the thing that goes on the tripod) this email IS for you. Here’s my incentive/offer: If you order a Freelap system, add to/upgrade your Freelap accessories, and/or buy anything from the Simplifaster store through a link I’ve provided, I’ll give you 10% of your total purchase price in CTF Store credit. That…

How To Improve Your 4×100 Meter Relay “Differential”

Want to improve your 4×100 meter relay times, consistency, and/or team culture? Shoot… what sprints coach doesn’t? No other event in track and field has the power to elicit the extremes of highs and lows… season to season… meet to meet… exchange to exchange… practice to practice… like the 4×100 meter relay. Anyone who isn’t a highly competitive sprints coach cannot possibly understand how seriously (and personally) we all take that event. Maybe I’m leaning in too hard here, but when my 4×100 meter relay sucks at a meet or multiple meets, I take it as a personal failure – and I’ve experienced no shortage of personal failures. A couple years ago my girl’s 4×100 meter relay was undefeated and she was a heavy favorite…

5 Ways to Approach Summer Training for Sprinters

What to do when the summer months are upon us? You’ve got a number of options, so here’s my take on getting the most out of summer training for sprinters (or any athlete in any sport, for that matter):   1. Consider Not Training At All. Summer competitions are more popular in some places than in others. Where I live, it’s not incredibly popular. And quite frankly, I’m cool with that. I generally don’t steer kids toward summer training and/or competitions unless the kid is hardcore and keeps asking about it or they’re a scholarship caliber athlete who needs the work in a low pressure environment. The type of athlete who is going to be interested in summer track is the kind of athlete who’s…

Long Sprints Training with NCAA D1 Northeast Region Coach of the Year Marc Mangiacotti

The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) just announced their regional awards for the 2019 Indoor Season. Three Harvard University coaches affiliated with Complete Track and Field won Northeast Regional Coach of the Year Honors: 🔥Marc Mangiacotti (Men’s Assistant) – CTF Clinic CoDirector, Hurdles Group Lead Instructor & author of Advanced Concepts in 400m Training. 🔥Kebba Tolbert (Women’s Assistant) – CTF Clinic Sprints Group Featured Instructor and author of Specific Endurance for Sprints & Hurdles: An Advanced Approach 🔥Jason Saretsky (Women’s Head Coach) – CTF Clinic Distance Group Lead Instructor   Today I want to talk about my guy Marc Mangiacotti. At Harvard’s Conference Championship, Marc’s crew won the 400, 500, 800 …and 4×400. In fact his group of sprinters,…

Max Velocity is more important than Acceleration

When it comes to training all elements of acceleration and max velocity (top end speed), I used to be a ‘short to long’ purist. On paper it’s completely reasonable to assume if an athlete can’t accelerate from 0-10m the way you want then having them do 20m and 30m runs is counterproductive. Because it will be crap. And, so far as I can tell, it is still the prevailing wisdom amongst the sprints coaching gurus. It must be true then, right? Sure. But… Imagine the average of your top 5-10 100m sprinters. Picture them coming out of the blocks and accelerating… Got a video of it in your head? Now, here’s the key question: How many steps (I won’t even call them “pushes” yet) do…

Conferences I’m Speaking At in December [Chicago & Maine]

I’ll be speaking at two conferences I recommend you attend.   On Saturday December 1, I’ll be at the Maine State Track Coaches Conference at Thomas College. It’s not a huge event yet, but I like that these Maine college coaches are taking the initiative to create content for high school coaches in order to improve the sport in general, but specifically in giving back to their state of Maine. Each speaker will get 30 minutes to present with a scheduled 15 min roll over time for questions and set up. Only one speaker will present at a time. I’ll be the keynote speaker and will go last. I’ll also present for the full 60 minutes and I’ll be focusing on a few specific areas…

Identifying Mental Traits for the “Workhorse Sprinter”

Have you ever had an athlete or athletes that could win multiple events at a championship meet? These athletes are better referred to as your “Workhorse Sprinters…” Your multitalented sprinters who can run the 60 meters through the 400 meters and who might even be able to find success in a field event or on a relay leg. And then there is the combined event athlete who can score points in an individual event and the MultiEvent. Can you think of any athletes on your team who fit this description? Since the sport of track and field requires a lot of mental strength, it is important to note the mental capacity it takes to be considered a “Workhorse Sprinter.” With mental traits, the first thing…

How to ‘Reverse Engineer’ the College Schedule to fit HS Season Length

I got on the phone with Kebba Tolbert the other night because I had some questions. We decided to record it. I had the hour long conversation transcribed and it came out to 24 pages of additional content. If you haven’t already read my entire interview with Kebba, you can get it here for free. Today I want to share a chunk of that interview. I think you’ll find it interesting. It’s about what I call ‘reverse engineering’. Most courses, certifications, products, etc., are built by and around college and elite level coaches discussing the nearly year round professional and collegiate seasons. So as high school coaches, we have to digest this information and then ‘reverse engineer’ these 40 week programs written for freaks to…

Unicorns, Show Ponies, & The Mythical Straight Leg Bound Progression

In 2012 I spoke at the MF athletic All Star Track and Field Clinic in Atlantic city. I roomed with Tony Veney. If you’ve ever roomed with Tony Veney, it is quite the experience! (Don’t be mad at me Tony!) During one of my breaks, I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture being given by Caryl Smith Gilbert. I knew she was a Tony Wells disciple, but I didn’t know much else. What I did know was how fast her sprinters were running and I was interested in what she was doing. One thing she did spend a good deal of time on was the elastic strength / strength endurance / straight leg bound progression she did in the fall. The main…

Sprinters Need to Stop Running in Practice

 

Running is not sprinting. Sprinting is not running. Let’s say you can currently throw a fastball 90mph. You want to get it to 100mph. Do you think the solution is to spend the bulk of your time throwing large volumes of pitches at 75 miles per hour? No because that would be dumb. Sprinters hate running. Frequent tempo runs are death marches for sprinters. They half ass them. They run with terrible mechanics which only makes it more difficult to express speed and power during the times they really need to. These times are called “meets”. QUESTION: How many days per week are your sprinters running in practice? ANSWER: Too many. “Oh but Latif if they’re not running enough they won’t be in shape.” In…

My Favorite Sprints, Hurdles, & Jumps Programs to Steal From

There are only a few days left before Christmas and we’re having a ‘Last Minute’ sale. All digital programs are 30% off through the end of the day on Christmas Eve. Click here to see our full catalogue of track and field programs. (Use coupon code XMAS30 at checkout.) We have a lot of programs here at Complete Track and Field. It can be confusing and even overwhelming trying to figure out which resource/s best suit your needs. Well I’m a coach, too.  I thought it might be helpful to list and talk a bit about some of the programs I’m referencing, studying, and/or stealing from in my season right now. Just some quick background: I have around 40 boys and girls in my group….

How to run separate short and long sprints workouts at the same time

Chances are you’re in charge of the entire sprints group. You know your 100m runners and 400m runners often need different types of training. But, if you’re watching short sprints come out of blocks, you lose track of the long sprints rest period and you screw up that workout. If you’re timing the long sprints interval workout, you’re not addressing the abomination taking place over at the starting line. In the past, when I had a lot of things happening during practice, I felt like my head was on a swivel and I was consistently about 10 seconds behind real time. I was doing both groups a disservice when I tried to write separate programs. I was doing both groups a disservice when I coached…

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