Yesterday, I talked about the 160’DT/50’SP ceiling…
“What is that?”, you may ask…
It’s when an athlete hits a throwing plateau.
Ugh, the dreaded thrower’s plateau.
It’s one of those places in EVERY athlete’s training, where you cruising along, hitting every mark and then WHAM!
It can be a dangerous place to be in for the athlete and the coach!
Not knowing what to do next is where it can all fall apart and you end up looking frantically for help, some guidance, a life line…
Because, if you don’t know how to bust through that plateau,
you will start making training decisions that begin to unravel the athlete’s progress
and then things can …
- Start to go backward!
- Get into the athlete’s head & anxiety creeps in
- Get demotivating & the downward spiral picks up speed.
Last night I was talking to the dad of one of my future superstar shot putters about how we want to teach 70m progression training from day one.
Key word there was PROGRESSION.
Ultimately, it should be your goal to want your Throws Training program to clearly produce 200+ ft DT and 70+ft SP….
But, naturally, everyone starts somewhere at the beginning and you build from there.
It’s important, as a coach and as an athlete, that you know how to build a throws training program to hit those goals.
Here’s where the plateau happens…..
Do you have a throws training knowledge base to know how to get a shot putter who has finally hit 50′ to throw 55′ ???
Then 55′ to 60′?
The jump from 60′ to 65′ is no joke…. and it takes even MORE throws coaching skills to get that thrower to reach down and hit throws even bigger.
The point is, if you only have a 50′ shot put knowledge base and a 150′ discus throws knowledge base- then that is what you’ll coach and reach.
I’ve used a metaphor many times at our TCR throws camps that learning the throws is like learning math….
No one starts at trig …. unless you are a complete genius, there’s not a bunch of 7th graders who are banging out the calculus.
You have to master the basics- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division…
then you get punched in the face with fractions – oh, is that just me?
and so on, you get the picture.
Well, throws training is the same… you must master the fundamentals, then move onto the foundational drills and training protocols and progress from there.
As you move up, and your throws are going farther and farther, the coaching gets more specialized, detailed and the adjustments more refined.
Therefore, early in the development cycle, we’ll spend more time on the Basic Training Drills (fundamental drills) –which is a lot of pillar foundational work!
Below is an example of this progression for rotational throws
Let’s call it – CRAWL • WALK • SPRINT
CRAWL: We begin with The TCR Flight School/ Strike School found inside the TCR System