At the latest Centralia hammer meet, junior Jordan Fong (Kentlake, Kent, WA) hit a big throw of 159’10” to win the girl’s competition, while Gabriella Frost (Interlake, Bellevue, WA) took second with a personal best. Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA) won the boy’s competition.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
Speed is key in every sport, but not all speed is created equal. In many sports, maximum speed is not the game changer. Instead, it is how fast you can respond to the opponent, change direction, and get moving again. In other words, multi-directional speed is often more important than linear speed. On this episode of the podcast professor Ken Clark explains the three elements of multi-directional speed, how it differs from other types of speed, and strategies to improve it.
As coaches, the competition season is our test. Did we get our athletes ready for the big competition? On this episode Vern talks about strategies and best practices for helping your athletes peak and get ready when it counts.
Last year John Kiely and I put together an cutting edge seminar on periodisation, planning and performance in Limerick. Rather than just describing the latest and greatest periodisation plan, we discussed the process of planning for sports and how to truly get the most from you and your athletes. To my knowledge, it was the first seminar of its kind. It was well received and therefore we have decided to bring it to London this year.
New Balance Nationals was not the only show in town this weekend. Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championship down in Staten Island with many throwers from across the nation participating in the age group competition and meet records set in each category. Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) and James Cocca (Averill Park, NY) won the boys competitions with Briere setting a personal best, which he then bettered on Sunday at New Balance Nationals. Sydnee Walker (King’s Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, GA) and Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) won the girl’s competitions, with Walker adding more than two feet to her indoor best and breaking 60 feet for the first time.
Strength coaches often take the weight room for granted. But what would you do if you did not have access to a bar and weights? On this week’s podcast we look at strategies to get stronger without weights. In addition, we tackle the latest listener questions.
At the second Washington meet of the year, freshman Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) made his season debut. During the indoor season Knight set a new national freshman class record in the weight throw. In his first meet outdoors on Saturday he added more than 10 feet to his personal best and more than 10 feet to the Washington state freshman class record set by Zack Richards 12 years ago. It was a strong day for freshman all around as freshman Ava David (Lake Oswego, OR) also won the girl’s competition with a new personal best.
Two new national leads highlighted the final day of action at New Balance Indoor Nationals. From start to finish the competition delivered on its promise to be the best meet of the year, and even deeper than last week’s meet.
Action started at New Balance Indoor Nationals with 63 competitors in the Emerging Elite section on Friday. The boy’s competition featured a very close battle with the top six throwers all within 10 inches of one another and the top four throwers separated by just two inches. Sophomore Bryan Hudson (Scott County, Georgetown, KY) added three feet to his best to win and three of the top four throwers reached a new personal best. Junior Javon Joyner (Norcross, GA) easily took the girl’s competition, leading from the first throw and ending the competition with a personal best of nearly four feet. Action continues on Sunday with the championship section (start lists available here).
Technical models are often what we turn to when we develop an athlete’s technique. How do we develop models? And how do we adapt them to the athlete? On this week’s episode Vern looks at how technical models fit into training and what steps coaches need to take to get the most out of them.
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