An Easy & Practical Approach to Teaching the Glide Shot Putby Jim Aikens
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Coach Jim Aikens runs us through his process when training a new athlete in the skills required for the Shot Put. In this talk, he specifically is speaking in reference to the Glide Shot Put Technique. Cpoach Aikens will go through the complete process in teaching the glide technique to any athlete. He uses a simple and effective progression that will have athletes throwing with the glide technique in one session. Coach Aikens also goes over more advanced drills for the glide that can be used to improve more experinced throwers. He also goes over some faults and corrections for the glide shot putter.
Jim Aikens | Head Coach | William Fremd High School
Jim Aikens has been coaching the throws since 1984. He has been the head coach at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois since 1990. During this time Jim’s throwers have medaled at national competitions, won four state championships, and 20 other state medals. Jim's throwers have also won numerous sectional and conference championships. Jim has had 5 throwers toss the shot 60 feet or better. Jim has earned his USA Track & Field Level 1 and Level 2 certification.
In 2014 Jim was chosen as one of the eight finalists for the National High School Coaches Association coach of the year. He has also served as President for the Illinois Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association and is a member of their Hall of Fame. Jim is currently the Illinois representative for the National Throws Coaches Association. In the past 15 years Jim’s teams have won seven conference championships, six sectional championships, and four top 8 finishes at the Illinois state meet. Coach Aikens has published several articles and videos about the Throws and training for the throws and is a much sought after speaking clinician.