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Cover: all access wartburg track & field practice: hurdles
All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Hurdles

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Scott Ganshirt, Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

This 'all access' hurdles video is unlike any hurdles video you have ever seen. This first-of-its-kind video takes you inside two days of Wartburg's hurdles practices. Highly decorated coach Marcus Newsom brings a unique approach to developing his hurdlers by removing the complexity and grinding out the fundamentals to do the simple things right. Coach Newsom's process is very simple, clear and precise to teach hurdlers the necessary skill development principles for eliminating lead leg faults, trail leg faults, and speed faults involved in the hurdles event. He preaches proper technique for leading with the knee and how to clear the center of the hurdle while leading with the eyes to build a more explosive hurdler.

Athlete Preparation

You will learn the specifics for establishing an effective hurdler development program. The ultimate goal is to create a performance adaptation while keeping your hurdlers injury-free so they grow in their hurdle fundamentals, and consistently hit performance goals. Coach Newsom breaks down a typical workout day for the athlete and coach and explains why each component of the session is a critical part of the workout. Components include:

  • Warm-up
  • Stretching
  • Drills
  • Cool-down

Hurdle Drills

Coach Newsom explains how to create basic drills to improve a hurdler from inexperienced to high level. Watch as he has his athletes demonstrate over 20 hurdle drills that optimize the athlete's strengths and cover the key fundamental elements of being a successful hurdler:

  • Attack the first hurdle
  • Drive with the knee
  • Tuck the trail leg
  • Focus on form and technique
  • Be aggressive between the hurdles

The progression of walking drills to jogging drills, and then to full running drills prevents the problem of hurdlers doing too much full speed work. This will help you focus on technique issues for each hurdle since most athletes can hide mistakes when they do things quickly. If athletes understand how to slow down a drill, they can transfer that to a better hurdle race.

Hurdle Starts

Coach Ganshirt breaks down and demonstrates the four key phases behind a successful block start:

  • Concentrate on drive phase
  • Power position with your hips
  • Use arms for first 3-4 steps
  • Drive out

Coach Newsom is a hurdle technician with one objective: build technically sound and proficient hurdlers. His simple principles show exactly how he maximizes his hurdlers' performance by building discipline with their lead leg, body positioning, trail leg, speed mechanics, and aggressive block work for getting out and over the first hurdle. In this video, you'll find practical information, drills and common sense coaching tools to help improve hurdlers at every level.

"Love how the coach has a progressive approach to the hurdles!!! This is something that has helped my new and experienced hurdlers improve on going over hurdles while not overextending my time. Can work with all hurdlers at the same time!" - Customer Review

96 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: all access wartburg track & field practice: distance/middle distance
All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Distance/Middle Distance

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Steve Johnson,
former Wartburg College Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track & Field Coach
23x Iowa Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year;
2012 USTFCCCA NCAA DIII National Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year;
9x USTFCCCA DIII Central Regional Coach of the Year

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

Under Steve Johnson, the Wartburg Cross Country teams have won 25 Iowa Conference and 12 NCAA Central Region titles. Three times the cross county team has been awarded the USTFCCCA Deb Vercauteren Cross Country and Track and Field Program of the Year honor. The 2012 women's team finished as the National Runner-Up, while the men's team has four top-10 finishes. During his career, Johnson has coached 140 All-Americans, featuring eight different individual national champions. He has coached at least two national champions at each distance event: 800m, 1500m, 5,000m, 10,000m and the distance medley relay and has 12 finishes ranked in the NCAA DIII all-time top 10 List.

Get a unique, 'all access' inside look into the practice routine for the highly successful distance program at Wartburg College.

Many coaches have to deal with athletes of multiple ability levels and both male and female athletes. Coach Steve Johnson, along with coach Marcus Newsom, detail how to set up, perform, and complete a week of practice that uses many energy levels for a heterogeneous group.

You'll see a how to structure a comprehensive distance running schedule that allows you to have a logical progression of workouts that work all the energy systems that a distance runner needs to perform their best. You'll also get ideas about core workouts that athletes can do in a self-accountable way.

The secret to the Wartburg program starts with everyone working together - warm-up together, train together, cool-down together. Coach Johnson explains that his basic philosophy consists of six specific runs during a two week cycle:

  • One race
  • One designated long run
  • One tempo run
  • One uphill run
  • One long repeat
  • One short repeat

This basic philosophy evolves from three key coaching points: distance runners need to run distance to become better, distance runners need a progression to their training, and distance runners need to train to race.

The components of each of these runs are broken down using his athletes to demonstrate the different runs in a video format. Discover the secrets behind how to:

  • Run strong
  • Run in a pack
  • Pick-up the pace on the second half of the race
  • Maintain your pace
  • Stay relaxed
  • Stay under control

This video will help you formulate a productive practice plan and ensure your program can handle the high diversity of multiple talent levels.

94 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: all access track & field practice: the 'wartburg way' - developing 'team' in an individual sport
All Access Track & Field Practice: The 'Wartburg Way' - Developing 'Team' in an Individual Sport

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Scott Ganshirt, Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

This unique, 'all-access' video exposes you to the training environment that has helped make Wartburg College a Division III track & field powerhouse!

Multiple team activities are documented that show how coach Marcus Newsom cultivates an environment that creates a group that seems more like a family than a collection of individual athletes. Examples include team warm-ups, team meetings, weight training and cross training activities.

Coach Newsom's basic philosophy is that every athlete is important to the team. Athletes make the program and everyone can contribute. It starts every day with team body and mental building. You will see:

  • The benefit of the team warm-up
  • The team meeting
  • The work-out
  • The cool-down as a team

Coach Newsom explains that coaches needs to work on the little things to develop a successful program. The athletes need to know they can maximize their potential by working together and knowing that what they accomplished in every practice mattered.

Everyday Practice Break Down

Coach Newsom demonstrates how he works a typical day and week of practice by breaking down the team warm-up, cardio, meeting and weight lifting.

An extensive review of Wartburg's weight training program is included, which shows how to best organize resources to promote optimal performance while minimizing injuries. Wartburg's Melissa Norton takes you into the weight room and explains the ins and outs of getting a large group of athletes through their workouts in an efficient manner. Explanations are given for many of the exercises. Squats, dead lifts, one-legged lunges and power cleans are all shown.

Get a comprehensive look behind what a coach needs to not only start a program, but how to build a successful, winning program.

88 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: all access wartburg track & field practice: sprints
All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Sprints

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Scott Ganshirt, Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

In this video, filmed 'live' showing 'all access' footage of four days of Wartburg's sprints practices, Newsom discusses in detail how he breaks down a sprinter with a combination of endurance and speed and then you'll see four typical practice days to gain valuable training insight and sample practice ideas.

This combination of endurance and speed days include:

  • Structured 200m days
  • Repeat 200m days
  • Broken 400m days

Large Group Training

Athletes at Wartburg don't stand around for long at practice. Whether it be circuit training, bicycle work, running, or recovery exercises, Coach Newsom shares his ideas on how to structure practices to enable his sprinters to maximize their time in training and accomplish substantial work within each session.

Weekly Training Program

The most unique aspect of this video is that it unfolds throughout the course of one week, enabling you to see how each practice is placed into the structure of an entire training week. This allows coaches to watch how workouts like Tuesday's block and recovery day enables athletes to recover from the previous day, while preparing for more intense days in the middle of the week.

Coach Newsom has his athletes demonstrate 12 specific workouts that can be used to improve both speed and endurance. He breaks down a typical workout day for the athlete and explains why each component of the session is a critical part of the workout. Components include:

  • The push-drive phase
  • Running through the curve
  • Staying relaxed and focused through the straightaway
  • Keeping your power in front of you until the finish

The most unique aspect of this video is the kickboxing session with coach Russ O'Connell. O'Connell is an accomplished mixed martial arts coach who has coached numerous elite fighters, and was brought in to provide some interesting variety to the team's training program. Focusing on fighting skills that challenge both hand-eye coordination and core development, this unique aspect of the video will challenge you on how you can think creatively to provide dynamic training alternatives to sit-ups and planks.

Coach Newsom explains that his philosophy will enhance your athletes' ability to:

  • Focus on staying relaxed
  • Go hard and control the pace
  • Keep a good tempo
  • Focus on form and technique

Sprint Starts

Put your athletes in a proper block setting position for sprint starts. Coach Scott Ganshirt explains why the drive phase, arm action, and the power position are critical to maximize the sprint start. The main points needed for a good start including keeping the head down, driving out, and being aggressive.

This program features over four days of practices and a glimpse at numerous drills, from block work to 4x200 and 4x400 relay exchanges. While some of the resources, such as kickboxing, may not be available or practical, it provides a great example for coaches who like to think outside the box and seek out alternative resources that can help their program grow and develop.

171 minutes (2 DVDs). 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: all access wartburg track & field practice: throws
All Access Wartburg Track & Field Practice: Throws

with Marcus Newsom,
Wartburg College Head Coach;
6x United States Track Coaches Association DIII Indoor Women's Coach of the Year;
3x USTFCCCA DIII Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year;

featuring Melissa Norton, Wartburg College Assistant Track & Field Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coach

The Wartburg Track program has grown into a national power under Coach Newsom's watch. Wartburg has won 14 straight indoor women's conference championship titles and nine men's indoor championships. The women have a string of 17 consecutive outdoor titles. The men have won eight league outdoor titles since 2002. In 2009, his women's teams became only the seventh team in NCAA Division III history to sweep indoor and outdoor national titles in the same season, and earned the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The program also won the award in back-to-back-to-back season (2012-14). The 2012 women's team swept the National Championships and set new all-time meet records in team points in both venues.

In this video, filmed 'live' showing 'all access' footage of two days of Wartburg throws practices, Coach Norton essentially turns one group practice into four or five 'individual practices' within a group setting. She demonstrates eight basic drills for each athlete while instructing them individually. Watching as Norton expertly cues her athletes as they make adjustments across the session from drill to drill is as much of a learning experience as any of the drills she shares!

Norton shows 17 championship-caliber drills that cover the three key fundamental concepts that can be used to maximize distance. These drills can be used to develop, enhance, and improve:

  • Arm strike
  • Left side block
  • Keeping the hips up
  • Finishing at the highest point
  • Increasing speed on the release

Drill Progressions

Coach Norton uses a set progression of drills for both the rotational shot and disc throughout the video. By progressing from simple standing throws, through the power position, weighted spins, and finally full throws, you will get a great idea of the framework of each session. The drills that Coach Norton demonstrates can be used to show different aspects of using speed across the ring, balance and coordination to get through the ring, and getting through the ring quickly while under control.

Norton explains why these drills will emphasize good mechanics on the athlete to develop:

  • The power position
  • The transfer to the left side
  • Continuous hip motion
  • Staying shut or closed
  • Keeping the arms up
  • Good balance
  • Speed on the release

Increase Speed and Improve Coordination

In these segments, you'll see how athletes use ankle weights to improve coordination and balance as they develop speed through the circle. Later on in practice, Norton also uses lighter implements, enabling her athletes to apply power more easily through the ball, increasing their speed of release.

Identify Common Errors and Mistakes

Throughout the video, Norton identifies common errors that her throwers make and shares her insights on how to adapt her drills and practices to meet their individual needs.

Coach Norton explains that if the athlete can get to the correct power position, work a correct arm strike and left side block, have a continuous motion of right to left foot, and learn to finish high - it will give the implement more time in the air and lead to a successful throw.

Improve the distance of your athletes' throws today by implementing some of the many ideas, concepts, drills, and, pick up some of the most effective verbal cues used to elevate this team to be among the highest-performing throwers in the country every year!

118 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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