Here are the Secrets to Three Stepping, Technical Development, and Program Design For Your Short 12-14 Week High School Hurdles Season
From: Latif Thomas USTFCCCA Event Specialist, USATF II (Sprints, Hurdles & Relays)
You know how to coach the hurdles. That’s not the issue.
But with such a range of skill and experience to deal with at practice, you know there must be an easier way to help your athletes learn. A safer way. A more efficient way.
You’ve finally got some of your more experienced hurdlers consistently three stepping and pulling their trail leg all the way through. And, generally speaking, their arm action isn’t too bad. Most of the time.
But, even your most talented hurdlers still need work. Lots of it.
Meanwhile, the rest of your group is all over the map. So you’re being pulled from both ends of the spectrum.
How many times have you watched hurdle practice and said to yourself, to your athletes (or out loud to no one in particular):
“Why is that girl still doing the seven step stutter between hurdles?”
“Young man, it’s not the high jump. We run over the hurdles, we don’t jump them.”
“Ladies. It’s only a 33” hurdle, which is barely a hurdle. Just step over it and keep running. Don’t make it a dramatic episode.”
“Good Lord, pull your trail knee into your armpit! If you keep letting your foot dangle behind you like that, you’re going to hook the hurdle and kill yourself.
And I’m not trying to get fired today.”
At the same time, you’ve probably got other kids and other events going on. And you can only spend so much time with the event group containing the least amount of athletes.
Yet, always present in the back of your mind is the fear of someone taking a nasty spill.
And that’s the last thing you need.
Especially when accidents are avoidable.
So with your hurdlers, what approach should you take?
Focus on speed or technique?
More drills or less?
Bring the hurdles down and in? Or not?
Think long term and teach your fastest freshman how to hurdle? Or keep them in the sprints group and maybe get some points out of them now (especially with your girls.)
If you can figure out a better way of developing fast, technical three steppers, you can score more points, run safer practices and run a better program.
Because we both know that most coaches in most programs don’t spend a lot of time developing a stable of quality hurdlers.
Without spending any more time at practice, you can take your B-Level sprinters and make them A-Level hurdlers, especially at the high school level.
Or take you’re A-Level sprinters and make them A+Level hurdlers.
And that’s an exciting prospect, isn’t it?
Whenever I have questions about the hurdles, I go to Tony Veney.
Not only is he one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the sport of track and field, he understands what we’re dealing with at the developmental levels. What to do when you’re dealing with, as he calls them, Harry Hitahurdle and Britany Bangabarrier.
I still like to know what the 13 second hurdlers of the world are doing. I can use some of that stuff. But I try not to put the cart before the horse.
So how do you get those kids running 12-14 seconds in the 100 down into the 15-16 second range, which is competitive in the high school world? And, at the same time, help the handful of 15-16 second kids get down into the 14s?
According to Tony, it starts with establishing your core philosophy. He calls it ‘getting down to the nitty gritty’…
Once Tony helped me establish what I should be doing and what I should avoid doing, I felt 100% more confident in scheduling the appropriate workouts, drills and progressions into my training plan.
Instead of attempting every possible hurdle related drill, exercise, workout and theory I could find, I trimmed the fat to focus on a few skill sets I know my hurdlers can handle, all while developing hurdle specific qualities.
Less for me to try to teach, less for them to try to learn. The more we get done in less time. And the faster their confidence grows.
Plus, it allows me to keep things basic for my beginners and do the fun, technical drills and workouts with my advanced hurdlers.
Of course, until you evolve your approach, your hurdles will still…
- Three step over one hurdle and then revert to four and five stepping for the rest of the race
- Accelerate, slam on the breaks, jump over the hurdle, accelerate, slam on the breaks, jump over the hurdle….for the entire excruciating race
- Take off too close to the hurdle and kick their lead leg straight out in front of them (which should never happen with the girls)
- Dangle their trail leg behind them, cheating death with each hurdle and giving you’re a borderline heart attack.
- Overstride the whole race and three step bound between hurdles, getting slower with each clearance
I coach high school kids so I know what you struggle with at practice. And based on what I see at meets, you can probably relate to my situation.
But there are solutions to these problems. And because there is no comprehensive sprint hurdle training program out there geared toward developmental sprint hurdlers, I asked Tony Veney to create that very program.
After surveying hundreds of high school hurdle coaches, Tony engineered a resource that addresses your most pressing questions, problems and concerns.
Introducing Tony Veney’s
Complete Hurdle (100/110) Training Program
Coach Veney divides the program into 3 sections:
Part I: Training Nuts and Bolts
A straightforward overview of the foundational qualities and philosophies of the successful hurdle coach and program, Coach Veney shows you:
8 specific hurdle development parameters you should base your training around
How to determine which workouts and drills to keep and cut from your program
Why ‘coaching the ground’ is a superior strategy to addressing what happens over the hurdle
Key components of the block start
Why you should never allow your hurdlers to run seven or nine steps to the first hurdle (and how to fix it if they do…)
Secrets to the takeoff and hurdle race finish
And much more!
Part II: Hurdle Training Design
Planning the short high school season requires a different approach than college coaches use. In this section, you’ll learn:
How to create a specific program while leaving room for flexibility from your original blueprint
The difference between doing the same thing every year and doing it the same way every year
7 skill sets your program must contain whether coaching first year freshman or ‘seasoned’ upperclassmen
Why using major and minor training themes makes it easier to design training over the short (weekly) and long (multi-year) term
How to know the difference between a ‘complex’ plan and a ‘complicated’ plan (they’re not the same thing!)
A step by step breakdown of how to schedule workouts for the season, including Coach Veney’s favorite workouts
These are only a few of the concepts covered in this 67 minute video.
Part III: Technique, Drills and Analysis
No hurdle program would be complete without video analysis and hurdle drills. And Coach Veney does not disappoint. In this video only section, Tony will show you:
Exactly what to look for in an effective sprint start…as well as how to spot and fix the common mistakes your hurdlers are making
How to set athletes up for a crisp, clean clearance of the first hurdle (which sets up a successful race pattern)
The difference between coaching and cueing men’s hurdles vs women’s hurdles
A comparison of starting positions and the pros and cons of each
How to coach, cue and correct technique between the hurdles
Coach Veney’s top hurdle drills (and why you can get rid of all the other ones you use)
And much more!
If you coach hurdlers, especially inexperienced ones, this program was designed with you in mind.
And because this program is entirely digital, you’ll be able to start watching immediately and download the videos to your computer so you can watch offline.
Plus, as part of the program, Coach Veney will answer your training questions as you have them.
Not familiar with Tony Veney?
Take a look at some of his coaching accomplishments and credentials:
- Currently the Head Track Coach at Ventura Community College
- Former director of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country at North Carolina A&T
- In 11 seasons at Cal State Northridge, Veney coached three NCAA National Champions, 33 NCAA All-Americans and 15 conference champions.
- While at UCLA (2003-09), Veney led fifteen Bruins to either indoor or outdoor All-American status, coached six Pac-10 Champions and four NCAA West Regional Champions.
- USATF Level I, II and III Clinician and certified USATF Master of Coaching
Now coaching at Ventura Community College, Coach Veney has gone back to his roots developing those 12-14 second 100m runners who lacked the genetic gifts of some of his more well known athletes.
I’m not a novice when it comes to coaching the hurdles. But the boys and girls hurdle events are not the easiest to coach. And if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly working to become a better coach.
This program gives me the foundation I need in every area so I can develop more competitive hurdlers in less time than it’s taking me now. And with the ability to ask Tony your questions when you’re not sure what to do next, you really can’t go wrong.
You can go out and buy one of million hurdle drill DVDs from one of those catalogue sites if you like to see how many drills you can teach in a season.
But if you want to develop quality hurdlers, Tony Veney’s Hurdling Using the Rhythm Method is a game changer.
In fact, I guarantee it.
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I’m so confident in Tony’s program and your ability to get program changing results with it, that I will take on all the risk.
Here’s where we’re at:
I’ve shown you an overview of what Tony is going to teach you using video from the actual program.
I’ve laid out all three sections and the specific features and benefits it contains.
I’ve detailed some of Tony’s many coaching accomplishments so you know you’re getting valuable insight into the hurdle events.
I’m giving you access to Coach Veney so you can get your questions answered before you put your hurdlers in a situation that could lead to injury.
I’ve even offered to buy the program back from you if you should you decide it’s not what you’re looking for.
With four hours of video instruction and Q&A access to Coach Veney, we could easily charge $150, or more, for this program.
But that’s not what we’re asking.
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Listen, we can all become better hurdle coaches.
You can do nothing and hope that an extra year of living has magically transformed your hurdlers into aggressive, confident, three stepping machines.
But you know from experience that’s not how it works.
And each time you go to practice and watch your kids stutter between hurdles, high jump them, bail out of them or give themselves track rash from taking another spill, you’ll think back to this moment and kick yourself for not taking advantage of this offer.
It’s the best (and only) resource on the market for developing a hurdle program.
Complete Hurdle (100/110) Training with Coach Tony Veney
Please note: This is a digital educational course. Videos will be viewed online and coaches that register will have instant access to all the hurdle training material.
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P.S. Tony Veney’s ‘Complete Hurdle (100/110) Training ’ program will guide you in developing speed, power, technique and confidence in your sprint hurdlers, especially if you work with developmental level athletes.
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