I’ve finished all my private coaching here in Houston, and I’m now flying back home to Phoenix.

Houston, as always, was awesome!

Even though I got my @$$ kicked by the humidity and have a wicked sun burn on my neck, I always love coming to Houston for a camp.

As I sit on the plane, I started analyzing my performance at the camp:

  • How well did I coach the TCR™ system to over 100 people?
  • Did my processes translate well?
  • Where could I improve the experience, or the system itself?

One thing I can say is that I am humbled and very grateful to all the families, coaches, and throwers who came from all over the country to this camp…

… Oklahoma, Kansas, all over Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana: it was really, really awesome to have you all attend.

Thank you very much.

TAKE ON THE SIX PILLARS, ONE BY ONE

Every year, when I hit the summer camp tour, it’s always really interesting to see the wide range of athletes, talent levels, work levels, and coaching issues, from good to not-so-good.

In Houston, we had way more requests to add an additional private session–before, or after the camp–than I could handle…

… but it’s these private coaching sessions where I can address some of those issues more in-depth.

Yesterday was the perfect example. I had 3 private sessions booked, and I had all throwing levels present:

  • A beginning thrower
  • An upper intermediate thrower
  • A more advanced thrower.

The beginning thrower

The beginning thrower was a very tall 8th girl who has grown, I think her mom said, something like 7 1/2 or 8″ in the last two years!!!!

She was a tall girl—about 5’11″—and with that growth comes a little bit of awkwardness. I always call it the “Bambi phase.”

Because of this awkwardness, the athlete had some strength issues that were limiting her ability to throw farther.

When you attend one of our camps, you need to identify where these limitations are in the six pillars, the ones created by strength and posture issues.

This thrower was a very sweet girl, and a very tired girl since she had been training 5 hours a day at our camps for the last 2 days—back to back—in hot 90˚ humid weather!

The intermediate thrower

My second athlete had been to the camp last year, and she was extremely fast. Not real tall, but lightning fast!

Dad is a sprint/hurdle coach; and so he understands a lot of the general concepts of speed, acceleration in the ring, etc.

It’s similar to the concepts of creating speed in the sprints and hurdle.

Last year, this thrower was en route to hit some big PRs after the camp, but then she broke her ankle and had to have two surgeries in the off-season.

Due to this unfortunate event, there were some technical issues and other things that we had to address.

Now being only 5’1″, she’s not real tall, so speed is a needed component for her success and she had plenty of that for us to tap into!

Her #1 concept in the TCR™ system she needed to focus on is the window we went over this at the camp! 😉

The advanced thrower

The 3rd, and last athlete I had today is another hard-worker: a grinder!

After being at the shot put camp for 5 hours, we did another 1 1/2 of private coaching, and even though he was was pretty smoked, he wound up taking a few more throws and chatting another hour or so.

This thrower had some bad patterns that were established early.

The entire session was untwining the bad patterns and learning the right ones!

The point of the Throwing Chain Reaction™ system is to be able to understand how to work on those variables. That’s where the six pillars come in.

One of the things we always discuss at our camps is that there is no possible way to remember everything we present.

We present a lot.

But really, the core thing is that we teach the structure—the six pillars.

The throw happens in roughly two seconds.

How are we going to break down all the things that occur in 2 seconds?

You can’t do that in a throwing circle, actually throwing… you have to work on it in pieces.

When you coach:

  1. You have to work on each part of the throw separately… called the 6 pillars. If you understand the concept of the chain reaction, you’re typically going to be working on Pillar 1 & 2.
  2. Then, as you proceed, you’re going to coach a queue in pillar 4 that’s going to allow them to move more efficiently through Pillar 5 & Pillar 6.
  3. If you set up the most optimal position, then the movement through Pillar 5 and Pillar 6 (and any adjustments) becomes a lot easier!

This is what we teach inside the TCR™ system and at our Throws camps: to show the stretch points, the details, and how we set up the trigger.

Everybody wants to get better, faster. We want everyone to get much better, much faster!

Almost home now.

Keep studying the throw!

-Coach Johnson