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James Thomas' Unconventional Approach for High Jump Consistency

with James Thomas,
Texas Tech Associate Head Men's Coach - Men's & Women's Jumps & Combined Events;
USTFCCCA Jumping Event Specialist; USATF Level II Certification- Jumps;
Coach of 1 Olympian & 4 NCAA Champions, 5-time USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

James Thomas uses unassuming terminology and visual aids to explain the mechanics and qualities of the high jump that are imperative to success. He shares his exercises and practice designs to facilitate his athletes' ability to accomplish the requisites to big jumps.

Thomas' video goes beyond drills and techniques associated with the high jump and begins to address which skills are truly important to success within the event. In each of his segments, Thomas simplifies complex skills in a way that is easy for the beginning coach to understand, while providing some ideas that may challenge, or help, advanced coaches take their jump training to the next level.

Coach Thomas opens by explaining the importance of building a better athlete through multi-lateral training, not just coaching the high jump. He shows the six fundamental exercises that he uses to develop an athlete's elasticity to jump high, demonstrates a unique teaching progression for developing the all-important approach, and addresses the psychology of the athlete and how he works that into training.

High Jump Specific Plyometrics

Thomas explains that he doesn't use a lot of drills to teach his high jumpers how to be successful in this event. However, he does use a few key drills to emphasize proper joint stiffness, while discussing its importance in setting up a quick and powerful takeoff. This includes drills such as stiff leg low hurdle hops; skipping for height; and run, run, jump.

While describing each drill, Thomas details specific body positions required to make the drill successful and how proper execution transfers over to the high jump.

Using Circle Runs

A well-executed curve will create the speed and power required for an effective takeoff. However, most novice jumpers tend to fight the forces generated on the curve run. In this segment, Thomas demonstrates how circle runs help athletes become comfortable running tighter turns and body positions they can take up, such as opening the chest. He demonstrates both the traditional 5x5 approach and a more innovative 6x4 approach. He presents his thoughts on the difference between the two approaches and why he favors one over the other.

Challenging Athletes at Practice

We all know the high jump can be a finicky event, and the mentality of the athlete often makes all of the difference at the big meets. In this segment, Thomas takes you through some of his unique strategies for structuring practices that replicate the competitive stresses athletes encounter when they compete. Some examples include placing limits on jump attempts, or ending practices after three missed jumps to replicate competition.

Coach Thomas presents the successful path he prescribes toward one that is oriented toward more time-efficient efforts for practice and competition.

37 minutes. 2018.

DVD
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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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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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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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