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Cover: a teaching progression for the shot put
A Teaching Progression for the Shot Put

with John Dagata,
USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach (Chula Vista, CA);
USATF Level I, Level II and Level III Certified Coach; IAAF Level 5 Throws Coach

Many of the top shot putters worldwide are using the rotational shot put technique. Being able to achieve the balance and mechanics required to successfully use the rotational technique can be much more complicated than the glide technique. However, John Dagata, USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach and a USA TF Level I, II and III certified coach, presents a simple yet thorough teaching progression to allow athletes at any level to develop and master this technique.

Dagata takes you through all of the positions important for the stand throw, step in, and full throw using 19 exercises to help you generate force and speed to be the best shot putter you can be.

Step-By-Step Training Method

Learn a step-by-step method that breaks the shot put technique into individual components that each athlete must master to have effective full spin technique. Dagata presents the following drills to teach technique:

  • Stand Throws - Dagata introduces how to pivot correctly so that you can understand the basics for the delivery of the shot. He takes you through three fundamental releases from the double pivot, with stepping over the toe board, and with the reverse.
  • Step-In Throws - After establishing the delivery position from the stand throws, three variations of step-in throws are offered to teach horizontal movement across the ring.
  • Static Throws - To drill in balance and posture out of the back of the ring, getting one to the correct position in the middle of the ring for correct finishes, Dagata takes you through six variations of the throw from a static start.

This teaching progression allows a coach to break down and focus on the various components of the rotational shot to develop mastery of the various parts, but also fuse them together into the whole.

Full Throws

The full throw using the counter movement start or the wind is presented using six variants, allowing the athlete to load the left leg and sweep the right at the start. This builds greater momentum from the wind into a more dynamic throw.

Correct Technique Flaws

Throughout the presentation, Dagata points out specific technique flaws and ways to fix them. Some of the common flaws include:

  • Lack of penetration into the put.
  • An improper weight distribution in the double pivot phase.
  • The cause of the athlete "cutting the corner" and how to correct it.

Training and Conditioning for the Shot Put

Dagata discusses his periodization of throwing over the course of a season as well as how he balances throwing and strength training throughout a week. He adds his thoughts on the use of general strength circuits and weight room circuit training, on medicine ball work, and the proper ratio of throws to drills that young throwers should follow.

Throwers of all levels would benefit from Coach Dagata's secrets in this video!

41 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: dynamic drills and teaching progression for the discus
Dynamic Drills and Teaching Progression for the Discus

with John Dagata,
USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach (Chula Vista, CA);
USATF Level I, Level II and Level III Certified Coach; IAAF Level 5 Throws Coach

The discus is a complex event with too many moving parts to simply go out and do it without training. USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach John Dagata shares his teaching progression that will allow you to break apart and focus on the various components of the discus throw so you can develop mastery of the numerous parts of the throw, but also fuse them together into the whole.

Dagata presents a progression of 18 drills that he uses to enhance an athlete's ability to throw the discus further; then discusses the speed, strength, and general training of athletes to take them to a higher level.

Step-By-Step Training Method

Learn a step-by-step method that breaks the discuss technique into individual components that each athlete must master to have good technique in the discus throw. Coach Dagata presents the following drills:

  • Stand Throws - Starts with three variations of the stand throw, teaching the fundamentals of release with a focus on extension and transfer into throw.
  • Step-In Throws - After establishing the final position the thrower is trying to get to, three variations of step-in throws are presented to enhance an athlete's ability to develop linear displacement for greater impulse generation at release.
  • Static Throws - Dagata takes the viewer through six variations of a discus throw from a static start to improve an athlete's balance and control.
  • Full Throws - In the final progression of producing a whole throw, six methods of the full throw are taught, allowing the athlete to load the left leg and sweep the right at the start, building greater momentum from the wind into the throw.

Correcting Technique Flaws

Throughout the presentation, Coach Dagata points out specific technique flaws and ways to fix them. Some of the common flaws that Dagata points out include:

  • Landing on the heel of the front foot in the pivot.
  • A throw that is not down the middle of the sector.
  • How to determine if your athlete gets enough width in their entry.

Training and Conditioning

In this section, you'll get Dagata's thoughts on weight training, use of general strength circuits and weight room circuit training, as well as thoughts on medicine ball work and the proper ratio of throws to drills that young throwers should follow.

If you or one of your athletes is looking to improve in the discus throw, this complete guide from Coach Dagata will help maximize success!

48 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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John Dagata's Teaching Progression for the Throws 2-Pack
TD-05278A:

with John Dagata,
USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach (Chula Vista, CA);
USATF Level I, Level II and Level III Certified Coach; IAAF Level 5 Throws Coach

Many of the top shot putters worldwide are using the rotational shot put technique. Being able to achieve the balance and mechanics required to successfully use the rotational technique can be much more complicated than the glide technique. However, John Dagata, USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach and a USA TF Level I, II and III certified coach, presents a simple yet thorough teaching progression to allow athletes at any level to develop and master this technique.

Dagata takes you through all of the positions important for the stand throw, step in, and full throw using 19 exercises to help you generate force and speed to be the best shot putter you can be.

Step-By-Step Training Method

Learn a step-by-step method that breaks the shot put technique into individual components that each athlete must master to have effective full spin technique. Dagata presents the following drills to teach technique:

  • Stand Throws - Dagata introduces how to pivot correctly so that you can understand the basics for the delivery of the shot. He takes you through three fundamental releases from the double pivot, with stepping over the toe board, and with the reverse.
  • Step-In Throws - After establishing the delivery position from the stand throws, three variations of step-in throws are offered to teach horizontal movement across the ring.
  • Static Throws - To drill in balance and posture out of the back of the ring, getting one to the correct position in the middle of the ring for correct finishes, Dagata takes you through six variations of the throw from a static start.

This teaching progression allows a coach to break down and focus on the various components of the rotational shot to develop mastery of the various parts, but also fuse them together into the whole.

Full Throws

The full throw using the counter movement start or the wind is presented using six variants, allowing the athlete to load the left leg and sweep the right at the start. This builds greater momentum from the wind into a more dynamic throw.

Correct Technique Flaws

Throughout the presentation, Dagata points out specific technique flaws and ways to fix them. Some of the common flaws include:

  • Lack of penetration into the put.
  • An improper weight distribution in the double pivot phase.
  • The cause of the athlete "cutting the corner" and how to correct it.

Training and Conditioning for the Shot Put

Dagata discusses his periodization of throwing over the course of a season as well as how he balances throwing and strength training throughout a week. He adds his thoughts on the use of general strength circuits and weight room circuit training, on medicine ball work, and the proper ratio of throws to drills that young throwers should follow.

Throwers of all levels would benefit from Coach Dagata's secrets in this video!

41 minutes. 2017.



TD-05278B:

with John Dagata,
USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach (Chula Vista, CA);
USATF Level I, Level II and Level III Certified Coach; IAAF Level 5 Throws Coach

The discus is a complex event with too many moving parts to simply go out and do it without training. USA Olympic Training Center Resident Throws Coach John Dagata shares his teaching progression that will allow you to break apart and focus on the various components of the discus throw so you can develop mastery of the numerous parts of the throw, but also fuse them together into the whole.

Dagata presents a progression of 18 drills that he uses to enhance an athlete's ability to throw the discus further; then discusses the speed, strength, and general training of athletes to take them to a higher level.

Step-By-Step Training

DVD
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Cover: the complete guide to the hammer & weight throw
The Complete Guide to the Hammer & Weight Throw

with A.G. Kruger,
University of South Dakota Assistant Coach/Throws;
3x US Olympian; 14x National USA Champion in Hammer & Weight Throw;
NCAA DII National Champion (hammer throw); 2001 NCAA DII National Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year;
Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is a certified Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

The hammer throw and weight throw are two of the most exciting throwing events in track & field. However, many athletes don't get exposed to them early in their careers due to safety concerns and lack of facility space.

In this video, A.G. Kruger expertly breaks down these events into simple, easy to understand concepts that are sure to help athletes and coaches of all levels find success.

You'll learn about:

  • Footwork and body positioning
  • The wind and release
  • Various hammer drills

Coach Kruger brings a wealth of expertise to this video. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Kruger was a 14-time national champion in the hammer and weight throw and three-time Olympian for the United States.

Footwork and Body Positioning

Basic footwork and proper body positions are crucial first steps to learning the hammer and weight throw. In this section, Kruger breaks down the base position and the importance of keeping everything together to set up spacing and rotation. He then demonstrates the various positions that every athlete should hit as they rotate during the throw.

Kruger demonstrates his main drill concepts that will teach how to use basic footwork, be in position, and how to work out of these positions. By segmenting the body positions, Kruger creates a simple training drill that can be used with first time throwers to familiarize themselves with the positions they'll need to master during rotation, as well as what coaches can look for to cue their athletes as they turn.

Wind and Release

The key to a good release is to keep everything simple. Regardless of how your athlete enters the release phase of the throw, the main goal is to sit back against the implement, then finish up and through. To help athletes achieve these points, Kruger shows three release drills: the Wind and Release, the Sling and Release, and the Nino Start Entry Release.

In the Nino release, athletes start lower, making it difficult to get back against the ball and stand up at the finish. While the drill is simple enough to teach, the difficult starting position makes it an excellent teaching tool for intermediate and advanced throwers.

Kruger also uses single arm drills to teach dynamic balance by keeping one side of the body inactive during the winding phase.

Hammer Drills

In the largest segment of the video, Kruger shows you how to put everything together. Beginning with multiple turn drills, you'll see how practically any item can become an effective teaching tool - from chains, handles, and weight plates, to the actual implements themselves. By doing so, athletes will be able to better understand the continuation of movement and balance throughout the throw.

Kruger expertly breaks down the hammer and weight throw events into simple segments that coaches and athletes of all abilities can use to help their development. By keeping progressions easy to follow, Kruger has created a video that is great for teaching first time throwers in a way that will help them learn and grow fast. At the same time, coaches of more advanced throwers will still find a lot of value in this program to reinforce proper body positioning.

60 minutes. 2017.

DVD
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Cover: hurdling with speed and rhythm
Hurdling with Speed and Rhythm

with Lucky Huber,
University of South Dakota Director of Track and Field & Cross Country/Head Women's Coach;
2x USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year,
16x Conference Coach of the Year;
has coached 12 National Champions

Speed hurdling is an essential tool for developing highly competitive hurdlers. The concept of speed hurdling uses hurdles placed closer and lower than competition distances to help athletes develop a motor pattern that is faster than race pace.

In this video, two-time national coach of the year Coach Lucky Huber details the program he uses at the University of South Dakota to help hurdlers compete at the highest levels of the NCAA. He provides an in-depth discussion of his four major concepts:

  • Warm-up routine
  • Training and drills
  • Development of an acceleration pattern to get athletes to the first hurdle in proper position
  • Development of a successful race model

By setting up psychological and physical successes at practice through drills and progressions, Coach Huber models an approach that creates high speed practice success for a successful race day. Additionally, the PowerPoint presentation displayed throughout the video provides insight into the benefits of speed hurdle training and the various ways you can implement these concepts into your practice.

Hurdle Mobility

Using a combination of walks and skips, Huber takes you through a warm-up that will help your athletes prepare for the challenges of hurdle workouts. These drills progressively challenge each athlete's range of motion through walking drills. By progressing to skipping drills, athletes are able to challenge their balance and coordination. Drills in this section include hurdle walkovers with medicine balls to improve balance and posture, while skipping drills enable athletes to begin developing the rhythms they will use throughout the session. In addition to being a good choice for specific warm-up drills, hurdle mobility work is essential to help young hurdlers acclimate to the demands of this unique event.

Developing a Powerful Start

In order to generate the speed needed to run an effective hurdle race, all hurdle athletes must be effective starters. Coach Huber breaks down a variety of start drills, including three-point starts, box starts, and traditional block starts. By opening the segment with falling starts and progressing through a variety of starts without blocks, Coach Huber shows you a unique way of developing the skills needed for a powerful block start before athletes ever step foot into the blocks.

The activities in this segment serve as a warm-up for athletes and are a great addition to any collegiate program warm-up. They could also stand alone as a great way to introduce younger athletes to starting mechanics before adding in the complexity of block starting.

Using 5-Step Patterns

Workout examples with a multitude of hurdle variations between three and five step progressions, as well as extended starts, are provided to best prepare athletes for the demands of a race. These provide the ability to train "fast" through the spacing and strides required to navigate the hurdle.

A great example is the 3-5-3 variations utilized in practice. By extending the hurdle distance, athletes are required to take five steps to the desired number of hurdles. This five step pattern increases not only the athlete's speed into that hurdle, but off the hurdle as well. This is especially important for younger hurdlers who may lose speed and technique at the end of their races. By using a five step pattern prior to a three step pattern, the hurdle will feel closer and faster, enabling athletes to navigate more hurdles quickly and confidently.

Coach Huber explains, models, and modifies the speed hurdling approach through warm-ups, hurdle drills, acceleration drills, and race modeling to provide a base that coaches can utilize to develop hurdlers at all levels.

"After viewing this video, the next day at voluntary off-season workouts I was able to implement the numerous drills of the "Whole-Part" concept as described by Coach Huber for a four- year male high school varsity hurdler and an incoming freshman female hurdler with minimal experience. Both athletes during the workouts expressed a better understanding of the hurdle process through using the "whole-part" concept and the drills and progressions provided by Coach Huber in the Speed Hurdling video." - Customer Review

44 minutes. 2017.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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