Jim Aikens’ Throwing Newsletter

Throws Coaches, A few items that may be of interest to you.

1. Glenbard South is looking for a women’s throws coach. contact Ryan Crissey at ryan_crissey@glenbard.org if you are interested or if you know someone who is interested.
2. Geneva is also looking for a women’s throws coach. contact Gale Gross at ggross@geneva304.org if you are interested or if you know someone who is interested.
3. Don’t forget the ITCCCA clinic is just around the corner.  We have an outstanding group of speakers. Don’t wait to long to get signed up. Follow the links below to find out more about the speakers.

Scott Bennett:Coach Bennett has been coaching the field events for over 40 years. He has coached five Olympians (1 gold medalist), National Champions, Olympic Trial Winners, NCAA Champions and many many more. He has coached on the Division 1 and Division 3 levels as well as the high school level. Coach Bennett has a masters degree in Bio Mechanics which along with his trained eye to identify technical movements has enabled him to be a very successful Field Events Coach. Coach Bennett coached Olympian Andy Bloom who threw over 71 feet in the shot put and over 224 feet in the discus. He also coached one of the United States greatest female discus throwers Olympian Aretha Thurmond-Hill. Most recently Coach Bennett has worked with Curt Jensen who threw over 70 in the shot put in 2018 and coached Tim Glover over 84 meters in the javelin. Coach Bennett’s college athletes have included 7 men over 60 feet and 2 women over 57 feet as well as many other successful throwers. Coach Bennett has spoken at multiple state track clinics including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and several others. He has also spoken at multiple National Throws Coaches Associations Clinics along with presenting at the USATF development camps.. Coach Bennett has the unique ability to easily identify technical faults and can correct those faults with a simplified drill based approach.

4. The A-Z Throws Clinic is coming up on January 27th. This is a unique ‘Learn-By-Doing” format that will really benefit your kids.  We have a number of coaches who will be working with your athletes. In most cases the athlete to coach ratio is 4 or 5 athletes to one coach.  Follow the link below to sign up or for more information.
Have a great holiday and lets get ready for another great season of the throws!
Jim Aikens
Burlington Central H.S.
Throws Coach

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