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 we’ve put in, I’ve decided to live Tweet all the cool, interesting, funny and/or ridiculous things that happen throughout the event.
Please go now and follow me on Twitter and save/use the hashtag #ctfclinic. You’ll be sure to pick up some great cues, quotes and ideas you can apply to your athletes across the spectrum of event groups.
Here’s why it’ll be worthwhile to follow:
I’m not specifically responsible for coaching at this event for various administrative reasons. Though I do jump in as needed.
But, I’ve seen the event group curriculum and I’ve cherry picked certain ‘rotations’ (as we call them) that, as a high school coach, I can’t wait to see.
I’m a sprints, hurdles and jumps guy, full disclosure there. But, I’ll be covering distance and throws as well.
In addition, I’m extra hyped about our lineup of speakers on Saturday night. The inimitable Boo Schexnayder is both coaching in the Long Jump/Triple Jump group and giving a talk on a topic he’s only done once before. But, I heard such great things about it, I asked him to give the high school version here.
Dave Cusano’s talk on Acceleration is going to mess peoples’ minds up. I’m looking forward to the ‘face palms’ from coaches once the light bulb goes off.
We also have a session on strength and power development for the throws from Matt Ellis, as well as a talk about training distance runners like athletes and not endurance specialists from Harvard University Director of T&F/Cross Country Jason Saretsky.
I should probably also point out that I’ll be doing a talk on how to take all the stuff these college coaches are teaching and actually make it work at the HS level.
So I’m going to be tweeting what I’m learning and sharing it with you both days and on Saturday night.
In short, it’s free info from some of the best collegiate coaches in the United States.
I hope you’ll follow along and, of course, I’ll do my best to answer your questions throughout the weekend because there’s a good chance you’ll have some.
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