At the small Twilight Throwers Series on Wednesday evening, Jake Dalton (Andover, MA) broke the Massachusetts state record with a new personal best of 218’3″. That added nearly 10 feet to the record set by Gabriel Arcaro in 2014 at 209’08”.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
One big trend in training over the past decade has been the increased use of games. The Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) movement in physical education first started a conversation about strategically used games rather than technical drills to teach skills and tactics. Over the last few years, the use of games for athletic development has also get its moment in the spotlight thanks to social media as coaches realize the concept can apply even more so in the realm of physical preparation.
Look at the top athletes in the world and you’ll notice they come from a variety of backgrounds. Tiger Woods began specializing at a young age, while Roger Federer only specialized as he started to achieve success later. Why did Federer benefit from a generalist childhood vs. a specialization one? Author David Epstein has focused on the topic for his upcoming book Range. He joins the GAINcast this week to talk about what he has found in the research on early specialization in sports, and as well as in other aspects of life.
After the Division Championships earlier this month, throwers in Rhode Island moved on to the Class Championships this weekend. Erynn Field (North Kingstown, RI) was one of the standouts of the meet. Her 13 foot personal best on her last throw in the Class A competition was the best mark across all divisions and moves her amongst the nations top 5 throwers. Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) also took the Class B title and the top overall mark of the day.
For many kids, their introduction to sport and physical activity comes through the school. This can be either a good or a bad thing. A good experience can set them up for a lifetime of athletic achievement and physical activity. A bad experience can turn them away from sport. On this episode of the podcast award winning PE teach Greg Thompson joins us to talk about what makes for good PE, the art of progressing young athletes, using a games-based approach, and thoughts on constraints-led training.
Senior Erynn Field (North Kingstown, RI) was just two feet off of her best en route to a victory at Saturday’s Cumberland Invitational. Close behind was Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) who also broke 160 feet in the competition.
Sophomore Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) grabbed another win on Saturday with a meet record of 219’0″ at the Sgt. Brian St. Germaine Invitational in Rhode Island.
Internationally, youth throwers compete with a variety of different implements. At Friday’s International Hammer Implement Invitational, throwers from the northeast got a chance to see how they stack up with those hammers.
A massive improvement by Erik Fertig (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) helped him gain the Ohio state lead last weekend at the Eastwood Throwers Invite. He not only broke 200 feet for the first time last season, but added six feet to his personal best.
Over the last three days 169 throwers from across Rhode Island competed in four division championships. Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) produced the best girl’s result overall and also improved her state lead and personal best in the process. On the boy’s side Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) had the top mark to set a meet record in the Northern Division.