High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: Sprints
with Mark Brady,
DeSoto TX High School Head Coach
Get the tools you need to build a successful sprint program on and off the track. Mark Brady passes along strategies, techniques, tips and drills to help you successfully build your sprint program for individual events and the relays.
Make every minute of your practice time count by ensuring that every aspect of your training has a focus and a purpose.
Brady reveals his systematic approach to training including his max velocity warm-up for developing speed and his max velocity run. This practice sequence can easily be done with over 70 athletes and works not only as a practice sequence but also as a meet sequence.
Maximize the performance of your sprinters on meet day with Brady's meet day sequence. The meet day sequence is plotted out by Brady on a time line that correlates with the athlete's first race.
Brady provides narration, technical tips and teaching points as his athletes demonstrate each of these sequences.
Brady is a believer that strength equates to speed and shows how he builds force and power in his athletes. He explains and demonstrates his weight room circuit that includes five stations with four exercises per station and includes his end of practice flexibility protocol to promote injury free training.
Gain technical insight and comprehensive strategies for seasonal planning, starts, relays and more.
See a breakdown of Brady's season-long training plan along with examples of his weekly plans for each phase of the season.
Get detailed strategies and techniques for teaching a fast and powerful start, comprehensive training for the 400 and strategies and exchange techniques for the 4 x 400, 4x200 and the 4x100 relays.
Each section is accompanied by marker board breakdowns and on-track demonstrations.
Brady concludes the presentation with strategies he has used to build successful track and field programs at several schools. He includes thoughts on recruiting athletes, combining the boys and girls coaching staffs, selling coaches in other sports on your program, how to work with elite athletes, and more!
Coach Brady's proven strategies that are certain to improve your sprint program!
134 minutes. 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: Hurdles
with Steve McGill,
Ravenscroft (NC) High School Assistant Track Coach;
Head Coach of the Hurdle City Track Club; coach of Wayne Davis, current national high school record holder in the 110m hurdles
Steve McGill is a high school hurdles coach who understands the unique challenges of coaching the hurdles. In this insightful DVD, McGill explains and demonstrates how you can train your athletes to reach their potential.
Coaching the Hurdles
McGill shares his six intangibles of becoming a successful hurdles coach and then answers the question: Who are my potential hurdlers? This segment provides invaluable tools for identifying the physical and personal attributes of successful hurdlers. You will learn how to test potential hurdlers and which sports best fit a hurdler profile.
In addition, McGill offers solutions for practice challenges such as how to manage with limited space and time and solutions for setting up expectations and goals for athletes.
Training for the Hurdles
To assist you in effectively training your hurlders, McGill lays out a three-phase seasonal planning model and a weekly workout example for each phase. This model is specifically designed with the high school season in mind.
On the track, McGill demonstrates a series of four sprint drills to fine tune sprint mechanics - the basis for great hurdling. Through each drill, McGill details the nuances related to hurdling.
McGill offers a simplified front side-back side systematic approach to teaching the hurdles and details a 1- and 3-step drill sequence to help train the technique. Included are essential strength exercises and starting techniques.
Strategies for the Hurdles
This section addresses the typical challenges of coaching the high school hurdler including: Strategies for knowing when to 4-step and when to 3-step, how to transition between the two and strategies for the 300-400 events. Includes meet day protocol for normal meets and championship meets.
This presentation is the most comprehensive hurdle instructional product that has ever been produced. It is packed full of coaching strategies that address the real challenges of coaching high school hurdlers.
72 minutes. 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: 800M / 1500M
with David Halliday,
Flagler Palm Coast (FL) High School Head Track & Field Coach;
2x Florida Class 4A state Champs (Boys)
Create championship middle distance runners using this in-depth training guide! David Halliday spends over 2 hours detailing the philosophy, training ideas and coaching tips that have led to success over his 17 years of coaching runners.
Developing the Runner
One of the most important elements of developing your middle distance program is finding the right athletes. Halliday describes what to look for in prospective athletes and where to look for them. He reveals strategies for testing prospects to make certain that they are targeted for the proper events.
Afford your athletes the best training situation possible and minimize injuries by following Halliday's advice on making the most of your facilities and your surrounding community.
Halliday defines the physiological requirements for success in the 800 and 1500 and critical information related to training all of the energy systems with proper emphasis. He reviews a chart of aerobic and anaerobic contributions in endurance running events to define appropriate workout construction.
With the physiological requirements defined, Halliday shows how he breaks his distance team into three training groups that best meet the needs of his runners; distance oriented, mid-distance (true 800 runners) and the sprint oriented group that can run down to the 400. Halliday's training is flexible enough to meet the individualized training needs of each athlete.
800 and 1500 Training
The training phases in this DVD are segmented into six phases:
•Cross Country Season (Fall)
•Transition Phase (XC to Track)
Learn the training characteristics, goals and the type of training required to make the most of each phase.
Halliday lays out his highly specific seasonal plan. He details the elements of success for implementing the plan including how to prep your athletes both physically and mentally for the season journey and in terms of building a cohesive team.
Discover a detailed warm-up for middle distance athletes. This warm-up is event-specific to ensure it meets the needs of your athletes. The program includes a light run, build ups and accelerations, leg strength exercises, sprint drills, mobility drills, technical sprint drills, light static stretching and hurdle drills. Halliday also shows how to adjust the warm-up for competition.
Halliday breaks down the four elements of his strength training program into weight training, circuit training, med ball and core training, and plyos. He provides you with a total breakdown of his December through May strength training program that includes what to do and when to do it!
Halliday sets up training from the transition phase through the end of the season. To set up this training protocol, he defines the three types of running that are prevalent in each phase. With all of his training modalities defined, Halliday details each phase; Transition, Pre-Competitive, Competitive and Peaking/Championship. In each phase, he includes a weekly training model plus daily workouts for a week in each phase. You will get coaching nuggets from 18 years of Halliday's successful coaching experience throughout his instruction.
This is the most comprehensive middle distance DVD available. It will teach you, guide you and provide a step-by-step proven approach to building a successful middle distance program!
174 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: Throws
with Bill Godina,
Coached over 30 State Champions in the throws, 35 years of coaching at the high school and elite levels
This is the most comprehensive throws DVD on the market today. Get insight from throws coaching legend Bill Godina into building a complete program for the throws including seasonal planning, administrative duties, strength training and technical instruction and drills on the glide shot, spin shot and discus throw.
Outside the Ring
Learn strategies for selecting, recruiting and retaining your throwers. Gain insight into testing protocol for determining potential, how to choose the most cost-effective equipment, how to evaluate and organize your facilities, team rules and expectations, team culture, goal setting for beginning and advanced throwers, and more.
Godina also delivers comprehensive planning and training strategies.
•Training Plan - See Godina's annual plan and a plan for the 3-4 month season. His unique plan accounts for three groups of athletes that are universal in any program: 1) The track only athlete, 2) the fall sport athlete, and 3) the fall/winter sport athlete. This information will help you understand how to work each group under one umbrella of training once the track season begins. Godina's seasonal plan is a 3-phase plan that ends with peaking for championships.
•Strength Training - Godina's strength program dovetails with his three group training plan. He explains his strength program in detail and lays out his lifting schedule.
•Workouts and Workout Construction - Learn the elements of what makes a successful workout before detailing his workout construction.
•Technique Training - Godina details how he works technique instruction into each practice.
•Meet Day Protocol and Strategies - Godina discusses dual meet protocol that may include JV and varsity throwers, invitational meets that allow 2-4 competitors per team, and state meet protocol. This section is packed with proven tips and strategies for both the coach and athlete garnered from years of experience.
•Performance Tracking - Use performance tracking to program your athletes to get better each week.
Inside the Ring
Discus Throw - Watch as Godina builds a successful discus thrower using a front-of-the-ring, to the middle-of-the-ring, to the back-of-the-ring progression. Throughout the progression, Godina highlights key technical points to add distance to your throws and points out common errors that steal distance.
Included are alternate training drills to develop hip and back strength for both discus throwers and shot putters. These medicine ball drills can be outdoors or indoors during inclement weather.
Glide Shot Put Technique - Learn the key elements, drills and the teaching progression for the glide technique including grip, push and wrist flick. Godina teaches the glide progression from the front of the ring to the back of the ring. Within each skill, you will learn invaluable tips for both novice and experienced throwers. Included are demonstration breakdowns of each skill set including common errors and corrections.
Rotational Shot Put Technique - Godina's instruction parallels that of his discus instruction with the exception of the position of the apparatus. Includes essential drills for teaching rotational movement.
This presentation is the most comprehensive instructional throwing product that has ever been produced and a must have for your video library. Translate Godina's experience and insight into success with your team!
161 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: High Jump
with Mike Garcia,
Lanphier (IL) High School Head Track & Field Coach;
2009 Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee
More than just a technique video, this DVD explores an entire high jump program.
Mike Garcia begins with a classroom overview of coaching the high jump and how to look for athletes who possess the attributes needed to successfully high jump.
Seasonal Planning and Organization
Garcia focuses his planning around a traditional high school season--8-10 weeks on the track with training beginning in late February. Garcia breaks down the season into a 3-phase training plan:
•The Habit Phase - This early season phase focuses on conditioning and establishing consistent approaches by forming good habits. Consistent approaches lead to consistent heights!
•Mid-Season Phase - A 3-4 week phase characterized by "developmental meets" and hard training.
•Championship Phase - This focuses on fine tuning for regional and state championship competition.
A day-by-day sample plan for a typical week in each phase is provided. Garcia also shares his in-season and off-season strength training protocol for his high jumpers.
Garcia discusses how he constructs his practices. He details strategies for general warm-up, high jump specific technique and training, as well as the importance of the end of practice time where excellent coach-athlete communication opportunities exist. Included in this segment are strategies to most effectively accommodate both novice jumpers and elite jumpers at the same time.
On the Track Segment
Garcia provides a step-by-step overview of how he teaches the event, identifies common mistakes that rob your athletes of success, and discusses strategies for jumping order and passing.
In the drill segment, Garcia delivers curve drills, basketball drills, wall drill, circle drill, pit drill, 3 and 4 step drills and approach drills. He then breaks down several full jumps narrating each jump and sharing invaluable coaching points on each jump. He follows with a hurdle drill that he utilizes at practice and at meets that are especially good to execute between jumps.
Garcia concludes his presentation by sharing his "best practice" strategies for successful meet days.
66 minutes. 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps
with Ken Brauman,
Seminole (FL) High School Track & Field Coach;
10x Florida Track & Field Coach of the Year;
1997 National High School Track and Field Coach of the Year; member of the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame;
has coached 57 High School All-Americans; named the Head Manager of the 2012 Men's Olympic Track & Field team
Learn how to organize and nurture your jumps program from one of the country's most successful high school coaches - Ken Brauman.
Learn best practices for organizing your horizontal jumps practice. Brauman details the nine components of his daily training pattern that serve as a checklist for meeting the physical and mental goals of each practice.
Get insight on how to get your athletes to buy into your training program. Brauman lays out considerations for structuring workouts, working with mult-sport athletes and how to get your athletes on board with your program. He also provides sample workouts for the three phases of the high school track season: Preseason, beginning in mid January; Competitive Season (March), and Championship Season (April).
Strength and Power Training
Train your athletes to be better athletes, not better jumpers. Following this philosophy, Brauman breaks down his approach to strength and power training exercises, frequency, and set details.
Brauman takes you through his 30-day strength training cycle, which he provides for you as a PDF on the DVD. This cycle includes a percentage-of-max method that takes the guesswork out of your strength training workouts and allows your athletes to easily see their progress.
This tool creates constant accountability for your individual athletes. You'll also learn how to modify the 30-day program to fit the entire season. In addition, Brauman shares invaluable advice for helping out the athlete who may have reached a plateau with his or her strength and power development.
Included in his training program are plyometric exercises to develop power in your jumpers and improves their ability to explode off the ground.
Brauman also touches on off-season training recommendations for the multi-sport athlete and the single sport track athlete.
Horizontal Jump Training
Moving to the nuts and bolts of horizontal jumping, Brauman begins with warm up drills, hip mobility drills, and a static stretching program for jumpers.
In the triple jump segment, Brauman shares a simple progression you can use to train each phase of the triple jump: Take off, the hop and the step. Throughout the progression, Brauman offers technical details for getting the most from your athletes speed and horizontal momentum. In addition, he shares several key techniques and drills for teaching your athletes how to best perform this unique event.
The long jump progression begins with a box drill to teach flight without having to take a full approach. Brauman demonstrates how to establish the approach, showing how to use a consistent mark on the 16th step. He also shares eight key points to adjusting the approach to assist the athlete in executing the take off properly every time. He addresses common mistakes jumpers make and how to help your athlete overcome these errors so that they can hit their mark.
Brauman closes with details on meet day protocol providing you with tips and advice on having your jumpers thoroughly prepared for your meets. He discusses warm-up, mental preparation, equipment check list and tips for meet success.
71 minutes. 2011.
High School Coach's Blueprint for Success: Pole Vault
with Tim Reilly
This information-packed presentation features one of the county's most prolific high school pole vault coaches, Tim Reilly.
Coach Reilly outlines the realities of coaching an 11 week high school season and the challenges this poses for successfully coaching the pole vault event. He touches on recruiting the best possible athletes for the event, having a system in place to simultaneously work with experienced and beginning vaulters, and coaching with safety at the forefront of every aspect of the event.
Reilly breaks his classroom discussion into six segments:
•An 8-phase Safety Protocol - This information is at the heart of the pole vault coach's certification program Reilly was instrumental in developing in Washington.
•Metronome Principal - A clear and easy way to understand the physics of the pole vault.
•Four Foundations of Success - An invaluable narrated film analysis of the four fundamentals for success in the pole vault--approach, plant, take-off and follow through.
•Team Training - Learn essential strategies for daily team training including managing rainy days, injury days and windy days.
•Meet Preparation - Includes a quiz to help athletes with pole selection and pole management at meets.
•Common Bad Habits - Learn to correct four of the most common "bad habits" for vaulters.
•Practice Schedule - Reilly breaks down the 11-week season into a four cycle flow. With each cycle, he presents an example of a complete week of lesson plans for his practice routine. Reilly also includes how he peaks his athletes for the championship phase of the season.
On the track, Reilly demonstrates more than 75 drills and variations for teaching and coaching the pole vault. These drills are broken into the following sections:
•Approach Drills (18 drills). Progress from simple walking single leg drills and sequencing through a progression that ends with a complete approach with the pole drop into a sliding box plant.
•Plant Drills and Plant Sequence Drills (10). Plant drills begin at the most elementary level in the sand and progress to a 3-step with ¬ swing. The plant sequence drills include a 4-drill teaching sequence.
•Take-Off Drills (8). These drills are designed to give the pole vaulter the feeling of a long jump style take-off and focus on getting the athlete to transition the horizontal approach velocity to a vertical take-off impulse.
•Follow Through Drills (6). This drill progression is designed to assist the vaulter in building the sensation of a stretched out and firm body position when transitioning from the take off into the pre-swing position.
•Swing Drills (7). This drill progression begins on the hi-bar and rings before progressing into the swing and turn on a straight, then bending pole.
•Strength Development Drills (27). Reilly's pole vault specific strength development is designed to be carried out predominately on the track rather spending a great deal of time in the weight room.
Tim Reilly has coached thousands of pole vaulters in his career. Now you can benefit from Reilly's rich history and success in coaching the pole vault.
160 minutes (2 DVDs). 2011.