Organizing & Implementing a Successful High School Throws Program

by Jim Aikens
Organizing & Implementing a Successful High School Throws Program



Coach Jim Aikens walks us through his experience with running a very successful High School Throws Program and provides tips for new coaches on how they can form their training to achieve similar results. Coach Aikens will take you through his planning of the high school season. His plans will take you through montly, weekly & daily planning for your throwers. This is coach Aikens complete program including drills, lifting, periodization and his philosophy on coaching high school throwers. Coach Aikens also goes through his "Daily Drills" that have laid the foundation for the success of his program. This is a must for high school throws coaches.


The Coach


Jim Aikens

Head Track & Field Coach at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois


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.

Ratings and Reviews (2)

Glenda Connelly

Well organized! I really learned a lot!

Mar 1, 22 09:24 AM


Very good resource as I begin working with the shot put throwers. Thank you, Coach!

Mar 17, 23 07:23 PM

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Caterory: Track and Field/Shot Put
Bookings: 151