Coaches & Parents: Go to this clinic

Posted by Latif Thomas

Generally, when you imagine a summer track & field clinic, you assume it is for athletes.

And the primary focus of the 2012 Complete Track & Field Summer Clinic is helping the athletes.

However, we’ve designed the event for coaches (and parent coaches) as well.

Here is how our clinic is different than all the rest:

We let coaches down on the track/field while we’re instructing the kids.

Let’s say I’m teaching an acceleration drill…

I’ll teach it to the kids and explain what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and exactly how it directly applies to their race. Then I’ll have the kids practice the drill.

As they’re doing it, one of the other coaches is hanging back with you and explaining the same drill, but the coaching version – why we do it, which days we do it, how often, common mistakes we see and how to fix them, etc.

During breaks and in between sessions, some staff will be answering questions from athletes. Other staff will be answering questions for coaches.

This way, *everyone* leaves the clinic with answers to *all* your questions.

RELATED: See what other coaches and parents said about last year’s clinic.

As a coach, you have a free pass to all four days of the clinic. You can stay with one event group for the entire clinic. You can bounce from event group to event group at your leisure. Outside of disrupting the coach running the group, you have free reign.

Additionally, we’re running seminar style classroom sessions on Friday night, the middle of the clinic.

We’ll be presenting on many of the structural and technical elements of our programs so you can see the ‘method behind our madness’ in the classroom and then see the practical application on the track.

For example, Kebba Tolbert will be going over some of his best material on developing acceleration mechanics – critical for sprints, hurdles and jumps.

Ron Grigg will be talking about the long jump – why your athletes have inconsistent board placement and how to fix it.

I’ll be discussing a topic that near and dear to the hearts of most high school coaches – how to design and run separate sprints, hurdles and jumps programs…even with limited staff and a million kids.

Those are just a few of the topics we’ll be teaching. And, of course, we’ll stay and answer your questions until you’re tired of talking track.

Early Bird Registration discounts end on May 31, 2012. If you only go to one track & field event this summer, make it the 2012 Complete Track and Field Summer Clinic.

See you in July!

Latif Thomas

By the way –  Send 5 kids from your team and you can attend the clinic for free!

And if you have questions about the clinic, just post them below.

2012 Complete Track & Field Summer Clinic


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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