Joe Napoli and Tom Petranoff at 2007 NTCA Conference (click on picture for Tom's website)
Welcome to the WLTC-NJ website!!! I hope this information will excite and help those who are looking to further their career in the throws. Teaming up in 2004 with Tom Petranoff, former World Record holder in the Javelin and President of the WLTC (RI) I was able to bring this club to NJ.In this time the WLTC-NJ has grown tremendously and has produced 1 National Scholastic Shot Put Champion, 10 USATF All-Americans, qualified 26 for Youth National Championships and have sent many on to compete at the college level. For more information about Tom Petranoff go to: www.turbojav.com
My program is open to all and designed for both the beginner (starting ages 13-14) and advanced thrower and its focus is to teach the specific skills and drills needed to potentially become a successful athlete in any throwing event. During my years of coaching athletes in the throws I have come to the conclusion that the majority of them do not know how their bodies work or more importantly should feel like when in motion. Balance, center of gravity, core strength and body awareness are the most overlooked areas when building a solid throws training program. It's alarming how many throwers never learn how to train properly. Many think just by lifting heavy weights and picking up an implement and taking throw after throw is the answer to increasing distance...that is just the opposite. Successful throws coaches know that the act of just throwing will not adequately challenge the physical requirements necessary to elevate athletes to a higher level. Not learning the proper techniques will only lead to injury, boredom, burnout and possibly an end to a promising athletic future. How do we expect throwers to pick up implements and throw them as far as they can when they do not even know how and what they should be feeling?
Rob Lasorsa (NTCA President) running the athletes through conditioning drills
2007-Napoli Girls (L-R Priscilla, Sammi and Brittany) with Reese Hoffa (click on picture for Reese's website)
My athletes, who are involved in a well planned conditioning program are at a distinct advantage in reaching their full athletic potential. So by establishing a strong foundation of sound training principles it will give any athlete a better chance of obtaining higher levels of athletic performance. It will also improve their self esteem and confidence and decrease the potential for injuries. We need to make training fun and have a purpose. We need to teach our athletes proper techniques and let them know it's ok to make mistakes as long as they learn from them. We need to build core strength and start teaching them what it takes to become athletic. More important then anything we need to be there for them!!! Yes it will be a tough road for both athlete and coach but that's what it's all about. Teaching and drilling the body to learn new movements and understanding what they should be feeling is key to becoming a successful thrower. A coaches job is to teach the athlete and give them the knowledge, understanding, passion and confidence needed to excel and it's the athletes job to take all this in and run with it.
TRAIN HARD...THROW FAR...BIG FINISH...WE LIVE FOR THIS!!!!
"I can start you engine but you must make it run" Pat Summit