When it comes to building a top-notch track and field program, performance is only part of the picture. From training and motivation on the field to planning and organizing behind the scenes, Coaching Track & Field Successfully offers a comprehensive guide to getting your program up to speed.
Season planning. Event coaching. Meet preparation. Postmeet analysis. Athlete–coach communication. This book covers all the issues a coach must effectively address in building and maintaining a championship program. How do you motivate players? What's your philosophy of coaching? How can you communicate your vision to athletes, parents, and critical members of the coaching team? With Coaching Track & Field Successfully, you'll learn all of that and much more from someone who's been through it all.
Since 1986 Mark Guthrie has coached the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse teams to 17 Division III national championships. Before that he was a high school coach with the skill, insight, and drive to lead his school to three consecutive state cross country championship victories. Now he presents proven techniques to pack more power into your program.
Guthrie teaches the essential techniques of the sport, provides simple training programs, and presents a wealth of vital information required for building a quality team. His teaching progressions, event-specific technical instruction, and tips on planning for big events make Coaching Track & Field Successfully the critical resource coaches need to take their teams to the top.
Table of Contents
Part I Coaching Foundation
Chapter 1 Developing a Coaching Philosophy
Chapter 2 Communicating Your Approach
Chapter 3 Motivating Track and Field Athletes
Chapter 4 Building a Track and Field Program
Part II Coaching Plans
Chapter 5 Planning for the Season
Chapter 6 Preparing for Practices
Part III Coaching Events
Chapter 7 Sprints and Sprint Relays
Chapter 8 Hurdle Events
Chapter 9 Middle Distance and Distance Events
Chapter 10 High Jump
Chapter 11 Pole Vault
Chapter 12 Long Jump and Triple Jump
Chapter 13 Throwing Events
Part IV Coaching Meets
Chapter 14 Mental Training for Teams
Chapter 15 Preparing for Meets
Mark has provided a valuable guide on the technical aspects of track and field, but more importantly he has captured the soul of coaching athletes in our sport. This book will help coaches at all levels to coach the events better, to get their athletes to believe in themselves, and to develop them physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
Head Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach
University of Minnesota