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Coaching Philosophy


Maddy Shoemaker Phoenix Flyers TrackPhoenix Flyers TC firmly believes that the key to successful practices, successful competitions, and a successful team is structure.  This is the basis of every approach we take with the team.  Structure is seen during warm-ups, cool-downs, and during the actual workouts.  Workouts are planned so we may spend ample time with each group of athletes in order to enable mutual learning and have every opportunity to be successful.  Practices should cover realistic competition situations so that the athlete is well prepared for any circumstances that may occur at the actual competition. We believe this structure will make the athlete mentally and physically stronger, preparing them to execute to the best of their ability at the highest level of competition.

Athlete First, Coach Second

Isabella Allison Phoenix Flyers Track ClubWe believe that when athletes are regarded as the number one priority, the program will thrive. Coaches are there for the benefit of the athlete, not vice versa.  Keeping the athletes number one fosters an environment of respect allowing athletes to prosper in the classroom and on the track. It also promotes happier, more productive athletes who is motivated to work hard for themselves, their team, and their coach.  This allows athletes  to embrace the training philosophies of the coach creating an even greater respect.

Physiological Aspects of Training

Charlie Allison Phoenix Flyers Track ClubWe believe in order to be a great coach, one must understand the physiological aspects of training.  If the coach understands the physiological adaptations of the anatomical framework, he/she can adjust the training schemes to enable the athlete to reach both short-term and long-term goals.  A coach should understand the principle of specificity, periodization, overload, recovery, and adaptation in order to develop training schemes that enable the athlete to exploit their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Every athlete’s body adapts to the stresses of training differently.  The coach should modify training programs in order to accommodate each individual’s anatomical adaptability so that he/she may excel, avoid injury and overtraining.

The 4 Cs: Common Sense, Consistency, Communication and Confidence
These are the four components used in every aspect of our coaching philosophy:

Common sense: When athletes are injury prone for example, it is common sense to monitor the intensity of the training in order to avoid injuries.

Consistency: Maintaining a consistent training schedule helps to keep athletes injury free.

Communication: Utilizing proper communication tactics allows athletes to further comprehend the information and feedback given by the coach.

Confidence: Through positive reinforcement coaches can mold the athletes self confidence, which will propel them through their competitive years as well as in future endeavors.