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Teaching and Coaching Glide and Rotational Shot Put
with Jim Garnham,
University of Buffalo Assistant Coach/Throws;
Coach of 2015 NCAA National Champion Jon Jones (shot put);
3x USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year; 30 years as a high school coach, finishing with at least one state champion each year during his final 10 years coaching (1992-2001).

Learn from a coach that has over 45 years experience coaching the shot put at the high school level, collegiate ranks, and on the national scene. Jim Garnham covers everything from grip and carry to pushing aggressively from the back to unleash more powerful throws. With demonstrations from Jon Jones, NCAA Outdoor National Champion in the shot put, Coach Garnham, breaks down the major aspects of the event. He provides drills, instructions and personal insights on the importance of each segment of the throw.

Carry and Strike

You will learn the importance of proper carry position and discover progressive drills for striking the shot put that can be used as introductory practices for beginners, as well as a warm up review for your advanced athletes. Exercises progress from simple warm up activities through more complex actions to allow the thrower to isolate the basics before rehearsing the skill as part of the larger movement.

Improving the Block

Taking advantage of the stretch shortening/reflex cycle is one of the most effective ways to increase power in the shot put. Coach Garnham explains the benefits of blocking the left side of the body (for right handed throwers), to increase the momentum of the opposite side. He then provides a blocking drill and gives various coaching cues to help you communicate effectively with your athlete while rehearsing the skill.

Teaching the Basic Concepts of the Full Glide and Spin Technique

Not all athletes are built the same. By being able to teach the various concepts of both glide and spin technique, you'll feel confident selecting and teaching either technique to your athlete. This will enable you to take full advantage of each athlete's unique skill set to maximize their performance in the ring.

Strength Training

Coach Garnham shows you how to use a variety of implements to build strong and fast throwers. You'll see how to incorporate a bucket full of sand or rice to build strength in your athlete's fingers.

This is a great video for the beginning and intermediate thrower. Coach Garnham's drills and techniques will have an immediate impact on the distance of your athletes' throws.

59 minutes. 2016.

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Sprints & Relays Strategies and Training
with Joey Woody,
Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa;
4x All-American; Silver Medalist in the 2003 World Championships

Joey Woody explains why the key to having fast relays is developing fast sprinters. You'll learn his philosophy behind team strategy and training for successful relays, as well as how you can build a winning team, or program, from the relay out. At the University of Iowa, their whole philosophy is to build from the relays out. This mindset has led them to back-to-back Big 10 Championship 400-meter relay titles (2013-14). Proof that his system works.

Finding The Right Fit

All relays should be practiced at 100% effort to improve the passing of the baton. Moving your athletes around in all legs will help you determine which athlete is best suited for each position. Coach Woody stresses the importance of the speed of the baton and placing athletes in positions where they can move the baton most effectively.

Included is an in-depth look at the incoming and outgoing runner responsibilities in the 4x100. Coach Woody does a great job showing you the exchange of the baton, as well as hand-off drills and 4x100 strategy. Instruction on what to look for when placing athletes in each leg of the relay is covered in the classroom and on the track.

Longer Distances

The difference in 4x200 and 4x400 relay coaching strategies are also covered, with emphasis put on proper body mechanics. Coach Woody also goes through drills designed specifically for 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

Finally, you will learn Coach Woody's acceleration drills, including the resistance run with a partner, resistance run with a sled and the line drill. Coach Woody uses the line drill to teach greater acceleration mechanics for sprints. This drill is designed to set the sprinter up from start to finish with proper body and shin angles to create maximum ground contact force.

Proper block set-up is also discussed, giving you insight to prepare your runners for a great start.

Coach Joey Woody is one of the best `classroom' coaches with his detailed explanation of running the relays. Not only will you get tons of great drills and techniques for sprints and relays, you'll also learn the "how" and "why" behind each teaching point.

80 minutes. 2016.

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Teaching and Coaching the Discus Throw
with Jim Garnham,
University of Buffalo Assistant Coach/Throws;
Coach of 2015 NCAA National Champion Jon Jones (shot put);
3x USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year; 30 years as a high school coach, finishing with at least one state champion each year during his final 10 years coaching (1992-2001).

The discus throw is one of the most challenging field events. University of Buffalo throws coach, Jim Garnham, provides basic instruction in teaching the progressions of the discus throw that will benefit all throws coaches.

Coach Garham demonstrates a series of 15 drills that can be used as a tool to develop an effective discus program. These drills cover everything from developing an event-specific warm up, to proper release positions that will help an athlete "sling" the discus more powerfully to drastically improve their throws. Coach Garnham, breaks down the major aspects of the event, from grip and release, to driving from the back of the circle; providing drills, instructions, and personal insights on the importance of each segment of the throw.

Active Warm-Up Routine and Strength Training

Learn the importance of properly warming up and how to design a routine to improve flexibility and mobility in your throwers. Coach Garnham provides the routines and training techniques that have helped him develop multiple nationally-recognized high school and college throwers. He identifies the major elements of a progressive warm up, which includes hurdle mobility drills designed to improve hip flexibility to a variety of band stretches and dynamically activate the upper body.

Teaching the Spin

In the discus, the ability to spin powerfully while maintaining control can lead to significant improvements in the event. To teach proper spin mechanics, Coach Garnham outlines a variety of activities, beginning with Continuous 180's, which are designed to teach athletes the basics of rotation. He progresses through a series of more challenging drills, building up to full throws. Throughout the progression, Coach Garnham discusses body position and shares valuable insights on subtle cues that can drastically improve stability and rotation, such as squeezing the knees, or dorsi-flexing the foot to improve knee bend during the turn.

Coach Garnham also provides simple, easy-to-use, helpful drills that will add those few extra feet to your athletes' best throw. Notable drills include the Wheel Drill, South African Drill and Bowling Pin Drill.

Identify and Correct Common Throwing Errors

You will learn several common mistakes that throwers make and how to identify their main causes. Using one of his current throwers to demonstrate both the error and corrective exercise, Coach Garnham outlines coaching cues and simple drills to fix each error from the ground up, providing drills that can be used both in and out of the circle to improve performance. Even experienced throwers will benefit from Coach Garnham's insights.

Coach Garnham is an engaging instructor who breaks the discus throw into easy-to-understand steps and progressions that all throwing coaches will benefit from. Keeping a simple, positive approach seems to be the secret to his athletes' successes.

54 minutes. 2016.

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Progressions for Teaching and Coaching the Pole Vault

with Tom Hays, University of Kansas Assistant Head Coach/Vertical Jumps Coach; 2011 National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year; under Hays' direction, a Kansas athlete has won a Big 12 title in the pole vault in 7 of the last 8 years (2008-15)

University of Kansas vertical jumps coach, Tom Hays, takes you 'to school' in the art of learning to fly. With the help of three All-Americans and one Olympic athlete, Coach Hays will show you over 30 drills and exercises that have driven these world class athletes to maximize their abilities.

Coach Hays goes in-depth sharing overlooked strategies, both at the pit and away from the pit, to develop the complete vaulter. Watch and learn as he takes you through specific things you should look for to create taller takeoffs, improve hand and feet involvement, and connect the sprint pattern with the pole, leading to a more aggressive approach, takeoff, and follow through.

Warm-up Drills

The warm-up phase works on basic sprint mechanics that emphasize the approach. Hays covers six essential drills to improve heel lift and recovery, as well as knee and thigh lift for more effective sprint development.

Plant Drills

Developing control at the 'pivot point' is key to successful vaulting. You'll see two drills that will help your athletes improve their hand and feet involvement, which will create taller takeoffs.

Sand Progressions

You will learn a series of six drills that emphasize the objective of plant mechanics using sand progressions. With these drills, you'll also discover how to teach speed through sprint form drills, how to move the pole to vertical, and how to add a dynamic take-off.

Coach Hays takes the athlete into the 2-, 4- and 6-step drills that demonstrate how to make sure your steps are big and aggressive during the approach and take-off. He shows four drills that emphasize riding the pole into the pit. The drills cover in detail:

  • How to get the arms fully extended
  • How to step into the take-off
  • How to stay active
  • How to get hands tall and up

Connection Drills

Coach Hays uses a series of 13 drills in his connection phase to explain how the run, take-off, and movement of the pole determine success for the vault. These drills are used to work on the approach, take-off, follow through, swing technique and taking off from the ground.

Strength Development

Discover why strength work away from the pit will help with pole vaulting skills. Coach Hays uses a series of drills for core and shoulder development - the key to the success of the vaulter.

Finally, you will see it all put together by watching former University of Kansas vaulters perform full approach vaults. Coach Hays will explain how his drills are used in the five steps needed for a successful full vault:

  • How tall athletes run on the runway
  • Rhythm coming into the box
  • How stretched athletes are at take-off
  • How fast athletes swing their trail leg
  • Flexion over the bar with the knees

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic learning progressions of the vault. Coach Hays gives you all the information you need to become a better vaulter and better coach in an easy-to-follow, proven formula for success.

50 minutes. 2015

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Developing Speed & Power for Sprints, Relays and Hurdles
with Joey Woody,
Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at the University of Iowa;
4x All-American; Silver Medalist in the 2003 World Championships

Many track & field coaches know their athletes need to become faster and stronger, but they don't know how to make those two essential skills a cohesive unit. Joey Woody lays out the necessary framework to develop your athletes' speed and power at the same time.

Coach Woody uses science, experience and observation to give his athletes a clear-cut advantage over the competition. Now, you can benefit from his knowledge. This video is bursting at the seams with coaching philosophies, training models, periodization models, scientific progressions, drills and exercises to elevate your coaching knowledge to new heights in the areas of sprints, relays and hurdles.

Knowing Your Athletes

Coach Woody believes that you develop an athlete from the ground up, with their sport-specific skill in mind. Whether your athlete sprints, jumps or throws, you need to develop those skills through practice and repetition of movement.

Coach Woody highlights both velocity and force demands associated with the sprints and hurdle events. Next, he lays out his personal road map to building up athletes and their athletic qualities. He stresses that tailoring training components to fit the individual needs of the athlete will better the outcome. Understanding each athlete's background and fitness level will determine the length of your general preparation period at the high school and college levels.

Plyometric Development

Sport demands are extremely high, and in order for the athlete to become more successful, their body must be able to withstand high velocity forces. Coach Woody breaks down how to use plyometric progressions to build better athletes. He explains the science behind implementing plyos to prevent the breakdown effect on the athlete's body, which gives them increased power output for the entire length of the race. This is the secret that leads to building a more competitive sprinter and hurdler.

Next, he uses plyometrics to develop explosiveness in his athletes. Everything from stand-still jumps, to ballistics and depth training is covered, while Coach Woody explains the progressions behind each concept.

Speed Development

Coach Woody goes over the correct angles and mechanics associated with building greater levels of acceleration speed specific to the sprinter & hurdler. He places specialized emphasis on higher knee and thigh lift to increase force velocity upon ground contact. This will lead to less time on the ground, plus more distance covered, with less effort.

You will learn bounding training, medicine ball throws and maximum velocity training that includes discussion and demonstration of the wicket drill, the art of floating, stair runs and speed endurance. Speed endurance is an extended speed rhythm at 90-95% intensity which utilizes shorter rest intervals.

He also includes a warm-up that not only prepares athletes for that day's practice, but also increases their stability and strength for the future.

Throughout the video, you'll see informational graphics related to neuromuscular training modalities that aid in the understanding of each area discussed by Coach Woody.

Coach Woody eliminates all of the guesswork when comes to building a high performance athlete. His instruction covers real-time science and some of the most successful practices implemented by one of the top collegiate track & field programs in the country. If you are an improvement-minded coach, this video will increase your ability to build faster, stronger, more powerful sprinters and hurdlers ranging from high school to the collegiate level.

164 minutes (2 DVDs). 2016.

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