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Championships are built . . .
May 11, 2012By John Klekamp of Montgomery County High School
As the end of another school year approaches, many student, teachers, and parents get ready for the end of the academic pursuits and look forward to their summer vacation. Many will plan and take special trips to see family or spend time traveling to special places to enjoy time with family. The question is . . . how will our athletes choose to spend their time outside of this special time with family?
The Montgomery County Athletics have experienced some tremendous successes over the past year, especially as we end our spring seasons. In basketball, our girl's team was in the EMO Conference race through out the season, our boys team had a much more successful season this year than the previous, and our JV boys went 18-1. In between our winter and spring seasons, a group of our athletes particpated in the 4th annual South Callaway Powermeet where our boys tied for first place! Our boys track team, just made history by winning the schools first ever EMO Conference title and our baseball team just won a share in the EMO Conference title.
Over the past two years, a group of coaches have committed time to implementing the Bigger Faster Stronger program. When looking at our athletes in these successful sports season, there is one reoccuring theme. The majority of these athletes have spent time in their off-season working to make themself a better athlete through extra work at their sports specific skills and with participation in the BFS program.
Let's look at some numbers . . . the Girls varsity basketball team spent last summer and fall working in the BFS program preparing for their season; the Boys track team has 20 athletes and 16 of them have spent significant time working the the BFS program over parts of the past two years; the varsity baseball team has 15 players on their roster and 11 of them have spent significant time working in the BFS program over parts of the past two years. How about some strength and speed numbers . . . over the past year our average gain on parallel squat was 20 lbs, over an 1" on our vertical jumps, but most importantly 0.23 seconds on our 40 yard dash (average at 5.09). These may not mean much, but like many experts say the difference in winning and losing most of the time is in inches.
So to all you athletes and parents out there that are constantly asking . . . what can we do to turn our athletic programs around? We have to work in the off-season. Imagine what we could do if we get more consistent participation in our BFS program. I will give you two specific examples of gains by kids who have committed their whole year to 4 one hour work outs a week - both of these young men have gained over 75 lbs to their parallel squat, over 4" on their vertical jump, and almost a whole second off of their 40 yard dash time. Pretty impressive, huh? Just imagine if everyone would commit to BFS all year round.
Summer BFS is 4 days a week starting Monday May 21st. Each session last one hour - 6:00 am OPEN SESSION, 7:00 am GIRLS ONLY, 8:00 am OPEN SESSION, and on Mondays BFS JR at 9:00 for JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS. The coaching staff hopes to see you there.