Throwers News by Jim Aikens

Throws coaches below are some upcoming clinics:


1.    Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association clinic (ITCCCA) on January 13th in the PM &  January 14th.Mike Turk from University of Illinois & Gia Smallwood (US American record holder in the discus) are featured speakers Friday night along with Matt Martin from Edwardsville. On Saturday Mac Wilkins is doing sessions on discus, shot and training. Matt is also speaking again on Saturday.  Its going to be a great clinic with a lot of good info. For more information go to:

2.    Throws Coaches & Athletes, many of you have been asking me about this years A-Z Clinic. The A-Z Throwers Learn-By-Doing clinic has been going strong for well over a decade now.  Sunday January 22nd from 9 – 3 pm is when this year’s edition will take place at Harper College in Palatine, IL.  We look forward to seeing you and your throwers there.  As always we have a very low athlete to coach ratio (usually 4 athletes to 1 coach).  Some of the best throws coaches in Illinois are coming to help work the clinic this year.  Also, this year we have online registration which should make signing up for the clinic much easier.  See the attached flyer for complete information (athletes must fill out the waiver and bring it with them). Please spread the word.


3.    Dupage Track Club is having a throws clinic on Thursday 12/29 (shot put) and on Friday 12/30 (Discus/weights).  As all of you know the throws coaches there do a great job. This clinic is for coaches or athletes.  For more information go to:

4.    This weekend is the “Gold Medal Throwers Camp” sponsored by the National Throws Coaches Association. This camp is held in Portage, Indiana at Portage high school’s excellent indoor facility. There are some great coaches working this clinic as well. This clinic is for athletes and coaches. For more information go to:

First edition of throws news you can use!  by Jim Aikens

1.      Throws Coach is needed for the girl’s program at Barrington H.S. Contact Jody Gitelis at if you are interested in this position.

2.      Throws Coach is needed for the boy’s program at Hinsdale Central H.S. Contact Noah Lawrence if you are interested.

3.      This Coming Sunday December 4th there is a Learn-By-Doing clinic at Wheaton North H.S. from 12-3 pm. See attached flyer if interested.

4.      Saturday December 17th & Sunday December 18th there is a Learn-By-Doing clinic at Portage H.S. in Portage, IN. click on this link for information on the clinic.

5.      Sunday January 22nd is the A-Z Learn –By- Doing Throws Clinic at Harper College in Palatine, IL.  I think we have been doing this clinic for 15 years now. We have had some great kids come to this event. Contact me or Renee Zellner at for more information.

6.      Finally, I save the best for last! The ITCCCA Coaches clinic is coming up quickly! It is on Friday evening, January 13th & Saturday January, 14th. We have a great throws line up.

*Friday: Mike Turk & Gia Smallwood (US Record Holder in the Discus) will be presenting on the Discus and also Training the H.S. athlete for the Throws. I have talked with Mike regarding these presentations & I think they are going have some really good stuff!

*Saturday: Mac Wilkins  Throws legend and the former Olympic & world record holder as well as an accomplished national throws coach will be speaking on the Discus, Shot & Training.

Matt Martin: Edwardsville H.S.: Matt will be speaking on what he does with his throws program at Edwardsville H.S. Last year Matt coached the boys state record holder in the discus and # 2 thrower in the country.

I lied, one more thing. Tom Pukstys, Olympic Javelin thrower has some openings for private coaching if anyone is interested. See below.

Shot-put and Discus training with Tom Pukstys, 2012 US Olympic Throws Coach

Sundays: 6pm to 8pm

Where: Palos Courts facility 12221 S. Ridgeland Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463

Cost: $30

Open to all levels.

Please confirm attendance with Coach Tom at

Please let me know what else I can help you guys with. The goal is to make all of our kids throw far & raise the bar for the throwing events in Illinois.

Jim Aikens

Gold Medal Winter Throws Camp

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Throws Camp Website

Athletes and Coaches,
Letting you know about a great opportunity for your staff members and athletes to further their skills this winter.  The National Throws Coaches is sponsoring the Gold Medal Winter Throws Camp in Portage, IN on December 17th and December 18th.   Over 11 hours of teaching by Elite Throws Instructors on the shot and discus! Learn By Doing, Lecture, Video Instruction, and Demonstrations are included! Available to the first forty athletes that sign up, camp promises to be a tremendous assist to help build your throws program.

For more information:

Click Here:Camp Website