After each season, successful coaches assess their results and make appropriate changes to their planning to ensure better results next year.
We apply the same philosophy to our summer track and field clinic.
It’s not our style to sit back and run the same exact event we did last year just because it was successful. So we listened to your feedback and had hours of discussions amongst ourselves. We’re making lots of changes to this year’s summer track and field clinic. Some of them are subtle (like posting a real time schedule of where each event group is so coaches and parents can quickly and easily find their athletes or (for coaches) change to another location to catch a unit you want to see).
That said, here are 5 upgrades and improvements to this year’s event:
1. Bringing in Boo Schexnayder to work with the Long Jump/Triple Jump Group, interact with the Coaches and give an exclusive 60 minute presentation on Saturday night.
If you’re a track nerd, this addition alone is worth the price of admission. I’ve never watched Boo actually work with athletes or give feedback in real time so that is a very exciting opportunity for all of us. I have seen him speak on a number of occasions and he is excellent. I’m quite sure the entire paid staff will be in attendance learning from one of the very best.
2. Adding more staff despite reducing the number of athletes in each event group so kids get more individual attention.
Last year was a great event, but it was so big it was overwhelming. So I’ve reduced the number of spots available in each event group. But, we’re increasing the size of the staff, which means more kids will get more individual attention. Athletes don’t want to feel like they’re just one head of cattle in a herd because then they don’t learn anything. The purpose of the event isn’t to rake in as much cash as possible so we’re happy to spend more on staff to ensure a positive learning experience for the Athletes and Coaches in attendance.
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3. Adding a ‘Relays’ unit to the Sprints Group
I’m a high school coach. And because I coach in a small suburban school, I don’t have the numbers or genetic profiles conducive to consistent placements at the biggest meets. Therefore, I make relays a major priority in my program. My top 1 or 2 kids mostly can’t compete with the top 1 or 2 at big urban schools, but my top 4 might be able to out execute their top 4.
Point is – I pay a lot of attention to relays. And I see some really played out relay activity. Some of the stuff I see with 4×1 and 4×2 teams is ridiculous. Flat out ridiculous. So we’re going to teach kids in the Sprints Group, as well as attending Coaches, how to execute appropriately in the relays.
4. Adding video analysis based classroom sessions to all event groups so athletes can see what to do and what not to do.
Kids can’t *feel* what you see.
They *really* don’t think they’re casting. They *really* think their last 2 steps in the long jump are ‘flat, flat’. They *really* don’t think they’re jumping into the bar. They *really* think their trail leg knee is staying higher than the ankle.
We can coach it, cue it and drill it until we’re blue in the face. But, until they *see* what ‘correct’ looks like and see what ‘incorrect’ (aka what they are doing), they won’t be able to make the appropriate adjustment.
We will break down video, in ALL EVENT GROUPS, so kids get a better understanding of how to execute more efficiently.
5. Providing Coaches with a DVD of the Saturday Seminar Sessions so you can review the content from all the sessions, not just the ones you attended.
The Saturday Night Seminar Sessions are a great way for Coaches to tie the teaching on the track to the preparation and philosophy preceding it. It’s also a valuable opportunity to pick the brains of our Staff in a laid back setting.
While Boo will be the only speaker in his time slot, there are four additional sessions running two at a time. It means Coaches have to choose one over another.
This year, we’ll record the presentations and give the DVD to Coaches who attend the Seminar Sessions. This will allow you to relax, consider and ask questions on the Big Picture topics instead of furiously attempting to write down everything being said.
You’ll get access to all the presentations, 5 hours of great content, to review at your convenience.
So those are a handful of the upgrades and improvements being made to the 2014 Complete Track and Field summer track and field clinic.
If you have questions, please post them below.
Remember, the cost of registration goes up by $50 after Friday, June 6.
Registration closes down entirely after Friday, June 13.
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