Impact 's primary winter location is the G4G Gym, 503 W. 3rd. Street, Elmhurst, IL. G4G has limited throwing indoors, but is suitable for medicine ball and drill work. G4G is available November through March, all days of the week except Fridays, and Saturdays by special appt. More details are found on the Upcoming Events page.
Impact's primary outdoor training location is at Schafer Elementary School, 700 E. Pleasant Lane, Lombard, IL. Schafer uses portable shot put and discus rings, and throwing is done from the parking lot into the adjacent field.
Bailey working on shot put glides
Hailey at Schafer School, working on balance
Full Practice sessions will usually last between 1 hour and 1-1/2 hours. There will first be a 5-minute warm-up, which includes dynamic stretching. Depending on the day, there may be plyometric work immediately after the warm-up, to help build explosiveness. Any agility and/or mobility training will follow the warm-up session. The practice will then move into specific throws technique work, with or without throwing, using selected drills. Some film analysis will be included.
Sessions may either be one-on-one (one athlete with the coach), a group training when available, or an open throwing session with limited drill work.
All athletes, upon arrival on their first day of practice, will be required to submit a signed liability waiver form, a signed Policies and Procedures document, and proof of USATF membership (USA Track and Field). Click on the links below for the Impact liability waiver form, club policies and procedures, and a direct link to USATF's website for membership. For USATF membership, the club number is 21-0667.
Be sure to be dressed for practice, which includes proper workout clothing, throwing shoes, towel, and water bottle, if needed. Throwing shoes will not be necessary for beginners at first, but will eventually be needed as the athlete progresses in their technique, and the drills become more event-specific. Throwing shoes are available online and at specialty stores, but not at regular chain sporting goods stores. Coach Kajtsa can help in obtaining throwing shoes, if necessary. Contact the coach for details.
Athletes that sign a training agreement or participate in three practices will receive a free Impact club T-shirt! Other incentives are an embroidered club hand towel, and a drawstring shoe bag! The longer time in the club, the more rewards!
Outside of the USATF membership fee, Impact Throwing Academy's standard rates for private one-on-one practices are $50 for a session at one hour, and $65 for 1-1/2 hours. New clients will receive a $10 discount for the first practice. Clients participating in family sessions (more than one athlete) will be charged a lower rate, depending on the number of athletes.
Master athletes (over the age of 30) and junior athletes under the age of 11 have a discounted rate at $40 for one hour, and $55 for 1-1/2 hours.
Monthly "package deal" memberships for a set number of practices on future dates can be paid for in advance as well at reduced hourly rates.
Rates are subject to change due to demand. Any questions, please contact Coach Kajtsa.
Matthew, Reece, and Alex at the 2018 USATF Junior Olympics
Coach Kajtsa is available for conducting clinics and seminars on shot put and discus technique. Please call or email for more information and details.
Need help with your track team throwers? An athlete is having a technical problem, and can't figure out how to fix it? Contact Coach Kajtsa for a visit to your school! Either a school clinic, or a visit to a practice for some advice are a couple of options!
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