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Cover: "feed the cats": a complete sprint training program
"Feed the Cats": A Complete Sprint Training Program

with Tony Holler,
Plainfield North High School (IL) Head Boys Track & Field Coach;
2015 ITCCCA Hall of Fame Inductee;
over 35 years of coaching experience at the high school level

"Feed the Cats" is a revolutionary new method of training sprinters from Plainfield North High School head coach Tony Holler. No longer must you put your sprinters through long workouts that make them feel crushed by the end! This program will help you teach your sprinters to run fast using micro-segments of work. Holler shows how you can help athletes learn how to run fast without sprinting.

In a sport that often lacks innovative training methods, the "Feed the Cats" program bucks the trends to give you a new way to enhance your sprint training.

10 Commandments of "Feed the Cats"

In order to adhere completely to the "Feed the Cats" program, Coach Holler states that you must follow its 10 essential commandments, which include:

  • Do high quality work with maximum focus over the least amount of time possible
  • Prioritize rest, recovery, and growth; never underestimate the power of being happy and healthy
  • Never forget - people naturally are good at what they like and are OBSESSED with what they love
  • Promote your program with unrestrained enthusiasm
  • "Record, Rank, and Publish" to feed the competitive nature of your fast-twitch athletes
  • Never force-feed
  • Never grind
  • Never crush the physical or emotional soul of your athletes
  • Never inflict physical punishment - punish only by taking away the opportunity to do the work
  • Never forget, "Light a fire, don't fill a pail."

Micro-Dose Training

Coach Holler explains how training sprinters in micro-dose amounts is the best way for athletes to get faster. All sprint coaches must make max-speed a priority, and the goal of micro-dose training is specifically to train with a minimum effective dose.

Sprinting fast is the foundation behind the sprinter. The faster the top-end speed, the faster the sub-max speed. Remember: to run fast, the athlete must train fast!

Points of Emphasis

Coach Holler states that if you want to increase speed, you must emphasize sprint mechanics, max-speed sprinting, and jumping. Holler demonstrates more than 30 drills that he uses to focus on stiffness, posture, and balance. The end result is better stabilization of the body, which causes stiffness and therefore faster speed.

Holler emphasizes that drills have to have a positive effect on speed without burning out the athlete. You'll see how to workout without sprinting maximally every day, giving your sprinters the option to prioritize rest, which will keep them fresh throughout the season.

In order to beat the best, you have to train differently than the best. The "Feed the Cats" program from Tony Holler will allow you to do just that with your sprinters. This unique approach to sprint training will give your team the boost it needs to win more events than ever.

134 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 90+ high jump drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 90+ High Jump Drills

Featuring:

  • Jeremy Fischer - Head Coach and Lead Instructor at the Chula Vista USATF High Performance Training Center
  • Karen Gaita - East Stroudsburg State University Assistant Coach
  • John Gartland - Indiana State University Women's Assistant Coach
  • Irving "Boo" Schexnayder - Director of the CAP Elite Training Center
  • Michael Pullins - USC Assistant Coach
  • Gary Pepin - University of Nebraska Head Coach
  • Jim VanHootegem - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
  • Sheldon Blockburger - USC Assistant Coach
  • Cliff Rovelto - Kansas State University Head Coach

Take the guesswork out of teaching the high jump by learning some of the best drills from the best instructors in the country! This video contains many of the best exercises from the vast Championship Productions instructional library that are sure to help you train elite high jumpers. If you need a one stop shop for high jump drills, this is the resource you've been looking for!

Curve Running Mechanics

Several drills are demonstrated that show how to train your athletes to develop proper curve running mechanics. One of these drill series is presented by Jeremy Fischer of USA Track and Field, in which he and one of his athletes demonstrate curve running foot placement and body lean. Also, Boo Schexnayder, formerly of LSU, gives a detailed explanation of how to find the takeoff point, mid-mark, and starting mark.

Takeoff, Flight, Bar Clearance

Several coaches demonstrate drills that teach the athlete proper takeoff mechanics. Coach Karen Gaita takes one of her athletes through a drill series, beginning with an explanation of the penultimate step and takeoff step, and concluding with teaching the athlete the proper knee drive, arm action, and body rotation necessary to clear the bar effectively and safely. Gaita gives a detailed explanation on how to cue the athlete to raise their legs and heels so they do not knock the bar off the standards on the way down.

Strength and Conditioning

The video concludes with several event specific strength and conditioning drills that help the high jumper develop explosive power. One excellent drill series is demonstrated by Michael Pullins of USC, in which he and some of his athletes execute drills using proper jumping mechanics on grass and on boxes. These drills, and many others, are sure to help your athletes develop into explosive high jumpers.

Does your high jump program need a shot in the arm? This comprehensive video containing many of the best high jump drills available is just what the doctor ordered!

120 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 90+ long jump drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 90+ Long Jump Drills

Featuring:

  • Cliff Rovelto - Kansas State University Head Coach
  • Gary Derks - Cinco Ranch High School (TX) Head Coach
  • Kyle Tellez - University of Houston Assistant Coach
  • Dwight Phillips - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and 3x World Outdoor Champion
  • Jeremy Fischer - Head Coach and Lead Instructor at the Chula Vista USATF High Performance Training Center
  • Heidi Benton - Wichita State University Assistant Coach
  • Michael Pullins - USC Assistant Coach
  • Nick Kohl - Wartburg College Assistant Coach
  • Tim Cawley - University of Idaho Director of Track & Field and Cross Country
  • Jim VanHootegem - University of Oklahoma Head Coach
  • Irving "Boo" Schexnayder - Director of the CAP Elite Training Center

Never before has there been a more complete drill video for the long jump! This presentation, featuring many of the best long jump coaches in the Championship Productions library, contains everything you need to begin or supplement your long jump training routine.

Approach Run Mechanics

Several drills are demonstrated that show how to train your athletes to develop proper approach run mechanics. One of the best drills is from Tom Tellez of the University of Houston, who demonstrates a series of drills where the athlete walks the approach before gradually building speed while focusing on proper sprint mechanics. Coach Tellez also demonstrates a series of drills that teach athletes the proper way to execute the penultimate stride and takeoff stride of the approach.

Takeoff, Flight, Landing

Several coaches demonstrate drills that teach athletes takeoff mechanics. One series is demonstrated by Tim Cawley, in which he and his athletes demonstrate drills using a ramp and landing pad. These drills teach athletes to shorten their last two strides naturally, and how to hold their drive knee high while taking out some of the fear a beginner may have in landing in the sand. Several drills are also shown by multiple coaches that teach proper flight mechanics and how to land for maximum efficiency and safety.

Strength and Conditioning

This video concludes with several event specific strength and conditioning drills that help the long jumper develop strength and reactive ability. Boo Schexnayder, one of the most respected track and field coaches in the country, demonstrates a special jump series and a medicine ball series that help athletes develop the necessary explosive power needed for the long jump.

If you are serious about helping your long jumpers reach the next level, this comprehensive drill video is a must have for your coaching library!

98 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 90+ shot put drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 90+ Shot Put Drills

Featuring:

  • Jim Aikens - Fremd High School (IL) Head Boys Coach
  • Don Babbitt - University of Georgia Throws Coach
  • Juan de la Garza - Texas A&M Assistant Coach
  • Brian Forrester - University of Akron Throws Coach
  • Michael Hambrick - Founder of the Long & Strong West Thrower's Club
  • Travis Geopfert - University of Tennessee Associate Head Coach
  • Erin Wibbels - Guatemala National Team Throws Coach
  • Larry Judge - former USATF Coaching Education National Throws Chairman
  • Jim Garnham - University of Buffalo Assistant Coach/Throws

If you're looking for one video that includes all the drills you'll ever need for the shot put, you've come to the right place! This "Best Of" video from Championship Productions includes exercises from the best shot put instructors in the nation brought together in one convenient package.

Warm Ups

In order to help athletes perform at their best, it's important to have a great warm up. That's where coach Erin Wibbels comes in. Coach Wibbels takes viewers through demonstrations of various dynamic movement activities, beginning outside the ring with skips and moving stretches, before transitioning into the throwing circle to add explosive two handed throws like the overhead back and underhand forward throw.

Additionally, coach Larry Judge uses medicine ball throws to add some more coordination-based throws into the warm up.

Basic Throwing Progressions

Coaches of novice shot putters will benefit greatly from the fundamental progressions in this segment. Beginning with how to grip the implement and progressing through basic throwing movements from seated to standing positions, coaches Don Babbitt and Juan de la Garza break down the shot put from the ground up. Coach de la Garza's Step Back series is a great tool for teaching athletes to move effectively through the ring.

Power Position Drills

In this segment, the University of Buffalo's Jim Garnham breaks down the power position in the shot put. He expertly dissects each element of the power position, from foot placement, to blocking and timing of the release, to help athletes create a more powerful throw. Additionally, Coach Garnham talks about one error in the power position that athletes commonly make, which prevents them from fully opening up into an effective throw.

This video is packed with drills and workout ideas from some of the world's top coaches. However, one of the more unique drills in this video is Brian Forrester's 'Simon Says' Drill. In this drill, Forrester combines many of his single drills into one drill progression, challenging one of his intermediate athletes to execute a variety of turns, pivots, and positions throughout the circle. By combining various drills into one game-like sequence, the athlete is challenged in a fun way to execute each drill under different circumstances.

This video is a must-have for any throws coach working with beginner to intermediate athletes. The coaches in this video expertly break the shot put down in a clear and concise way. If you're looking for an edge in your shot put teaching program, this is the answer!

121 minutes. 2019.

DVD
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Cover: the best of championship productions - track & field: 65+ discus drills
The Best of Championship Productions - Track & Field: 65+ Discus Drills

Featuring:

  • John Frazier - UCLA Assistant Coach
  • Carrie Lane - University of Nebraska Throws Coach
  • Brian Bedard - Colorado State University Head Coach
  • Larry Judge - former USATF Coaching Education National Throws Chairman
  • Jim Aikens - Fremd High School (IL) Head Boys Coach
  • Jim Garnham - University of Buffalo Assistant Coach/Throws
  • John Ridgeway - Central Michigan University Throws Coach
  • Travis Geopfert - University of Tennessee Associate Head Coach

This video, which features a plethora of drills from some of the best discus coaches in the country, is a detailed and technical approach of development for the discus thrower. The variety of experienced coaches within the video provide drills that emphasize warm up, footwork, balance, and throwing technique through all phases of the discus circle. You'll get clear, content-focused discussion and correction with an emphasis on drill progression and the fundamental components that are necessary to become a successful discus thrower.

Warm Ups

In order to help athletes perform at their best, it's important to have a great warm up. In this segment, John Frazier leads off with some turning drills outside of the circle to help athletes work on basic rotation principles. Carrie Lane also takes her thrower through the Overhead Back and Between the Legs Forward toss to add some ballistic movements to the warm up. Additionally, Brian Bedard demonstrates hurdle mobility drills, including executing turns over hurdles to improve coordination, posture and balance.

Full Throws, Middle Ring Focus

The middle of the ring is important in the discus. Executing good movement through the middle helps a thrower develop power and set their hips up correctly as they enter the power position. To help athletes master this part of the event, John Frazier demonstrates several full throws, breaking down proper positioning, while discussing common errors that occur in the middle of the ring and their corrections.

The Release

There are three things that determine how far a discus will travel: the angle of release, height, and velocity. In this segment, Travis Geopfert discusses how to build the perfect release using sequential timing to teach the release from the ground up.

This video is packed with over two hours of drills, cues, and corrections from some of the world's top coaches. At the end, Coach Bedard puts it all together, finishing with full throws and reverses while pointing out proper positioning, sequencing, and cues to help athletes complete the perfect throw.

This video is a must-have for any throws coach working with beginner to intermediate athletes. The coaches expertly break the discus down in a clear and concise way that will allow you to teach your own athletes like a pro. If you're looking for an edge in your discus teaching program, look no further!

137 minutes. 2019.

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