Area Starters Course
On December 5 & 6, 2014 IAAF Moscow Regional Development Centre staged a Continental Starters Course. It was attended by 16 representatives (all men) from Athletics Federations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine. Mr. Luis Figueiredo, Portugal, Moderator of the Course, one of the leading experts in the world, fulfilled duties of an International Starter in major international competitions.
Theoretical session took place on the 5th of December in the Russian State University for Physical Education, Sports and Youth. In the course of presentations numerous practical competition situations have been considered in details as well as video recording of sprinting heats in major competitions held in previous years. Participants received all materials on CD and DVD.
Special attention has been paid to psychological aspects of the Starters activity, maintenance of comfortable relationship among members of a Starters team and athletes.
Practical sessions have been held on the 5th of December in the afternoon and on the 6th of December all day. Practical sessions have been held in the athletic indoor track: participants modeled operation of Starters teams in different competition distance among athletes of different qualifications and different age groups. Participants took part in the officiating of major students’ competitions having played different roles of the Starters team. They worked as Starters in over 100 heats.