I just wanted to thank you again for your work and your resources that you have made available. My team just won our first state title which is also the first boys state championship in school history. I can’t thank you enough for your help. I can’t wait to learn more and keep the titles coming in.”
Coach Nate Burns
Nashua High North – Nashua, NH
Developing Champion High School Sprinters
In this 3 Common Errors in Coaching High School Track and Field Sprinters Video, I’ll show you…
- Why using college drills and programs will injure your young sprinters
- The only 3 reasons sprinters fall apart at the end of their races
- A surprising reason running at top speed in practice is a bad idea
- How to get your sprinters to run faster in the 55m, 100m, 200m and 400m
- 2 easy ways to motivate your kids to work hard every day…even during ‘booty lock’ workouts
- The most effective way to structure, lineup and space your sprint training workouts
- How to get your sprinters to beg you to run the 400!
- The #1 skill you should spend most of your practice time teaching and practicing
- And much more!
About Coach Latif Thomas
My name is Latif Thomas. And working with kids is my passion. See, when I was a high school track athlete I didn’t get much guidance, direction or attention from my coaches. In fact, one coach literally instructed me to clap my hands together in front of me…as I was coming out of the blocks! (Please don’t teach that!)
Coach Latif Thomas
I knew I had some ability and I really wanted to be successful. But, I grew up in the Dark Ages before the Internet so I had nowhere to turn. And even though I couldn’t put my finger on it, I knew my coaches didn’t care about my success nearly as much as I did. Through ability and sheer force of will, I managed to hack my way to a college scholarship.
On the first day of practice, my coach got mad at me because I didn’t know what a dynamic warmup was. That’s when I realized just how unprepared I was. And it was only the beginning.
Fresh out of college, I was hired by a fantastic mentor. He told me right off the bat that being a good athlete doesn’t make you a good coach. And then he handed me a box of videos and articles and said ‘Start learning. Ask questions.’ I did and boy was he right!
In that moment I vowed to learn as much as I could about coaching and training. To never let any committed young athlete experience the disappointment and frustration I felt in failing to live up to my own potential. So I saved my money and earned a USATF Level II Certificate in the Sprints, Hurdles & Relays. Then my Event Specialist Certification (Sprints/Hurdles/Relays) from the USTFCCCA Coaching Academy.
I’ve been blessed to coach some great kids whose work ethic inspires me each day to continue to learn so I can provide them with answers. And, like with this video, to share my ideas with coaches who hold similar beliefs, experiences and excitement for developing young people. The kids’ successes on the track led to my being voted 2005 MA State Coach of the Year. They gave me opportunities to speak at some of the most respected clinics in the country like the Illinois State Track Coaches Clinic, Wisconsin State Track Coaches Clinic, New England Track Coaches Clinic, Ohio Track & Field Coaches Clinic and the 2012 US All Star Track & Field Clinic in Atlantic City.
Over the years, my athletes have won more titles and broken more records than I can even remember. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy winning. But, that’s not why I coach. And it’s probably not why you coach either. Despite my frustrating career, track and field helped me grow as a person. It gave me confidence and taught me discipline. How to be a leader and a teammate. How to persevere through injury, disappointment and setbacks.
Now I have the opportunity to teach these valuable lessons and skills to young people who, like my teenage self, are silently searching for leadership, mentorship and someone to believe in them. Track is the vehicle I use to give back. The more I know about what it takes to make them faster the more they will believe in their ability to achieve their goals…on and off the track.
In this video I’m sharing some of the techniques I’ve discovered working with thousands of young people over the years. After you watch and apply these strategies, your coaching confidence will improve. Their overall confidence will improve. And when that happens, everybody wins…regardless of where they place in the race.
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