The Swiss Hammer Project

As I mentioned in the coaching roundtable earlier this week, I have a deep interest in learning how to develop an event since that is exactly what we are trying to do with the hammer in Switzerland.


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  1. […] For long-term success you have to develop in the grass roots. You have to invest in coaching and a broad base of developing athletes from the ground up. A small investment in a coach has scalable effects as they impact several athletes, of which some will become coaches and affect even more athletes. As in many countries, Australia relies heavily on volunteer coaches. While volunteer coaches are essential to our sport, you cannot expect professional results by treating coaches like amateurs. You need to support the volunteer coaches, nurture them, develop them, and create a cadre of professional coaches. This is a long and slow approach, but I do not know of any examples where an investment in the grass roots has failed. And that is why I am using it as the model to resurrect throwing in Switzerland […]

  2. […] For long-term success you have to develop in the grass roots. You have to invest in coaching and a broad base of developing athletes from the ground up. A small investment in a coach has scalable effects as they impact several athletes, of which some will become coaches and affect even more athletes. As in many countries, Australia relies heavily on volunteer coaches. While volunteer coaches are essential to our sport, you cannot expect professional results by treating coaches like amateurs. You need to support the volunteer coaches, nurture them, develop them, and create a cadre of professional coaches. This is a long and slow approach, but I do not know of any examples where an investment in the grass roots has failed. And that is why I am using it as the model to resurrect throwing in Switzerland […]

  3. […] Hammer Throwing. I am trying replicate that success with a project here in Switzerland. Rather than telling every coach my way is the best and then taking everyone’s athletes, I […]

  4. […] get more frequent feedback from the Kötteritzschs in St. Gallen. In fact, this is just part of a larger cooperation culture we are trying to get going in Switzerland. This has helped me, even though limited daylight has meant we’ve only had four sessions […]

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