Track - Boys JV
2013 Boys JV Track & Field
The upper school track and field program pushes our athletes to push themselves. As a sport based on individual competition, it is necessary for the athlete to work from a high level of self-motivation. We will help them to find gratification in hard work, dedication and perseverance. Building from the foundation provided at the middle school level, we will introduce more technical skills in an attempt to help the athletes fine-tune their technique.
We will spend time perfecting the run through. Developing a consistent approach is essential in the jumps. Building our speed in a deliberate effort as we approach take-off. The penultimate step will be discussed along with proper body positioning before, during and after the jump. Landings will become more important as we try to gain the most from each jump.
As with the long jump, we will spend time perfecting the run through. Developing a consistent approach is essential in the jumps. Building our speed in a deliberate effort as we approach take-off. We will work on driving the knees out and holding between phases along with blocking with the arms. Again, landings will become more important as we try to gain the most from each jump.
We will work on the angle of our plant foot, driving with our hands and blocking with our arm. A consistent approach will be crucial, as will our timing and positioning in the air.
The athletes will work on their approach, counting their steps as they lower the pole into the box. The plant is the most important part of the vault and we will focus on driving with the knee and locking our arms out. When we are in the air, we will work on bending at the shoulders as we pull and turn.
The glide approach with be discussed and its ability to help transfer momentum. Our athletes will learn the concept of working from proximal to distal along with the importance of leading with their hips.
The spin will be implemented as a way to generate a greater centrifugal force. As with the shot, we will discus the concepts of proximal to distal release.
The power side of sprints will become more of a focus in high school. We will work on building speed from powerful starts. The phases of a run will be broken down so the runner can plan for the finish and be able to maintain speed for a greater distance.
Trail leg follow through and spending the least amount of time in the air will be the focus of hurdles as the competition increases. We will work on the three steps between hurdles keeping the feet low and fast. An attacking mentality will be essential in these events.
We want to be able to make a blind hand-off. This will require practice and concentration from both athletes in the exchange zone. We will work on our start position leading into the exchange and the athlete will understand the importance of shortening and lengthening zones
Having a strong base to build from will be key at the high school level. Mileage per week will need to increase as well as pace. Nutrition and the importance of a proper diet will be a specific factor relevant to our distance runners. Finishing will need to be strong as the pace and stride change at the end of the race.