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Track and field is one of the unique sports in that it falls under the category of sport, but there really is no game involved. Most other sports mask exercise in a fun game, but the majority of track and field just takes the things that you do in other sports, such as running and throwing, and focuses on them to an insane degree. When you were in gym class as a kid, it was probably good news when the teacher said that you were going to play a game, like soccer, flag football, or dodgeball, but they were always met with groans when they told us that we had to run the mile. This was no game. It was a punishment. Again, sprints were involved in every sport I played. We ran suicides during practices. We ran 40-yard dashes in football. But track and field say, “You know that part that you reluctantly get through so that you can do all the fun things? What if it was just that?” Without the help of private track and field tutors, you might just treat it like a lesser sport (like golf (just kidding, golf)).

The thing that people forget in track and field is that field is just as much a part of it as track. When I stopped playing football because I realized that I was terrible at it and would never make the varsity team, I quit athletics entirely. Meanwhile, my friend kept pushing me to join him in track and field. He quit football too because he hated running (ironically), but loved track and field because he went right to varsity. That was because he decided to join the shot put team, which had nobody else on it. I was promised a varsity letter if I joined the team, but he told me that the coach makes them run a mile at the beginning of every practice and I was out as soon as I heard that. That said, shot put, javelin, and discus are some of the events that are overlooked by many athletes, allowing us terribles to step in and succeed in something (as long as people do not find out about this loophole). Unfortunately, it will likely not have much effect on your popularity, as attractive people are smart enough to realize that this is a loophole.

All of this said, to be good at track and field, you need to be just as great of an athlete as any other. The specialized, focused training takes the same discipline as training for a sport where you are required to show a broader range of skills. That is why great track stars who try to become great football players often struggle with the transition. The same is true of the reverse, as combine heroes in football are often not great track and field athletes. A recent case, Marquise Goodwin, has shown how difficult the transition can be. A freak athlete, Goodwin was a long jump star as well as a star football player at the University of Texas. His 40 yard dash time of 4.27 was one of the top three ever in the history of the NFL Scouting Combine. He was also an NCAA champion in long jump twice. He attempted to do long jump and football, but it might have cost him his chance at being great in either one. He had a career-best jump at the 2012 Olympic trials that would have been good enough for gold at the actual event, but he failed to match it in the Olympic event. He tried for the Olympics again in 2016 but did not even qualify to represent Team USA. He has been a solid, in unmemorable, football player and went to the Olympics, but might have cost himself glory in either sport by spreading himself thin.

If you are ready to focus on being the next great sprinter, long-distance runner, pole vaulter, discus thrower, or more, search for track and field tutors near me and get going with one of our great athletics tutors.


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Track and field is a catch-all term, but there are many different disciplines within. You might participate in multiple events, but we want people with specific expertise in each to make sure that we are covering all of the bases. That means that we need people for each range of distance running, including short (covering 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes), medium (covering 800, 1500, and mile runs), and long distance (covering 3000, 5000, or 10000 meters). That also means relay coaches, hurdling coaches, different types of jumping coaches, and throwing coaches for the four kinds of throwing. That is a lot of different combinations for private track and field tutoring.

The thing about all the different kinds of throwing is that they are all very different in terms of how you throw, the shape of the object thrown, and weight of the object thrown. You would think that we could only come up with a couple of different things to throw around, but there are four different objects that you use. The shot put is a small metal ball, not too different in size from a baseball, but much heavier, weighing 16 pounds. It was called shot put because the origins of the sport come from throwing cannonballs the farthest. Shot refers to the similarity to ammunition, as it is now not a cannonball. The second type of throw is the discus, which has been a staple since the ancient Olympics in Greece. The heavy disc is thrown with a spinning launch and the disc shape allows for a little more carry than you might find with the shot put. The third throw is javelin, which is a stand-in for a test of hunting ability. After a running start, competitors throw a long, narrow pole as far as they can, hopefully not impaling someone in the process. Finally, the hammer throw is basically the same as the shot put, but it is attached to a rope, allowing for more power in the launch than with shot put.

As for jumping, there are also four different kinds of jumps. The long jump is one of the oldest and most straight-forward. Athletes take a short run-up to the launch point and jump as far as they possibly can. They are marked at the point closest to the launch that is disturbed by sand, so you must maintain forward momentum as you land, as falling backward can cause a large deduction. The triple jump is a little stranger and less natural. In this, you hop twice before using a final leap to launch forward. It works similarly to the long jump, although it adds a couple more hops. The high jump takes a different tact, as you are trying to jump high as opposed to jumping far. Dick Fosbury famously invented the technique known as the Fosbury Flop, where you launch over the bar headfirst and carry your feet with you instead of leading with your feet. It was initially deemed illegal because nobody had ever seen anything like it, but he proved that it was highly successful and did not break any of the rules, so they reversed their decision. Now, everybody uses his technique. Finally, the pole vault is where you use a pole as a fulcrum to launch your body over a high bar. The record is over 20 feet, whereas the high jump record is just over 8 feet.

No matter the event, we would like track and field tutoring near me in all of them.


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