The old adage ‘you play like you train’ is never truer than when applied to athletics.
Think about it: every other sport your kids are involved in requires them to turn up at least once a week for practice, so that they’ll be up to the challenge come Saturday/Sunday morning games. Running, jumping and throwing are no different—the more you put in on the training track, the better you’ll perform on match day.
At BLAC, we’re all about personal development and enjoyment. We invite your athletes to come down to Dendy Park during the week to receive top quality coaching from experienced coaches and pro athletes. We’re really ramping up the coaching and training this season and we’re hoping to boost the number of athletes attending.
We also want to dispel the myth about who training is for: It is for anyone who wants to develop their technique in a particular event(s). It’s not just for the fastest, or strongest, or highest/longest jumpers. We want to encourage participation and improvement.
Training days are also a vital part of building camaraderie and team spirit among athletes. Athletics is for the most part an individual pursuit. By attending training midweek, your athlete will have a great opportunity to forge new friendships whilst pushing each other to greater heights at the same time.
So coaching at BLAC 63…check out the below for all the fast facts.
What coaching is available?
We have Coaches who cover all the different types of athletic events that your athlete/s will participate in during a competition day. This means Throws (discuss, shot put etc), Sprints
(70m – 200m), Distance (400m+), Hurdles (all distances) and Jumps (high, long and triple!).
We also have extra-curricular coaching in every discipline throughout the week or booked by appointment. See below for a full list of our expert coaching staff, their contact details and training sessions.
When & where is coaching?
Coaching is provided at the top oval at Dendy Park – our usual competition location during summer.
Field Training: Tuesday 5:30 – 7pm *
Tuesday is field day, with training from 5.30pm onwards.
*Throws start at 5.30pm and Long Jump / Triple Jump / High jump starts at 6pm to allow for cross discipline training for those who want it in the one session.
We have experienced coaches (Jack & Damian on Throws, Gabi on High Jump and Brett on LJ/TJ) running sessions for throwing events—discuss, shot put and javelin—as well as jumps—long, triple and high.
Track Training: Thursday 5:30 – 7pm*
Thursday is track day, with training for sprints starting at 5.30pm and *hurdles at 6pm sharp. Stay tuned for details about distance training as well!
Relay Training: Sunday 4:30 – 6pm
Sunday afternoons are for relay training. As many of you will know, BLAC is an active participant in regional and state relay championships and we have a proud history of sending many teams and snaring some excellent results with our relay teams. BLAC veteran Cameron Tampion is heading our relay training and will be running sessions on Sunday afternoons from mid-October. Stay tuned for details about when training starts.
We need more coaches and parent participation!
Whilst we have an excellent array of experienced coaches across most events, we are always keen to get more people on board. All parents are encouraged to support the athletes on competition days. The most important attributes we’re looking for are enthusiasm and commitment (a bit of kid-wrangling comes in handy too!). But if you really want to develop your own coaching skills, we can arrange for you to attend an Introduction to Coaching Course (ITCC), which Little Athletics Victoria schedules regularly during the season. We’ll even pay for you to become a coach!
If you’re interested in getting involved in coaching, please contact BLAC coaching director David Saunders at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See below for further details about the Introduction to Coaching Course.
INTRODUCTION TO COACHING COURSE - ITCC
Take your first step into basic athletics skills coaching.
All practical .... No exam .... No previous experience necessary!
If you want to learn more about athletics for kids, then the ITCC is for you!
The ITCC is designed to help participants become better placed to assist children to perform basic athletic skills. The course is great for parents, school teachers and other interested persons who want to know a little more about the skills of the sport so that they may help to coach children of Primary school age, assist at Little Athletics Centres or prepare students for a school athletics carnival. Participants will be shown skills, drills, games and activities relevant to the target age group.
The ITCC is a non accredited practical coaching course designed for Little Athletics and conducted on behalf of the Australian Track and Field Coaching Association (ATFCA).
At the conclusion of the course the participant will, for the target age group:
- Better understand an appropriate working model for each Little Athletics event
- Have a greater knowledge of appropriate drills, skills, games and activities for particular event groups
- Identify some of the more common technical faults of events
- Have a basic understanding of a simple coaching session
- Better understand how to organise a group safely
1 Day course - 6.5 hours duration - approx. 8.45am to 3.20pm
Participants need to be minimum of 16 years of age at the time of the course.