I implement a lot of coaching and training ideas and programs coming from *outside* of the world of track and field specific coaches and organizations.
I think it’s important to branch out in order to get a different perspective from the ‘field and court sport’ and ‘strength and conditioning’ universe.
One organization I’m proud to be involved with, promotes an excellent mission and creates phenomenal programs from outstanding coaches is the International Youth Conditioning Assocication (IYCA).
Today I’m recommending three IYCA programs for you to consider. As part of their Cyber Monday sale, all of these programs are 25% off when you use coupon code THANKS at checkout.
Why I like it: Athletic development requires more than just relentless biomotor skill development. We have to switch things up, make training/practice more fun and generally give kids a break for highly technical or physically tiring activity.
I love to do this using games. Track athletes love the break from the routine, they’re great ‘team building’ activities and they’re just fun. And the younger the kids you work with, the closer to ‘organized game play’ the training should be.
This resource will improve your program while still developing fundamental skills that apply to all sports and ages.
Why I like it: Coaches of every sport and discipline are always looking for strength and conditioning information. When working with young (<18) kids, the vast majority of strength training is not ‘sport’ or ‘event group’ specific.
Instead, coaches would get better results by focusing on writing efficient programs that progress over time.
My program is significantly influenced by the three coaches who created this program so you can get all of their best stuff in once place.
Why I like it: We all know the many benefits of the Olympic Lifts in terms of developing our speed/power athletes.
They can be difficult to teach and learn if you’re just winging it or piecing together YouTube clips and demos. Wil Fleming is an excellent coach and instructor and I base probably 85% of my Olympic Lift teaching progressions off of his methodology.
Plus, he’s a former All American Hammer thrower and Olympic Trials qualifier so he’s got a natural background and understanding of track and field.
If you’re looking for in depth knowledge of using Olympic Lifts and their variations, I *highly* recommend this program.
So those are my ‘not track and field specific’ program recommendations, any and all of which can be used to improve your athletes and programs.
REMEMBER: Enter coupon code THANKS at checkout to receive the 25% discount on each program.
Latif Thomas owns and operates Complete Track and Field and serves as the Co-Director of the Complete Track and Field Clinic, the largest track and field clinic in the United States. A popular speaker and presenter at some of the largest coaching clinics in the country. Over the past 15 years, he has coached more combined League, Division, All State and New England Champions in the sprints, hurdles, and jumps than he had the emotional strength to go back and try to count. Follow @latif_thomas on Twitter