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Details on ALTIS Apprentice Program

Ellie Spain

Ellie Spain

ALTIS Director of Education

Our Director of Education – Coach Dan Pfaff* – will be the primary supervisor of the Inaugural Altis Apprenticeship Program – to be held December 9-13 of this year.
*Coaches Andreas Behm and John Godina will also be actively involved.

Coach Pfaff has mentored hundreds of coaches all over the world in his 40 years of coaching track and field, and he is well-respected as one of the premier teachers in sport. For the first time, the World Athletics Center is now offering this sought-after and unique opportunity to interact personally with Coach Pfaff, as well as the elite athletes within the Center.

Phase I of this program is a pro-active Apprenticeship, where the Apprentice Coach takes an active role in his or her education. There will be a 30-60’ daily post-practice debrief with the Coach Pfaff, where interactive Q&A discussions will take place. Apprentice coaches’ days will be spent observing – and interacting with – the practice of Coach Pfaff and our other coaches, and asking questions when appropriate.

The following topics will be discussed on a daily basis:

  • warm-ups/warm-up design
  • movement screens
  • sprint, jump, and throws mechanics
  • interaction of training with track-side therapy
  • specific bio-motor ability development
  • motor learning – teaching
  • weight training

The Apprenticeship Program will run from Monday to Friday (4-6 hours/day) of the weeks detailed below. A course fee of $575 includes a healthy lunch with Coach Pfaff at our Facility Partner, Athlete’s Performance.

  • December 9-13 2013
  • January 13-17 2014
  • February 17-21 2014
  • March 17-21 2014
  • April 14-18 2014

We will be hosting no more than 6 Apprentice Coaches per week that the Course is running, so if you are interested, please fill out the Apprenticeship Program Application Form as soon as possible, and indicate which dates you are available for. There has been much interest in this program, and we expect slots to fill up very quickly.

It is our mandate to create – for the first time – a professional environment for – and approach to – this great sport.

“Altis was built to bring our sport back to global prominence through the unification and the construction of a new track & field that thrives and is self-sustaining.”

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