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    Wickets/Mini Hurdles

    Can someone explain the phenomenon behind using "Wickets, Mini Hurdles," whatever the heck you wanna call them!! I already know Charlie would say about this (Coach Angie answered this awhile ago).. It's like everybody thinks their a necessity for developing sprinters/speed

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    People love to purchase stuff to "make" them fast.

    So and so did wickets everyday for x number of years and ran 10 flat.

    Or I saw so and so on You Tube so therefor it works.

    How does it actually work that seeing edited clips of anyone online training and you think you know what they are doing because you see a video.

    We are living in a time of complete orchestrated reality and people actually believe it.

    Worse still, this information might be disregarded because it's old school.

    Tell me please the new and improved way for speed training.

    Hard work and consistency and building a good relationship with a coach with trust does not sell books or websites so much. It's boring.

    And who wants to see the truth? That too isn't as sexy as buying and video taping the unwrapping process of new stuff. LOL

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    Coach!!! I'm gonna need for you to say this louder for the people in the back.. Just in case they didn't hear you clearly!!!

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    People love to purchase stuff to "make" them fast.

    So and so did wickets everyday for x number of years and ran 10 flat.

    Or I saw so and so on You Tube so therefor it works.

    How does it actually work that seeing edited clips of anyone online training and you think you know what they are doing because you see a video.

    We are living in a time of complete orchestrated reality and people actually believe it.

    Worse still, this information might be disregarded because it's old school.

    Tell me please the new and improved way for speed training.

    Hard work and consistency and building a good relationship with a coach with trust does not sell books or websites so much. It's boring.

    And who wants to see the truth? That too isn't as sexy as buying and video taping the unwrapping process of new stuff. LOL

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    I put the text in bold to mimic yelling. I hope people hear it.

    Charlie never yelled as his style of coaching. He loved coaching. He found it invigorating and enjoyable and if and when he was frustrated he expressed frustration but did not take it out on his athletes.

    Angella Issajenko or Ben Johnson or Cheryl Thibideau may share their snap shot experiences into how Charlie coached.

    Charlie used to tell me it’s common to spend most of your time repeating yourself constantly about those things you know for sure. I’ve found this to be true. On occasion you coach a super student…A person who is as keen about training and learning as you are about coaching.

    Athlete’s do not always understand the big picture and therefor are not willing to be patient. “ I want to be fast now and why can’t I be or why can’t that happen?”

    Some athletes go with the program and some will fight you every step of the way.

    If only coaching were about one magic command each day but it’s not. Nothing worthwhile has ever been like this for me in life. The most interesting and the most gratifying experiences in my life have taught me the most and been about patience.

    My personal style of coaching has been to be as open and honest and willing to find ways to teach what I believe I know. I’m prepared to be wrong only on things I may not be sure about. I’ve seen how Charlie operated and he was constantly willing to be wrong. To this day he was not wrong about too much. It was a very annoying fact about him but it was an awesome thing to be apart of. We were both always learning. It’s difficult to learn if you know everything as a coach or an athlete.

    I was taught this style and it has been derived from passion. Almost always I get the best from those I work with. I pour my heart and soul into what I do and I try not to look back.

    They say most people learn from seeing and doing. 75% or more. Take a look as it might help you learn something about yourself and your coaching. https://velvetchainsaw.com/2012/03/0...-so-important/

    Coaching can be and is a powerful tool of influence.

    Let’s not abuse this power. Thank you for your comments and interest.

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    On the subject of pointless drills
    https://twitter.com/i/status/1058089334060941312

    This is probably more useful
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=122jTAEsEOk

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    I love this drill and how senseless it is. What the heck are they trying to do? I think we could replicate this drill but add into it how to make a roasted chicken with chicken gravy at the same time and while we are at it let's learn how to make Jamaican style dumplings too? Why not?

    Oldbloke you do remember Charlie loved Monty Python? I love that clip not because I loved MP. I actually hated it and thought it was stupid but it grew on me and now watching it makes me chuckle.

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    Old blokes comment on pointless drills brings to mind a rant I have in my head often these days.

    Well meaning coaches I am sure wanting to make their mark? Wanting to make a living? Both? I get it.

    Maybe using athletes as our test kitchen is not the way?

    Social media and fb and twitter and instagram are really cool no way around that. But when did all of this replace solid ideas and method and replication of the things we know for sure.

    Technology has replaced and enhanced and made some things in training more efficient but skipping steps with proper drills that break down the running style aren't ever going to get old......, unless we find a way to program neurological results of sprinting into the brains of pre selected genetic off spring of former Olympic Champions ( as one example). And if we are going to go there it's not even difficult to image as our Argentinian neighbors have for years been cloning their top race horses for a few decades now. Horse racing technology as many of you already know has been the source of many track and field specialists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela Coon View Post
    I love this drill and how senseless it is. What the heck are they trying to do? I think we could replicate this drill but add into it how to make a roasted chicken with chicken gravy at the same time and while we are at it let's learn how to make Jamaican style dumplings too? Why not?

    Oldbloke you do remember Charlie loved Monty Python? I love that clip not because I loved MP. I actually hated it and thought it was stupid but it grew on me and now watching it makes me chuckle.
    When I was 14 I thought MP was juvenile, aged 40 I thought it was funny. Figure that one out.

    The drill triggered an MP moment when I realised the athlete was holding the bar across her shoulders, I thought why not a piano ...?

    By coincidence saw another video of these guys using wickets. Wonder why the wickets were the same distance apart for all athletes, however tall. And how useful it must be to train your motor skills to look down when sprinting to avoid tripping over obstacles. Never had to dodge stuff when running on the track myself but I guess its a useful skill.

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    I guess we will let the results speak for themselves?

    We think so differently when we are 40 years old than when we are 14 and then there are some who don't think and never will.

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