Speed Camp Updates

Partipants in a track meet fly around the surface at Palisades High School. The Pali track will host the first Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Speed Camp on Jan. 31. Photo: palihigh.org.

Partipants in a track meet fly around the surface at Palisades High School. The Pali track will host the first Cal-Hi Sports/GME Speed Camp on Jan. 31. Photo: palihigh.org.


The first Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Northern California Speed Camp has been added to the schedule. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Stagg High in Stockton. This will be nearly one month after our first SoCal speed camp coming up on Jan. 31 at Palisades. Both events also will end with campers getting a timed 40-yard dash (football) or 60-yard dash (baseball). Girls are welcome too because everybody in every sport needs speed to stand out.

To sign up now for the Jan. 31 speed camp at Palisades High, CLICK HERE.

To sign up now for the Feb. 28 speed camp at Stagg High, CLICK HERE.

For more info on speed coach Chris Asher, who is the primary instructor at these events, CLICK HERE.

It’s not just for football players, but why not hold the first Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Northern California Speed Camp at the state’s only high school named for a football coach?

With the support of the school’s athletic director and head coach Don Norton, Stagg High of Stockton will be the site of NorCal’s first speed camp on Feb. 28 at the school’s football stadium.

“I like your event because it’s for any athlete who wants to improve their speed,” Norton said. “You should be able to attract some from spring sports just getting started along with football players who are doing off-season training,”

Stagg High's stadium will be the site of the first Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Speed Camp on Feb. 28.

Stagg High’s stadium will be the site of the first Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Speed Camp on Feb. 28.


One of the reasons for having a world-class speed coach like Chris Asher of Gold Medal Excellence conduct a one-day camp is to simply teach participants the correct form and proper start for timing tests such as the 40-yard dash (football) and 60-yard dash.

“It’s amazing when you go to a combine and watch kids run the 40-yard dash,” said Asher, who in 2012 coached the USA 1600-meter junior relay team to a world championship. “More than half of them have never been coached at all about how to do it and all of them could do better.”

The NorCal speed camp will run from four hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include drills and instructions in many facets of speed development.

Last summer, Asher worked with brothers Antonio and Marcus Cromartie on the UCLA track. Antonio dropped his 40 time to 4.32 seconds and he enjoyed a huge first season as a free agent cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals. Marcus wasn’t on an NFL team when the 2014 season began, but his improved speed was one reason he was playing at the end for the San Francisco 49ers.

Signups also are continuing for the first Cal-Hi Sports/GME Southern California Speed Camp that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Palisades.

One of Asher’s regular clients, 9-year-old Paralympics champion Ezra Frech, will be at the Palisades event with several other paralympians.

At both the NorCal and SoCal speed camps, those with top times in the 40 and 60 will be featured on the CalHiSports.com web site along with several other “Campers of the Day.”

Note: Walk-up registration on the day of these events will be accepted, but payments by cash or money order only please.

For more info on these events, you also can email Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis at markjtennis@gmail.com or call 209-463-9050.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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