We had our initial training session for the Schoolage (U17) and Junior (U20) team today and I can already see that we have the making of a great team. The last time I coached a group of school age kids was in Wichita Falls, Texas in the 1990's and we ended up winning multiple team national championships as well as crowning a whole bunch of individual national champions. I really hope to bring some national championships home to McPherson!
We started this week by learning how to snatch from the hip and knee, then we squatted. Later in the week we will learn the clean and jerk. My basic philosophy has always been to emphasize efficient technique but at the same time allow the kids to push themselves and foster a competitive environment. I think we have several kids who will thrive in a competitive environment!
Tyler Tran snatch 70 squat 115
Will Powers snatch 125 squat 185
Christina Tran snatch 85 squat 120
EJ Hein snatch 80 squat 120
Landon Crews snatch 70 squat 120
Vin Stolzenburg snatch 45 squat 70
I am positive that we have a couple of future national champions on this team!