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Throwing Chain Reaction™ Language vs Data Language

Today, I’m gonna do a comparison between the language and structure of teaching the TCR™ system vs Data language.

* BTW, If you are not using the TCR™ system, you better be using the Data Language system… or you’re just stabbing in the dark!

The uber studs that have Ph.D’s in physics break down the throw as follows:

Back swing, first double support, first single support phase, flight phase, second single support phase, second double support phase (or power position) and delivery phase.

Run that by your youth or high schoolers, and then take a picture of the look on their faces!

The science experts do make perfect sense, and it’s also pretty clear when you think about it, but it is a mouthful. They talk about power and mechanical positions and the data at each phase and a lot of awesome detail…

… but these guys are trying to provide data to experienced full time coaches; many of whom are elite level coaches (typically).

I am nothing short of a super fan of all their research and data. I have nothing but respect and appreciation of what they provide as I consider myself a high level coach and it has helped me solidify a better understanding of the throw and made me a better coach…

… but, in my experience, this type of language isn’t for youth or high school level athletes… or for most of the thousands of seasonal throws coaches.

Plus, many of those Ph.D’s will tell you they can analyze the throws, but the wouldn’t necessarily be able to coach it.

The Throwing Chain Reaction™ is a system that is meant to help simplify data and complexity. It helps provide an understanding of how to implement the technique while teaching it.

The Ph.Ds will say, ” Here is the data, we hope that is helpful, go use what will help you most.”

Back in the day, my thing was that I wasn’t a the super freak with talent. I was the talented guy with a lot of potential. I only threw 172’3 in high school. I squeaked out All-American status, and became top 10 in the US 3 years out of college….

… How? I studied… A lot!

I know many super freaks, and have coached a few, but statistically the super freaks are less than .1% of everyone who throws.

Meaning 99.9% are not the super freak.

Jordan Geist is a super freak.

So, I figure I was somewhere in the 90+ percentile. Pretty damn good, but not good enough to throw in the PAC 10 out of high school… yes it was the PAC 10 back then.

Point is, I began to understand the importance of each phase of the throw, the goals of each phase, and where my weak points where in the throw and what was causing my weaknesses….. The super freaks just do it.

… and when the super freaks are well coached, they become the best in the world.

Most coaches will see the majority of average kids. So what is gonna work for you?

The TCR™ is a system designed to take young throwers, and showing them how to train right, move right, understand and apply using simple language.

The TCR™ language allows for better technical understanding, and a way to maximize young throwers …

… not ot mention it greatly helps coaches that are working with the statistical majority to produce better throwers.

Believe me, I have had some throwers with a lot of success that wouldn’t have achieved much without the TCR™ system leading the way…. it wasn’t easy, but the TCR™ structure made their success possible.

So, let’s review the TCR™ language of the 6 pillars of the rotational throws.

Pillar 1- Set the trigger action.

If you don’t set up the throw correctly, you wont be able to execute and enter the throw on balance or efficiently. The start, or wind up, is often not coached and a ton of detailed stuff is happening in the wind up that produces consistency… or a lot of inconsistency.

Pillar 2- Set up maximum power

This is critical to maximizing your throw, and prepping for a dynamic and fast entry into the ring in order to create the most speed into the middle. Flexibility and strength are critical to optimizing this phase of the throw.

Pillar 3 Drop in and Apply Max Speed

This is all about learning how to enter the middle and create powerful lower body speed and a dynamic sweep leg

Pillar 4- Axis transition-

moving from one single support to the second, the transition from the left to the right (or the opposite for lefties), and where you set up the maximum amount of separation and torque.

Pillar 5- Lock down power

how to move from the power position to delivery. Generating maximum power in a very short period of time is crucial.

Pillar 6- Delivery- Fishing Big.

The block, the path of the block arm, the drive leg to create the greatest transfer of momentum. One of the most complicated sequences in the throw.

It’s a pretty freak in’ good system…if I do say so myself!

The TCR™ system was purposefully designed to take the complexity of scientific concepts in physics and translating them into ease step-by-step pillars to follow…

… making it easier to coach, easier to comprehend as a thrower, and this equals faster and bigger results…. Just blinding you with science!

We here at ATN have used the TCR™ system to produce 81 championship titles, Olympic trial finalists, and youth national champions.

Our TCR™ online member coaches have produce champions at all levels… even youth world records!

Work your pillars, get results fast!

Throw far,

Coach Johnson

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Quick Tip Friday: Modified Wheel Drill Adjustments

Sometimes the best adjustments are simple.

Focus on the proper set up for better and faster results.
Check out this Quick Tip for adjusting your Pillar 3, 4, 5, 6 using the modified wheel.

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Shot Put Stand Throw Analysis Video HS freshman

Here is a quick analysis for one of our online members Rob Ralph ( Coach) Brant ( son/thrower)

So i thought i’d kill two birds with one stone and provide a little feed back for them and post it up on Youtube for you guys to take a peak at.

So happy Wednesday.

If you are member, i will also be posting this in the Tech Lab section as well.
And you would like to become a member, click here for more info.
Set the Angle, throw farther
Coach Johnson
PS. New course coming up March 1st. The Pillar Connection – 2 module course on best ways to use the TCR to run effective practices and how to train more efficient movement in the throw. If you would like to be notified when we open this, course click here to be added to notification list.
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Wall Throws: The “Bread and Butter” of Throwing

ATN coaches & throwers- from our online members from around the world to the throwers we coach here in AZ and So Cal, are gearing up for the outdoor season openers.

We are now getting ready for our first meets and shifting focus.

That said, yesterday I began my day with wall throws and the goal was on the pillars 5 & 6…

…. Pillar 6 is all about the block.

(If you didn’t catch my email yesterday of my presentation excerpt about Pillar 6: The Delivery –aka the block- from the Arizona Track and Field Coaches Clinic, click here to check it out.)

Wall throws are a coach and thrower’s bread and butter.

Most of the local high schools here in AZ tend to have great handball courts and today we will get in there and started drilling.

So Find yourself a couple of big walls and grab a nice stack of throwing balls.

If you are in a region of the country where it’s subzero out, an indoor gym wall is every bit as nice.

(just keep your throwing ball clean and you don’t mark up the walls)

Wall throws enable throwers to get in so many more reps than you would in a ring, and in the TCR™ system I like my throwers to be much more focused on positions during wall throw drills.

Here’s a look at what some wall throws look like:

The wall has been our secret weapon with the TCR™ system; many reps in less time! Most everyone has heard the 10,000 throws a year statement. Meaning that is how many you need a year to become really good.

Wall throws count as throws and getting in 75 throws regularly is very doable and it takes a fraction of the time and you get in the reps you need.

Most schools that that are limited in the number of implements on hand- like having only 2-3 discuses and a few shot puts for 10 kids- are not getting in very many reps.

In fact, a number of the kids I have coached over the years would often only get 8 to 10 throws in a practice…..8 Throws!!!!

Now who do you think will get better, faster…. the kid that gets in 40-50 throws a week (if he’s lucky) or the kid getting in 300-450 throws a week?

It’s a no brainer. You gotta get in reps and when you use the TCR™ system, doing the reps is very impactful for a thrower’s success because throwers and coaches learn the mechanics and rhythm.

… And my throwers have just started dialing up more reps.

That is how you are gonna build a serious crew of throwers-click here to watch some video

So, if you don’t have indoor throwing balls, or indoor shots for wall throws, contact Rob Lasorsa from MF Athletics, and tell him you were referred by Arete Throws Nation and he’ll get you all set up with an order and a discount.

You must be equipped to get better fast!

Wall it up!

-Coach Johnson