Sprinters Compendium Off and Running!


I am proud to announce the Sprinters Compendium production is off and running. This weekend I was able to send nearly all the coaches/athletes who have agreed to be part of this project the research questions for the book. We have a great number of coaches with diverse backgrounds and strengths. I looking forward to their responses. As you and I both know these coaches are very busy so remember this will take some time. However, if you know some of these athletes or coaches personally tell them how excited you are they have agreed to help! You know a little positive peer pressure is a good thing.

For a reminder these are the coaches and athletes who have agreed to be part of the project:

Håkan Andersson, Ryan Bailey, Andreas Behm, Seth Boomsman, Sean Burris, Bryan Clay, Kim Collins, Mike Cunningham, Derek Evely, Kareem Streete-Thompson, Vern Gambetta, Mike Holloway, Randy Huntington, Mladen Jovanović, Jeremy Knox, Jimson Lee, Marc Mangiacotti, Tamsyn Lewis Manou, Derrick L. Peterson, Christian Taylor, Kebba Tolbert, Ty Sevin, Loren Seagrave, Caryl Smith Gilbert, Pierre-Jean Vazel, Jeremy Fischer, Derrick Brew, Natalia Verkhoshansky, and Dan Pfaff.

I do have a contest going with this blog. In the picture are the majority of the books I am using as reference materials for the Sprinter’s Compendium. The coach or athlete that can name the largest number of books in the picture will get a free copy at the release of the Sprinter’s Compendium.

If you are curious I selected ten of the following questions below to ask each individual coach and athlete. Their task was like the Wooden Project where they had to answer at least five of the ten questions I sent them. If you know someone or are an international level coach/athlete and want to be included in the book please contact me and be ready to answer some of these questions.

1. How do you evaluate an athlete when they first enter your program? How do you evaluate during long prep cycles? What type of testing do you do in the preseason, mid-season, or championship phase? I.E. Workout Load/Event Group

3. What techniques have you successfully used to change to an athlete to a different event/discipline? IE 400 to 800, 100 to long jump, etc.

4. Over your career what is the best concept, idea, training, etc you have adopted to use in training sprinters? Over your career what is the worst concept, idea, training etc. you no longer use to training sprinters?

5. What periodization model do you feel best fits your method of planning an athlete or group’s training and why? Do you use different models at certain points in the season? To subscribe to a long to short, short to long or concurrent method?

6. How do you sequence your training yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily?

7. Please give us a sample micro-cycle (7-14 days) of training from the beginning of the season, the middle of the season, and during your championship meets.

8. What strategies do you employ when planning an athlete’s training in multiple (sometimes very different) events and still get the necessary speed training? What environmental, cultural, and schedule issues effect your planning? How do you handle planning for and/or around those events?

9. How do you actually plan out your season? Do you do start from the beginning and work your way forward? Do you plan your season backward (like USATF manuals)? Do you plan week to week, by feel, or when you see a training effect? Do you maintain a “system” that now gets tweaked from time to time or do you start each year all over again?

10. How do you handle planning for athletes with different training age in your program?

11. What types of training/themes do you emphasis on different days of the week with a Saturday meet? Be event specific. Example: special endurance on Monday, X on Tuesday,…. Etc.

12. What does your individual sprint practices look like and how do your sequence different bio motor abilities in an individual practice?(speed, power, strength, suppleness, work capacity, endurance, etc

13. What tapering strategies do you use to bring your speed athletes to a peak cycle?

14. How do you handle planning when things are not going the way you expected both positively and negatively? I.E. an athlete over performs or under performs?

15. Can you take us through a typical intensity (weight percentage) and rep progression for your weight training programs from off season, preseason, in season, and championship season? What is point of the progression, different emphasis during each stage?

16. What is your most unique lift or drill you use to develop strength? Video links or pictures are welcome!

17. What do you in your strength training to specifically target the posterior chain?

18. Give examples of micro cycles your weight training for general prep, competition, and peaking phase.

19. How has your strength training evolved over your coaching career? What have you adopted when it comes to your strength training over the years and what have you removed? Why did you make these changes?

20. When changing an athlete’s technique many athletes expose themselves to an increased chance of injury. How do you manage the transition to improved skill acquisition while limiting injury?

21. How do you handle taking a successful but technically flawed athlete to the next level even if it means taking some steps backwards before moving forward? For example: jumping shorter or running slower when you know long term the athlete will be better. How do you know when it’s time to mess with a good thing?

22. What are your feelings on more functional training in the weight room and general conditioning circuits? Example single leg squat functionality versus traditional back squats? Follow up, what exercises do you do through the full range of motion to increase joint mobility and functional strength? Do you have a list of skills, drills, or circuits you feel have helped your development as a coach and would you please share examples?

23. How do you teach your athletes track meet like conditions in practice? A la race modeling….. What does that look like in your practice?

24. What do you believe is the hardest skill to acquire that is teachable? How do you attack it in your training?

25. How do you handle recovery in your daily, weekly, and annual planning? How do you handle recovery in between intervals?

25. As you have evolved as a coach what are some of the things you have done or no longer do to reduce injury?

26. Have you ever had an athlete struggle with a mysterious injury or illness that you eventually able to get a handle on? What was the injury or illness and how were you able to help your athlete overcome what they were struggling with?

27. How do you handle the volume in your particular workouts (Day to Day, Week to Week, and types of workouts)? How do you ensure that proper rest is given in a particular workout to obtain the level of rest you are attempting to achieve? is it based on time alone or do you use heart rate monitors or other devices to help provide data to achieve maximum effect?

28. How do you approach biomechanics in your practice? What are drills do you to build the ideal sprint model? When do you place it in practice? How do you periodize these drills or do you do the same all season long? Do you value drills for more than a general warm up?

29. What is your absolute favorite exercise to work power/explosive movements? How is the exercise performed and how does the exercise progress as training progresses through the season?

30. How do you get the athletes to complete a proper drive phase?

31. If you have one unique thing in your sprint program that you do that others don’t what would it be? How do you use? Why do you do it and why do you think other coaches don’t?

Ryan Banta

Ryan Banta

Ryan is a successful high school coach. His athletes have achieved 76 school records, 2 top four finishes at the state championships, 3 district championships, 107 state semi-finalist (sectionals), 63 state qualifiers, 2 state records (3200 and 4x800), 14 national ranked events, 34 all state performances, 8 state champions, 7 runner up performances, and 2 Gatorade athletes of the year. Ryan is a USATF level II coach in the sprints, hurdles, relays, and endurance and recently earned a USTFCCCA track and field technical coaching certification.
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Dad, Husband, Teacher, & Track & Field Coach. Author of Sprinter's Compendium https://t.co/8gOzOSvdEh. Contributor @speedendurance @justflysports
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