The BFS Program is designed to increase athletic performance. It will make your athletes jump higher, run faster, throw farther, hit harder and be more explosive. In short, the BFS Program is perfect for any sport and for any athlete, male or female. In fact, BFS encourages you to unify your entire school under a single strength and conditioning program. This makes it easier for multi-sport athletes to maintain steady progress throughout the entire year, and it also eases the work for administrators. Each year we have more and more schools switching to a school wide, unified program, and the impact it has on these schoolsí athletic programs is amazing.
Female athletes use the exact same program as the male athletes. The BFS Program is designed to increase athletic performance regardless of gender. It will make your athletes jump higher, run faster, throw farther, hit harder and be more explosive. So, in short, the BFS Program is perfect for any sport and for any athlete, male or female. However, BFS for women stands for Better Faster Stronger and we do have a wide varitey of products specifically designed for female athletes. Click here to see the BFS for Women Program Package.
Yes, we have standards for the 40, 20, VJ, Standing Long Jump and Dot Drill. These standards are available in a set of four posters. The set includes the following: Men's Power and Strength, Women's Power and Strength, Men's Jumping and Speed and Women's Jumping and Speed. Click Here to see the Standards Four Poster Set.
Variation is the key to avoiding plateaus. You need to vary your sets and reps each week. You also need to switch between the actual exercise and a variation of the exercise every other workout. For example, one workout day you do the bench press and the next workout day you do a towel bench (or other variation). Please consider purchasing our Total Program Package. It includes an instructional video set that will teach you the BFS program. It will tell you exactly when to lift, how to lift and what sets and reps you should be doing.
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Click here for a Direct Link to request more information. Youíll need to sponsor or attend a BFS Clinic. With the help of their BFS Certifications, coaches often receive raises or job offers. Call us at 1-800-628-9737 to schedule a clinic at your school or to find out where you can go to attend another schoolís clinic check our Web Calendar.
Yes, we call it the Readiness Program. This program focuses on perfect technique. Whether you decide to use our program or stay with your own, you should focus primarily on perfect technique. The strength will follow. Just remember not to allow even the slightest variation from perfect technique.
The Readiness Program also has graduation requirements to let you know when the athlete is ready for our high school program. Some kids develop faster than others, and these graduation requirements are a great standard to go by. To learn the program you will need the Readiness Program Video and a Readiness Program Record Book. The video will help you know what potential problems to look for and will also explain how to coach all the lifts.
We bring a set of these to every one of our clinics, and each time the coaches are sold on it. It makes teaching the power clean and power snatch a snap. The Hex Bar is great to have because it takes all of the risk out of doing deadlifts. Even beginning lifters can deadlift with perfect technique with the Hex Bar.
Do your weightroom supervisors in the state of New Jersey have to be certified in strength and conditioning? As far as I know, there is no law that says a weightroom supervisor at the high school level has to be certified in strength and conditioning. So the simple answer to that question may be "No."
At the high school level, coaches usually teach classes, and as such would be certified teachers or working under the direct supervision of a certified teacher. Further, many sport coaches at the high school level (especially at smaller schools) also administer and supervisor all the strength and conditioning programs for their athletes. At larger schools, there are some coaches who handle the strength and conditioning of all athletes, but this is rare.
At the college level, as far as I know there are no laws governing the educational requirements of strength coaches. As long as a strength coach can produce results, he or she can gain employment. (BFS Editor in Chief Kim Goss was a strength coach for the US Air Force Academy for eight years, and at the time his college degree was in journalism, not physical education.) Although most college coaches delegate strength and conditioning to their strength coaches, often they will have some influence on the training protocol.
Why get certified? First, let me refer you to a video clip that we have online at www.maxcast.com/BFScertification. Dr. Rabinoff is a full professor at Metro State College in Denver, Colorado, who has served as an expert witness in over 300 lawsuits. In this video clip he discusses the reasons why he believes certification is important.
Our position at BFS is that certification provides evidence that an individual was qualified to perform what he or she says they are qualified to do, and that their instruction follows the standards of care in the industry. And one way that we ensure this is by having our certification clinics provide hands-on instruction, plus an assessment of the coach in which they not only have to be able to properly demonstrate key exercises, but also that they can coach them. Itís not simply a multiple-choice or true/false exam as youíll find with many certifications. Says Dr. Rabinoff: "I would prefer that any certifications involving strength and conditioning have a practical portion to ensure that coaches know how to teach these activities. I havenít seen any of the certifications being questioned in a court of law as to their validity, but lawyers are becoming very sophisticated. So although it hasnít happened, it doesnít mean that it wonít in the future."
Being certified will not guarantee that you will never be sued, as people are always going to blame other people for their problems. But, with a BFS certification you will minimize the chances of being involved in a lawsuit, and we believe it will improve your chances of winning if you get sued.