Throws Camp for High School Students

Camp Type: 
Camp Classification: 
Track and Field
Throws Camp for High School Students
Jun 20 2015 - Jun 23 2015


General Information

• Camp is open to all rising 9th grade - 12th grade athletes.

• Discus drill work & fundamentals

• Shot put drill work & fundamentals

• How to handle competitive meets & situations

"I'd like to thank you for what you are doing to help passionate throwers improve. At the camp, I threw 38' in shot and 127' in disc. After serious off season training and focusing on what I learned at the camp, I have improved to a personal best of 53'1" in shot and I took the lead in the 2014 North Carolina discus rankings with a throw of 161'5". I'm certain that I wouldn't be where I am without the help I received from the throws camp. Having the opportunity to be coached at an advanced level really helped me step up my game. Thank you so much for what you do, and I hope that I can continue to serve as an example of how effective your program can be." - Alex Tate


Tentative Schedule

Dates: June 20-23, 2015

Day 1  
3pm Check-in  Meet the staff and have dinner
6:30 Session 1: Nutrition/Diet; Basic Lifts/Conditioning
8:30-11pm      Free time & lights out
Day 2  
7:30am  Leave for Breakfast as a group from the dorm
9am Session 2:  Group A - Shot put Drills
  Group B - Discus Drills
Noon:  Lunch
1:45 Session 3:  Group A - Shot put Throwing/Video
                          Group B - Discus Throwing/Video
4:30 Dinner & rest
7pm: Motivation & Competitive Edge; Basic Peaking Elements
11pm: Lights out
 Day 3  
7:30am Leave for Breakfast (as a group) 
9am: Session 2:  Group B - Shot put Drills
  Group A - Discus Drills
Noon:  Lunch
1:45: Session 3:  Group B - Shot put Throwing/Video
                          Group A - Discus Throwing/Video
4:30 Dinner & rest
TBA:  Leave for Wildcat Lake
11pm:  Lights out
Day 4  
7:30 leave for Breakfast (as a group)  
9am:  Competition Begins
12pm: Checkout



Throws Camp
Resident Camper- $375
Day Camer - $315

Resident Coach - $375
Day Coach -  $315

Coaches who bring 5 or more athletes will receive a $30 discount on their (the coaches) registration fee*.

*(A full balance will be applied if numbers drop below 5 at check-in.)


The camps are open to all boys and girls who are rising freshmen in high school to rising seniors in high school.


Camp Director

Coach April SmithApril Smith is in her 12th year as the throws coach at Appalachian State University and is primarily responsible for the throws programs, along with the strength training of the track and field athletes.
USATF Level 1 – Atlanta, GA
USATF Level 2 – San Diego, CA
USATF Level 3 – Chula Vista, CA
IAAF Level 5 - Olympic Development – Chula Vista, CA
Master Mentorship with Mac Wilkins – Chula Vista, CA


Coaching Achievements:

  • Appalachian State University 2002 – Present
  • USATF Team Assistant Women's Coach – Jr. Pan American Team 2013
  • NCAA 2006 East Region Women's Throws Coach of the Year
  • Selected to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy
  • Olympic Trial Qualifier
  • 4 USATF Junior National Qualifiers
  • 9 NCAA National Qualifiers
  • 22 NCAA Regional Qualifiers 56 Southern Conference Champions
  • 89 All-Conference athletes
  • 17 Southern Conference Field MVP's
  • 4 Southern Conference record holders
  • 13 Team MVP's
  • 15 Track & Field Team Championships (men & women)

Smith came to App State in January of 2002 from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., where she served as a graduate assistant. While at Chadron, she coached her first Division II All-American during her first year of coaching.
In addition to coaching experience, Smith also has 13 years of competition experience in the shot put, discus, javelin, hammer and weight throws. In college, she was a three- time NAIA National Champion and a nine-time all-American. She was also named the Nebraska State College Athlete of the Year and the Doane College women of the year in 2000. Smith earned her bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports management and completed her Masters degree at Appalachian State in 2006. Prior to transferring from the University of Kansas to Doane College in 1998, Smith was a Big 12 all-Conference performer, a Jayhawk scholar athlete, Jayhawk Freshman of the Year and made the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Her competition experience also extends internationally. She has competed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Smith is married to former App State throws legend Bob Smith, and they have an 11 year old son Andrew and an 8 year old son Derek.


Please complete our online registration form whether paying by credit card or check.

To pay by check, complete the online form and mail in with your payment. Please note spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program may fill before we receive your payment. We suggest registering now with a credit card using our secure server.

If you decide to cancel your registration, a $50 cancellation fee will be withheld from the refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

For registration information on Throws Camp, contact the Camp Director by e-mail at or by phone at 828-262-2519.

For registration information on Throws Camp, contact the Office of Conference & Camp Services by e-mail at or by phone at 828-262-2933.

According to NCAA rules and regulations all camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants regardless of skill level 
(limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).



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