Meeting Your Expectations
At the beginning of the fall semester, I gave each of my throwers a jar full of marbles and two notecards. The jar contained 24 marbles. Each marble represents a week of the season. The last marble to be pulled out of the jar a week before our outdoor conference championships.
Essentially each week we either move ourselves closer or farther away from our goals. That is where the note cards come into play. On one note card I asked each thrower to share their goals for the upcoming season - what they wanted to accomplish and why it was important to them.
I’m writing this article on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
Our fall semester went relatively quickly. Our throwers competed in two meets, and overall competed very well. We did throw through some growing pains, but unfortunately I think that can be expected from time to time. And not from new throwers, but from experienced throwers as well.
Meeting Your Expectations
When one experiences set-backs like this, in my humble opinion it comes down to expectations.
What were you expecting was going to happen? Did your work and effort leading up to the meet warrant those expectations?
Those were two questions I asked a couple of my throwers after our first indoor meet.
What were you expecting was going to happen? This question often comes with an unequivocal look of disbelief. I can’t believe coach just asked me that question. Of course I expected to throw far. When I get that response, I follow up with this.
Did your work and effort leading up to the meet warrant those expectations? Now I’m making them think a little bit. As a coach you need to know your audience and in this case your athlete. I feel comfortable asking these types of questions because we spend time discussing these topics during the season (before practice, during practice, after practice).
I am a HUGE proponent of being a reflective thrower. In this instance, journaling and keeping a detailed journal adds support (to either the coach or thrower) when a discussion about work and effort comes into play. When I’m presented with a blank journal with a blank look that accompanies it, I have come to realize that 99% of throwers will look back on the semester and really think about it. That other 1% doesn’t, and when presented with ideas about training they really don’t have much to discuss or care to discuss.
When reflecting back on the fall semester, it is ok if you didn’t meet your own expectations. I understand. Life happens is the response I’ve grown to hear most often the past few years I’ve coached. Make life happen for you.
With about 19 weeks left of the season, there is plenty of time to make life happen for you. How will you reorganize your priorities so you aren’t sitting at the conference meet in May and thinking about what I should have done differently? You can put a lot of pieces in place NOW to ensure your spring semester lives up to your expectations.
Fall 2021 Semester Thoughts
And just like that, the fall semester has come to a close. Our athletes have returned home for a much deserved and needed break. As coaches we plan and plan and plan for a semester and in the blink of an eye it is over.
In all honesty I wasn’t sure what to expect this fall semester with so many new throwers joining the team. In total we had 11 throwers this semester. Five freshmen and six returning throwers.
I didn’t know what to expect because you never know how a group of individuals are going to come together as a TEAM. It became quite evident early on that they were going to get along just fine.
Now that isn’t to say that there weren’t some hiccups along the way, but for the majority of the semester we were able to put together a solid string of training sessions that produced nice throws at Houghton College and Utica College at the end of the semester.
As I’ve written previously, when the weather turned we were only able to practice indoors on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. A much more reasonable set up compared to training from 8:30pm - 10:30pm last spring semester.
In my opinion, the most difficult part of the competitive season begins - winter break. It isn’t difficult in the sense of being away from the throwers, but how the throwers spend their time when they are away. Essentially, all the great work that has been completed this fall semester can quickly become unraveled if the throwers don’t keep up with their training regimens.
I understand that it may be difficult to throw over break. In my four years at SUNY Fredonia, I never brought home a weight or shot to train with over the winter break. Now that I think about it, I’m not quite sure I was able to bring one home. What I was able to continue building upon was my strength levels. My younger brother and I got winter break gym memberships at a local powerlifting type gym and made a lot of growth over the five weeks we were home together. At that time, we didn’t do much of anything besides go train at the gym and play video games while we were home for break. He was a freshman and I was a senior, the perfect training partner.
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Over my 10+ years of coaching high-school, collegiate, and post-collegiate has provided meaningful insights into the types of physical and psychological traits required to accomplish one’s goals. It is in this process that I have refined my approach to coaching which provides throwers both the physical and mental cues required towards achieving one’s goals.
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Dr. Charles Infurna
Charles Infurna, Ed.D., is the owner and lead coach of Forza Athletics Track Club. Dr. Infurna has coached National Record Holders, National Champions, All-Americans, and Conference Champions at the Post-Collegiate, Collegiate, and High School level.