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'Feed the Cats' : Unified Theory

with Tony Holler,
Plainfield North High School (IL) Head Boys Track & Field Coach;
2015 ITCCCA Hall of Fame Inductee;
over 35 years of coaching experience at the high school level

This video from 'Feed the Cats' guru Tony Holler revolutionizes the concepts and ideas of his approach to speed development and coaching the sprints. Coach Holler discusses his approach and philosophies in how to make track & field fun for student-athletes. By keeping athletes happy and healthy, and using speed as the essential component to training, you can quickly turn your sprint program into a program that makes it easy to run 18 miles per hour because you are training at 20 miles per hour.

10 'Feed the Cats' Commandments

The principles of Holler's 'Feed the Cats' philosophy are broken down into 10 critical components that will ultimately lead to program development through methods to attract the best athletes in your school. You'll hear Coach Holler detail the steps and mindset that he has adopted over his last 20 years of coaching to enable the development of happy, healthy and fast athletes in the sprint-based events.

Less Grind, More Results

Holler's desire to avoid "the grind" has led to a style of coaching that embraces a "Do Less, Achieve More" attitude through prescribing the minimum effective dose to maximize training today without ruining tomorrow's session. With a focus on having all activities complement one another and work in the same direction, one can accomplish substantially more results in much less time.

The pillars of speed, sprint mechanics, max speed sprinting, and jumping are used in combination to build the foundation of Coach Holler's 'Feed the Cats' sprint program. His approach can be implemented and utilized by coaches of all levels to keep one's 'cats' happy and healthy!

62 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: coaching your athletes to be their very best
Coaching Your Athletes to Be Their Very Best
with Clyde Hart,
Baylor University Director of Track and Field and 400M Coach;
Hart has coached eight Olympians to 12 Olympic medals -- 9 Gold, including winning the 400 meter in three straight Olympic games.While at Baylor, Hart has coached 34 national champions (14 individual and 20 relay) and 533 All-Americans. Hart-coached athletes include Michael Johnson, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson and Sanya Richards!

Achieve coaching excellence in track & field!

Legendary Baylor Coach Clyde Hart reveals the methods and philosophy he has utilized over the past 40 years to build a championship track program and Olympic Gold Medalists.

Listen in as Coach Hart provides you with the keys he has used motivate his athletes to be their best. He discusses coaching philosophies and responsibilities to all athletes that have guided him in his coaching career. He also provides the basis for his training programs, practice planning, and sprint mechanic training. Hart goes through the routines he has utilized with his athletes in practice and at meets that have proven success for high school athletes all the way to world-class competitors.

In addition, Hart goes through how track and field coaching has changed over the years, what he has changed, and what he hasn't changed. Also included in this DVD are bonus materials of his best training and practices.

This is a great comprehensive video for any coach who wants the keys to success in coaching track & field--the same keys that Clyde Hart has used over the past four decades in coaching some of the world's best athletes.

71 minutes. 2012.

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Coaching Track & Field Set
TD-01790A: with Mark Guthrie,
University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse Head Coach,
Recently won his fourth straight NCAA Division III National Team Championship
19 NCAA Division III Team Titles!

As coach of a perennial NCAA-contender and having coached successfully at the high school level, Guthrie speaks from experience on what it takes to create a successful track program. Guthrie shares his advice on how to define and then successfully implement your coaching philosophy and involve your athletes and staff, school, and parents. Guthrie shares sound advice on how to create a first-class coaching staff. Throughout his coaching career, Guthrie has kept a concise record of what he does every week of the year to prepare for the upcoming track season. Guthrie shares this schedule of "must-do tasks" and also includes a helpful checklist of meet management ideas that will assist greatly when preparing for your next home meet. Finally, he provides suggestions for the difficult task of recruiting athletes to participate in track and his thoughts on how to keep the track program growing in a positive direction.

59 minutes. 2001. ISBN 1-56404-820-9.

TD-01790B: with Mark Guthrie,
University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse Head Coach,
Recently won his fourth straight NCAA Division III National Team Championship
19 NCAA Division III Team Titles!

Guthrie has taken all of the guesswork out of successful practice planning and reveals a plethora of ideas for track & field coaches of any level, at any size high school. He covers the following: Coaching staff event assignments (based on the number of possible assistants available), how to best utilize managers, periodization training ideas, important things to consider in your practice planning (seasonal, weekly, and daily considerations), a sample practice format, warm-up and cool down ideas, how to practice events if you do not have an indoor track, how to practice events if you do not have an outdoor track, ideas for rainy day practices, and motivational ideas. An excellent video for any coach interested in running more effective and productive practices!

59 minutes. 2001. ISBN 1-56404-821-7.

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Track & Field Coach's Planning Guide for Success
TD-02858A: with Ken Harnden,
Florida State University Assistant Coach (Sprints);
2005 NCAA National Assistant Coach of the Year (Sprints)

Coach Harnden begins with the pre-competitive phase of coaching sprinters. The first six weeks deal with general conditioning, including hills, cardio and plyometrics. The workout week is broken down day-by-day with specific drills and exercises. The second phase of pre-competitive work is based on weight training, technique and speed work. The competitive period starts in January. The training schedule should work backwards from the major competitions. Harnden believes in race simulation in the 200 and 300 events. The Championship cycle is the outdoor season broken down into two periods that builds up to the final meet. Weight lifting is an important component for training the complete athlete. Harnden presents his philosophy on how weights can enhance strength and a base for your athletes. He includes a comprehensive movement warm-up plan that is broken down into four parts: jogging 800 meters, hurdle drills, active warm-ups and a stride session. Harnden also covers drills, sprinting technique, a cool down program and goal setting.

65 minutes. 2007.

TD-02858B: with Corey Ihmels, Iowa State University Director of Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country;
2X All-American (Cross Country) and 4X All-American (Track) at Iowa State

Coach Ihmels begins by outlining the seven key training components for distance runners. These keys are: High level of lactic threshold, use of general conditioning runs, correct use of recovery days, endurance and stamina, development of maximum oxygen uptake, development of every-specific and aerobic power and lactic acid tolerance and basic 100 and 400 meter speed. Ihmels also shares five keys to the strength and power routine. Within this program, drill emphasis includes dynamic stretching, running drills, hurdle flexibility, bounding and balance. Strength training for distance runner should include full range of motion and stabilizers. Planning encompasses five parts: Pre-cross country phase, cross-country racing phase, pre-trace phase, track specific phase and the competition phase. Ihmels breaks down each phase into practical steps. He also touches on the little things that are important to coach distance athletes including nutrition, stretching, sleep and water. He concludes with 21 warm-up drills that are crucial for preparation for distance athletes.

39 minutes. 2007.

TD-02858C: with Gary Winckler,
University of Illinois Women's Track Coach;
2X NCAA Champions (indoor and outdoor);
3X NCAA Coach of the Year

Coach Winckler applies his expertise to the area of program organization for your hurdlers. This process starts by identifying your training tasks and objectives. In a high school or middle school environment, Winckler believes it is important to identify groups of athletes that work well together. The training year consists of a general (4-8 weeks), specific (2-4 weeks) and competition phase (through the end of the season). General fitness, strength and endurance are the objectives of the general period. The specific preparation phase should focus on technique, speed and special endurance. Technical activities are performed when the athlete is fresh and learns at a higher level. Five segments of the workout session include the warm-up, technical aspects, power, strength and cool down. Winckler then takes the weekly training period and details each day of the week and the activities each day. Planning starts with training menus, which comprise all of the drills and exercises that will be used during the season. In addition, Winckler uses athletes to demonstrate the warm-up exercise program.

58 minutes. 2007.

TD-02858D: with Jim VanHootegem,
Texas A & M Assistant Coach (Jumps);
Mondo Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

Systematic training is an overall key to success for Coach VanHootegem. Benefits of developing a system are instilling a standard of performance through your system. This is a key tool for coaching and de-personalizes the criticism that athletes receive. Their performance is always compared to the standard of performance and not the coach's bias. Athletes will buy in to the system because it has been proven to be successful with past athletes. Past successes with this program enable current athletes to completely buy into the system.VanHootegen's multi-system approach also includes event training and commonality training. The yearly plan is divided into three periods: the general prep phase, specific prep phase and the championship phase. Each of these periods is broken down month-by-month and activity-by-activity. The off-season period is important because athletes need a physical and emotional break. Other areas presented include raining running cycles, the weekly plan, training template, warm-up exercises and rest and recovery. This DVD concludes with an impressive array of 60 different warm-up exercises for jumpers!

66 minutes. 2007.

TD-02858E: with John Frazier,
University of Tennessee Throws Coach;
2007 U.S. World Championship coaching staff;
2005 USTCA National and West Region Assistant Coach of the Year for Throws (Arizona)

Coach Frazier details seasonal planning and workout construction. Each month of the year consists of different workout phases. Starting in January, the pre-competitive phase leads to the competitive phase, and into the championship season. Frazier emphasizes the legs as the most important part of throwing. In the pre-season, cardio and sprint program is used 2-3 times a week, as well as throwing drills. In March and April, the competitive phase takes place. Mental training is accomplished through mini competitions and are a great way to simulate real events. Phase 3 takes place in May and June, which is the championship season. Sleep and eating habits are crucial during this phase. The fourth phase is in July and August, the off-season. September and October make up the fifth phase. Phase 6 in November and December is a time to begin preparation for the January period. In addition, Frazier uses athletes to demonstrate 17 drills that make up a solid warm-up routine and lead to successful throwing.

38 minutes. 2007.

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Coaching for Excellence
Vern Gambetta,
Gambetta Sports Training Systems

In this Track clinic keynote presentation to coaches, Vern Gambetta shares thoughts on his highly successful 35 years of coaching experience, from the junior high, high school, collegiate and professional levels. He asks the questions "Why do you coach?" and "What makes a good coach?" Gambetta outlines his philosophies on developing as a coach, patience, communication, expectation levels and team experience. Coaches do make a difference! You never know when you are going to reach someone!

45 minutes. 2006.

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