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Nerds of Throwing, assemble! ITCCCA presents the best clinic ever!

The 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic begins on Thursday, March 18th, and for throws aficionados, rarely will life be better.

Want to learn about the glide shot from someone raised in the system that perfected it? On Saturday, March 20th, Germany’s René Sack will break down the glide technique and show you the drills you’ll need to help your athletes master it.

Want to learn about discus throwing? One of American’s discus greats, Suzy Powell-Roos will open the clinic on Thursday at 6:00pm CST will the full treatment–a technical overview including all-important drills.

Andy Bloom and Scott Bennett will provide their take on the discus on Friday, March 19th at 7:40pm CST, as will…

…Maggie Ewen as part of her Sunday presentation “The Shot and Discus Journey of Maggie Ewen.”

That’s not enough for you? How about the most successful discus coach of all time…

…Vésteinn Hafsteinsson? On Sunday, March 21st at 10:40am CST, Vésteinn will present a comparison of the techniques of Daniel Stahl, Fedrick Dacres and Andrius Gudzius. Vésteinn will also compare the rotational shot styles of Maggie Ewen, Fanny Roos, and Anita Marton. Speaking of rotational shot, Andy and Scott will give us their version on Thursday at 7:40pm CST, and on Friday at 6:00pm CST…

…Jeff Rebholz of Illinois State University will detail his approach to converting a glider into an outstanding spinner.

Maggie will also discus rotational shot technique as part of her Sunday talk, and on Saturday, March 20th at 9:00am, she will expound on physical training (lifting etc…) for young throwers.

All of these presentations will be live, with the opportunity to submit questions throughout.

ALSO: ATTENDEES WILL HAVE ACCESS TO VIDEO REPLAYS OF THESE PRESENTATIONS FOR THREE WEEKS.

Register now!

Vésteinn Hafsteinsson to present at the 2021 Virtual Clinic

Vésteinn Hafsteinsson is the most successful discus coach in the history of the sport. Under his guidance, Gerd Kanter won gold at the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympics. Daniel Ståhl became his second World Champion in Doha in 2019. Vésteinn also coached shot putter Joachim Olsen to a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, and currently trains Sweden’s Fanny Roos, the 2021 European Indoor shot put silver medalist.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the sport’s greatest coaches when he presents at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic on Sunday, March 21st at 10:40am CST.

Vésteinn will discuss technical variations among several world class putters and discus throwers as a way of illustrating sound fundamentals. Attendees of this live presentation will be able to submit questions throughout, and will have access–for a limited time–to a video replay.

The 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic will begin on Thursday, March 18th with sessions by Suzy Powell-Roos, Andy Bloom and Scott Bennett. Friday’s sessions will feature Jeff Rebholz of Illinois State University and a second presentation by Andy and Scott.

The weekend speakers will be Maggie Ewen, Rene Sack, and Vésteinn.

We hope you join us next week for one of the best throws lineups ever put together!

Suzy Powell-Roos to present at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic

Suzy Powell is one of the most decorated female discus throwers in American history.  She is a 3x Olympian and former American record-holder with a PR of 69.44m/227’9.”  A product of the great UCLA throwing program, Suzy has been ranked among the top 10 discus throwers in the world numerous times.  Currently she coaches throws at Modesto Junior College in Modesto California.

Suzy will present at this year’s ITCCCA Virtual Clinic on Thursday, March 18th at 6:00pm CST. Suzy’s talk is titled, “Throw Like a Girl—A systematic approach to learning and coaching the discus throw.”

Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout this live presentation and will also–for a limited time–have access to a video replay via Coachtube.

Don’t miss what promises to be a great session with one of the best discus throwers this country has produced!

Andy Bloom and Scott Bennett to Present at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic

That man is jacked up, and you will be too when you check out the lineup at this year’s ITCCCA Virtual Clinic.

Olympian (and one of the greatest shot/disc combo throwers in history) Andy Bloom will join the man who coached him to throwing greatness, Scott Bennett, for two sessions at this year’s clinic.

On Thursday, March 18th at 7:40pm CST, Andy and Scott will reveal their insights into rotational shot putting.

They will return on Friday, March 19th, also at 7:40pm CST to discuss discus technique.

Each session will feature substantial use of video to illustrate drills and technical points. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout these live presentations and will also–for a limited time–enjoy access to a video replay via Coachtube.

Register now!

Illinois State University throws coach Jeff Rebholz to present at the 2021 ITCCCA virtual clinic

Jeff Rebholz, the outstanding throws coach at Illinois State University, will present at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Throws Clinic. Jeff’s session will take place on Friday, March 19th at 6:00pm CST.

Jeff will speak on rotational shot putting technique. His primary focus will be explaining the methods he uses to to transition a putter from the glide to rotational technique.

Jeff’s session will provide valuable insight for coaches at any level who want to teach sound technique to an athlete new to the rotational style.

Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout this live presentation, and will be given access–for a limited time–to a video replay on Coachtube.

Register now!

Maggie Ewen to present at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic

Maggie Ewen, arguably the greatest thrower in NCAA history (she won, over the course of her career, the shot, disc, and hammer) and fresh off a PB shot put toss of 19.54m, will present at this year’s ITCCCA Virtual Clinic.

On Saturday, March 20th at 9:00am CST, Maggie will discuss “Physical Preparation for the Throws.” In that talk, Maggie will describe the methods she used in high school and beyond to build the power output necessary to make an implement go far.

On Sunday, March 21st, also at 9:00am, Maggie will present on her “Shot Put and Discus Journey.” In this session, she will examine her technique development over the years in each event.

Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout these live presentations, and will also–for a limited time–have access to a replay on Coachtube.

Register now!

René Sack to present on Glide Shot put Technique at the 2021 ITCCCA Virtual Clinic

The glide shot put lives! At last week’s European Indoor Championships, four of the top six finishers were gliders, including Germany’s Sara Gambetta. This year’s virtual ITCCCA clinic will feature Sara’s coach, René Sack, himself a former world class glider.

Nobody knows glide shot putting like the Germans, and this is a unique opportunity to learn from a coach who knows the German approach to the glide inside and out.

René will present on Saturday, March 20th at 10:40am CST. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout this live production, and will also have access to a recorded version on Coachtube for a limited time.

Speaking of Coachtube, you can currently purchase a talk the René gave last summer on the discus. That presentation may be found here.

Three McThrows.com Presentations Available on Coachtube

Presentations by three of the best throws coaches in the world are now available for purchase on Coachtube.

In one, René Sack, German women’s national discus coach, breaks down the form of multiple Euro Champs medalist Shanice Craft and multiple World Champs medalist Nadine Müller. René is fantastic coach, and this is a rare chance to hear his insights into the art of discus throwing.

You will find René’s presentation here.

Next up, we have Mike Barber, coach of javelin World Champ Kelsey-Lee Barber. Using video and still images, Mike examines Kelsey’s technique and discusses various aspects of training a javelin thrower.

Mike’s presentation is here.

Finally, we have a special presentation by German men’s national discus coach Torsten Lönnfors titled, “Youth Discus Training in the German Athletics Federation.”

In this lecture, Torsten, the coach of 2016 Olympic champ Chris Harting, explains the process used by the German federation to produce an unparalleled string of successful discus throwers. You may find Torsten’s presentation here.

René Sack Discus webinar now on Coachtube

René Sack, the German national women’s discus coach, recently appeared on a Mcthrows.com webinar to share some thoughts on the fine art of discus throwing. René broke down video of two of his top throwers, World Championship medalist Nadine Müller and European Championship medalist Shanice Craft, and answered questions about technique and training.

That webinar is now available on Coachtube.

The Germans do the discus better than anybody, and coaches at all levels will find René’s insights to be very useful. Don’t miss this chance to improve your understanding of the event!

“Rotational Throwing” with Andy Bloom and Coach Scott Bennett now on Youtube

On June 20th, one of America’s best ever shot/disc throwers Andy Bloom, and his coach Scott Bennett joined us on a Mcthrows.com webinar titled “Rotational Throwing.”

The guys broke down video of some of Andy’s best throws and revealed the technical concepts that allowed him to reach PB’s of 21.82m and 68.46m.

It was a fun and informative chat! You may access it here.