This guy is a LEGEND. People thought he would take down world records left and right. As a sophomore in high school he ran a 45.14 in the 400. He never made it to college never made it to the olympics and never broke any world records. Injuries, burnout, other distractions cost him. He peaked way too soon. Want to see how amazing he was here is the 1995 California state meet 4 by4. He gets the baton in second place a good 20-25 meters back of a 48 second 400 runner
skip to 2:40 for his leg.
Why am I showing you this? Just to say it is important to develop a good training base. You have plenty of time to accomplish big goals, don't be in a hurry to skip the basic steps in order to do more advanced work. This is why squats are still a big part of our program, hurdle mobility, crawling, things that seem simple and easy they are important. Vern Gambetta likes to say "Don't forget about the 98% to get that last 2%" When I see long jumpers trying to hitchkick when they don't even know how to run it makes me think of this. So yes we have a basic program but it suits us fine.
This is why I enjoy it when I hear you guys are doing other sports, I want all my athletes playing other sports. It gives you a nice wide base of training, wait til college to peak (or later). I wish other coaches saw things this way as well. (looking at you soccer coaches, year around club teams) There is just a more is better mentality that I think is harmful for the athletes both physically and mentally. See you tomorrow - Coach Mike