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Track and Field News Names All-Americans

Track and Field News magazine named its 2009 High School All-Americans recently. On the boys side, Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA), Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) and Justin Welch (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) were given the honor. The three also produced the top marks of the year. McCullough accumulated honors as U.S. Junior […]

More on The Throwing Pope

In a follow up to this week’s review of the documentary A dobópápa (The Throwing Pope), I wanted to mention that director Ágnes Sós has been kind enough to put the English version of the movie on her site now. I also wanted to add a note about Coach Németh’s approach to coaching. Throughout the entire movie, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities Németh has to my coach, Anatoli Bondarhcuk. As perhaps the two most successful and legendary coaches in hammer throwing history, I guess it is not all that surprising that they have so much in common. Nevertheless, it is intriguing.

2009 Youth Hammer Throw Training Grants

This year the USATF Youth Hammer Throw Fund will award training grants to the nation’s outstanding male and female youth hammer throwers. The grants will help youth throwers pay for equipment, travel to competitions, and other costs of training. However, your help is needed. The award amount for each grant will be determined by the […]

Movie Review: The Throwing Pope

The last time I reviewed a movie I gave two thumbs up to Gladiator for my high school newspaper. Since it is not every day that I watch a movie about hammer throwing, I figured it was necessary that I review A dobópápa (The Throwing Pope), a 2007 documentary by director Ágnes Sós. To my knowledge, this is the first movie about hammer throwing. The hammer throw has made cameo appearances for comedic effect in some films. Most notably, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil school headmistress and former Olympic thrower in Roald Dahl’s Matilda, was shown loading a hammer into her car’s trunk in that film (see 5:00 mark here). More recently, Will Ferrell’s character in Kicking & Screaming was shown attempting and failing at the hammer throw in college. The hammer throw has also been a star on the small screen, playing a feature role in the iconic 1984 Apple commercial.

Updated National Records

Now that the season is over, HS Hammer.com has updated it’s national records. Significant changes were made in the all-time lists, national class records, and state records. Continue reading for more details. National Class Records Both the boys and girls national records were nearly broken this year, but neither fell. However, a few national class […]

November Training Update

I received a new training program last week. For the month prior I had been doing a high volume of work focusing on what we call “special strength” (e.g. working the core muscles used to accelerate the hammer). Coach Bondarchuk told me that the prior program would wear me down and it would take me another training program or two to transfer the new strength into my actual throw.

Training Tools Vol. 1: Essential Hammer Throw Special Strength Exercises

With the help of Mike Mai and Zack Midles, the Evergreen Athletic Fund‘s first clinic was a success on Sunday. We had ten athletes ranging in age from 8th grade to college, as well as local high school and college coaches. We are thankful to everyone who helped put on the event, and for the donations we received from it.

While most of the time at the clinic was focused on hammer throw technique, I also spent a little bit of time talking about one of my favorite subjects: special strength. I have previously discussed how I feel this an area most Americans neglect in their training. Since that post, I have received numerous e-mails asking about what other special strength exercises are helpful to the hammer throw. I thought it would be helpful to demonstrate some of what I was talking about, so I’ve posted a video below that demonstrates some essential hammer throw exercises.

Most of the exercises I cover in the video fall into the following categories, in no particular order:

What I’ve Been Writing

The Fall rain has arrived in Kamloops, and with it a slew of mud. I’ve been spending more time up in Kamloops this Fall to focus on training, and being in Kamloops always leaves me with free time. That time is spent at home when the weather is as it has been. Like last fall, I’ve spent a lot of that time writing. Here are a few of the projects I’ve been working on or will be working on this Fall.

Celebrating 10 Years

HS Hammer.com will be entering it’s tenth season of providing up to date news, rankings, results, and information about high school hammer throw across the United States. We hope to make this next year the best year for the site and would like to solicit your opinions on what features you would like to see […]

Evergreen Athletic Fund Last Chance Meet (WA)

Results from a year end meet in Seattle. Because the meet was after the August 30th cutoff deadline, the results will not be included in next year’s national performance list. This competition was organized and hosted by the Evergreen Athletic Fund. They will also be hosting a clinic in two weeks. Girls Results Lindsay Wells […]