This weekend I have been in the role of head coach for the Queensland Team Australian Youth and U15 Championships. We had 38 young lifters and outstanding results with Queensland winning all team events – Youth and U15 events for both males and females.
The coaching team had a busy time with between 4 and 7 lifters every session. My usual strategy for Queensland teams is safe starters (roughly known beforehand, but confirmed and adjusted in the warm-up room), then go for best possible placing. If there are any attempts left after that go for the lifters preferred weights. The great thing about working with such an experienced coaching team (Miles Olympic Games Coach, Greg many times Australian coach at Oceania, Commonwealth and World level) is being able to get another opinion on weight selections.
Just about every lifter on the team finished with a personal best of some sort and went home happy with their results…..just what you want to see as a coach…..especially for youth lifters.