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Cover: 'feed the cats' : sequencing & programming
'Feed the Cats' : Sequencing & Programming

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

What do cats and track & field sprinters have in common? Both are incredibly fast and powerful. Sprinters need a healthy dose of speed development and other explosive movements to maximize their potential. However, the biggest challenge coaches face is determining how much training is needed and what types of training will have the biggest impact with the smallest risk.

Enter Tony Holler and his 'Feed the Cats' philosophy! In this 60-minute presentation, Coach Holler goes into detail about how best to sequence training plans to get the most from this type of programming. For coaches new to the philosophy, Holler breaks down why this method has produced state champions, collegiate, and professional athletes in both track and football.

Lactate Development

Lactate development is a critical component of training for sprinters, especially long sprinters, who rely on it to help power longer races and training efforts. With this type of training, a little can go a long way. But how much is too much? In this segment, Coach Holler talks about the specific volumes he uses in workouts, including maximum distances and time used per rep, total volume of reps per session, and the proper rest required to get the most from these intervals with the least amount of detriment to the athlete.

Organizing the Training Week

How many times should sprinters do lactate development workouts? How often should they sprint in practice? Coach Holler takes the guess work out of these common scheduling questions and more. For coaches dealing with multiple meets per week on various days, Holler breaks down the most critical components of each week and what he values most, in order to help you successfully navigate even the most chaotic competition schedules.

Alactic Development

Alactic development is the backbone of any good speed and power program. In this segment, Holler explains why it's critical to his athletes' success and how he structures these sessions to help them get the most from these workouts. Carefully measuring power outputs during these workouts is critical. As a result, Coach Holler discusses why timing these exercises is important and how you can incorporate that data into building better practices.

Coaching track & field produces many obstacles to overcome, from scheduling to facility issues, while working with teams of varying sizes and athletes of different abilities. Coach Holler takes the guess work out of all of this and provides a simple, clear programming model that will help you create a fast-paced and fun environment to develop electrically fast sprinters. This video is a must-have for any track coach looking to gain an edge in creating fast, powerful sprinters!

62 minutes. 2020.

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Cover: 'feed the cats' clinic 3-pack
'Feed the Cats' Clinic 3-Pack
TD-05671A:

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.



TD-05671B:

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

Plainfield North High School track & field coach Tony Holler has revolutionized sprint training forever thanks to his 'Feed the Cats' training program. Countless track & field programs across the nation have begun to adopt the 'Feed the Cats' system and have quickly seen an immediate impact on their results.

In this video, Coach Holler zeroes in on what it takes to build speed on the track. You'll walk away with an understanding of what makes athletes faster, as well as the best mechanics to adopt for faster times.

What Makes Athletes Fast

Holler's clinic presentation starts with his philosophy regarding speed, and how to train to improve speed. He also explains that these concepts don't only apply to track coaches, but to football coaches as well.

Next, Holler explains that through experience as an athlete, and trial and error as a coach, he learned that less is actually more for speed athletes. For the last 20 years, Coach Holler has implemented a system for training speed in which athletes sprint as fast as possible, as often as possible, while staying as fresh as possible. He covers:

  • The common pitfalls most coaches cannot avoid when training for speed.
  • Avoiding injuries and burnout.
  • Why long, grueling conditioning sessions are like poison for speed development.

Correcting Mechanics

Coach Holler spends time giving an overview of sprint mechanics. You'll learn proper sprint mechanics that make athletes more efficient when they run, as well as how to teach and drill those mechanics. Additionally, Holler explains that the selection of drills is not nearly as important as how they are done.

This presentation of speed development from Coach Holler is sure to give you a blueprint for building speed in your own athletes! His theories make for a comprehensive program that is designed to get your athletes faster,

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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field series
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field Series
TD-05492A:

Featuring:

  • Clyde Hart - Baylor University Director of Track & Field
  • Maurice Wilson - Jamaican National Track & Field Team Head Coach (2012 Olympic Games)
  • Pat Henry - Texas A&M Head Coach
  • Dana Boone - Texas State University Head Coach
  • Joey Woody - Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa
  • Adrian Wheatley - University of Illinois Men's Assistant Coach
  • John Smith - former UCLA Sprint Coach
  • Lance Brauman - former University of Arkansas Sprint and Hurdles Coach
  • Tom Tellez - former University of Houston Head Coach
  • Brian Fitzgerald - former Rio Mesa High School (CA) Head Coach
  • Monte Stratton - Coach of 87 Division I All-Americans at TCU and UT-Arlington
  • Dwayne Miller - Norfolk Real Deal Track Club Head Coach

The coaches in this "Best Of" video have guided some of the world's top athletes, including All-Americans, NCAA champions, and even Olympic Champions! You'll get tons of drills from some of the biggest names in sprint coaching history, all of which are designed to help you churn out championship sprinters year after year.

Creating a Dynamic Warm Up

Creating a strong dynamic warm up is the foundation of great sprinting practices. In the video's opening segment, Monte Stratton takes viewers through U.S. Olympian Doc Patton's dynamic warm up, beginning with ground drills and leg swings to improve range of motion. From there, Lance Brauman demonstrates a variety of skip drills, providing insights on what coaches should cue and look for with their athletes. Also in this segment, Baylor's legendary Clyde Hart shares his views on adding hard strides and sprints to the end of the warm up to help further prepare the body for high intensity efforts.

Developing a Powerful Start

A powerful aggressive start can make the difference between winning and losing a race. In this part of the video, Maurice Wilson takes you through his pre-block work routine, demonstrating how to help athletes create powerful starts before they step into the blocks. This segment includes a variety of coach-assisted drills and various starting positions, including falling, two, and four point starts.

Coach Stratton discusses proper block set ups and body position to maximize an athlete's explosive push from the pedals. At the end of the segment, Brian Fitzgerald also discusses how to set blocks up on the curve, to help athletes run an effective race in the 200 and 400 meters.

Proper Sprint Form

Throughout the video, coaches continuously share their views on proper sprint form and technique. Texas A&M's Pat Henry uses the wicket drill and an acceleration drill to discuss proper body positions in both the acceleration and max velocity phases of running. He breaks down various cues and body positions that coaches should look for, as well as ways to cue the athletes into proper alignment. Also in this segment, Dana Boone shows a variety of postural drills, including sprinting while jumping rope to promote proper cycling of the legs.

This video is full of drills and insights from top level coaches. However, one particular drill that stands out is Coach Hart's 'Event 300' drill. In this drill, Hart has an athlete run segments against a timer to help promote proper rhythm and energy expenditure during the first 300 meters of the 400 meter race. While the drill is great, Coach Hart's excellent break down of specific efforts in each phase of the run is what makes this exercise so effective.

If you can only buy one video on sprinting this year, this one is the way to go. It's packed with numerous drills, tips, and insights from some of the world's best coaches and should be a staple in any respected track & field coach's library.

140 minutes. 2019.



TD-05492B:

Featuring:

  • Ken Harnden - University of Te
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Cover: don babbitt's teaching progression for the throws 2-pack
Don Babbitt's Teaching Progression for the Throws 2-Pack
TD-05644A:

with Don Babbitt,
University of Georgia Associate Head Coach - Throws;
has coached 29 NCAA Champions and 139 All-Americans;
has coached 53 throwers who have competed at the Olympic Games & World Championships;
his throwers have won 21 medals in international competition and 20 titles at the USA Championships;
2009 USTFCCCA East Region Men's Throws Coach of the Year;
2007 USTFCCCA East Region Women's Throws Coach of the Year;
2003 USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year;
over 35 years of coaching experience

and demonstrator Denzel Comenentia,
3x NCAA First Team Outdoor All-American (Shot Put);
3x NCAA First Team Indoor All-American (Shot Put);
2018 and 2019 SEC Outdoor Commissioner's Trophy (High Point Scorer);
2019 USTFCCCA South Region Co-Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year;
2018 Bowerman Award Semifinalist;
2018 USTFCCCA National Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year;
2018 NCAA Outdoor Meet High Point Scorer (20 Points);
2018 NCAA Outdoor Champion (Shot Put);
2018 USTFCCCA South Region Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year;
2018 USTFCCCA South Region Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year;
2017 SEC Outdoor & Indoor Champion (Shot Put);
2016 NCAA Honorable Mention Outdoor All-American (Shot Put)

This video, featuring one of the most accomplished throws coaches in the world, Don Babbitt, effectively illustrates a fundamental progression that throwers of any level can use to remediate the proper grip through release of the shot put.

Once grip and release are developed to a comfortable level, Babbitt demonstrates his 5-step progression in the circle for developing the principles of the standing throw components. Babbitt's detailed explanations of the keys and cues for success during this segment are simple enough for a novice coach to utilize in correcting a beginner athlete. At the same time, the specificity provided will allow elite shot putters to self-analyze to make corrections to their own technique.

Rotational Progression

Coach Babbitt's progression for the rotational throw sequence incorporates numerous drills that allow you to develop athletes by focusing on isolated areas of technique prior to utilizing the full motion. This will help provide your athletes mastery prior to accomplishing the full rotational throw. Benchmarks and cues are inserted that allow for proper skill development prior to progressing to the full throw. These progressions are excellent coaching points for the coach/athlete that wants to transition to the rotational style throw.

Glide Progression

Finally, the glide technique progression provided by Babbitt offers a comparison and contrast to the techniques used in the rotational throw progression. Deciding factors of choosing which technique to use (glide vs rotational) are provided that will allow the coach or athlete to make the choice that is best for them.

From the beginning shot putter or coach to the elite level shot putter or coach, all can benefit from the progressions and cues provided by Coach Babbitt in this instructional video with his best progressions for shot put technique.

68 minutes. 2020.



TD-05644B:

with Don Babbitt,
University of Georgia Associate Head Coach - Throws;
has coached 29 NCAA Champions and 139 All-Americans;
has coached 53 throwers who have competed at the Olympic Games & World Championships;
his throwers have won 21 medals in international competition and 20 titles at the USA Championships;
2009 USTFCCCA East Region Men's Throws Coach of the Year;
2007 USTFCCCA East Region Women's Throws Coach of the Year;
2003 USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year;
over 35 years of coaching experience

and demonstrator Denzel Comenentia,
2019 NCAA First Team Outdoor All-American (Discus);
2018 and 2019 SEC Outdoor Commissioner's Trophy (High Point Scorer);
2019 USTFCCCA South Region C

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Cover: multi-events: training & technical phase-based approach to seasonal planning
Multi-Events: Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning

with Richie Mercado,
St. John's High School (TX) Head Track & Field Coach;
34 years of coaching experience;
USATF Level 2 Coach in Jumps and Combined Events;
Jr. Coordinator for the USA Heptathlon; Head Coach for Team USA Heptathlon in the 2008 Thorpe Cup USA-Germany dual;
has coached several SPC state championships for Girl's Track & Field, Boy's Cross Country, and won 2 of last 3 in Boy's Track & Field.
Numerous SPC champions in sprints, jumps, hurdles; coached the USATF Junior Champion runner-up and Pan Am Junior Champion silver medalist in decathlon.

Richie Mercado relies on his experiences and understating that a speed and power-based program will ultimately benefit all aspects of athletic development and track & field success. His "Success through planning" approach allows athletes to develop the necessary speed, power, and coordination components that are required to compete across multi-events.

In this video, Coach Mercado lays out a multitude of planning processes that allow for adaptation to the time that the coach gets to spend with each athlete. The use of the multi-event platform provides seamless training and athletic development across all aspects of track & field.

Developing and Implementing a Plan

By utilizing a periodized plan that focuses on speed, power, and coordination before progressing to specifics as the season progresses, Coach Mercado sets up his athletes to meet and exceed their individual expectations. One of Mercado's central themes relates to the Fitness/Fatigue Theory where he introduces skills in small amounts and gradually increases the volume and intensity to further enhance speed, power, and general fitness. Mercado's system incorporates the following elements to help plan for and train multi-event athletes:

  • Acceleration
  • Max velocity
  • Power development
  • Recovery
  • Rest

You'll get a detailed explanation with drills for each phase of the training progression that leads to competitive success when it matters most: the biggest meets of the season.

Drills and Exercises

Coach Mercado demonstrates 30+ exercises to help build an athlete's power base and coordination through strength training. In addition to simple demonstrations and coaching points for safety, Mercado relates each exercise to the functional component within multiple events. The perfect example of this the Acceleration Step Up versus the Max Velocity Step Up; both exercises are similar in nature, but minor modifications lead to the development of two different necessary skills for the multi-event athlete.

This video shows exactly how a veteran coach handles planning and training year-round, which can be difficult with so many events, different kinds of athletes, and a limited number of coaches. Coach Mercado gives a detailed road map for any coach who needs to be able to teach a variety of athletes simultaneously.

188 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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