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Everything You Need to Know About Being Prepared for the Clinic

Updated by Latif Thomas on: July 21, 2017 at 11:48am   First, I will be live tweeting cool, interesting and/or funny things I see and hear at the clinic. So follow me on Twitter and note/save the hashtag #ctfclinic. Same goes for Instagram. So post your pictures and thoughts about the clinic, follow us, tag us and use #ctfclinic. Clinic aside, I say and posts all types of interesting track and field related stuff so you should follow me just on principle! 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 participation waivers or no soup for you! WARNING:  You will be sent to the line...

What to Do When Disaster Strikes at a Major Meet

Mike Tyson hit the nail on the head when he said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Seeded #1 (4×100, 100, 200, 400) and #2 (4×400) going into the Rhode Island State Championships, we had high expectations. Starting the day off with the 4×100 meter relay, we believed average handoffs would get us across the line first and earn the first State Title of the day. Then we got punched in the mouth so hard it made Kermit Washington cringe. I started coaching high school track and field in the spring of 2001, my first year out of college. The following video (Lane 4, black uniforms) shows the only time I have ever had to choke back tears because of…

Why Coaches Should Attend the 2017 CTF Summer Clinic

When most coaches think of summer track and field camps/clinics, they assume they’re strictly for the kids. So, you may not be aware that the Complete Track and Field Clinic is different. Of course, our focus is on the athletes. But, we also encourage high school and youth coaches (and parents who work with their kids) to register and attend as well. We’re confident when you attend the 7th Annual Complete Track and Field Clinic, you’ll agree it is a World Class event. And you can get Complete Access (more on that in a moment) for FREE when you encourage 3 of your athletes to register. (Just send us the names of the athletes and we’ll register you. If you already paid, we’ll send you…

Multi-Sport Athlete Transitioning to Track & Field

Often, at the high school level, it is common for coaches to persuade their athletes to join the track and field team after finishing up their preferred fall or winter sport. Likely, the main goal for encouraging an athlete to go out for the track team – or the objective for an athlete transitioning to track & field – is to “stay active,” “develop speed/power,” or “get stronger for the next season.” Though not as common at the collegiate level there are times when individuals express interest in becoming dual sport athletes. Participating in two sports in college is not impossible but it takes a special type of athlete to accomplish this, especially at the professional level.        Indoor track & field programs…

12 Days of CTF Holiday Sale

Our ’12 Days of CTF Holiday Sale’ will begin on Monday, December 12 and will run through Friday, December 23. Here’s how it works: From MONDAY 12/12- FRIDAY 12/23, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 20% off when you use coupon code: 12DAYSCTF. HOWEVER: Each day of the 12-day sale we will be featuring a specific program where you can save 30% on this season’s popular programs BUT ONLY ON THAT DAY. This time of the year can get hectic, so I recommend bookmarking this page and scheduling a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to come to the site to grab these holiday offers. In the meantime, you can plan ahead by visiting our full list of Complete…

Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale- Massive Savings

Our Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale will begin on Friday, November 25 and will run through Monday, November 28. Here’s how it works: From FRIDAY 11/25 – MONDAY  11/28, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 25% off when you use coupon code: CTFSAVINGS.  HOWEVER: Each day of the sale we will be highlighting a specific event group/category where you can get up to 50% off our most popular individual programs and program bundles ON THAT DAY ONLY. For example, all Sprints programs will be 25% off all week. But, on 11/25, all Sprints programs will be 40-50% off for that day only. On 11/26, sale prices go back to 25%. If you’re in the market for programs addressing 55m- 600m, be sure to get…

4 Goals of Coaching the 400/800 Meter Athlete

There is an interesting set of athletes that tend to excel at the 400-meter AND 800-meter events. These 400/800 athletes are not pure sprinters, nor are they pure distance runners. These athletes have a unique combination of skills that will challenge any coach to create a successful training program. Here are four goals I believe will help in that endeavor.   Goal #1: Be Bilingual Understand Sprint Training, Understand Endurance Training Understanding the different qualities and vocabulary associated with both sprint and endurance concepts is particularly crucial in early-season general preparation training for 400/800 -meter athletes. Early in a yearly training cycle these qualities are often trained “separately.” This means that certain days are devoted to sprint training concepts and certain days are devoted to…

Summer Training Ideas for Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps Part II

Summer Training Ideas for Sprints & Hurdles & Jumps Part II “Summer, summer, summertime… Time to sit back and unwind”   Related Article: Summer Training Ideas for Sprints, Hurdles & Jumps Part I A longer season is a successful season… Each championship meet your athletes attend has the potential to be a qualifier for the next. Some athletes survive and advance while others start their summer early, which means a longer break. I have athletes that end their season when finals have ended and others that stick around for quite a bit more time. For this reason, I seem to think the first phase of my training theory for the summer is simple: Stay active Do things you enjoy that are NOT track & field related…

Summer Camp Registration Deadline is This Friday!

If you’re still debating whether or not to come to the clinic this summer, search #ctfclinic on Twitter to see what past attendees said during and after the event. So, every year we get a flood of last minute registrations and countless sad stories from coaches, parents, and athletes who waited too long and get locked out. If you want to take advantage of the $50.00 ‘Early Bird’ discount and NOT have to pay full price, you MUST register by the end of the day this Friday, May 27. ⇒ Register now for the 2016 CTF Summer Clinic (click on the event groups in the menu for their individual pages.) Coaches: Remember, if you send three athletes from your program, you can come for free. If you coach high school…

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