Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. In April we discussed training session management. On this week’s GAINcast we look at another management function: competition management. When you think of the amount of time we invest in training, competition management demands our focus. Poor competition managmenet means all of our preparation is for not. To help, we share our experiences and the key factors to consider in competition management and preapartion.
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Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA) added to his personal best at the latest meet in the Centrali Hammer Series. His winning throw of 216’4″ added more than a foot to his best. Hadassah Ward (Gig Harbor, WA) won the girl’s competition. Maelyn George (Richland, WA) also had an impressive showing, with two personal bests. Her new best of 134’5″ ranks among the top 10 sophomores in the country.
After starting the Emerging Elite competition earlier this weekend, the Championship action got underway Saturday night and Sunday morning at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. National leader Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) led from start to finish to win the title in the Championship division at New Balance Nationals Outdoor. Her victory was not without some drama though, as Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) added an amazing personal best of nearly 30 feet to come within five inches of the win. Annika Kelly (Barrington, RI) capture third. In the boy’s competition Jacob Furland (Classical, Providence, RI) won by just six inches over a personal best from Max McKhann (Dana Hills, Dana Point, CA). In fact, five of the top six boys left the competition with a new personal best.
The growing scene of hammer throwers in California met up on Saturday for the annual California High School Hammer Championships. The competition was held across two locations in Northern and Southern California on Saturday. Silas Hurst (Santiago Corona, Corona, CA) added more than four feet to his personal best to capture a big win in the boy’s competition. Emma Robbins (Esperanza, Anaheim, CA) improved her best for the third straight week to win the girl’s competition.
Every June, we both make a trip to Houston for Vern Gambetta’s annual GAIN conference. With faculty included strength coaches, sport coaches, physical therapists, trainers, academics and sports scientists from a variety of professional and amateur sports, it provides a chance to learn and share. On this week’s podcast we broadcast live from the event and recap the key lessons learned on each day of the event.
Qualification for next month’s World Junior Championship was on the line this weekend at the USATF Junior Championships in Indiana. The top two athletes were eligible to qualify as long as they have met the minimum qualifying standard. With his winning throw of 68.03 meters, Michael Feldman just broke the men’s standard by 3 centimeters. His brother Steven took second place. In the girl’s competition, Alyssa Wilson led from start to finish with Jill Shippee in second. Both have easily surpassed the barrier and are among the world’s best in the event this year. Shelby Moran (Sherwood, OR) was the top high school finisher in sixth place, just one foot off of her personal best.
New Balance National Outdoors started on Friday and Saturday morning with the Emerging Elite competition. Ridvan Kazimov (South Forsyth, Cumming, GA) added three feet to his personal best to win by mere inches in the boy’s competition. Hannah Jackson (Kell, Marietta, GA) added four feet to her best for the girl’s win.
All coaches want to get better, but how many have a structured plan to do that? Getting better doesn’t happen on its own. Professor Wade Gilbert’s job is to study the best coaches in the business, and on this episode of the GAINcast he joins us to talk about what the best coaches do to improve their craft, including some common traits of high performing environments and ideas on how to practice better.
The Connecticut State Championships hammer throw competition took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Christian Sturm (St. Paul Catholic, Bristol, CT) added two feet from his best to win the boy’s competition. Amanda Howe (Southington, CT) captured the girl’s title.
A total of 160 competitors are ready to compete at this weekends New Balance Nationals Outdoor in North Carolina. The Emerging Elite competition will start on Friday with the boys and girls on Saturday. Saturday evening the boy’s championships will take place, followed by the girl’s championship on Sunday. The complete start lists are below, including seven of the nation’s top 10 throwers in the boy’s competition. On the girl’s side, national leader Samantha Kunza (Timberland, Wentzville, MO) will lead the way, with four of the nation’s top 10 throwers competing.