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Track and Field Coaching Techniques. Scott Wells Riverside Christian wellss@riversidechristian.net. Who Am I?. Wenatchee Valley College-Decathlon University of Washington-400 hurdles Head Coach Davis HS: 1986-2000 Head Coach Riverside: 2000-Present 34 state champions

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track and field coaching techniques

Track and FieldCoaching Techniques

Scott Wells

Riverside Christian

wellss@riversidechristian.net

who am i
Who Am I?
  • Wenatchee Valley College-Decathlon
  • University of Washington-400 hurdles
  • Head Coach Davis HS: 1986-2000
  • Head Coach Riverside: 2000-Present
  • 34 state champions
  • 4 team titles: 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009
  • 13 consecutive team trophies
some of the challenges
Some of the challenges…..
  • 18 different events
  • Many different body types
  • Many different levels of conditioning
  • Different experience levels
  • Facility needs
  • Equipment needs
  • Staffing challenges
event areas
Event Areas
  • Sprinters-100, 200, 400
  • Hurdlers-100/110, 300
  • Jumpers-Long, High, Triple, Vault
  • Throwers-Shot, Discus, Javelin
  • Distance-800, 1600, 3200
  • Relays-4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400
training groups
Training Groups
  • Sprints/Hurdles
  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Distance
total program training
Total Program Training
  • Flexibility-Dynamic/Static
  • Strength/Power
  • Cardio Conditioning
  • Running Mechanics
  • Overall Balance
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Rest
  • Educate Your Athletes
sprints
Sprints
  • Starts
  • Race Phases
  • Running Mechanics

Arm action

Posture

Ground Contact

Stride Length

  • Running style
  • Finishing
hurdles
Hurdles
  • Short hurdles/long hurdles
  • Differences between Women/Men
  • Starts
  • Steps to first hurdle
  • Steps between hurdles
  • Hurdle technique
relays
Relays
  • Personnel
  • Handoff techniques

4 x 100

4 x 200

4 x 400

distance running
Distance Running
  • Training
  • Pace
  • Strategies
  • Mechanics
  • Style
  • Health
horizontal jumps
Horizontal Jumps
  • Steps
  • Flight Techniques
  • Runway Techniques
  • Take off
  • Phases (Triple Jump)
  • Landing Techniques
high jump
High Jump
  • Approach
  • Rhythm
  • Take off
  • In the air technique
  • Psychology of the

event

pole vault
Pole Vault
  • Safety
  • Equipment
  • Weight of vaulter
  • Certification of coach
throws
Throws
  • Equipment
  • Throwing Styles:

Shot-Rotation/Glide/Power

Discus-Spin/Power

Javelin-Grip

Approach

basic 12 week plan
Basic 12-Week Plan

March:

General/Specific/Pre-competitive

Base building

April:

Competitive Phase

Learning to compete

May:

Competitive

Peaking Phase

march pre season
MarchPre-Season
  • Steady runs
  • Testing/Evaluating/Goal setting
  • Hills
  • Fartlek training
  • Plyometrics
  • Tons of instruction in event areas
  • Heavy work load
  • Circuit training
april competitive season
AprilCompetitive Season
  • Shorter distances
  • More speed
  • Lots of technique at race pace
  • Heavy meet load
  • Quantity not quality
  • Train through meets**

**Choose the meets where performance really matters and focus on those

may peaking preparing
MayPeaking/Preparing
  • Speed work
  • Quality not quantity

Shorter/Faster/Intensity

  • Detailed event work
  • Psychological prep

Scenario discussions

Goal progress

Competing vs Participating

healthy athletes
Healthy Athletes
  • Stretching-Static, Dynamic
  • Massage
  • Ice
  • Meds
  • Swimming
  • Stationary bikes
  • Rest

Be patient with recovery

organization is key
Organization is Key
  • Team Meetings
  • Communication:

Parents

Athletes

Teachers

Administration

  • Email
  • Printed information
team handbook
Team Handbook
  • Top-ten lists
  • Calendar
  • State placers/champions
  • Coaches
  • Directions
  • Injury prevention/treatment
  • Contact information
  • College information
  • Schedule
  • Guidelines
  • Class Records
  • School records
  • Motivation
  • Letter standards
  • State standards
  • Results
  • Pictures
  • Nutrition
random do s
Random Do’s
  • Understand why most kids participate…the social aspect
  • Monitor grades/communicate with teachers
  • Pay attention to nutrition
  • Listen to their injuries
  • Surround yourself with great coaches
  • Delegate to your staff—allow them to coach
  • Make it fun
  • Love the kids without reservation
  • Be a good example of everything you are teaching
  • Consider hosting an invitational
  • Place a football coach on your staff
  • Emphasize relays
  • Make your end-of-season awards function a big deal
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Expect to be successful!
random do s cont d
Random Do’s (cont’d)
  • Learn to utilize Athletic.net
  • Make a big deal about class and school records
  • Have a few “popsicle” days
  • Have a team shirt each year. Let the kids help design it.
  • Purchase Hy-Tek’s Meet Manager
  • Learn (and teach) the rules of the sport
  • Emphasize sportsmanship>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
  • Consider starting a summer youth program
random don ts
Random Don’ts
  • Give up on any athlete
  • Let parents dictate your decisions
  • Compromise your standards for a great athlete
  • Underestimate your influence with the team
  • Expect to please everyone
  • Be afraid to alter your workout plans
  • Neglect your own family
hosting a meet
Hosting A Meet
  • Brings credibility to your program
  • Provides an opportunity for teams and athletes
  • Great way to get parents and community involved in your program
  • Source of pride for your athletes and school
  • Source of income:

Entry fees, concessions, T-shirts, sponsors

great resources
Great Resources
  • Track and Field Coach’s Survival Guide

Edward L. Wallace

  • Flip Books

www.pocketvideos.com

  • Videos/Clips

www.youtube.com

  • DVD’s

www.championshipproductions.com