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Posts by Latif Thomas

(Video) How *not* to get recruited by college coaches

It can be difficult for high school athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to understand how to get recruited by college coaches. This leads to well meaning kids and adults engaging in behaviors so inappropriate and unappealing to college coaches, they lead to the athlete becoming entirely uncrecruitable. Fortunately, I’ve created a video…… More

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3 Most Popular Sprints Training Posts on CTF.com

There is no shortage of informative and free sprints related content at CompleteTrackandField.com. Here are the three posts that have gotten the most views: #1. Accelerate Daily #2. 3 Reasons Sprinters Fall Apart at the End of Races #3. 4 Goals of 400 Meter Training   To your success, Latif Thomas USTFCCCA Event Specialist (Sprints, Hurdles & Relays)…… More

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3 Of My Favorite Hurdles Posts

It’s not easy to teach most high school kids how to hurdle well. Or, I should say, I have a hard time developing consistent, aggressive and technically sound hurdlers. I think the difficulty in teaching it explains why there are usually about 10 times as many 100 meter runners on a team as there are hurdlers. If…… More

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All Hurdles Programs on Sale This Week!

Offseason (if there really is such a thing) is my favorite time to consume new information without feeling the added pressure of planning training each week or having the new information cause hesitation about my current progressions for that particular event or event group. This week, all of our programs addressing sprint hurdles development are on…… More

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See the Best of this Weekend’s Complete Track and Field Clinic

As you may know, this weekend is the 4th Annual Complete Track and Field Clinic, which is held at Harvard University. This year we have 450+ athletes and coaches (from 5 countries), 40+ clinicians (and 20 additional support staff) coming in. Because I’m so excited about the event, the quality of our staff and the amount of preparation…… More

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Everything You Need to Know About Being Prepared for the Clinic

Here are answers to a bunch of questions you probably have about the clinic, as well as answers to questions you didn’t reallize you have… 1. Send in your medical waivers or no soup for you! WARNING: I sent an email on Monday explaining that you had to fill out the new Harvard University mandated waiver.…… More

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Recommended Summer Reading: The Speed Encyclopedia

I was recently approached by this guy, Travis Hansen, asking me to promote his program. I get this a lot and 99% of the time I’m all set. But, I told him to send me his stuff and I’d take a look at it. I’m an information junkie and it’s summer so I figured at…… More

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5 Upgrades to This Year’s Summer Track and Field Clinic

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.…… More

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Why Distance Runners Should Attend a 2 Day Clinic

Distance/Middle distance coaches: I can tell you why you should join the Distance Group at this summer’s CTF Clinic, but I’m a sprints guy and I’m not sure what I say carries as much weight with you as it does with other sprinters/sprints coaches. Instead, I ask you to take a minute and read this…… More

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Summer Clinic Registration Deadline (First Call)

The clinic is less than 2 months away and while it may seem far off, from a planning and organization standpoint, it’s right around the corner. Every year, people wait until the last minute. Then we sell out or close down and the panic sets in. Last year, half of our registrations came in the…… More

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4 Programs To Save Your Season!

In every season there comes a point where you realize your group might not have enough fuel to make it to the runway, so to speak. For me, there is always a meet relatively late in the season where athletes under-perform so hard I’m not sure why I got out of bed. The moment arrived…… More

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How to Choose a Track and Field Camp or Clinic

Every track and field camp or clinic boasts an amazing experience and a staff teaching drills so life changing every athlete will qualify for Olympic Trials after they attend. So how do you pick the right event for your needs or the needs of your athletes? Consider these 5 elements of every track and field…… More

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Top 5 Posts of the Week (4/12-4/18)

If I send out too many emails, people start losing their minds. So, unless you visit the site a few times a week, you’re missing some great (free) information. Here, then, are the Top 5 Most Viewed posts from CompleteTrackandField.com over the last 7 days: 5: Speed Training Starts Early by Marc Mangiacotti (Harvard University)…… More

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Coaching the National Record Holder at 1600m

In the spring of 2013, Complete Track & Field Endurance Guru Scott Christensen coached one of his athletes to the Freshman National Record at 1600m. Suffice to say, Scott does *work* when it comes to developing top shelf middle distance, distance and cross country athletes. Take a look at a news story done about Scott’s…… More

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3 Rules for Building a Championship Culture

Saying you run a ‘Championship Program’ or have developed a ‘Championship Culture’ is not the same as actually having done so. Here are 3 rules/facts about building a championship culture in real life and not just our minds. (If there is a difference, which is debatable, but a topic for another time.) 3. Know What…… More

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