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Multi-Events: Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning

with Richie Mercado,
St. John's High School (TX) Head Track & Field Coach;
34 years of coaching experience;
USATF Level 2 Coach in Jumps and Combined Events;
Jr. Coordinator for the USA Heptathlon; Head Coach for Team USA Heptathlon in the 2008 Thorpe Cup USA-Germany dual;
has coached several SPC state championships for Girl's Track & Field, Boy's Cross Country, and won 2 of last 3 in Boy's Track & Field.
Numerous SPC champions in sprints, jumps, hurdles; coached the USATF Junior Champion runner-up and Pan Am Junior Champion silver medalist in decathlon.

Richie Mercado relies on his experiences and understating that a speed and power-based program will ultimately benefit all aspects of athletic development and track & field success. His "Success through planning" approach allows athletes to develop the necessary speed, power, and coordination components that are required to compete across multi-events.

In this video, Coach Mercado lays out a multitude of planning processes that allow for adaptation to the time that the coach gets to spend with each athlete. The use of the multi-event platform provides seamless training and athletic development across all aspects of track & field.

Developing and Implementing a Plan

By utilizing a periodized plan that focuses on speed, power, and coordination before progressing to specifics as the season progresses, Coach Mercado sets up his athletes to meet and exceed their individual expectations. One of Mercado's central themes relates to the Fitness/Fatigue Theory where he introduces skills in small amounts and gradually increases the volume and intensity to further enhance speed, power, and general fitness. Mercado's system incorporates the following elements to help plan for and train multi-event athletes:

  • Acceleration
  • Max velocity
  • Power development
  • Recovery
  • Rest

You'll get a detailed explanation with drills for each phase of the training progression that leads to competitive success when it matters most: the biggest meets of the season.

Drills and Exercises

Coach Mercado demonstrates 30+ exercises to help build an athlete's power base and coordination through strength training. In addition to simple demonstrations and coaching points for safety, Mercado relates each exercise to the functional component within multiple events. The perfect example of this the Acceleration Step Up versus the Max Velocity Step Up; both exercises are similar in nature, but minor modifications lead to the development of two different necessary skills for the multi-event athlete.

This video shows exactly how a veteran coach handles planning and training year-round, which can be difficult with so many events, different kinds of athletes, and a limited number of coaches. Coach Mercado gives a detailed road map for any coach who needs to be able to teach a variety of athletes simultaneously.

188 minutes. 2018.

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Shot Put & Discus Throw: Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning

with Mike Judge, Throw 1 Deep Club Head Coach; USATF Level 5 coach; 2013 National High School Coach of the Year; National Junior Pan American Coach of the Year (2013 ); Atlanta Track Club High School Coach of the Year (2012); USATFGA Club Coach of the Year (2011)

In this video, throws coach Mike Judge showcases his approach to training discus and shot put throwers at the high school level. He explains his approach to linear periodization and how he utilizes these principles to ensure that his athletes continuously make progress during the competitive season. Additionally, Judge explains how he approaches peaking for championship meets.

You'll learn how to structure workouts during the pre-season, competition season, and championship phase of a full track season. Judge also explains the science behind "peaking" and how to apply this knowledge to create an advantage for your athletes.

Strength Training

Coach Judge explains the overall training emphasis during the pre-season, competitive, and championship phases of the season and demonstrates several exercises that he uses in the weight room with his athletes. You'll learn:

  • How to apply the principles of linear periodization to your strength training program and how to link the strength training program to the technical training for the throwing events.
  • Proper technique and coaching points for various exercises performed in the weight room.
  • How to modify exercise selection and set/rep schemes for the peaking phases.

Drills and Technique

Judge, with the help of some of his athletes, demonstrates several drills that teach proper fundamentals in both the discus and shot put. He also explains how to adjust for volume and intensity of drill work so that practice is planned in a manner that ensures athletes can make progress the entire season. You'll get:

  • Discus drills such as: arm strike, stand throws, wheel drill, and full throws from various positions.
  • Shot put drills such as: arm strike, reverse stand throws, A drill, stand throws, and full throws using a glide technique.

Coach Judge does an excellent job of presenting a technical approach to training high school shot put and discus throwers. This video will provide what you need to give your athletes an edge on the competition in the seasons ahead!

42 minutes. 2018.

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Pole Vault: Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning

with Johnny Graham,
Wisconsin Lutheran High School Pole Vault Coach;
Polebenders Vault Club (WI) Head Coach;
has coached numerous conference champions, state champions and state champion runner-up vaulters

In this video, Wisconsin Lutheran High School pole vault coach Johnny Graham explains the 22 essential drills that an athlete needs to become a successful pole vaulter. His drills are designed to develop pole vaulters to be dynamic, flexible and fast on the runaway. These three ingredients are the backbone behind an ideal pole vaulter.

Equipment, Planning, and Organization

After explaining how to test pole vault athletes, Coach Graham explains the equipment and facilities you'll need in order to properly train your vaulters. Then, he explains the rules he sets for his team and covers goal-setting on a weekly and yearly basis. Graham emphasizes that planning and organizing, both weekly and yearly, is key to having a great program. Athletes need goals throughout the season to monitor progress and motivation.

Teaching Progression and Drills

Teaching drills in a proper progression is a main point that Graham emphasizes during the video. Event drills start with the grip, then progress to the runway and mat before the full vault. Graham goes into great detail about the carry and approach before giving you a series of pop-up drills that get athletes comfortable with the vault.

Additionally, you'll get a number of drills that double as technique and conditioning exercises for athletes.

To conclude, Graham explains his typical meet day protocol. You'll also get specific instructions for how to handle championship meets as well as the off-season.

Whether you coach a beginning or developing pole vaulter, this video will provide great drills and ideas to help athletes continually improve throughout the season. Coach Graham, an experienced, successful pole vault coach and an excellent instructor, shares his knowledge, and best practices and tips, so you can take your vaulters to the next level in the seasons ahead!

88 minutes. 2018.

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Training & Technical Phase-Based Approach to Seasonal Planning Series

with Ruqayya Gibson,
Cypress Springs High School (TX) Girls Track Head Coach;
2014 Female Coach of The Year (Texas Track & Field Coaches Association);
2014 Brooks Running Most Inspiring Coach finalist;
winner of 5 consecutive Region III-5A Championships

When coaching athletes in the sprints and relays, the ability to create an effective training program can make a tremendous positive impact on your team's success. In this video, Ruqayya Gibson walks you through a step-by-step guide to constructing an effective annual sprinting plan, using single and double macrocycle programming. She also covers relay selection and development before proceeding to the track to demonstrate ways to enhance athletic performance through a variety of drills and coaching points.


Organizing the Annual Plan

Coach Gibson breaks down how to structure a training year using the single peak method for teams competing in outdoor track, and the double peak method for teams with indoor and outdoor seasons. She shows coaches how to break down each macrocycle into phases while outlining the types of work and emphasis that must be performed in each one. Gibson also addresses common misconceptions about the type of conditioning work that sprinters need to prepare for the season. Part of Gibson's approach has been to avoid longer distance interval training in favor of more focused, event-specific work.

Designing Speed Development Workouts

There are many factors to consider when designing speed development workouts. Gibson shows how to organize the timing of the three different types of speed development: acceleration, max velocity / absolute speed, and speed endurance. Additionally, she breaks down the exact distances, volumes, and specific details that are critical to making these workouts as effective as possible.

You'll learn how to effectively manage training volumes for technical event athletes by combining speed workouts with hurdle and runway development work. By splitting or combining these activities, athletes can enhance their speed, within the contexts of their events.

Organizing Practice

In this segment, Gibson breaks down an example of a daily practice session from warms-ups through drills and into speed progressions. She lays out a drill-by-drill instruction for every part of the workout.


Selecting and Positioning Runners

The 4x100 relay is one of the sport's most exciting events and Coach Gibson's athletes never hold back. She breaks down her philosophy for assembling lightning fast relays and details what type of athlete she looks for when creating her teams. Once she has identified the "warrior spirit" in her athletes, it's time to place them into one of four legs for the event. This is where Coach Gibson clearly defines the roles and expectations of each leg and what is expected from each athlete in each position.

Improve Speed Development

In order for relay teams to run fast, each athlete must also be able to run fast as an individual. To accomplish this, Gibson demonstrates two types of sprint practices, including warm-ups and theme-specific sprint development drills to enhance both acceleration and max velocity mechanics. Throughout the segment, Gibson addresses the "why" and "how" for each exercise, pointing out common errors and their corrections.

Develop Fast and Effective Baton Passing

Next, Coach Gibson demonstrates some of her favorite drills for helping athletes make crisp, clean passes. One of the best drills is the Go-Go Drill, in which two athletes, staggered just a couple of meters apart, begin sprinting simultaneously to make a high speed exchange. This drill is a great pre-meet warm-up and an excellent plan B workout when space or weather do not permit longer work. Gibson then closes this segment by showing you how her team can incorporate relay passing into speed development work, in order to maximize practice effici

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Curriculum Guide to Track & Field
TD-04089A: with Larry Judge,
former National Chairman of the Throws for the USATF Coaching Education and was named a USATF Master Coach in 2002; has coached over 100 All-Americans and 8 Olympians

In this outstanding track and field DVD, nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge doesn't just teach the shot put, he teaches you how to teach the shot put to your athletes! Much more than just a collection of drills, Coach Judge takes the shot event step-by-step and analyzes not only movements, but coaching points, cues and ways to teach your athlete the proper movements to throw the shot far consistently.

Creating an "academic approach", which Coach Judge feels is lacking in all other forms of shot put literature on the market, this video uses a prescribed easy to follow set of 20 lessons to teach the event. The video focuses on taking the beginning coach/athlete through all of the steps needed to succeed in learning to throw the shot. With the help of live demonstrations by both male and female athletes using both right and left hands, each drill is shown numerous times and with various demonstrators to completely cover the drill in its entirety.

Below you will find a sampling of the over 20 'LESSONS' taught by Coach Judge:

  • The Grip and Neck Position
  • The Arm Strike
  • The Block
  • Learning the Power Position
  • Beginning Throwing Progression
  • Specialty Power Position Drills
  • Deciding the Technique
  • Learning the Glide
  • Entry Drills
  • Learning the Sweep
  • Special Strength Exercises

With over 100 step-by-step drills and detailed explanations, dynamic movements and complex motions are now easy to teach, and Coach Judge does an outstanding job of both breaking down the event and putting it all together to start teaching/throwing the shot put. Beginning with Medicine Ball Drills and progressing all the way through Special Throwing Strength Drills, this video is one of the most complete 'teaching' videos on the market.

This is a video that is an absolute necessity for a coach who is either learning the event or working with young or beginning athletes. Veteran coaches and advanced athletes will benefit from Coach Judge's outstanding analysis of the event's movements. This video is an absolutely dynamic teaching tool for both athlete and coach!

With this 'Educational Approach', it is easy to understand why Coach Judge is looked upon as one of the premier throwing coaches in the country. With it's easy to understand and descriptive detail, The Curriculum Guide to the Shot Put allows you a deeper understanding of the shot put, while allowing you to simplify the event for your athletes!

166 minutes (2 DVDs). 2012.

TD-04089B: with Larry Judge,
former National Chairman of the Throws for the USATF Coaching Education and was named a USATF Master Coach in 2002; has coached over 100 All-Americans and 8 Olympians

Here is your A-to-Z training plan to develop your discus throwers from day one of practice through your championship meet.

Nationally recognized throwing coach Larry Judge presents nearly two hours of video instruction that provides an extensive array of skills and drills meant to improve any discus thrower from the beginner to the nationally elite. This DVD is meant as a curriculum guide for both athletes and coaches at all levels and will help to add new "tools" into your discus "toolbox." Coach Judge gives you a wealth of knowledge to help you customize your program and infuse variety into your workouts.

Each segment of the throw is broken down into specific sequences beginning with simple drills and progressing to more complex tasks. This "academic approach" to teaching the discus will show you when to use a drill, why to use it and how to do it properly. Coach Judge covers lessons on:

  • Block and Arm Strike
  • Grip and Release
  • Learning the Power Position
  • Learning the Lower Body Action
  • Throw
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