Category Archives: Webinar

“Approximately Three essential Discus Drills” webinar now on Youtube

Thanks much to Kip Gasper and Cody Foerch of Deerfield (IL) High School for presenting their favorite discus drills in yesterday’s webinar! If you missed it, or if you’d like to review some of those drills, the webinar has now been posted to Youtube and can be found here.

We hope that spending an hour focused on the sport we love was therapeutic to everyone who joined us, and we will do our best to get some more webinars lined up to try to help fill the void.

Follow us on Twitter (@McthrowsDotcom), Instagram (@djmcquaid) and Facebook (Mcthrows.com) for info on upcoming presentations.

Until then, stay healthy and hang in there!

Free Webinar on Sunday, March 15: “Approximately 3 Essential Discus Drills”

If you coach the throws, something tells me you have some time on your hands right now. What better way to fill the void than to log on to a free webinar where you can pick up some tips on teaching discus technique and maybe commiserate a bit with other folks in your shoes?

Kip Gasper and Cody Foerch of Deerfield (IL) High School will be the presenters. You may remember those gents from last year’s “Rotational Shot Putting the Deerfield High School Way.” They’ve built a fantastic throws program at Deerfield and are ready to share some of their favorite discus drills this time around.

Participants will be able to submit questions throughout the presentation, which will begin at 12:00 CST. Register here to join us.

Throws Webinars on Youtube to help you prepare for the season

If you are ready to start planning for the 2019 track season, there is no better place to begin than with our 2018 series of throws webinars currently available on Youtube.

Roger Einbecker’s presentation on discus technique covers all the basics for that event.

Jim Aikens and Sean Foulkes detail the methods they used to construct outstanding high school throws programs.

Dan McQuaid digs into glide shot basics, for those not ready to fully commit to the spin.

If you are all about the rotational method, we have two outstanding presentations for you. In the first, Kent State throws coach Nathan Fanger examines the technique of his most successful putter, Danniel Thomas Dodd, silver medalist at the 2018 Indoor Worlds.

Our second rotational shot webinar features Illinois State University throws coach Jeff Rebholz. Jeff details the throws progression he puts his spinners through during a typical practice.

In addition to these presentations, which are available free on Youtube, we have a webinar from German national discus coach Torsten Lonnfors available on coachtube for $30.00. Torsten’s presentation details the German approach to youth discus training.

Feel free to give these webinars a look, and stay tuned for more presentations by top coaches this winter and spring.

 

Coach Nathan Fanger webinar now on Youtube

Coach Nathan Fanger of Kent State University spent an hour with us this past Thursday breaking down the rotational shot put technique of Danniel Thomas-Dodd, the 2017 NCAA champion and 2018 Indoor World silver-medalist.

It was a fantastic presentation.

I have spent twenty-seven years obsessively tinkering with how best to coach the rotational shot, and I learned a bunch from Coach Fanger’s analysis of Danniel’s form.

His approach with Danniel is very different from anything I’ve tried over the years, and I can’t wait to work on some of his concepts with my athletes.

Those attending the webinar live were able to get their questions answered directly by Coach Fanger. You won’t be able to do that, but if you are at all interested in the rotational shot, I think you’ll love the video of his talk. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POhbm1pgVec&t=6s

 

Free Rotational Shot Put Webinar with Coach Nathan Fanger

McThrows.com is extremely jacked to present a free webinar on rotational shot put technique with Nathan Fanger, the long time throws coach at Kent State University.

This webinar will take place on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm Central Standard time.  You can register here.

During his time at Kent State, Coach Fanger’s throwers have won fifty Mid American Conference titles.  Thirty-three of Nathan’s throwers have qualified for the NCAA Championships, with fourteen finishing as All-Americans including Reggie Jagers (who last month won the USATF title in the discus) and Danniel Thomas-Dodd, 2017 NCAA shot put champion, 2018 Indoor World Championships silver medalist, and 2018 Commonwealth Games champion.

In this webinar, Coach Fanger will break down Thomas-Dodd’s rotational shot put technique, which is quite a bit different than the standard American approach to rotational throwing.

A year ago, I interviewed Nathan on this topic, and his explanation of Danniel’s technique was really interesting. You can find that interview here.

This webinar will be a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the technique of a world class thrower. Participants may submit questions to Nathan throughout the presentation. Whether you coach beginning or advanced throwers, I think you’ll find this to be fascinating discussion.

 

Jim Aikens to host free webinar on coaching the high school thrower

Jim Aikens spent thirty years building a top notch throwing program at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, and has now undertaken the challenge of starting from scratch at Burlington  Central High School.

This has caused Jim to re-examine his approach to developing  throwers. Which drills, for example, will work best for athletes with no experience at learning the rotational shot put? How should a coach divide his practice time among throwing, drilling, and lifting when his athletes need tons of work in each of those areas?

We invite you to join us as Jim discusses these matters and more in a webinar titled “Coaching the High School Thrower: Drills, Skills, and other fun stuff.”

This live webinar will take place on Sunday, March 11 at noon Central Standard Time. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout Jim’s presentation. Registration is free. Follow this link to sign up.

Develop young discus throwers the German way: Upcoming webinar with Torsten Schmidt

Since 1992, the first Olympics after German reunification, Germany has produced a remarkable number of discus medalists at the Olympics and World Championships.

I don’t mean to insult the USA, and things are looking up for us after Mason Finley’s bronze-medal performance in London last summer, but take a look at these numbers:

Olympic  and World Championship Discus medals since 1992

German Men: 20  (10 gold)

US Men: 2  (1 gold)

German Women: 7  (4 gold)

US Women: 1 (1 gold)

These numbers illustrate what a great job the Germans have done in developing discus talent, and on Saturday, December 9th, at noon Central Standard Time, German Federation coach (and former Olympian) Torsten Schmidt will offer insights into how Germany has consistently produced excellent discus throwers.

This webinar will cost $30 and last from 90-120 minutes. Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout the presentation.

To register, follow these two steps.

  1. Follow this link to pay $30 on Paypal.
  2. Follow this link to register for the webinar.

Once both steps are completed, you will receive an email invite to the webinar.

This webinar will be limited to the first 100 registrants.

Unlike our previous webinars, a recording of this one will not be posted to Youtube.

 

 

 

Torsten Schmidt Webinar “German Discus Training for Young Throwers” to be presented December 9th

Torsten Schmidt, the coach of Rio Olympic gold medalist Chris Harting, will present a webinar on  “German Discus Training for Young Throwers” on Saturday, December 9th at noon Central Standard Time.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to get an inside look into the system which has produced many World Championship and Olympic medalists.

Torsten’s presentation will focus on the training of discus throwers under the age of twenty.

Here is an outline of the topics he will cover:

  1. German Support Systems for Young Athletes

     sports school

     sports clubs

     Olympic support center

     the role of the German federation

2. Long Term Education Concepts

3. Possibilities for Training During Youth/School Years

4. Planning a Season for Youth Athletes

     main training resources

     build-up, progression, shaping

     condition training

5. My Philosophy on Youth Training

     general training

     weight lifting/special strength training

     training technique/motor learning

6. My Personal Coaching Principles

7. Questions/Discussion

After making the discus final at the 2004 Olympics, Torsten transitioned to coaching and gained valuable experience mentoring young throwers at the Federation Training Center in Neubrandenburg. While there, he helped develop  outstanding young athletes  such as Anna Ruh, Patrick Muller, and Henning and Clemens Prufer,

For the past several years he has been based in the Federal Training Center in Berlin. In 2016, he coached Robert Harting, Julia Fischer Harting, and Chris Harting to the Rio Olympics where Chris won the gold medal.

The cost for this webinar is $30.  Attendees will be able to submit questions throughout Torsten’s presentation. This webinar (the presentation and the Q&A segment) will last somewhere around 90-120 minutes.

Unlike our previous webinars, a video of Torsten’s presentation will not be posted to Youtube.

Registration for this webinar requires two parts. First, fill out this registration form.

Next, use this link to pay the registration fee on Paypal.

You will then receive an email invitation to attend the webinar. This invitation will be sent by December 1st.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact Dan McQuaid at daniel.mcquaid@cusd200.org

 

Sean Foulkes webinar on building a great throws program now available on Youtube

Much thanks to Sean Foulkes of Portage Northern High School in Michigan for sharing the methods he has used to build a robust high school throws program. Sean detailed his program philosophy, his recruiting techniques, and his ideas about organizing effective practices.

Here is a video of Sean’s presentation:

Stay tuned for more webinars. We’ve got some great ones in the works that will help coaches prepare for the upcoming season.

Coach Sean Foulkes on How to Build a Great Throwing Program

When Sean Foulkes came to Portage Northern High School, he inherited fewer than ten throwers. Last year, he had forty. He built his program partly by reaching out to the local middle school to help them build their program, and partly by creating a great sense of identity and family among the throwers at Portage Northern.

Sean is excited to share the concepts he has developed through ten years of trial and error, concepts that have allowed him not only to attract a large number of throwers, but to then train them effectively.

If you are a new coach at the high school level, join us to find out how to create and manage a thriving throws program. If you are a veteran coach, join us to get some fresh ideas to help boost participation and performance for your team.

Sean will present on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm Central time.

There is no charge for this webinar.

You may register here:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cCfl0XWXQl2x5j2JdzprjA